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Dr. Stephen R. Tolhurst, M.D.

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“I treat every patient as though they were a member of my family.  My goal is to return patients to the lifestyle they enjoyed before their pain began.  I hold surgery as a last resort, and will do everything possible to achieve a great result for you.”


Spine Surgery

Fellowship Training:
Spinal Surgery


Eligible- American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


2011-2012 Spine Surgery Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
2006-2011 Orthopedic Residency Training Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2006 M.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
2001 B.A., University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois


2011 – OREF Fellowship Grant
2006 – Franklin McLean Research Award for the most meritorious research in the medical field at the Pritzker School of Medicine
2005 – Alpha Omega Alpha
2005 – Calvin Fentress Research Fellowship Award – Pritzker School of Medicine
2001-04 – Adolph Lange Scholarship, Pritzker School of Medicine
2001 – Phi Beta Kappa


Flower Mound

4401 Long Prairie Rd.
Suite 500
Flower Mound, TX 75028


2817 S. Mayhill Rd.
Denton, TX 76208



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4401 Long Prairie Rd. Suite 500, Flower Mound, TX, 75028

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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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