The first Monday of September for many is marked as a day of rest – a rest from work, a rest from school (at least in Texas since school tends to start a little early) and also the time to put summer to rest.  Labor Day is chance for workers to take off from their  jobs and kick back, relax and enjoy themselves. 

In order to enjoy all the holiday has to offer it’s important to keep your back in tip top shape while at work.  In honor of Labor Day here are 5 helpful tips to help you maintain a health back

  1.  Exercise.  Stay fit.  Maintaining strong core muscles can help ease the stress on back muscles.  Also, by gaining weight your back muscles must support the additional load, which can be tiring and painful. 
  2. Drive properly. While commuting, move the seat forward so your knees are level with your hips.  But don’t get so close to the steering while that you can’t turn it easily.    
  3. Move around. Get up and move around during the day.  Moving can keep muscles from getting stiff and fatigued, causing the spine to carry more of the burden.
  4. Maintain proper posture.  Don’t slouch, keep your shoulders back and your back straight. Posture is imperative for maintaining a healthy back.
  5. Lift Properly. Use your legs when lifting objects.  Don’t use your back like it’s a crane.  Keep objects close to your body when lifting and always use the power of your legs to pick objects up. 

 Overall, being physically fit and utilizing proper body mechanics can help protect your back in many situations. I know it sounds easy but sometimes we just need a little reminder that taking care of our spine is important. 

 Have fun, be safe and enjoy the holiday weekend!

Hi Spine Place friends! 

Well Dr. Lieberman is back at work this week in Plano after his two-week spine mission trip to Uganda.  This is the 5th year that Dr. Lieberman has been to Uganda and it’s amazing to see the impact he has out there. 

Here are the first batch of pictures that have been uploaded so far. 

Does that say Fusion Izzy kid’s? 

Dr. Lieberman said that he was walking down the street and this little girl came up to him and was hanging onto his leg.  It wasn’t until she let go that they read her shirt.  We have no idea where the shirt came from but that’s pretty amazing that Dr. Lieberman is being recognized in the streets of Uganda!

Here are some of our favorite pictures!

This amazing bird colony.  How do you think they know which nest is theirs?

 

This is Kampala. 

When I saw this picture I honestly thought it was fake.  Look how small the moon is.  Amazing!

And last, but certainly not least…..

Doesn’t that make you feel like going on vacation?  It’s just breathtaking!

Have you been on any trips lately?  Tell us about yours!

If you would like to see more pictures you can go to

http://www.flickr.com/photos/merlotortho/sets/72157624660743795/with/4917660243/ 

Hi Texas Back friends. 

As some of you may know we have been working really hard to get the word out about our new scoliosis and spine tumor program as well as one of only 3 spine surgical  robots. 

This robot has been a long time in the making and truly changes the surgery for scoliosis and spine tumors. 

We wanted to share the following video links with all of our fans, just in case you missed it on the news. 

http://www.youtube.com/texasbackinstitute 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH-r4aHbI7c

Let us know what you think about them!

August 19th, 1pm

Yesterdays surgery was on a 50+ year young paralyzed female with treated Tuberculosis of the spine with multilevel bone destruction. We treated her with a posterior segmental instrumentation from T4 to T12. We operated at Mulago and two of the local residents scrubbed in with Lori and I…they got to place their first pedicle screws.  The case went well and she did fine overnight and is comfortable this morning.
The young man with the broken neck is finally sitting up in bed, his neck is stable, his chest is still congested and his scalp abscess is still oozing, but at least he now has a chance! The best news is this morning is he has recovered some biceps muscle function!
Yesterday evening we were accompanied by Dr Titus Beyeza to a local Ugandan entertainment center and enjoyed some local folklore and traditional dance. They even had us “Mizungos” dancing and it was clear that some of us had no rhythm.
In total, over 15 patients assessed, 9 operations in 8 patients, congenital scoliosis, idiopathic scoliosis, TB of the spine, and a broken neck, from 2 years to 53 years of age.
 
Today we are packing, rounding and saying our good byes.
 
Look to the Uganda Spine Mission website for our final report and pictures! http://www.firstgiving.com/ugandaspinesurgerymission2009-2010 
 
Thanks to all for following us along.
 

Reminder….we will be doing routine phone maintenance on August 20th starting at 12pm. This may cause a disruption in our telephone service.
Thank you in advance for your patience with this matter.

Hi Texas Back Institute friends. 

The employees of Texas Back Institute are in the middle of a donation drive for the victims of domestic violence, and we would like to extend an invitation to you to help with this effort.  This is a great opportunity for us to help the lives of those families affected by domestic violence in our own communities by providing for their back to school needs. We would love for our patients to join with us in donating! Just bring your supplies to the clinic nearest you and we will get it to the right people.

Below is a list of items the shelters are requesting:

  • School Supplies for all ages
    • Colored pencils
    • Folders/Spirals
    • Pencils/Pens
    • Glue
    • Notebook paper
    • Ruler
    • Construction paper
    • Backpacks
    • Etc.
  • Toiletries:
    • Shampoo/Conditioner
    • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Etc.
  • Gently used or new clothing
  • Toys for all ages

 The deadline for donations is August 23rd. 

We will be delivering the donated items to the following shelters:

Hope’s Door, Collin County

Friends of the Family, Denton County

The Women’s Center of Tarrant County

Genesis Women’s Shelter, Dallas County

We appreciate your help!

August 17, 6:30 pm
Started with rounds at Case Med Center. Yesterdays case had a fever and as soon as he saw me started screaming, a most natural response from the kids I operate on!
The 14 year old scoliosis patient is liking the pampered life of the hospital. She is a bit lazy so we will push her harder today.
We then went to Mulago and started with a trauma lecture to the residents. I stressed the importance of initial resuscitation, stabilization and prevention of bed sores.
We then got to the spine ward to organize today’s case, an unfortunate 20 yr male with multiple injuries including broken legs broken neck and paralysis. He has been in bed 2 weeks and already has bedsores on his bottom end and his head.  The one on his bottom is already abcessed!
The team was all shocked by his condition, and even more shocked when Anaesthesia tried to cancel his surgery. Go figure this kids only chance is to get his neck stabilized so he can sit up and avoid pneumonia and bedsores. After some less than subtle persuasion the anesthesiologist realized that he and I are the kids only hope.
Considering the theatrics the case went off without any setbacks and I was able to decompress (make more room for the spinal cord) and rebuild his neck, the team performed admirably despite the Mulago conditions.
Unfortunately Mulago’s condition is deteriorating, despite a new OR. There is no infrastructure, the sterilizers do not work, half the light bulbs are either broken or burnt out. As a government funded hospital I can’t help but wonder what is in store for our health care system?  It is a stark difference to the surgeries performed at the Private Case Medical Center.
  
The team is hungry and thirsty.
 
We are off to find a pizza place – we are trying to broaden our restaurant portfolio!
Thanks,
Izzy
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