Category Archives: Degenerative Disc Disease

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 […]


Goodbye Herniated Disc, Hello ProDisc

In this month’s first blog we discussed a relatively new area of spinal surgery known as “motion preservation surgery.” A variety of procedures that fall under this umbrella have the goal of preserving full motion by allowing the patient to avoid fusion surgery. At this point, the only FDA-approved surgery is known as total disc […]


Replacing a Disc, Preserving Motion

At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, Dr. Tinley is a spinal surgery specialist who utilizes a few different devices from Centinel Spine. In past blogs, we’ve discussed the device Tiger Woods used for his back fusion, the Centinel Spine STALIF M-Ti Anterior Lumbar Integrated Interbody fusion implant. Dr. Tinley offers STALIF devices for fusion on […]


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 […]


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 […]


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What’s Behind Your Degenerating Discs?

The passing years take a toll on our entire body, and it holds up remarkably well. But our vertebrae and spinal discs show their age with degenerative disc disease. Not an actual “disease,” this is a condition where the natural wear and tear on the spinal discs causes one or more discs to become unstable, […]


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Spinal Discs 101

When you hear people talking about their back problems, they’ll say things such as “I slipped a disc.” or “I have a disintegrated disc.” But what are the spinal discs? And what happens to them that make for such painful symptoms? Since we deal with the spinal discs every day at DFW Center for Spinal […]


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Spinal Disc Basics

The vertebral discs between your vertebrae are interesting little customers. You hear people talk about them and injury. I have a “slipped disc.” A “disintegrated disc.” A “ruptured disc.” A “torn disc.” Some of those descriptions fit; others don’t. But since we are all about spinal discs at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, here’s some […]


Osteoarthritis

Do you know what’s the most common chronic condition affecting the joints? If you said knee injuries, you’re wrong. It’s osteoarthritis. You may know it as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis. It most often affects the knees, hips, lower back, and neck. At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, we treat various areas that are […]



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