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Dr. Will Moorehead

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Houston, TX
52 years experience male

Locations

Office

Houston, TX

Address

8240 Antoine Dr., Ste 101, Houston, TX
Directions

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Humana Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

Zurich North America

Office

Houston, TX

About

Bio

I am a practicing Board Certified Orthopedic Spine surgeon that specialize in Minimal Invasive Spinal Surgery (MISS). Over the years I have pioneered MISS. I completed training to perform Robotic Spinal surgery. Additionally, I have a physical therapy degree and believe in the benefit of exercises to assist in preventing and enhancing surgery.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

327 Answers
412 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Yes: There are well respected studies that have shown that short term chiropractic care to be as effective as physical therapy.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Approximately 88%: Several outcome studies have shown that approximately 88% of patients who undergo cervical disc replacement surgery have good results. This compared f... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Family practitioner : There are many causes for neck pain and your family physician is an excellent resource to begin the evaluation in ascertaining the correct diagnosis ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Depend on cause: If you have experienced a spinal cord injury, you should contact your doctor for bowel & bladder management techniques. If this is secondary to medic... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Erect: Sitting erect with a lumbar roll in the hollow of the lower back should give you best chance to relieve lower back pain while seated. But more importa... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Time & exercise: A herniated disc does not necessary require treatment. If there is associated nerve root compression/irritation then treatment may be required. Unders... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Not the issue: There is no safety issue, it is a quality of life issue. If you are experiencing leg pain, numbness & tingling; then at this time you should be takin... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
YES: Once the fusion becomes solid, exercises to strengthen the core muscles is a must. The stronger your core muscles the less chance for pain from muscle... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
NO: You start by saying you have "chronic back pain, " if so then th emergency ro on is not the place for you. You should be thoroughly evaluated by your ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
No: Chiropractic medical treatment can be very beneficial. It is very effective in conservative treatment of facet sydrome. Studies have shown that short... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Yes: There are several treatments. You will need to see a pulmonary specialist. There is spirometer-assisted breathing, thoracic valley exercises and deep ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
No..but: It sound as if you are describing musle spam. This may be resulting from a lower back muscle strain. I would recommend that you perform stretching exe... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Spine surgeon : Once the diagnosis is established you then should be referred to a spine surgeon.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Frequent turning: Frequently turning the patient will relieve pressure on body parts. Taking the patient or family member in and out of bed in and out of wheel chairs f... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Get examination : If this has been going on for an extended period of time i would suggest that you get examined to find the reason. Most likely it just muscular in nat... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Depend: If the muscled are sore to touch or restrict your range of motion, then wait another day or two. If you just have soreness the return to the gym and p... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Disc herniation: If i understand your question you are speaking of disc rupture or herniation at the l4-5 level. This refer to a fissure of the putter fibers of the di... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Yes: The survival following a fracture of the cervical depend on the level of the fracture and importantly whether there bony fragment displacement impingi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Exercises: Degenerative disc disease is a process of normal aging. Would advise you to participate in aquatic and land based exercises. Pilates & yoga may benefi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Depend: The recovery from spinal surgery depend on the nature of the operation. For discectomy, traditional open vs micro discectomy/microendoscopic (miss) , ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
7: To answer your question you need to go back and discuss with your mother the exact level of her cervical problems. There are only '7' cervical vertebr... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Yes : Once you have rehabbed properly and has maximized your neck, upper body and core muscle strength bodyboarding should not impose any additional risk to... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Heat & exercise: If you have a sprain/ strain as a result of an acceleration/deceleration injury, usually heat, otc nsaids combined with exercises should do the trick.... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Muscle Relaxer: Soma (carisoprodol) is a muscle relaxer that comes in 2 dosage strength, 250 mg & 350 mg. It is use to relieve muscle spasm & and associated pain. Be... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Yes: Certain lumbar disc herniations can result in the lose of bowel control. When this occurs it is a major emergent problem and requires emergent surgery... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Depend: If you are an adolescent your back evaluation will determine the aggressiveness of your treatment . You may require close follow up to determine if y... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Examination: If you are experiencing lower back pain that does not respond to rest & otc nsaids , then i would recommend that you go see your family doctor for an ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Yes: For acute strain/sprain injuries, ice should be used in the first 48 hours to help reduce swelling and decrease pain. In chronic injuries, it should b... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
See spine surgeon: Synovial cysts are treated by mainly 3 methods. Observation along with activity modification for minimal complaints. Cyst injections; either directel... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
DIAGNOSIS: Whiplash is a non medical term. It is related to acceleration/deceleration injuries as in a car accident. Establishing the definitive diagnosis of the... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Severe Pain : Vertebroplasty is commonly used following failure of conservative care such as bed rest, bracing, physicial therapy or adverse effect of medication. I... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
6 to 8 hours: The time is variable and depends on the number of vertebra involved, the degree of curvature and associated developmental deformities and the surgical... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Yes: If you have question regarding your diagnosis, need for surgery or understanding of the surgical procedure and is not satisfied with the answers from ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Many: For disc problems there are the mackenzie exercises and williams dexercises. Yoga and pilates are excellent generalized exercises to promote healthy ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
No injection: Epidural steroid injections are not an indicated treatment for a lumbar sprain/strain!
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
None: Cortisone is a corticosteriod, but is no commonly used in esi treatment.
A female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Examination: Normally scoliosis is not a painful condition. It would help to know your age range. For the adolescent and adult whose curve has stabilized, if you ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Irritation: It is quite possible that you may have a lower back strain/sprain with an irritation of a nerve root. You may have a muscle, the piriformis may be com... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Both: At this time you should concentrate on core muscular strengthening exercises. This will include your lower back.. A combination of aquatic and land b... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
???: Unfortunately there are no set fees that surgeons charge for their services. The price will vary from region to region. The patient's portion of the c... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Exercises: Spondylolisthesis is often found on x-ray examination as an incidental findings. Just because it is there, does not mean that it is the cause of your ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Depend: Discectomy is performed to eliminate pain arising from a compressed/irritated nerve root. Unfortunately we have no way of knowing the internal damage ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
No: There is no known cure for ankylosing spondylitis. There are many treatment options....See your doctor.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Depend: Recovery time is dependent on the type of surgery that is performed. Most microdiscectomies have full recovery in 3 to 6 weeks...Depending on peeexid... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Get examination : If this has been going on for an extended period of time i would suggest that you get examined to find the reason. Most likely it just muscular in nat... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Probably not: When sitting & working in front of a computer, i would recommend that you investigate obtaining a good ergonomic chair with support for the lumbar & u... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Charite^: Although I have not had a replacement disc, I have performed this operation utilizing the charite^ artificial disc. When the patients are properly sel... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
What is the?: For treatment of an acute sprain you should appli ice to the lower back for the first 24 to 48 hrs & perform light stretching exercises, combined with... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Exercise: There are many conditions that may lead to muscular wasting. I am confining this to disuse atrophy. Eating a well balanced diet and performing 30 to 4... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
Report it : If you have sustained a work related injury, you must first report it and your job must file first report of injury or illness to the insurance compan... Read More

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Apr 20, 2013
Very accurate and timely answers.
HealthTap member
Sep 20, 2013
I recommend dr. Moorehead because he doesn't lie to you, if you have sepsis or spinal shock he tells your family right away. He can practice in other states like CA. He works at one of the best hospit...Read More
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Aug 4, 2012
I would reccomend Dr Moorehead because he is a spinal Dr and not only amswered my question but included why.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN
Graduated 1969MD

Residency

UCSF MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Thought Leader, Second Place, Houston, TX - Winter
2013
Top Orthopedic Spine Surgeon , First Place, Texas - Winter
2013
Top Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, First Place, Texas - Spring
2017
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