When You Pinch a Nerve

You often hear someone talk about “pinching a nerve.” But pinched nerves are really compressed nerves. Nerves become pinched/compressed when pressure is applied to them by the surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage, discs, muscles, tendons, or bone spurs. This pressure disrupts the function of the nerve and can produce pain in the local area […]

The Degenerative Cascade of a Degenerating Disc

Our spinal discs are little shock absorbing miracle workers…until they’re not. They transform from excellent providers of cushioning to bulging, herniating objects that, when they begin to push on surrounding nerve structures, can be the cause of back pain.  So, what’s the process of this happening? There is a term used in some circles to […]

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Serious Injury — Broken Neck

Seven bones make up our cervical vertebrae, our neck. Of course, the function of the neck is to support the head and connect it to the shoulders and the torso. Break one of those seven bones and you’ve broken your neck.  These injuries are the result of what is called “high-energy trauma.” This can happen […]

What is a Laminectomy?

The lamina is the back part of a vertebra that covers your spinal canal. When a person has osteoarthritis, the persistent inflammation in the facet joints can create bone spurs on the lamina. These then press on the spinal cord or nerve roots exiting the spinal cord.  At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, Dr. Tinley […]

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How Successful Are Microdiscectomies?

Microdiscectomies are widely performed and very successful surgeries. They are most often used for herniated discs that are creating sciatica and leg pain in the patient. But sometimes a patient will see us at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, and he or she will already have had a microdiscectomy and now the pain has returned.  […]

Pillows for Your Neck

We all have neck pain at times. It could be stress. Could be that we tweaked a muscle when turning our head too quickly. Or it could be from the night before’s awkward sleep.    Maybe you need a new pillow that provides the kind of support your neck needs when you’re sleeping. Let’s get into […]

Is It Whiplash?

After a day at Six Flags Over Texas and a few rides of Batman, Judge Roy Scream, and the other roller coasters and spinning rides, you may have a little stiffness in your neck. You could think you have whiplash, but you don’t. Those rides have head rests specifically designed to protect your neck from […]

Diagnosing with Imaging Studies

At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, Dr. Tinley uses a variety of imaging studies to help diagnose spinal problems. In this blog, let’s get into the tests we use.      Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) — We’ve all heard of MRIs but most of us aren’t really sure what goes into one of these tests. […]

When Your Spine Curves Sideways

In a normal spine when viewed from behind, the spine would be straight up and down. When a person has scoliosis, this isn’t the case. With scoliosis there is a sideways curve in the person’s spine. This typically occurs during the growth spurt just before an adolescent reaches puberty.  Dr. Tinley treats scoliosis at DFW […]

Which is Better? Fusion or Artificial Disc Replacement?

At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, when patients have tried conservative approaches for their back pain for six months or longer to no avail, the next option is often surgery. This is especially true if their back pain is making simple everyday activities an exercise in torture. People need to be able to live.  Patients […]

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