August marked the one year anniversary for our Mansfield office.  We had been trying to come up with a way to thank all the people who helped make our first year successful so we decided to have an anniversary party!  We held the party last night and it was awesome!

Some of Dr. Duffy’s patients attended as well as referring physicians and their office staff. Check out the pictures!  We had a great time!

The Mansfield team.  Tammy, Dr. Duffy, Diane, Misty, Candace, Vera and Sandra

We started off with a few words from the TBI leaders.

Dr. Hisey, Mr. President & Trish, CEO or as Dr. Hisey said, the woman who does it all.

Stephanie Boston, our HR director and Lise McConnell, our director of finance.

Vera Johnson and one of Dr. Duffy’s patients, Mary Boyd-Long

Mike Lish, winner of the $250 golf package

Dr Hisey relaxing

Jaclyn McDaniel our sales and marketing coordinator and Vera Johnson, our office manager.

Candace Nelson, Dr. Duffy’s assistant with Jeric Hopkins and Sandra Perez, two members of the sales team.

Thanks to everyone who helped, participated and made this a great event!

When pain caused by neck problems became more than he could bear and threatened his job, Jim Wiese visited his primary care physician in Iowa Park, Texas, and was diagnosed with a bulging disc. His doctor immediately referred him to Texas Back Institute.

 Living with daily pain, Jim had to exercise caution in everything he did. At age 54, Jim’s day included pain and discomfort he described as tingling, cold and crushing pressure sensations in his left shoulder and arm. He couldn’t drive long distances or look down on the road while riding his motorcycle. Jim was miserable.

 Initially skeptical of back surgery, Jim was hesitant to consider surgery. Under the care of Dr. Jack Zigler, Jim found the reassurance he needed to undergo an anterior cervical fusion between his C6 and C7 cervical vertebrae after non-surgical options were exhausted.

 After surgery, Jim felt an immediate difference. “I knew as soon as I woke up that Dr. Zigler had repaired my damaged neck. I was not in any pain and didn’t have to use pain medications at any point after the surgery. I could feel a warm sensation in my left arm that I had not felt in over a year. I could not believe that I had waited so long to have something done about it. I had forgotten what it was like to physically feel good. I am back at work and can enjoy everything in life that I had been doing before my surgery.”

 Offering advice based on his experience, Jim says anyone suffering pain shouldn’t put off seeing a specialist and concluded, “I have been given my life, as I once knew it, back to me.”

As the weather cools off heading into the fall, maybe you’re thinking about a backpack trip you didn’t want to do during the hotter summer months. We thought it would be a good time to remind everyone of a few tips to help you protect your back and avoid back pain while enjoying this wonderful outdoor sport.

 1. Get your back in shape before you backpack. Exercises to strengthen and stretch your back as well as daily exercise will help get you in shape before you go.

 2. Stretch before you strap on your backpack and trek. There are a number of back stretches recommended by professionals. One we recommend you do slowly is to position your left foot about six inches behind you and position your right foot, toe-to-heel, behind the left foot. Then place your hands on a solid vertical object at shoulder level. Allow your body sag slowly forward, which increases the natural curve of your lower back. Now allow your back to twist slowly towards the left or right. Reverse your feet and do repeat this slow twist I the opposite direction. Make sure your motion is slow without any bouncing.

 3. Take short trips. If back pain is sometimes a problem for you, avoid long backpacking trips that require carrying heavy gear. If you’re a beginner, work your way up to longer trips that require heavier backpack loads.

 4. Plan trips with fewer obstacles, less inclines and other challenges. If you suffer from back pain or are a beginner, start with easier courses. More stringent courses can add stress to your back. If you stumble trying to cross big obstacles, the added pack weight can throw you off balance and result in injury.

 5. Lighten your load every way you can. Invest in a good, lighter weight backpack and gear. Look for multipurpose gear that allows you to leave multiple items behind. Lastly, take only what you’ll really need.

 6. Lift your backpack onto your back slowly and correctly. 1) Set one foot firmly on a solid object. 2) Slide your backpack by the shoulder straps up to your knee.  3) Put one arm into one shoulder strap. 4) Lean slightly forward and let your backpack pivot slowly around to your back. 5) Slip other arm into the other strap. 6) Adjust your backpack and all straps.

 7. Use trekking poles. These been shown to reduce the weight on your back and hips and can also help stabilize your walking over rough terrain by reducing side-to-side swaying.

 Backpacking is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the beauty of nature. Safe trekking!

Dr. Michael Duffy

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

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