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Treating Spinal Stenosis

In this month’s first blog, we detailed the spinal nerve compression that is a part of spinal stenosis, whether it happens in the neck (cervical stenosis) or the lower back (lumbar stenosis). Dr. Tinley’s first course of treatment is always conservative. This would involve options such as corticosteroid injections into the area of the compression […]


Those Built-In Cushions of Your Spine

Our spine and its 24 vertebrae (not including the sacrum and coccyx) couldn’t do much without the cushioning provided by the spinal discs. These soft discs allow the vertebrae to move and the spine to bend without having bone grind on bone. But the spinal discs can also cause serious problems when they herniate and […]


How Does Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Work?

In September’s first DFW blog, we talked about some of the basics of minimally invasive spine surgery, which is used more and more for a wider range of procedures. This is good news for patients, as they can achieve the same results without anywhere near the same pain and recovery as is involved with open […]


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 […]



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