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Dr. Zach Kelley

Dr. Zach Kelley is a fellowship trained spine surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine procedures. Patients who have minimally invasive spine procedures have smaller incisions, less blood loss, and a shorter hospital stay.

Dr. Zach Kelley completed his undergraduate training at the University of Washington in Seattle. He later obtained a Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1999. After pharmacy school, he was accepted into the University of Washington School of Medicine. He graduated with a Doctorate in Medicine in 2003. Following medical school, he entered orthopedic residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. He completed his residency training in 2008.

As Dr. Kelley had an interest in spine surgery, he completed a spine fellowship at the Seattle Minimally Invasive Spine Center in 2009. This fellowship focused on minimally invasive treatments of all regions of the spine. His comprehensive spine training included the treatment of low back pain, neck pain, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, spinal instability, spine trauma, and many other spinal conditions that affect the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar areas of the spine.

Dr. Kelley's message to patients:

Low back pain, neck pain, or some other problem arising from the spine will affect the majority of us at some point in our lives. These ailments can cause significant pain and lead to a decrease in physical function and quality of life. Many of these problems can be managed without surgery, and I believe that in most situations these nonsurgical treatments should be attempted prior to surgery. However, when these other methods fail, surgery can be the best approach for relieving pain and increasing physical function. I also believe that when the time for surgery presents, most procedures can be done in a minimally invasive fashion. Minimally invasive surgery decreases postoperative pain, blood loss, and the time that patients remain in the hospital. Many surgeries can now be performed through an incision that is 14 to 16mm in length, which is less than the distance measured across a penny. In addition, I feel that as a spine surgeon, I am obligated to provide excellent medical treatment and to treat all patients with a high level of respect and care.


Locations:

7777 Forest Lane, Bldg. C, Suite 500

Dallas, TX 75230

 


10 Medical Parkway, Plaza 3, Suite 209

Dallas, TX 75234

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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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