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    A New Year Without Back Pain-See the Authority, Dr. Richard Francis

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    Houston Spine Surgeon, Dr. Richard R.M. Francis has helped thousands of people suffering from all types of neck, back and spine conditions to finally end their pain and live normal, pain free lives. With a conservative approach and a thorough diagnosis and treatment program, those suffering from chronic back pain can find complete relief.

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    Back Pain is one of the most common reasons people in America go to see their doctor. Most back pain that people suffer from has a specific cause and can be treated and cured. Proper diagnosis and treatment is the key to ending back pain. Finding the right doctor who specializes in treating back pain is of the utmost importance.

    A few interesting facts about back pain: · Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010. · Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. · One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. · Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. · Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. · Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs. (Info above is referenced from the American Chiropractic Association website.)

    Houston Spine Surgeon, Dr. Richard R.M. Francis has helped thousands of people from across America and around the world  finally find an end to their neck and back pain. Dr. Francis, Founder of Spine Associates in 2003 believes in a conservative approach to dealing with back pain issues and will try to exhaust all reasonable forms of conservative care before considering surgery. This is only logical, as it is widely recognized in the medical community and supported by medical literature that the majority of simple spine conditions will respond positively to treatment such as physical therapy, steroid injections, bracing and weight loss and that only a small number of patients truly require surgery.

    Back pain and neck pain can seriously and adversely affect your quality of life. At Spine Associates, the goal is to provide the best treatments available to help patients regain movement and return to the activities they enjoy without back and neck pain. Spine Associates has the experience and expertise to accurately diagnose the cause of back or neck pain and to treat the full range of back, neck, and spine conditions.

    Pain Is Individual Because no two people experience pain the same way, we seek first to understand each patient, and then to leverage the best in modern technology and treatment to create sustainable solutions. Pain Is Complex We also recognize that pain is a complex puzzle and that no single health care profession holds the key. Respecting a wide variety of treatment modalities, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to pain management, focus on helping patients believe they can get better, and work together with the patient and other relevant practitioners to select the treatment modalities that will accomplish this goal.

    Conditions Treated 1. Back and neck pain 2. Failed back syndrome 3. Degenerative disc disease 4. Annular tears 5. Herniated disc 6. Spinal Stenosis 7. Radiculopathy 8. Osteoarthritis 9. Neuropathic pain 10. Sciatica 11. Spondlyolisthesis 12. Coccydynia 13. Headaches 14. Phantom limb pain 15. Shingles 16. Post herpetic neuralgia 17. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy/Complex regional pain syndrome 18. Cancer pain

    Treatments for Spine Pain 1. Cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and peripheral spinal cord stimulator trials 2. Lumbar percutaneous discectomy 3. Lumbar rhizotomy 4. Epidural steroid injections, cervical, thoracic and lumbar 5. Transforaminal epidural steroid injections 6. Epidural lysis of adhesions 7. Cervical and lumbar facet blocks 8. Medial branch blocks 9. Sympathetic nerve blocks 10. Botox for migraines 11. Sacroiliac joint injections 12. Occipital nerve blocks 13. Lumbar discogram 14. Lumbar biaculoplasty 15. Hardware injections

    Dr. Richard Francis and the Spine Associates Team are ready to answers your toughest questions related to back and neck pain, surgical treatments and non-surgical treatments and more. No question is too simple or too complicated. To submit a question to one of the physicians at Spine Associates or to request an appointment, simply go to Ask the Doctor.

    Spine Associates offers a comprehensive review of MRI studies or MRI reports to prospective patients at no obligation to the patient. Spine Associates offers extended office hours and promises to see new patients within three days of calling for their appointment. In emergency cases patients can often get in to see Dr. Francis the same day they call or on Saturdays.

    Spine Associates also has a Patient Ambassador Program to match up former surgery patients with those who need to have surgery. Find more information by clicking the link above.

    For extra convenience to their patients, Spine Associates has a Patient Portal, so all patients can easily access their records and treatment program. They also have an International Patient Concierge Program to assist International patients and their families.

    For Further Information, Please Call 888-977-4625 or Visit the Website at http://myspineassociates.com/

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    “I knew what I wanted to do from my first exposure to spine surgery in medical school. What grabbed me was that you could take a child with a severe deformity and—within just a few hours—correct it to the point where it was almost normal.”
    - Dr. Richard R.M. Francis
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    http://myspineassociates.com/

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