Nacogdoches Medical Center launches ‘Ask a Doc’ video program

Feb 8, 2023

Nacogdoches Medical Center CEO Jeff Patterson (left) and Dr. Mike Randle, neurosurgeon and chief of surgery at NMC, introduce the Nacogdoches Institute of Spine Care in the first episode of “Ask a Nac Doc.” Watch the segment here.

(Nacogdoches, TX) – Managing your health can be a complicated maze of information and internet searches, especially when something is wrong. Nacogdoches Medical Center (NMC) has launched a video program that aims to answer medical and healthcare related questions for the community. Ask a Nac Doc will feature local physicians talking about medical issues with the aim to help inform our neighbors about a wide variety of healthcare topics.

The first Ask a Nac Doc topic is about back pain. Back pain is the second most common reason for seeing a doctor, yet many people endure the suffering longer than necessary before seeing a back pain specialist. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39 percent of adults have back pain in the United States. Some 16 million adults experience chronic back pain that limits their everyday activities. Back pain is the sixth most costly condition in the United States and a leading cause of work-loss and work limitations.

Neurosurgeon Mike Randle, M.D., Chief of Surgery at Nacogdoches Medical Center launches the Ask a Nac Doc video series with information about back and neck pain. Dr. Randle talks with NMC CEO Jeff Patterson about the newly launched Nacogdoches Institute of Spine Care (NISC). The institute opened this month at NMC and is a resource for people suffering from back pain, neck pain, chronic spine conditions and back injuries.

“We start our treatment plans with non-surgical spine pain management treatments, such as heat and cold therapy, massage, physical therapy, or anti-inflammatory drugs. If your pain does not get better using non-invasive methods, a neuro-spine surgeon may use minimally invasive or other surgical techniques to address your pain. Minimally invasive surgery can mean faster recovery and fewer complications.”

The community is encouraged to watch the videos and submit questions directed to a Nacogdoches physicians on any of our social media pages. We will endeavor to answer them in future Ask a Nac Doc videos.

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