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How To Treat Osteoporosis

How To Treat Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is diagnosed in around 10 million Americans, while an additional 44 million Americans have low bone density. When osteoporosis develops, the structure inside of bones becomes porous or thin, causing the bones to weaken and fracture or break easily. The bones looks like mesh when viewed Read More
The Overlap Between Knee Pain & Obesity

The Overlap Between Knee Pain & Obesity

Obesity is defined by Merriam-Webster’s as a condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over one third of Americans (36.5%) of U.S. adults suffer with obesity. Understandably, those dealing with oRead More
Everything You Need To Know About A Lumbar Laminectomy

Everything You Need To Know About A Lumbar Laminectomy

What is a lumbar laminectomy? A lumbar laminectomy is a very common surgery where a spinal surgeon removes some bone to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots in a patient’s lower back. Ligaments pressing on nerves and bone spurs may also be removed. “Lumbar” refers to the lower spine. “LamRead More
Defending Your Knees From Pain This Holiday Season

Defending Your Knees From Pain This Holiday Season

The holiday season is one of the happiest times of the year, regardless of how cooperative your knees are or aren’t. Family, friends and food bring both excitement and stress. You want everything to go off without a hitch. That means there is no room for knee pain! Unfortunately, your body doesn’Read More
Move Forward & Choose Physical Therapy

Move Forward & Choose Physical Therapy

In March of this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released statistics about prescription opioid use in America and guidelines for their future use. They are strongly encouraging physicians and patients to explore safer alternatives, such as physical therapy. WHAT ARE OPIOIRead More
Sciatica 101: Understanding Your Back Pain

Sciatica 101: Understanding Your Back Pain

What is sciatica? Sciatica presents with pain in one side of the lower back, buttock, hip or leg. The classic example of sciatica begins at your lower spine and then travels down the back of your leg. However, this is not always the case. Pain may remain in a single area. Weakness, tingling or numRead More
How to Recover and Overcome Rotator Cuff Surgery

How to Recover and Overcome Rotator Cuff Surgery

Recovering from rotator cuff tear can be a lengthy process!  The initial injury can seriously impact your daily life and, unfortunately, it takes time to see improvement due to surgery. Even though it is arthroscopic, rotator cuff surgery can result in some pain and stiffness. What causes a rotatorRead More
How To Handle Osteoporosis

How To Handle Osteoporosis

About Osteoporosis and Fractures Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes a person’s bones weak and more likely to break. Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk of a fracture. There are 54 million ARead More
Will You Develop Spinal Problems?

Will You Develop Spinal Problems?

Chronic back problems are one of the most common injuries as we age. As we grow older, our bodies unfortunately deteriorate and we’re not able to perform certain daily functions as easily as before. Certain things we do throughout our life can increase our risk of developing back and spine problems.Read More
The Difference Between A Chiropractor And A Physical Therapist

The Difference Between A Chiropractor And A Physical Therapist

Believe it or not, back pain is the second most common reason for medical visits! When seeking help, many people wonder, “should I see a chiropractor or a physical therapist?” Both are professionals whose goal is alleviating tension in the body and restoring mobility without surgery. San Antonio hasRead More
Text Neck: Modern Technology Updates Old Spine Issues

Text Neck: Modern Technology Updates Old Spine Issues

If you suffer from back pain, you’re in good company! Four out of five people will experience back pain during their lifetime. However, as smart phones become increasingly common, we need to reflect on how we use them and what health problems we may accidentally be causing ourselves. After all, smarRead More
An Ounce of Prevention vs. A Pound of Cure

An Ounce of Prevention vs. A Pound of Cure

Preventing or Managing Bone Fractures As much as we want to avoid trips to a clinic, fractures are unfortunately common. Most of us will experience two bone fractures in our lifetime. Understanding the risks is an important first step for defending your health. What kinds of fractures are there?Read More
I’m Shrinking! Is This Normal?

I’m Shrinking! Is This Normal?

As you age, don’t be too surprised if you find yourself getting closer to the floor! Like hair that turns grey or wrinkles that form, loss of height is an unfortunate but natural process that many individuals adjust to without complication. The majority of people slowly shrink between ages 30 to 70.Read More
Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator Cuff Repair

Surgery may be used to treat a Rotator Cuff if the injury is very severe or if nonsurgical treatment has failed to improve shoulder strength and movement sufficiently. Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff tendon usually involves: Removing loose fragments of tendon, bursa, and other debris fRead More
Does your Shoulder Hurt? You May Have Injured your Rotator Cuff!

Does your Shoulder Hurt? You May Have Injured your Rotator Cuff!

At the South Texas Spinal Clinic, one of the newest and most common sports injuries we are seeing are tears or injury to the rotator cuff in the shoulder. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within theRead More
Osteoporosis: A Guide to Help Prevent and Treat Bone Loss.

Osteoporosis: A Guide to Help Prevent and Treat Bone Loss.

This video features Dr. James W. Simmons, III, D.O., PhD., Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. James Simmons discusses preventing osteoporosis and treating bone loss.Read More
How to Treat Cricks In Your Neck

How to Treat Cricks In Your Neck

Even though a neck crick can hurt when it first shows up, it usually subsides within a few days. In the meantime, Dr. Charles Kim, a musculoskeletal expert and assistant professor in the departments of rehabilitative medicine and anesthesiology at NYU School of Medicine, recommends light stretcheRead More
Have You Woken Up with a Crick in the Neck? They hurt.  So here’s what you can do about it!

Have You Woken Up with a Crick in the Neck? They hurt. So here’s what you can do about it!

The other day I woke up and turned my head right to grab my iPhone on my night stand. OUCH! I had a crick in my neck! It had been so long since I had had a crick that I was compelled to do some homework on the Internet and discover what causes a crick and what I can do to get rid of the tolerable, bRead More
Why Some People Experience Work-Related Lower Back Pain

Why Some People Experience Work-Related Lower Back Pain

The Centers for Disease Control reviewed over 40 recent studies that provide evidence regarding the relationship between low-back disorder and five physical workplace factors:   Heavy physical work Lifting and forceful movements Bending and twisting (awkward postures) Whole-bodRead More
The Latest in Treating Arthritis and Orthopedic Injuries:   STEM CELL THERAPY

The Latest in Treating Arthritis and Orthopedic Injuries: STEM CELL THERAPY

Not too long ago, the use of Stem Cells was highly controversial. The South Texas Spinal Clinic uses Stem Cells to help people heal, but it uses ADULT STEM CELLS. ADULT STEM CELLS are capable of developing into other types of cells with the potential to regenerate damaged tissue (arthritis for exampRead More
Living Life With Back Pain Is…Insane…Especially In San Antonio!

Living Life With Back Pain Is…Insane…Especially In San Antonio!

Did you know that healthcare is the number one industry in San Antonio today! While Houston has the largest medical center in the world, San Antonio has the second largest medical center in Texas. We have 6,500 physicians and many of them are dedicated to researching the causes and latest treatmentsRead More
Type II Diabetes and Bone Health

Type II Diabetes and Bone Health

Research co-authored by Dr. Joshi & Dr. Simmons Bone health has been traditionally understood as having enough calcium in our diet, and avoiding osteoporosis through screening and treatment. We are now understanding that other factors, such as diabetes, may influence bone fragility and lead to Read More
Clay Beabout & Dr. James W. Simmons on The Doctors

Clay Beabout & Dr. James W. Simmons on The Doctors

Clay Beabout spent most of his childhood in the hospital. The fifteen year-old was diagnosed with VATER syndrome, which is a variety of developmental abnormalities that form in the utero. He was unable to stand up straight, breath easily nor walk on his own without support. With a model of a chilRead More
A New Solution

A New Solution

Thanks to the NuVasive technology utilized by Surgeons at South Texas Spinal Clinic, patients with debilitating pain have more hope than ever. By: Rose Mary Budge, Photography: styleGIO Spine surgery can be scary. It wasn’t something Mariscela F. Gaona wanted to consider even though spinal woes weRead More
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Advances in Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease: It’s Not Your Father’s Back Surgery

It’s Not Your Father’s Back Surgery By Paul T. Geibel, M.D. With 80 percent of adult Americans sustaining at least one episode of severe disabling lumbar back pain in their lives, lumbar surgical treatment alternatives are always in the news. Approximately 85 percent of these patients will improveRead More
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A Five-Star Alternative

By Meghann Dibrell Welcome Home! Stone Oak, Vol. 10 March 10 Issue Whether someone is heading into the emergency room for a sprained ankle or the flu, the experience of waiting in a hospital for treatment is often unpleasant. Several hours in a waiting room full of other sick patients isRead More
The Spine Hospital of South Texas

The Spine Hospital of South Texas

The Spine Hospital of South Texas offers a safe, convenient high-quality alternative to routine inpatient hospitalization in a large hospital environment. Fully certified by the Texas Department of Health, licensed by Medicare and fully accredited with JCAHO, the Hospital is located at 18600 N. HardRead More

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