Spine Team Texas provides comprehensive, conservative spine care close to home. With seven locations across the Metroplex and a state-of-art ambulatory surgery center opening this month in Allen, patients no longer need travel long distances to receive spine-specialized treatment from award-winning, innovative physicians. Spine Team Texas takes a team approach to treating patients through education, spine-focused physical therapy, nonsurgical treatments, and minimally invasive spine surgery, as a last resort or when medically necessary, with 90 percent of patients successfully treated non-surgically.
Spine Team Texas partner Leonard Kibuule is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Kibuule offers the Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion (OLIF) procedure—an innovative spine surgery for low back and/or leg pain due to degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, spinal instability, or other diseases that haven’t responded to nonsurgical treatment.
Far less invasive than traditional spinal fusion of the lower spine, OLIF is performed without the need for moving, removing, or altering major muscles, healthy bone structures, or nerve bundles. “The OLIF requires a smaller incision and results in less scarring, a quicker recovery, and avoids crucial vessels manipulation,” Dr. Kibuule said. While most patients requiring spinal fusion are good candidates for the OLIF procedure, Dr. Kibuule also offers many other minimally invasive spine surgery procedures.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Carver Wilkins provides acute spine pain management and diagnostic evaluation. His patients with neck and lower back pain, which often radiates to their extremities, have found relief with safe, in-office, ultrasound-guided injections performed without anesthesia, perfect for patients at-risk for sedation, such as geriatric or pregnant patients.
The ultrasound allows Dr. Wilkins to provide an assessment of the problem area which often mimics neck or low back pain, such as the hip or shoulder, and administer a precisely targeted injection. “I can visualize muscles, tendons, and nerves in tremendous detail to determine if a problem exists and address the area with greater accuracy than ever before,” Dr. Wilkins said. “The ultrasound serves as both a diagnostic and interventional guidance tool at the same time.”
Dr. Wilkins also performs non-steroid-based regenerative procedures, affordable fluoroscopic procedures, and physical therapy as nonsurgical spine care options. “Regenerative approaches encourage the body’s own natural healing response and many patients find significant pain relief after their first procedure,” he said.
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Should you consult a spine specialist?
Contact Spine Team Texas if you experience:
- Back or neck pain that radiates into your leg or arm
- Pain limited to the lower back or neck area that does not subside
- Loss of control of your bowel or bladder—seek help immediately
- Toe or foot dragging as you walk—seek help within 24 hours as this is a warning sign of eventual permanent nerve damage
- Weakness, numbness or pain that extends below the shoulder or hip—again, a potentially serious symptom
Call Spine Team Texas at (817) 442-9300 to schedule a full spine consultation.
3509 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite B
Richardson, Texas 75082
By Meredith Knight