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  • APR

    5 Reasons to see your doctor for back pain

    RumiNeck or back pain is very common even in healthy adults and usually gets better without a lot of specific treatments. Usually just some rest, ice, and over-the-counter medications for a short time will take care of a muscle strain or certain arthritic conditions of the spine. But if your pain fits one of these descriptions you should consider seeing your doctor sooner rather than later since it may be more than just a muscle strain.

    1. It goes into your arm (if you have neck pain) or leg (if you have back pain). 
    2. You have numbness or “funny feelings” instead of or in addition to the pain.
    3. You have weakness or unsteadiness of the hands or legs, ie difficulty walking, as well as pain.

    4. These are indications that you may have a pinched nerve in your neck or back causing the shooting pain. If so you might also have numbness, “funny feelings” called “paresthesias” or even weakness as a result. This is called “radiculopathy”, commonly known as “sciatica”.

    5. The pain gets worse instead of getting better within a reasonable period of time (usually 2-3 weeks) or is persistent and unrelated to bodily positions or motion.
    6. The pain is routinely associated with unexplained, seemingly unrelated symptoms such as fever, weight loss, chills, or night sweats.

    Muscle strains tend to improve with rest and time. If your pain seems like it routinely fits the pattern in item #4 or #5 you might have a more serious underlying condition such as an infection or even a tumor causing the pain.

    If your pain fits one of these descriptions your doctor can take a detailed history and examination and run appropriate tests to make sure you have the right diagnosis and get the proper treatment. They can also refer you to a spine specialist if you need it. 

    Mustasim Rumi, MD

    St. David's Round Rock Medical Center

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  • FEB

    Walking again in no time: Anterior Approach to Total Hip Replacement

    Although Lyn Colangelo has a family history of arthritis, she did not anticipate a total hip replacement at age 50.

    After suffering through pain for over a year, getting cortisone shots, and walking with a cane, Lyn decided enough is enough and made an appointment to see Dr. David Savage to discuss surgical options.

    Never having gone through surgery before, Lyn was understandably nervous, but knew she was in very capable and experienced hands. She checked into St. David’s South Austin Medical Center on December 22nd and due to Dr. Savage’s anterior approach to her hip replacement, she was back home by Christmas day. 

    The anterior approach, used by Dr. David Savage, enabled him to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side) or the posterior (back) approach. This allows the hip to be replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur. The surgeon can simply work through the natural interval between the muscles avoiding any trauma to the gluteal muscles and significantly decreasing recovery time and pain.

    “The benefits of this approach to the patient are numerous. They do not have to keep their legs separated by a protective pillow after surgery since the risk of dislocation is only one tenth of that with more traditional approaches. They are also able to walk further sooner with less support in the form of a walker,” explains Dr. Savage. 

    Thanks to the anterior approach, this PhD and ACC Communications Professor, was up and walking within 24 hours of surgery and back to vacuuming within two weeks. 

    “I felt no pain and knew immediately after the surgery that I was already better,” Lyn explains.
    After 4 short weeks of physical therapy, Lyn is fully mobile and enjoying life, pain-free.

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  • JAN

    Commitment to Excellence

    Since my arrival at St. Davids Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, The commitment to providing surgeons with the latest effective technologies is impressive.  Everything from Computer Navigation for replacement surgery, specialized hip replacement operating tables, the latest in blood preservation systems and access to all premium implants and bearing surfaces are available at St Davids.  Their commitment to excellence is impressive.


    – Dr. David Dodgin

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