Pine Creek Medical Center Dallas Medical Center Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:20:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Common Types of Ankle Conditions Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:07:02 +0000 Achilles Tendonitis and Tendinosis

Achilles tendonitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the Achilles tendon, otherwise known as the “heel cord”.  It is the thick, connective tissue that connects the muscles of the heel to the calf. The Achilles tendon, which is considered as the strongest and the largest tendon, works as a shock absorber of the foot whenever a person walks, runs, jumps, or swims. When tendons are inflamed, stiffness and pain may be felt at the back of the heel that may last from days to weeks.

Some people, however, may experience chronic discomfort and pain in the heel cord. If this occurs without apparent inflammation, Achilles tendinosis is suspected.

Achilles tendinosis is a degenerative condition involving gradual thickening of the Achilles tendon. It may be due to repetitive stress or overuse of the tendon or as a result of wear and tear in relation to aging.

Broken Ankle

A broken ankle, or ankle fracture, can range from a simple break to compound fracture involving several broken bones or joints that make up the ankle.

Depending on the severity, anyone who has a broken ankle may or may not have trouble walking or moving the feet. The more complex the fracture is, the more unstable the feet become.

Sprained Ankle

Ankle sprains are common injuries that involve the strong ligaments in the ankle. The ligaments are connective tissues that support the ankle. When these connective tissues stretch beyond their limits or tears due to a trauma, it can result in an ankle sprain. Symptoms may include swelling, pain, bruising, immobility of the feet, stiffness, and tenderness.

High Ankle Sprain

Also known as a syndesmotic sprain, a high ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments located near the knee (above the ankle joints). These ligaments connect the outer leg bone to the shin bone. This condition often results from severe outward twisting of the foot.

Osteochondral Lesion

Osteochondral lesions are injuries to the talus, which is the bottom bone of the ankle joint. These injuries may involve both the bone and the cartilage (firm tissues connecting bones and joints).

Blistering or formation of cyst-like lesions occurs within the cartilage or the bone layers. Symptoms include pain, severe locking of the joint of the ankle or difficulty of bending the ankle. Some patients describe this symptom as ‘an ankle that freezes up’.

Chronic lateral ankle pain

Chronic lateral ankle pain occurs when the ligament on the outer side of the ankle stretches out or tears. This condition results in recurring/chronic pain at the lateral part of the ankle.


Ankle osteoarthritis is a condition that is degenerative in nature. It happens when the ankle’s cartilages wear away, and the bone ends rub together causing inflammation and swelling. Symptoms include ankle joint stiffness, discomfort, and pain.

Ligament Tear

The ankle ligaments are the tough connective tissues that join the bones and joints of the ankles. They provide support and strength to the feet. Torn ligaments, commonly known as “sprains”, occur due to overstretching, tears, or rupture on one or more of these connective tissues.

If you suspect you have one of these conditions, contact  us to discuss different options with one of our podiatrists.

See Podiatry.


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When should you see an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) doctor? Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:04:17 +0000 An ENT specialist is a doctor who is an expert in both surgical and medical management of Ear, Nose, and Throat issues. They typically see patients who have conditions related to the:

Ears: Patients that have ear infections, tinnitus, general ear pain, hearing impairments, conditions caused by the ear such as vertigo, and congenital ear disorders will see an ENT specialist for treatment.

Nose: Patients who have problems with their nasal cavity and sinuses, including chronic sinusitis, asthma and allergies that are persistent and cause difficulty breathing, sleeping and smelling, will see an ENT specialist.

Throat: Patients that have conditions or disorders that affect their throat, such as problems with swallowing or talking, polyps, or chronic tonsillitis, will see an ENT specialist.

There are other ENT conditions that affect the head, face, and neck. In these instances, an ENT specialist is specially trained to perform surgery on these areas to manage deformities, trauma, diseases, and tumors.

You should consider seeing an ENT specialist if you suffer from any of the following:

  • Problems with balance and dizziness
  • Persistent pain and/or ringing in the ears
  • Persistent pain in the throat or nose
  • Allergies and sinusitis, including:
    • hoarse voice, nasal congestion, sinus problems, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, sinus headaches
  • Problems with breathing
  • Asthma
  • Recurrent ear, nose, or throat infections

If you have any of the above symptoms or conditions, an ENT specialist may be able to help you find the relief that you need.

One of the most common reasons to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor in Dallas is because of allergies. In fact, over 50% of issues with sinuses are caused by allergies, and an ENT will offer an allergy test to help narrow down the cause of your discomfort and provide you with relief.


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Suffering from allergies in Dallas? You’re not alone. Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:14:02 +0000 Sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, headaches, and congestion are just a few of the symptoms that allergy sufferers experience. Most people will experience some allergy symptoms at least a few times in their life, but many suffer from allergies chronically. More often than not, if these symptoms are persistent and just won’t go away, you may more likely have chronic sinusitis or nasal allergies. And you’re not alone.

When it comes to allergies in North Texas, most people can agree on the special kind of misery that falls upon allergy sufferers. Because last winter season was relatively mild and there has been an increase in the amount of high winds we have been feeling, not only do our allergens spread, but North Texas acts as a vortex for allergens outside of our region. The cedar from Central Texas and the pollen from Eastern Texas is carried by the wind into North Texas and mixes with our already high allergens, such as mold, dander, and ragweed. This combination has made things worse for allergy sufferers.

Fortunately, you don’t have to continue suffering from allergies. When allergies and irritated sinus symptoms first begin, treatments that should be explored include over-the-counter allergy and pain relievers and nasal spray.

However after 12 weeks, if there is not relief, one of Pine Creek Medical Center’s ENT specialists would love to see you and offer treatment options so that you can finally feel better. An Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician specializes in assisting patients with nasal allergies and chronic sinusitis. A few treatment options include Balloon Sinuplasty, which is an outpatient procedure used to expand and open any blocked or swollen nasal passages. Another option is Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS), which is reserved for only the most serious and extreme cases. This procedure restores the nasal passages to their normal function by removing any tissue or bone necessary to widen the passages.

To learn more about the ENT specialists at Pine Creek Medical Center and how they can help you feel better, visit:

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Pine Creek Medical Center is a dedicated to technology and patient satisfaction Thu, 05 Oct 2017 22:13:27 +0000 Pine Creek Medical Center is dedicated to state-of-the-art medical technology in all forms

Pine Creek Medical Center is truly a center of medical excellence. The private hospital has a unique environment that mimics a relaxing and sophisticated spa-like setting, designed with patient comfort in mind. At Pine Creek, our short-stay inpatient hospital proudly serves the health needs of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Pine Creek Medical Center has an impressive number of specialty-trained physicians on staff representing a broad range of specialties, over 300, and maintains a low patient to nurse ratio. This guarantees that our physicians and nurses abide by Pine Creek Medical Center’s mission to give patients personalized care that is never rushed and always a top priority. Our physicians cover multiple specialties, including Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, ENT, Orthopedics and Spine, Sports Medicine, Bariatrics, Podiatry, Gynecology, the Tarlov Cyst Institute, and more. To learn more about how Pine Creek can help your needs, see a full list of specialties and programs we offer.

When it comes to all diagnostics and procedures, our team at Pine Creek Medical Center utilizes advanced operating room technology. This includes innovative surgical imaging, impeccable communications mechanics, and surgical environment control. The entire Pine Creek facility is integrated digitally. Because we are entirely wireless, our operating rooms always have the leading edge on surgical procedures in the specialties we offer. This includes a seamless integration of devices that allows nurses and physicians to view critical data at any time, real-time communication between our staff and patients over audio and video processing systems, and nurse’s stations that are enabled for monitoring and controlling our Digital Smart OR from a single point.

Our surgeons at Pine Creek Medical Center are well-trained specialists who perform a wide range of surgical procedures using minimally invasive techniques when possible. Minimally invasive surgery has many benefits including minimized complications and infections, shorter hospital stays, and a quicker recovery process so that patients can return to normal activities and their daily life as quickly as possible. In addition, Pine Creek Medical Center offers unique technology and capabilities in surgical innovation. Pine Creek is one of the only hospitals in North Texas to utilize the Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology for partial and total knee and hip replacements. This Mako® technology helps surgeons provide patients with a personalized surgical experience utilizing a 3D model of the patient’s hip or knee.  MAKOplasty is a less-invasive surgery than total knee or hip replacement, and results in a more rapid recovery time.

At Pine Creek Medical Center, we give our patients access to state-of-the-art technologies from highly-skilled and trained physicians at an affordable price. We take pride in our patient satisfaction, which is assured because of our top-notch personalized care, integrated technology, and staff of elite physicians and expert nurses. We not only serve our bustling communities of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, but see patients from out-of-state and international cities. For more information, see our page for out of town visitors and general patient and visitor information. Pine Creek Medical Center has become synonymous with quality care, patient satisfaction, its commitment to cutting edge technology, and surgical excellence.


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What is the difference between an Orthopedic surgeon and Sports Medicine physician and how do I know if I need one? Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:44:34 +0000 Physicians who specialize in sports medicine have a significant amount of training in the prevention and treatment of an illness or injury regarding the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes joints, nerves, tendons, bones, ligaments, and muscles. These specialized physicians treat their patients to maximize function and minimize further disability and downtime from everyday activities, such as exercising, sports, or work/school.

Some of the most common musculoskeletal conditions include:

  • Acute injuries (ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee & shoulder injuries, and fractures)
  • Overuse injuries (such as rotator cuff and other forms of tendonitis, stress fractures)
  • Osteoarthritis, the most common joint disorder (classified as primary or secondary to some known cause)

Over 90% of musculoskeletal conditions can be successfully treated without surgery, including medical and injection therapies. However, when non-operative treatment is not enough, an orthopedic surgeon will be the one to perform treatment.

The Surgeons that are part of the sports medicine community are known as orthopedic surgeons or sports medicine surgeons. Pine Creek Medical Center has both orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine surgeons on staff. While orthopedic surgeons can choose to work in specific fields (such as pediatrics, reconstructive surgery, or sports medicine) they are extensively trained in musculoskeletal medicine, the conditions that can arise, and their corresponding operative treatments. It is common for orthopedic surgeons to complete a sports medicine fellowship where they gain additional skills in shoulder and knee surgery.

It is very important that patients and their orthopedic surgeons develop a partnership so that every decision made will follow the patient’s preferences, needs, values, and wants. An orthopedic surgeon is dedicated to serve every individual and values diversity in every situation.

An orthopedic surgeon will typically treat the following diseases and conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Torn cartilage
  • Bon tumors
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Torn ligaments
  • Bursitis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Knee injuries or abnormalities
  • Leg injuries or abnormalities
  • Shoulder injuries

There are also many surgical procedures that an orthopedic surgeon will perform for their patient. The most common include:

  • Osteotomy: When bone deformities are cut and/or repositioned to the correct position
  • Fusion: When bones are fused together to heal into a single bone
  • Joint (revision, partial, and total) replacement: When an affected joint is replaced with a prosthesis.
  • Arthroscopy: When small cameras are used to view, diagnose, and treat the problems located in the joint.
  • Soft Tissue Repair: When soft tissues (such as a ligament or tendon) are mended.
  • Internal Fixation: This uses pins, screws, or plates to hold broken bones in their proper position for healing.

A visit with an orthopedic surgeon will typically start with a physical examination and include the review of previous tests or diagnostics and/or medical history. Often, diagnosis is achieved after completing an X-Ray, MRI, blood test, or another diagnostic tool. Because there is usually more than one treatment option for certain musculoskeletal conditions, the orthopedic surgeon will discuss with their patient which treatment will best fit their lifestyle and current health status. If possible, the surgeon will recommend a minimally invasive procedure which involves smaller incisions, lower risk of complications, and typically faster recovery times.

The main goal of an orthopedic surgeon is to properly diagnose and perform treatment that is catered to every individual for optimized recovery. By doing this, an orthopedic surgeon has the opportunity to treat their patients in a way that gets them back in the game of life.

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Pine Creek Medical Center Awarded 2016 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:59:09 +0000 HG_Patient_Safety_Award_Image_2016

Pine Creek Medical Center has been awarded a 2016 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. This designation recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. This distinction places Pine Creek Medical Center among the elite top 10% of hospitals in the nation for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades.

“The (466) recipients of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award have not only found ways to improve patient safety, but to outperform expectations in the prevention of adverse safety incidents,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

Pine Creek Medical Center was one of 56 Texas hospitals awarded the 2016 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and one of 11 hospitals in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Among the other recipients in the DFW area include UT Southwestern Zale Lipshy, Baylor Medical Center Uptown, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Irving.

According to Healthgrades, on average, 270,457 patient safety events could have been prevented if all hospitals, as a group from 2012 to 2014, performed similarly to hospitals who exceeded expectations.

In addition, during this study period, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 2% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 2% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 4% less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.


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Pine Creek Medical Center Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:49:50 +0000 Pine Creek Medical Center is a privately owned, Dallas medical facility. Our hospital is the only physician-owned and operated hospital in the area, providing health care services to more than three million people in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It is our goal to provide our patients with care that goes beyond the typical hospital, with a sophisticated environment, advanced technology and a highly trained staff that strives to make our patients the priority.

Did you know?

Pine Creek Medical Center is staffed by 250 physicians representing all specialties. Many of our doctors have even been listed among D Magazine’s Best Doctors in Dallas! We are proud to have one of the lowest patient-to-nurse ratios in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, ensuring that each of our patients receives personalized care.

Our hospital is also fully digital, fully integrated and completely wireless! In our operating room, patients undergo leading-edge surgery and medical procedures.

Pine Creek Medical Center is committed to the highest standards of service and performance; while delivering the finest quality care with compassion and kindness, we provide for the personalized needs of our patients and their families. We believe that our mission extends far beyond the doors of our hospital. With our blog, we will be able to further educate our patients, as well as reach prospective patients and others in the healthcare community with health and wellness tips and information on the medical services we provide.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to communicate with us, we want to hear from you! You can also connect with Pine Creek Medical Center on Facebook.


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Get the Facts: Chronic Sinusitis Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:47:24 +0000 Sinusitis is inflammation in the mucous membranes of the nose, sinuses and throat. Swelling blocks the sinus openings, causing fluid to build up in the sinuses, preventing normal drainage and allowing germs to grow in the sinuses and cause an infection. When sinusitis symptoms last 12 weeks or longer, the condition can be characterized as chronic sinusitis.

What causes it?

The purpose of the sinuses, which are hollow spaces in the skull, is to generate mucus to keep the nose from becoming too dry, and to trap allergens and other unwanted materials to prevent them from getting into the lungs. Drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses working. The common cold, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps or a deviated septum may cause blockage of the sinuses. Obstruction of the sinuses can lead to a sinus infection, sinusitis and chronic sinusitis.

Who gets it?

It is estimated that chronic sinusitis results in seven million doctors visits each year. Individuals with these conditions may be at higher risk developing sinusitis:

  • Swelling in the nasal mucous membrane from a common cold
  • Blockage of the drainage ducts
  • Structural differences (such as deviated septum) that narrow the drainage ducts
  • Nasal polyps
  • Immune deficiencies due to other health conditions or medication
  • People with frequent infections
  • People who smoke
  • In children: allergies, illness from other children at school or daycare, pacifiers, drinking from a bottle while lying on their back, smoke in the environment

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of chronic sinusitis are the same as symptoms of acute sinusitis, but last longer than 12 weeks. These symptoms include:

  • Facial congestion
  • Nasal blockage
  • Fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Pus in the naval cavity
  • Headaches
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain

What are the treatment options?

Acute sinusitis may be treated with saline nasal sprays, antibiotics, nasal steroid sprays, decongestants and over-the-counter pain relievers. However, chronic sinusitis may not respond to conventional treatments. If your symptoms last longer than 12 weeks, your doctor may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor for treatment. One option for treatment of chronic sinusitis is Balloon Sinuplasty, a less-invasive procedure to open blocked sinus passages. Balloon Sinuplasty allows patients to return to normal activities more quickly.

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is another treatment that may be considered if other treatments fail, or nasal blockage cannot be corrected with medication. This procedure clears blocked sinuses to restore normal sinus drainage by removing bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening. This option may lead to pain, scarring and bleeding.

To find out if you are a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty or FESS, contact the Dallas ENT doctors at Pine Creek Medical Center.

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Treat Nasal Allergies or Sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:45:02 +0000 Sneezing. Congestion. Sinus pain. Headaches. These are all symptoms of nasal allergies or sinusitis. If you are suffering from these symptoms, you aren’t alone in your misery. But you don’t have to stay miserable either.

An estimated 37 million Americans suffer from acute and chronic sinus problems. Symptoms may be the result of any single or combination of a numerous allergens, including pollen from trees, grass and weeds, pet dander, dust or mold.

Allergies and sinusitis can cause the membranes inside the nasal passageways to become infected and inflamed, swelling to the point that fluid inside the sinuses is not able to drain. A buildup of fluid causes pressure and pain. The innovative Balloon Sinuplasty procedure can help you breath easier and experience relief from the painful allergy symptoms that are making you miserable.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure, performed by an ear, nose and throat specialist specifically trained in the procedure. It is a simple, less invasive and effective treatment for chronic sinusitis in patients who are not responding to other treatments.

The procedure restores function to nasal passages by opening clogged passages with a small catheter with a balloon attached at the end. As the catheter is inserted into the nasal passage, the balloon is gently inflated, providing immediate relief from blocked passages. The balloon is then deflated and removed, restoring normal nasal function and drainage.

Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty is an in-office procedure, offering a number of benefits to patients including:

  • Virtually painless, minimally invasive procedure
  • Requires to incisions or cutting
  • Will not result in bruises or swelling
  • Patients experience less bleeding and no need for nasal packing
  • Faster recovery time (most patients fully recover within 24 hours)

Don’t assume you simply have to “deal with” your sinus pain. Contact the Dallas ENT doctors at Pine Creek Medical Center to find out if Balloon Sinuplasty can help provide relief from your chronic sinusitis and/or nasal allergies. To find out if you are a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty, contact us today!

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MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing vs. Total Knee Replacement Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:40:34 +0000 Are you suffering from osteoarthritis? Do you find it difficult to perform daily activities due to a stiff, painful knee? Have you found other treatments such as physical therapy and medication no longer provide relief? If your answer to any or all of those questions is yes, you may benefit from orthopedic surgery on your knee.

Patients over 50 who suffer from osteoarthritis may benefit from either partial knee resurfacing or total knee replacement to alleviate painful symptoms and joint stiffness. Candidacy for either procedure depends on the severity of the osteoarthritis in your knee joint.

MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing

This new treatment option is designed for patients living with painful, early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee in which only one or two components of the knee are affected by osteoarthritis. MAKOplasty is a less-invasive surgery than total knee replacement, and results in a more rapid recovery time.

During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon is guided by robotic arm technology and 3-D visualization of the knee to resurface the affected portions of the knee, saving as much of healthy bone and surrounding tissue as possible.

Patient-specific pre-operative planning, including a 3-D model of the patient’s CT scan and a virtual view of the entire joint from all angles provides increased surgical accuracy. The accuracy of MAKOplasty results in a more natural feeling knee and improved motion for patients with early stage osteoarthritis. Other potential benefits for patients undergoing MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing include:

  • Less blood loss
  • Reduced hospital stay
  • Reduced need for pain medications
  • More rapid recovery, easier physical therapy
  • Less scarring

Total knee replacement surgery

This treatment is reserved for patients with severe osteoarthritis. During the procedure, the damaged knee joint is removed and replaced with an artificial knee joint. The artificial joint is attached to the thighbone, shin and kneecap and relies on the surrounding muscles and ligaments for support.

With recent advances in medical technology, there are minimally invasive surgical options for a total knee replacement. The less-invasive approach results in less damage to surrounding tissue. It may also result in less pain, a quicker recovery time, more mobility following surgery and less scar tissue.

Improvements in surgical technique and materials used to create artificial joints lead to a higher success rate for patients undergoing a total knee replacement. When joint replacement procedures were first introduced in the 1970s, the artificial joints were expected to last no more than 10 years. Today, about 85 percent of joint implants will last at least 20 years.

If you are suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, contact Pine Creek Medical Center to learn about your treatment options.

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