A New Hope For Back Pain Sufferers?

Consider the human spine, in all its glory. The 24 vertebrae, cushioned by gelatinous discs . . . the little facet joints that help make your back flexible . . . all the ligaments and muscles and nerves. The spine’s elegant complexity is a miracle of engineering, or a curse when something goes wrong. Eight out of ten Americans will experience debilitating back pain sometime in their lives.  “My pain was very excruciating,” said Leila. “I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t bend over. I couldn’t lie down.” “I’d say, ‘Oh Lord, can’t you help my back, it does hurt bad’ – he didn’t help me

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Chronic Back Pain? Spinal Fusion May Not Help

Most adults in the United States will suffer from excruciating chronic back pain at some time in their lives. For the lucky ones, it will be short-lived. For the others, it may continue for weeks, months, or even years. Surgery is the attempted fix for more than 1.2 million Americans suffering from chronic back pain each year, and about 300,000 of these back surgeries were spinal fusion. This procedure is done for herniated discs or other disc injuries and involves joining vertebrae so they cannot move. Often they are held in place with metal screws or rods. However, fusion was

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King Abdullah Passes, Dr. Pauza Remembers His Life

TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — Doctor Kevin Pauza and the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia first met about seven years ago. “The king’s life was changed the day that he had a surgical fusion. He had rods, plates, and screws in his back because that’s the old-fashioned norm. Today we know that that’s not best for a person’s long-term interest, so after that procedure, he needed help,” said Dr. Pauza. Dr. Pauza is an innovator when it comes to spinal surgery. He created a new method of treatment and is currently the only doctor in the world, allowed to practice it.

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Late Saudi King Abdullah Has Connection to East Texas

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -U.S. leaders expressed condolences to the people of Saudi Arabia upon the death of King Abdullah on Thursday. Sympathy for the 90-year-old late king has poured in from all corners of the world, including right here in East Texas where Saudi King Abdullah had a strong connection. “We had many conversations at the foot of his bed or during our travels around the world. So, I knew him in a different way. I knew him in a way that wasn’t known by Hillary Clinton or President Obama,” says Dr. Kevin Pauza, founding partner and principal owner of

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Test Barbecuing Your Back: Is Heat Therapy for You?

If nothing else cures your back pain, would barbecuing a spinal disc with heat therapy help? In the endless battle against back ailments, some 35,000 to 40,000 patients have turned to a new procedure that uses heated probes to try and heal painful spinal discs. About 3,500 doctors have already been trained in this heat therapy procedure, known as IDET for Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy, since its introduction in 1998. But so far there is no compelling, published evidence that it can relieve back pain. Although the approach has been marketed as an alternative to expensive and risky spinal-fusion surgery, some

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