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‘Tech neck’ epidemic: How to treat the rise in chronic neck pain

Americans' reliance of smartphones and laptops has given rise to an epidemic of "tech neck." UT Southwestern spine specialist Kavita Trivedi, M.D., explains the epidemic and how to treat chronic neck pain.

Solving the back pain puzzle, one spine area at a time

Back pain doesn’t always indicate a problem with the spine – it can start from a variety of sources. UT Southwestern specialists Drs. Carlos Bagley and Kavita Trivedi explore what can cause upper and lower back pain and how to find relief.

New Intracept procedure provides lasting relief for chronic low-back pain

UT Southwestern is one of a few Metroplex centers to offer Intracept, a new outpatient procedure that relieves chronic lower back pain.

7 natural supplements that might relieve back, joint, and muscle pain

Comprehensive back pain management combines complementary and modern medicine. From turmeric and omega-3s to tai chi and traditional exercise, learn which options might help reduce pain and inflammation.

Just 10% of back pain requires surgery – and minimally invasive procedures work for many

Only 10% of patients with back pain need surgery – and if you do, chances are a minimally invasive procedure may be all you need. Learn more with spine expert Kavita Trivedi, D.O., or UT Southwestern.

How we 3D-print a model of your spine to enhance complex back surgery

For UT Southwestern spine surgeon Salah Aoun, M.D. , 3D printing was just a hobby at first, but now he has started to incorporate it into his surgical planning and it's also a valuable patient education tool.

Woman who could barely stand up has 'zero pain' after spinal fusion surgery

Laurie Zapatka was injured in a car accident 20 years ago and her back pain became progressively worse over the years. By the time she came to UT Southwestern, her mobility was severely limited, but a day after posterior spinal fusion surgery with Douglas Dickson, M.D., she was up and moving with "zero pain."

Back pain relief at home: COVID-19 accelerates advances in video spine exams

Back pain can take a major toll on quality of life. Find out how our Spine Care team uses video visits to diagnose and treat patients with back, neck, and nerve pain. Learn more.

Working at home can be a pain in the neck and back

Working from home can be a pain in the neck, back, and shoulders. Try these simple ergonomic tips and stretches to make your home office work for you.

Got a bad back? Exercise could be the key to relieving pain

Spinal disc degeneration is common with age, but back pain doesn’t have to be. Find out how exercise can help prevent and alleviate back pain naturally – and know when it's time to see a doctor. Learn more.

Why the location of back pain is only part of the diagnosis

We often think of spine pain in terms of neck pain, upper back pain, or lower back pain. But there’s much more beyond the location that matters. Ankit Patel, M.D., discusses several other important factors to consider, as well as how to avoid recurrent back pain.

5 signs your back pain might be an emergency

Severe back pain might be a sign of a more serious underlying medical emergency. In this week’s MedBlog, two spine experts discuss five symptoms that should indicate seeing a doctor right away. Read more.

Specialist spotlight: Paging Dr. Shaleen Vira

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Shaleen Vira has dual faculty appointments – in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery – and he is also Director of Spine Surgery Research. He leads multidisciplinary efforts to develop ways to make spine surgery safer and more effective. He practices spine care at UT Southwestern in Frisco, one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.

Specialist spotlight: Paging Dr. Kathryn Hoes

Dr. Kathryn Hoes is a neurosurgeon who specializes in complex spine disorders. She will be practicing at UT Southwestern Frisco.