Summer: Back and Spine Health and Injury Prevention
Dr. Augustus John (A.J.) Rush, III, MD, an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at the Texas Back Institute, practicing in Dallas and Irving, Texas joins eHealth Radio and the Spinal Health and Health News Channel.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Rush discuss the following:
Summer is associated with sunburns and related heat ailments, but most people aren’t aware that back and spine injury risks rise with the temperatures. Can you tell us a little bit about why that is?
There certainly are a number of concerns around potential injury during the summer season. Dr. Rush, are there some general guidelines you can share to help us keep our back and spine safe and pain free during the summer?
I’ve had the opportunity to review both your background and your credentials, research and board certification is extraordinary. With the proliferation of information on the web, can you help our listeners understand the best way to get information about back and spine care when they have a concern?
While back and spinal injuries can be both serious and consequential at any age, my sense is that children may be at higher risk than suspected – particularly during the summer months. Can you share some guidance for parents hoping to keep their kids injury free during the remainder of the summer?
I know this is a huge question to ask of you as we near the end of our conversation, but can you share some of the transformative treatments available to people who have suffered back and spine injuries – or are experiencing pain?
Augustus John (A.J.) Rush, III, MD is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at the Texas Back Institute, practicing in Dallas and Irving, Texas.
Dr. Rush, a native of Dallas, graduated cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans. He earned his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
Dr. Rush completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/the University of Miami, where he served as Administrative Chief Resident during his final year. He completed his fellowship training in spine surgery at Midwest Orthopedics/Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He has specialized training in the most up-to-date minimally invasive spine surgery techniques and the use of advanced technology such as augmented reality.
Dr. Rush has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has lectured at national meetings. His interest in medical education is demonstrated by his reception of the Paff Teaching Award at the University of Miami and the Golden Apple Teaching Award at Rush University. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society, and the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. He speaks English and Spanish.
Outside of the clinic and operating room, Dr. Rush enjoys spending time with his wife and son, snow skiing, and traveling.