Halloween 2010

October 29, 2010

Every year at Texas Back Institute all the employees are encouraged to dress up (work appropriately) and participate in the annual costume contest.  The executive management team then votes on the best overall costume, best group costume, most original costume and then runner-up.  And we have a delicious pot luck lunch! 

This is really a much anticipated event!

Best overall costume goes to…..(it was a tie)

Madd Hatter (Erika)                         and                       Bat Woman (Maria)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the winner of best group goes to…….Alice in Wonderland

(Lily, Erika, Imelda and Randy)

Most original costume……..Flo (Lise)

I think we might have a Situation????

Holy Bat Man (and Robin and the rest of the crew)

The whole Denton crew

Happy Halloween everyone!  Tell us what you are dressing up as…….

Be Safe!

You may know by now that we really like to share some of the cool things our doctors, here at Texas Back Institute, do when they aren’t in clinic or in surgery.  Well today is no different.  We want to share a story about Dr. Lieberman (or as he likes to be called Izzy) and why he is running in the NYC Marathon. Here’s a little background information on Dr. Lieberman.  He has been with Texas Back Institute since the beginning of the year.  He is one of the top surgeons in the world and he heads about our Scoliosis and Spine Tumor Center. 

If you have read through our blog before you may have noticed that Izzy recently went on a spine mission trip to Uganda and blogged all about it. But one thing you may not know is that he loves to run.  Izzy has entered several races this year including:

The Warrior Dash

Here’s a picture of all the Texas Back group.

The Big D run

 

And Jail Break 2010 (sorry no pics at this time)

 But the big run is still coming up.  The New York City Marathon!!!!!!!

 Izzy is running in the marathon to benefit a charity very close to his heart,  the Blue Card, a fund that assists destitute Holocaust survivors in the United States.  Dr. Lieberman’s father was a Holocaust survivor and this is one of the many ways to honor him.

  Below is an excerpt taken from the NY Times today.  Truly an amazing story, don’t you think?

When Max Lieberman saw a break in the line, he ran. Officers leading the Auschwitz death march shot him, but he kept sprinting through the woods until he collapsed in a field. Farmers nursed him to health, and he never wanted to run again.

More than 65 years later, Izzy Lieberman will traverse the five boroughs of the New York City Marathon to honor his father’s escape in Poland and to help others whose post-Holocaust journeys have become increasingly difficult to bear.

“I think of him every morning when I’m running,” Lieberman said of his father, Max, who died of pancreatic cancer a decade ago, “and I’m just pushing it and pushing it.”

Lieberman, 51, guaranteed his entry into the Nov. 7 marathon by raising money for the Blue Card, a fund that assists destitute Holocaust survivors in the United States. In the field of 43,000, 7,400 will be running for charity, an increasingly viable way to get into the coveted race for those who do not beat the long lottery odds, qualify by time or live near enough to participate in 10 required races in New York.

Running for charity has been a common way to enter other major marathons for decades — especially in London, where nearly 80 percent of the field of 36,550 ran for charities in 2010, raising $81 million. It is a fairly new phenomenon, however, in New York.

The Blue Card is among 86 charity teams, up from 14 in 2006, when New York started its program. In addition, 104 community charity teams from the New York area will each have 5 to 10 entries. The New York Road Runners, the nonprofit organization that operates the race, estimated that $26.2 million would be raised, about $2 million more than last year’s total and $15 million more than in 2006.

Click here to read the whole story. 

Your mother always told you to sit up straight, but you do everything but that to be more comfortable because your back or your neck (or maybe both) hurts all the time – and this may be an indication you have a serious back or neck problem that needs immediate evaluation by a spine doctor.

 While most episodes of back and neck pain last a few days and can be resolved completely, here are a few warning signs that may indicate a problem that requires immediate evaluation:

  •  Your pain persists beyond a few days
  • Your pain awakens you at night
  • You find yourself standing to alleviate pain
  • You sit with poor posture to alleviate pain
  • Your have difficulty controlling your bowels or bladder
  • You have a fever, chills, sweats, or other signs of infection
  • Any other unusual symptoms

 At Texas Back Institute, a large number of our patients express regret they lived with pain before doing something about it. A few regret it more because waiting too long allowed the problem to progress.

 Although National Spine Health Day is October 16, every day is important for taking care of your back and neck. While there are many things you should do to protect your back and neck, remember to maintain good posture, exercise and stretch regularly, and take care to always lift, pull or push carefully and properly.

As an elementary physical education teacher and mother of young boys, Julie Walker suffered from lower back and leg pain so severe that she had difficulty performing even the most basic daily activities, not to mention running after several young children. She experienced numbness in both her legs, started to develop a limp and at times she could neither sit nor walk. Julie consulted with Dr. Rey Bosita who diagnosed her with a flattened L5-S1 disc. As Julie was 39 and considered young to have a fusion, Dr. Bosita wanted to first explore less invasive options, as Texas Back Institute does for all patients. She had two lumbar epidurals and immediately began physical therapy. When these treatments did not cure Julie’s pain, however, Dr. Bosita decided that a lumbar fusion was the best option. While Julie had no hesitations about the actual surgery itself, her only fear was that she would not respond 100%. Her fears were subsided, however, as she calls the surgery a huge success and was able to walk a mile after only a week in recovery. Described as “by far the most peaceful and worry-free surgery” with Dr. Bosita, who she raves “has the most unusual and beautiful combination of being skillful and compassionate,” Julie’s only regret was not visiting Texas Back Institute sooner. Her advice to people debating whether or not to seek medical help for back issues is simply not to wait because Texas Back Institute explores every option before surgery, so the sooner you get help, the more options you have available. With the help of post-surgery care and physical therapy, Julie is back to chasing after her elementary school students as well as getting out with her own family to go hiking, fishing and walking again. “When I think about how disabled I had become, and how in a matter of months I was ‘fixed’ I kick myself for waiting so long to have gone to see Dr. Bosita,” Julie said. “I will forever hold a very special place in my heart for him, and all of the staff at Texas Back Institute, for the life-changing surgery and care I received from the very first minute I arrived.”

Plano! 

Check out our new radio commercial. What do you think? Did you know Texas Back Institute has trained over 90 spine surgeons now practicing in the US?  Did you know TBI surgeons performed the first artificial disc replacement, have written over 200 articles for scientific journals and have pioneered numerous minimally invasive surgical techniques? 

Sounds like the work of Super Heroes to me!

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