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Searching for Spinal Relief

Being unable to sit or sleep due to back pain finally took its toll on Jim Quast. When he sought help to relieve his burden, he found it at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen.

After visiting many physicians in search of ending his back pain, Quast finally saw Richard Burg, M.D., spinal surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen, who discovered a cyst pressing on one of Quast’s spinal nerve roots. Burg quickly intervened and performed a minimally invasive decompression procedure to alleviate the pain and remove pressure from the nerve.

“We completed the surgery in the morning, and Mr. Quast was home that afternoon,” Dr. Burg says. “We offer a variety of options at Texas Health Allen for spinal disorders and injuries, and many of them are minimally invasive — resulting in shorter hospital stays, less blood loss and quicker recovery times.”

Identifying Spinal Pain

A spinal condition isn’t solely defined by back pain or stiffness. Sensations that could indicate a spinal concern include:

• Difficulty walking in a straight line

• Neck pain

• Pain that worsens when coughing or sneezing

• Sharp, shooting pains down the back of the leg and into the toes

• Tingling and numbness in the fingers, arms or legs

• Trouble with balance

• Weakness in the arms or legs

If you experience any of these symptoms, discuss them with your physician. For more information or to find a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) or visit

(Fall/Winter 2009)

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