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Minimally Invasive is Maximally Beneficial

Advances in spine imaging, such as MRIs, allow Dr. Tinley to see smaller and smaller spinal problems. It’s now possible to see individual spinal nerves, bone spurs, and small disc fragments. To keep up with such tiny stuff, spinal surgical techniques have gone small. At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, Dr. Tinley uses minimally invasive […]


Centinel Spine Announces First Use of the Expanded prodisc C Family of Devices in US Clinical Study

Centinel Spine, LLC, the largest privately-held spine company focused on anterior column reconstruction, today announced that the first implantation took place in an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study monitored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The two-level IDE clinical trial is a prospective, randomized, multi-centered clinical study evaluating two different cervical total disc replacement […]


More About Sciatica

From August’s first blog, you now know that burning or tingling down your leg isn’t because your leg fell asleep watching every episode of Breaking Bad on Netflix. And you know that shooting pain when you stand isn’t because your chair is old. It’s sciatica, the compression of the sciatic nerve running down into your […]


About that Pain Shooting Down Your Leg

OK, so you’re stuck in traffic on the Chisholm Trail Parkway and suddenly your leg on the accelerator starts burning and is painful. Even worse, your butt could start to burn. The pain could be shooting down one or both legs. Not the best recipe for a happy rush hour. Sounds like you may be […]


When Your Discs Degenerate

In this month’s first blog we gave an overview of our spinal discs, the 23 tough shock absorbers that are located between our vertebrae in the spinal column. These discs are placed under an incredible amount of stress over our lifetimes, and they are remarkably strong. But as with most things, nothing lasts forever. Our […]


Let’s Talk About Those Spinal Discs of Yours

Our spinal discs are quite a thing, keeping our vertebrae from rubbing against each other and enabling movement of the spine that otherwise would be impossible. But they’re also problematic. They bulge and herniate. They press on nearby nerve roots or even the spinal cord itself. They can be the culprit behind lots of back […]


More About Myelopathy

In this month’s first blog we discussed damage to the spinal cord — myelopathy. It is named for the area of the spine where it occurs: cervical myelopathy, thoracic myelopathy, and lumbar myelopathy. The most common form is cervical myelopathy, so in this second blog of June let’s get into a little more depth on […]


Myelopathy

Because our vertebrae house and protect the spinal cord, it’s hard to see how the nerves that make up the spinal cord could be injured other than by some violent shearing during trauma, such as in a car accident. Actually, most cases of injury to the spinal cord, known as myelopathy, occur slowly over many […]


More About Total Disc Replacement

When a patient is suffering from chronic back pain that hasn’t responded to conservative treatments for at least six months, it can be time to move treatment to the next level. Dr. Tinley may now discuss with you procedures such as microdiscectomies and laminectomies, both of which aim to relieve compression of the spinal cord […]


Total Disc Replacement

Back in March, we talked about Tiger Woods and his spinal fusion surgery. In that blog, we discussed that Tiger opted to have the STALIF M-T Anterior Lumbar Integrated Interbody fusion implant placed. We now offer the STALIF fusion implant at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders. For May’s two blogs, let’s discuss an alternative to […]



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