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Dr. Rajesh G. Arakal, M.D.

Dr. Arakal’s Personal Quote:

“I dedicate my practice exclusively to the thorough evaluation and treatment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar pathology. When required, surgical treatments are tailored to meet patients needs.”


Specialty:

Spine Surgery
Fellowship Training: Spinal Surgery


Certification:

Certified – American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


Education:

Specialized training at the Klinic Karlsbad, Germany with Jurgen Harms for Cervical stabilization and Lumbar reconstructive procedures.
2004-2005 Spine Surgery Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas Medical Center (Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Michael Debakey VA Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital) (Chief of Service: Michael Heggeness, M.D., Ph.D.)
2000-2004 Orthopedic Surgery Residency, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey (Chief of Service: Fred F. Behrens, M.D.)
1999-2000 General Surgery Internship, University Hospital, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey
1999 M.D., New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey
1995 B.S., Honors Program, College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey


Awards/Recognition:


Voted one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors in 2011
D Magazine Best Doctors in Collin County 2011
Director of Orthopedic Spine, Medical Center of Plano
Spine Trauma physician at regional level II Trauma Center
Clinical Instruction, Minimally Invasive Selective Endoscopic Discectomy, Arthroscopic Approaches to the Spinal Column, Anthony Yeung, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego, Arizona Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, San Diego, California
October 2007 Clinical Instruction, Complex Spinal Deformity, Lawrence Lenke, M.D., Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Spine Consultant, Michael Johnson Athletic Performance Center at Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas
Sub-investigator, Advent Cervical Disc Arthroplasty Study
Co-Investigator, Intradiscal Regeneration Study, Johnson & Johnson
Fellow, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Lead Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Providence St. Peters Hospital, tertiary referral center, Olympia, Washington
Post-Doctoral Spine Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas
Assistant Orthopedic Faculty, Ben Taub Orthopedic Clinics, Houston, Texas
Assistant Faculty, Michael Debakey VA, Houston, Texas
Resident Role Model and Teaching Excellence Award, Gold Foundation, University Hospital, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS)
Alumni Scholar, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS)
Alumni Research Fellowship Award, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS)
Deans Achievement, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS)
Edward Bloustein Garden State Scholar
Trustee Scholar, College of New Jersey
Graduated Magna Cum Laude, College of New Jersey
Combined Accelerated 7-year Bachelor in Science and Doctorate in Medicine
First Student to Finish the Honors Degree in Three Years in College History, College of New Jersey


Locations:

McKinney

6045 Alma Rd.
Suite 360
McKinney, TX 75070

Plano

6020 W. Parker Rd.
Plano, TX 75093

Wichita Falls

501 Midwestern Pkwy, E
Wichita Falls, TX 76302

Listing Details

Address
6020 W. Parker Rd., Plano, TX, 75093

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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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