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Interview with Dr. Adam W. Spjute, M.D. Dr. Adam Spjute is a Double-Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist at Advanced Pain Care in Waco. Trained in anesthesiology, Dr. Spjute then did a fellowship training in pain management. Since then, he’s been practicing pain management for 5 years, treating chronic pain ranging from headaches and foot pain and everything in between. He’s published studies in Anesthesia and Pain Management, was granted membership into the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management, and helps patients in Advanced Pain Care’s Waco branch with their pain care needs. So, Let’s Talk

It’s easy to directly compare Eastern and Western medicine together— but is it fully accurate? We spoke with Dr. Rey Ximenes, Consulting Physician at APC, Medical Director of Driftwood Recovery, and rated the Top Doctor 2023 in Austin Monthly, about the differences between Eastern and Western Medicine. “It’s a little bit unfair to just narrow it down to Eastern and Western Medicine,” he explained. “Because it doesn’t really tell the whole story.” Instead, he better refers to what we’d consider Eastern medicine as Traditional Medicine and Western medicine being Allopathic Medicine, explaining that while we’d assume that healing herbs like echinacea and mullein

“I’ve been in a couple of wars, I’ve taken a lot of bullets. I’ve got some holes in me… and I was afraid of this hip replacement,” Chris tells us, an APC hip replacement patient. “I was a real weenie on this because of the fear of anesthesia!” As the owner of JP Mortgage Services, Chris has another passion on top of his professional work: drag racing at the Little River Dragway. But during one race in a 52-year-old car, he forgot to change his steering wheel column, and when the lights changed, his steering column snapped. He had no control

The Injury In August of 2019, Johnny fell into his fireplace and developed extreme pain like he’d never felt before. Though he went to one of his own doctors, they’d told him nothing was wrong, but he insisted that he try another primary care doctor to get some answers. Finally, after finding a doctor who encouraged him to get an x-ray and learning that his 3 fractured bones were not normal for a 40-year-old to have after a fall, he was diagnosed with severe bone loss, which was something he’d had but never found out about until that very moment. Meanwhile, his uncle

28 years ago, Lawanda fell down a flight of stairs. And while doctors handed her some medication and a boot and said it wasn’t broken, every four to five months, she’d feel pain in the same area. Finally, she went to the doctor again when it seemed to last longer than it normally did. She got a screen in her ankle, because her foot has started turning inward, and eventually got surgery of two rods put in her foot. Since her injury, Lawanda’s husband had a spinal cord stimulator put in that yielded tremendous well for his back, leg, and knee pain. But

Angie’s Back Injury For 15 years, Angie has been on the clinical side of healthcare. Day in and day out, she’d work in the operating rooms and treatment rooms, until one day when she was helping a doctor with a heavier patient. As he was falling off the table, she scooped down to help him, and all of a sudden, felt a *pop.* An intense pain shot down her right leg, and immediately, she knew something didn’t feel right. As soon as she was able to, she found a pain care clinic where she started going through a series of injections, as she

By Matthew Hellman, M.D. Firstly, what is sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction? That large bone you’re probably sitting on right now as you read this? That’s your sacrum. It’s where the tailbone at the end comes together with the hip bones– the ilium– to create the iliac crest. Hence, the sacroiliac joint! You’ll find this joint on the side where the lower back meets the buttocks as a fairly large weight-bearing joint that, for many, goes unaddressed for a long period of time. Recently, though, it’s been gaining more notoriety as a cause of lower back pain, buttocks, thigh, groin, or even lower abdominal

By Advanced Pain Care; an interview with Dr. Victor Taylor “Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” This quote by Albert Swietzer is, fortunately not a truth most of us have to deal with on a daily basis. For some people, however, pain becomes an ever-present part of their lives. Everyone has experienced pain. By the time we are old enough to remember anything we have had multiple falls, pinches, scrapes, and dings. By the time we reach adulthood, most people have had a sprained ankle, broken bone, or a cut that required stitches. As we progress through

What is a meniscus tear? Oh no-- you think you've got a meniscus tear? You're in the right place to learn about its causes, effects, identifiers, and cures. Let’s dive right in. Picture a C-shaped piece of cartilage in your knee that sits right under the patella and acts like a shock absorber between your thighbone and shinbone– that’s your meniscus. A meniscus tear is when that little cushiony cartilage in your knee, which acts as a shock absorber between your thigh bone and shinbone, gets torn. When intact and healthy, your meniscus keeps your knee stable, but when it’s not, could cause

By Dr. Jenna Lane, M.D. Back pain during pregnancy is common. In fact, nearly 80% of women experience back pain during pregnancy. You may experience back pain because the weight of your baby is adding more pressure to your pelvic region, and changing your posture. Progesterone is a hormone that maintains pregnancy. Progesterone in combination with the hormone relaxin, relaxes the ligaments around the pelvis, which makes pregnant women more susceptible to back pain. You may have just entered your third trimester, and the weight of the baby adds stress to your lower back. Due to your growing belly and breasts causing a shift in