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What’s Causing My Spinal Arthritis? Jun 6th, 2022

Spinal arthritis is an inflammation of the facet joints in your spine or sacroiliac joints that connect the spine to the pelvis. Inflammation can sometimes affect the points where ligaments and tendons join to the bones of the spine. The most common type of arthritis to affect the spine is osteoarthritis,...

Treating Your Compression Fracture with Kyphoplasty May 11th, 2022

A compression fracture can cause excruciating back pain that limits your mobility and makes even the most simple tasks challenging. Some fractures heal on their own, while others don’t.  A procedure called kyphoplasty can help patients with compression fractures by reducing pain and restoring mobility. This minimally invasive spine surgery...

5 Ways to Ease Your Sciatica Pain Apr 4th, 2022

Sciatica is a type of low back pain that extends down your left or right buttock, into your leg, and even all the way to your foot. The pain can be intense in some cases. Conservative treatment is the first step in addressing sciatic nerve pain, and there are things...

How Does Telemedicine Work? Mar 3rd, 2022

Technology brings the ability for patients to stay connected to top-quality care from anywhere you are. While certain things like physical exams require an in-person visit, there are many services you can access using telemedicine. Here at the Spine Institute of Southeast Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Thomas Jones II, MD,...

Is Pain Preventing You from Leaving Your Home? You Need a Telemedicine Visit Feb 13th, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of telemedicine to ensure that patients continue to access high-quality care without having to leave the safety and comfort of their home.  Orthopedic patients have unique needs and must contend with issues such as pain and limited mobility that may make it challenging to...

How Noninvasive Treatments Can Improve Your Spinal Stenosis Jan 13th, 2022

There are several nonsurgical options available to treat spinal stenosis. In fact, most cases of spinal stenosis improve without the need for surgery. Often, finding an effective solution for spinal stenosis requires a combination of therapies, such as medication combined with physical therapy. At The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas,...

Symptoms and Treatments for Cervical Stenosis Dec 12th, 2021

Cervical stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows, compressing the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. This can cause pain and damage to the spinal cord. Treatment brings much needed relief. If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical stenosis, your primary care physician may recommend visiting an orthopedic specialist for evaluation and...

The Link Between Tingly Fingers and Degenerative Disc Disease Nov 1st, 2021

The discs that make up your spine are vulnerable to wear and tear as you age. In fact, most people have some signs of spinal degeneration by age 50. Degenerative disc disease refers to a condition where damaged intervertebral discs cause symptoms like pain and numbness. When nerves are involved,...

What Every Woman Should Know About Bone Health Oct 4th, 2021

An estimated 10 million people in the United States have osteoporosis, and around 8 million of them are women — that's 80%. Osteoporosis is characterized by chronic bone loss that leads to weak bones that fracture easily. Fractures of the spine, hip, and wrist are most common. Regardless of age,...

What Causes Sciatica? Sep 1st, 2021

Living with sciatica can be challenging. The shooting, burning pain can strike seemingly out of nowhere and take you by surprise. Getting an appropriate diagnosis is the first hurdle. Fortunately, once it’s diagnosed, there are treatment options available to help you get the relief you need. A sciatica diagnosis often...

Posture Tips to Support Spine Health Aug 4th, 2021

Proper body alignment prevents strain on your spine, joints, and muscles. Not only that, good posture boosts mood, productivity, and confidence. Improving your posture takes some time and know how, but the benefits are worth it. Practicing good posture reduces back pain, lowers the risk of injury, and promotes spine...

These Are the Best Foods for Your Bones Jul 27th, 2021

Osteoporosis, which is low bone mass, affects more than 10 million people over the age of 50, and another 43 million adults have low bone density – a precursor to osteoporosis. Maintaining strong bones not only wards off osteoporosis, it guards against spinal conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spinal...

Can Sciatica Cause Leg Pain? Jun 15th, 2021

If you’re dealing with shooting, burning, or radiating leg pain, you could have sciatica. Sciatica is leg pain that’s caused by a pinched or irritated nerve. A herniated disc that compresses the sciatic nerve is the most common cause of sciatica. When you’re experiencing unexplained shooting leg pain, rely on...

Spine Curvature: What You Need to Know About Kyphosis May 9th, 2021

Commonly called a hunchback, kyphosis is an excessively curved spine. While the spine has natural curves, people with kyphosis have an overly curved upper back that causes them to appear hunched. Mild kyphosis may not cause health problems, but severe kyphosis can lead to chronic stiffness and back pain. More...

What to Do About Age-Related Back Pain Apr 7th, 2021

Age-related changes to the spine commonly fuel chronic back pain and can have a major impact on your mobility – and ultimately your quality of life. While there’s no way to stop the hands of time, there are steps you can take to get relief from chronic back pain and...

Signs of Piriformis Syndrome Mar 8th, 2021

Located deep in the buttock, your piriformis muscle runs from your lower spine to the top of your thigh bone. Along with five other muscles, the piriformis plays a role in external hip rotation. In piriformis syndrome, this muscle presses on the sciatic nerve causing pain and numbness in the...

Our Best Treatments for Herniated Discs Feb 9th, 2021

Living with a herniated disc often means dealing with chronic pain that affects your everyday activities. Nerve irritation that causes pain and abnormal sensations like tingling and numbness can limit your mobility. For most people, nonsurgical treatments ease herniated disc pain. In some cases, surgery is necessary to provide relief...

Tingling in Your Arms: Is It Cervical Radiculopathy? Jan 7th, 2021

Wear and tear or injury to the neck (cervical spine) can cause problems that irritate or compress the surrounding nerves. This is known as a cervical radiculopathy and is often due to a herniated disc or bony growth known as a bone spur. At The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas,...

Degenerative Conditions That Fuel Back Pain Dec 16th, 2020

Degenerative changes of the spine cause gradual loss of the normal structure and function, often resulting in pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. While an injury can cause deterioration of the spine, age is the most common factor.  By age 40, most people have some degenerative changes to the spine. Not...

Common Causes of Cervical Stenosis Nov 10th, 2020

A common cause of chronic neck pain, cervical stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal in the cervical (neck) region of the spine. The narrowed space can place pressure on nerve roots and the spinal cord. Some people have no symptoms, while others experience pain, tingling, stiffness, and...

The Many Problems That Can Develop From Degenerative Disc Disease Oct 12th, 2020

Wear and tear on your joints is one of the unfortunate aspects of aging. By age 60, almost everyone’s spinal discs show some signs of deterioration. Degenerative disc disease occurs when the circular discs between the bones of your spine develop degenerative changes that prevent them from acting as shock...

5 Great Stretching Exercises for Your Spine Sep 21st, 2020

Roughly 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and for most of them the pain will resolve on its own within a few weeks. For millions of people, however, back pain becomes chronic. In fact, back pain is the second most frequently reported medical...

Why Women Are More Prone to Kyphosis Aug 17th, 2020

Kyphosis is a postural condition that most often affects older women. In fact, it’s commonly known as Dowager’s hump due to the frequency with which women are affected.  Degenerative diseases like arthritis and bone loss are the most common causes of kyphosis. However, injury and poor posture contribute to the...

Can Spinal Stenosis Be Prevented? Jul 21st, 2020

Degenerative changes such as those seen in people with osteoarthritis of the spine can cause narrowing of the space that houses the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Without enough space, the surrounding bones compress the nerves, resulting in spinal stenosis. Some people with spinal stenosis have no symptoms, while others...

Services We Offer Remotely via Telemedicine Jun 18th, 2020

Today’s technology enables doctors to extend services to patients with orthopedic needs at a distance. Telemedicine involves the use of phones, mobile devices, and computers to connect with health care providers and access care. Here at The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Jones, II offers...

The Many Benefits of Telemedicine May 18th, 2020

Technology is revolutionizing the way patients receive care by keeping you connected with your specialists. Remote access to care provides major benefits, enabling you to receive a diagnosis and treatment without the need for an in-person office visit.  Our experts at The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas discuss how telemedicine...

Telemedicine Access Our Experts From Home or the Office Apr 23rd, 2020

The ability to consult with a specialist over the phone or through a video conference is vital now more than ever. As an adjunct to in-person consultations, telemedicine offers a unique and convenient approach to connecting with our providers to review test results and discuss symptoms and recommendations for further...

Why is Your Neck in Pain? Mar 12th, 2020

The bones, ligaments, muscles and other structures of the neck are susceptible to injury and wear and tear. A comprehensive evaluation can help you get the answers and relief you need when you’re dealing with chronic neck pain. Why Is Your Neck in Pain? Neck pain can have a wide...

How Arthritis Can Affect Your Spine Feb 1st, 2020

Arthritis can affect any joints in the body, and that includes the spine. It’s estimated that more than 34 million adults are living with osteoarthritis alone. When arthritis affects the spine it can be debilitating. In some cases, it can require surgery.  Let’s take a look at what happens when...

8 Tips to Keep Your Back Strong This Year Jan 9th, 2020

The structures that make up your back are responsible for keeping your body flexible and upright, as well as supporting much of your upper body weight. Unfortunately, because of these functions, your back is susceptible to injury and pain.  Every year, millions of Americans experience back pain. In fact, back...

How Physical Therapy Can Help Combat Degenerative Disc Disease Dec 4th, 2019

Degenerative disc disease is a condition often associated with aging as the discs in your spine change as you grow older.   Your discs in your spine help your back stay flexible. They allow you to do things like bend and rotate your back. They also absorb shock between the bones...

What is Spinal Stenosis? Nov 21st, 2019

Do you experience numbness, tingling, or pain in your neck or lower back? It could be spinal stenosis. About 95% of people have symptoms of spinal degeneration by age 50, and most people over age 60 have some degree of spinal stenosis. At The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas, with...

Signs You Might Have a Herniated Disc Oct 1st, 2019

Your spine is a complex assortment of stacked bones called vertebrae that are cushioned by 23 circular pads called discs. Much like shock absorbers on your vehicle, discs help bear the brunt of your everyday movements as well as more energetic ones, such as jumping, twisting, and running. A slipped,...

The Link Between Osteoporosis and Kyphosis Sep 3rd, 2019

If you’ve noticed that your upper back and shoulders look more rounded as you age, you may have kyphosis. The condition affects between 20-40% of adults in the US, with frequency and severity increasing with age. The degree of deformity varies depending on the severity of the condition. While there...

Here's How Your Weight Affects Your Sciatica Pain Aug 2nd, 2019

Sciatica pain is a common type of nerve pain. Excess weight is also one of the most common causes of sciatic pain. When taking into account that 34% of the adult US population alone is classified as obese, the shared link becomes a real concern.  At The Spine Institute of...

Is It Normal to Develop Back Pain as You Get Older? Jul 12th, 2019

Aging is wacky, to say the least. You experience all sorts of new — and not always pleasant — things, like getting laugh lines and gray hair and creaky joints. One thing you may start to notice as you age is persistent back pain. Whether it’s moderate or severe, back...

The Best Treatment Options for Cervical Radiculopathy Jun 1st, 2019

Cervical radiculopathy is a condition stemming from damage or inflammation of the nerves. This causes neurological symptoms such as tingling, numbness, pain, and weakness in the neck, shoulders, and limbs. Unfortunately, it is possible to cause further damage or increase symptoms by performing certain physical actions. That’s why it’s important...

How Poor Posture at the Office Can Lead to Negative Long-Term Effects May 7th, 2019

You probably know the signs of poor posture at work — rounded shoulders, head slouching forward, or body hunched over the keyboard for hours. What you may not realize, however, is that these bad habits are not only causing discomfort in the short term but also contributing to long-term problems....

What You Need to Know About Pain Caused by a Herniated Disc Apr 3rd, 2019

Back and neck pain are among the most common reasons for missed work, and herniated discs are a leading cause of both conditions. Also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, a herniated disc happens when the gel-like center of one of the round, flat cushioning pads that function as...

Treatment For Kyphosis That Doesn't Require Surgery Mar 1st, 2019

Kyphosis is a degeneration of your spine that results in a hunched appearance, even when you try to stand or sit straight. Kyphosis, sometimes referred to as a “dowager’s hump,” is more common in postmenopausal women, due to their increased risk for bone-weakening and bone loss from osteoporosis. But men,...

Understanding Cervical Stenosis and How It Can Affect Your Whole Body Feb 6th, 2019

Neck pain is common throughout the aging process, and it usually comes from degeneration in the discs of the spine and the joints between them. Cervical stenosis is one of the most serious results of this degeneration. Also called cervical spinal stenosis, or simply spinal stenosis, the condition is most...

4 Tips for Staying Healthy and Eliminating Stress on Your Back Jan 8th, 2019

Before age 40, 4.2% of individuals suffer from chronic low back pain. By the time you reach middle age, your chances jump to nearly 20%, and some professions, lifestyle factors, and comorbidities may increase your risk even further. You can lower your risks by taking simple yet meaningful steps to eliminate stress on your...

8 Top Warning Signs You Have a Pinched Nerve Dec 17th, 2018

Pinched nerves aren’t uncommon, but when they occur, they can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. At The Spine Institute of Southeast Texas, we help people relieve pain and other symptoms caused by pinched nerves. The first step in getting relief: making sure nerve compression is really to blame....

The Best Ways to Treat Cervical Stenosis Nov 13th, 2018

Neck pain is a pretty common medical complaint among both men and women, and as we get older, it becomes even more common — and symptoms can become much more severe. Sometimes, a sore neck can be attributed to muscle strain from bending over phones and computers all day. But...

Hunching Every Day? You Could Be Developing Kyphosis Oct 31st, 2018

You may remember pictures of older women with their heads leaning forward and a pronounced bump on their back, or even the old-fashioned phrase, "dowager's hump." If you feel that you're hunching forward and are having difficulty sitting or standing with your head in an upright position, you might be...

10 Best Practices to Keep Your Discs From Becoming Herniated Sep 14th, 2018

You probably don’t think much about your vertebral discs — the soft, cushiony tissues between your vertebrae that keep your spinal cord flexible and absorb shocks when you walk, run, or jump. But the wear and tear of constant use, overuse, and misuse of your spine (in other words, living...

Experiencing Pain in Your Legs? Spinal Stenosis Could be the Reason Aug 23rd, 2018

By age 50, 95% of people experience degenerative changes to their spine as a result of normal wear-and-tear. Sometimes, these degenerative changes lead to narrowing of your spinal canal — a condition called spinal stenosis — causing you to suffer from chronic back pain. Dr. Thomas Jones II, of The...

Building a Strong Core Is Your Best Defense Against Back Pain Jul 25th, 2018

Every day, millions of Americans wake up to, and go to bed with, back pain, namely low back pain. In fact, 80% of the population experiences low back pain at some point during their lives, and it’s the chief reason behind missed work days. At The Spine Institute of Southeast...

5 Tips For Preventing Sciatica Jun 27th, 2018

You feel the numbing, tingling pain of sciatica in your buttocks, down the back of your leg, and even into your feet — interfering with your day-to-day activities, from driving to workouts. Sciatica is a symptom, not a condition in itself. It’s usually due to a back problem, such as...