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Clinical Outcomes

The TRUE definition of quality is reduction of variation about the mean. As quality experts note, unless you have data, you have no business talking about quality. Texas Spine and Scoliosis, Austin, a multidisciplinary group of specialists in physical medicine (Dr. Moroz and Dr. Pena), orthopedic surgery (Dr. Geck and Dr. Truumees) and neurosurgery (Dr. Stokes), texas nonsurgical spine physician, spine surgeon, dr geck and dr morozis a work in progress with the goal of improving how we care for back and neck patients.

New patients coming into Texas Spine and Scoliosis in Austin, Texas completed an intake form that measured their pain level, severity of symptoms and functional status. Three months after their first visit, an outside nurse, not employed by Texas Spine and Scoliosis, called a random sample of patients and interviewed them for functional status, symptoms and patient satisfaction. This is the most unbiased method for outcomes analysis. The clinical outcomes presented here are analyzed and validated by an outside firm, Prizm Development, Inc., that specializes in tracking spine outcomes nationally, and is the most experienced entity in the nation related to spine specialty centers.

Unlike most providers of back and neck pain, a spine center typically receives the most complex patients. One of every three patients coming in the front door has had previous back surgery at other clinics. Additionally, 48% of new patients referred into the spine center have red flag symptoms like numbness into a leg or arm, which implies discrelated symptoms, rather than simple acute back or neck strain. This severity of new patients presents a challenge for a spine center. Still, the spine center emphasized non-surgical options first, holding surgery as the last resort.

Highlight of Clinical Outcome Measures:

  • Percent of patients receiving a Home Exercise Program = 42%
  • Percent of patients that receive therapy (either at Texas Spine and Scoliosis or elsewhere) as a part of their care = 57%
  • Percent of patients who were satisfied with the time the doctor spent with them = 95%
  • Percent of patients taking 5 or more pills daily for pain relief after treatment = 8%
  • Percent of patients who would recommend the clinic to a friend or relative = 96%

Even with the most complex patient base, 82% of patients were treated without surgery. As to return to work and activity, Texas Spine and Scoliosis helped 94% of chronic patients return to work or their favorite recreational activity. Quality is a journey, however, rather than a destination, and we are committed to continually improving. This report documents our footprints on that journey.

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Physicians
  • Matthew J. Geck, MD
    • Matthew J. Geck MD is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who has a practice focused exclusively on spine and scoliosis surgery.
  • John K. Stokes, MD
    • Dr. Stokes is a board-certified neurosurgeon, fellowship-trained in spinal surgery with a practice entirely focused on spinal surgery.
  • Eeric Truumees, MD
    • Dr. Eeric Truumees is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Texas Spine and Scoliosis in Austin, Texas. He specializes in cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine disorders
  • Eric Mayer, MD
    • Dr. Mayer is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in nonsurgical treatment of back pain and neck pain.
  • Lee E. Moroz, MD
    • Dr. Moroz is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in helping patients return to activity without having to resort to surgery.
  • Enrique B. Pena, MD
    • Dr. Pena is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who specializes in the non-surgical treatment of patients with back and neck problems.
What do Your Symptoms Indicate?
  • Red Flag Symptoms
    • Many back problems can improve on their own or with non-surgical treatment. They key is to understand which symptoms are emergencies and need to be seen immediately.
Brochures & Journals
  • Back to Life Journal
    • Subscribe to our Back to Life Journal to read information on the latest advances on back and neck pain treatment.
Home Remedy Book
  • Home Remedy Book
    • Have back or neck pain? Learn what causes symptoms and the home remedies that relieve pain. Texas Spine and Scoliosis mails out Home Remedy Books to residents throughout the Austin area.

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