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Dr. Rebecca Stachniak M.D.

Dr. Stachniak earned a Master of Science Degree and Medical Degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1989. Internship, Residency in Neurosurgery and Critical Care Fellowship were completed at the University of Florida in 1998.

Dr. Stachniak is Board Certified in Neurological Surgery and has extensive experience in both brain and spinal surgery. Dr. Stachniak typically performs a variety of procedures including but not limited to minimally invasive spinal surgeries, spinal fusions, carpal tunnel releases, brain tumor resections, aneurysm clippings and stereo-tactic radio-surgery.

Dr. Stachniak has been the primary investigator in several FDA research projects including an Artificial Disc Study and a Trial Study on Bone Morphogenic Protein for Fusions. Dr. Stachniak participates in these studies so that the data can be used to further advance spinal care in patients.

Dr. Stachniak has authored many papers, posters and presentations for major Neurosurgical and Spine related conferences. Dr. Stachniak has spoken at Euro Spine and World Spine meetings in Barcelona, Spain, Rio de Janeiro and Hong Kong, China.

Dr. Stachniak resides in Dallas and enjoys traveling, cycling, gardening and world and wildlife photography during spare time away from patients.


3060 Communications Pkwy.
Suite 201
Plano, TX 75093

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Suite 100
Irving, TX 75061

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Greenville, TX 75401

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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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