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Dr. Mark Valente, D.O.

Dr. Mark Valente is a fellowship trained spine surgeon. He specializes in minimally invasive procedures to reduce tissue and muscle damage, allowing patients to recover quickly and return to their active, pain-free lifestyles. He has extensive knowledge of and experience in performing the most technologically advanced techniques and procedures currently available. This training includes time spent at several specialty centers around the country including the University of California in San Diego, Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, Botsford Hospital – Michigan State University, the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Valente believes in the human body’s ability to heal itself. Every attempt is made to help his patients regain a healthy, happy, and fully functional lifestyle without surgery. He utilizes a variety of treatment modalities such as anti-inflammatory medications, analgesics, physical therapy, aquatic therapy, massage, ultrasound, injection therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care when appropriate. Only when a patient has been unable to alleviate symptoms with non-surgical treatments is surgery considered as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

He performs all aspects of spinal surgery (cervical, thoracic and lumbar), including minimally invasive procedures for herniated discs, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, compression fractures, trauma and degenerative disc disease. He also performs complex spinal reconstruction and deformity surgeries, including scoliosis and revision surgery for patients who have undergone previous spinal surgery without success.

Dr. Valente has extensively lectured, as well as researched and presented his findings, to physicians and surgeons nationally and internationally. He has also been published in textbooks and written research protocols in the area of minimally invasive spine surgery. His research in this regard has been recognized as the “Most Outstanding Study” by his training institution. In addition, Dr. Valente has held academic appointments as Clinical Instructor at both Michigan State University and the University of California.

As a board certified spine surgeon, Dr. Valente ranked no. 3 in the country among all orthopedic surgeons sitting for the oral board examination. His extensive experience, research and related contributions in the area of minimally invasive spine surgery have all contributed to his success as one of the most highly trained surgeons in his field.

Well liked by his colleagues, peers and patients, Dr. Valente is often recognized for his ability to communicate with his patients and for his bedside manner. He believes in treating his patients with the attention and respect that every person deserves.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Valente’s passion is for his family and world travel. He has journeyed to over 40 countries—including Guatemala, where he participated in a medical mission. He also enjoys reading, golf, hockey and waterskiing.

office locations:
12485 Timberland Blvd., Suite 701
Keller, TX 76244

2000 Ben Merritt Dr.
Suite B
Decatur, TX 76234

7712 San Jacinto Place,Suite 200
Plano, TX 75024

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7712 San Jacinto Place, Suite 200, Plano, Texas, 75024
(888) 373-3720

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?

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