Dr. Will Moorehead

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Houston, TX
54 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

246 Answers
316 Agrees
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Pain pattern: If your leg pain follow a particular dermatomal pattern, then it can be assigned to a particular nerve root. This is how we make the diagnosis of rad... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes: You may try nsaid, oral steroids and an esi series, along with exercises. If the conservative care fails, then surgery may be nevessary.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Why: Laser spine surgery carries with it the same dangers as conventional spine surgery. The real question is are there advantages of laser spine surgery o... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
May, but usually NOT: Epidemiology studies and long term follow up studies have shown that over a 10 year period, disc herniations gets better. The size of the herniation d... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Not probable: I am assuming that you are referring to lower back pain. This is usually caused by a muscle strain or ligament sprain. It may be associated degenerati... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Definition : This term is confusing to people. It is distinctly different from spondylolisis, spondylolisthesis, and spondylitis. Treatment for the above are diffe... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
See Neurologist: Severe headaches, black outs, dizziness should be evaluated by a neurologist. Your headaches may be migraine in nature. You may be experiencing a seiz... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Spinal surgeon: If you have a symptomatic disc herniation, and has tried professionally guided conservative treatment, i would recommend that you seek care from a tra... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Multiple causes: Upper back & right sides chest may be the result of a thoracic disc herniation, thoracic facet syndrome, T4 syndrome, costoveterbral syndrome, muscle ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
No: But your symptoms may be secondary to a vasculitis, dermatitis, diabetes, etc. You need to see your pcp and undergo a complete medical evaluation.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
WHEN: The patient has radicular pain consistent with a disc herniation and specific nerve root compression/irritation that has not responded to a well direc... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
First: File a 1st report of injury/illness with your employer. Once they inform their insurance carrier, a claim # & adjuster will be assigned your case. If ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
No: Knee surgery or back surgery per se do not result in loss of height . But with ageing the loss of the articulate cartilages in the knee and resulting ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Exercises: Just because there is a disc herniation does not mean that one has pain. Unless you have associated radiating leg pain, surgery is not necessary. Mcke... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Doctor: You should go see your pcp for an evaluation. With the establishment of the correct diagnosis, a proper treatment plan can be developed.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Healthy diet: Eating a normal healthy diet will provide your body the proper nutrients to heal your body. Discontinuation of smoking prior go surgery and for at lea... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Exercise & NSAIDs: I wish that we could provide you with a magical cure, but presently you will have to work for your pain relief. Staying mobile is the key. Staying as ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Disc Bulge: A disc herniation is a bulge of the disc. The position of the disc bulge/herniation and its impact on the spinal cord or nerve root that is important.... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Acetaminophen: Oxycodone is an opiate (narcotic) analgesic. Roxicet is a combination of Acetaminophen and oxycodone.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
No: Spinal decompression is not a contraindication. You should be aware this when riding the roller coaster, there is a great deal of acceleration/ decel... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes: If you have sciatica from a muscle compression such as the piriformis syndrome or nerve root compression from a disc herniation or foraminal stenosis ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Exercise: You appear to be describing spinal arthritis (spondylosis). I would recommend that you see your pcp for an evaluation to establish the correct diagnos... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Depend on age & caus: Kyphosis rarely is seen at birth & when present requires surgery. In adolescents it is called scheuermann's disease, a wedging together of several ver... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Infection: Go see your pcp now! it sound as if you have a urinary infection. Simple tests will determine if it is an infection. Oral medication should correct th... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Kyphoplasty: Kyphosis with pain associated with a veterbral compression is amenable to kyphoplasty. This will stabilize the vertebral fracture and eliminate the pa... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Give Time: It is early in your post-op recovery. The xlif removes the disc from a lateral position. Hopefully you did not have lateral or foraminal stenosis on t... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
No: Pinched nerve in neck or lower back will not cause tingling, numbness or facial pain. The cranial nerves provide motor & sensory innervations to the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
YES: Damage to the nerves that supply the perineum may result in penile numbness. It is well known that bicycle riding, which is an excellent aerobic exerc... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes: Pilates is an excellent form of exercise to assist in the recovery following spine surgery. There are two forms, the original and stott pilates, which... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes: Developmental hip dysplasia occurs in approximately 0.4 % of births. Result of treatment depend on early diagnosis and treatment institution. Between ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes: Esi involve the insertion of steroid into the space outside of the dural covering through either the translaminar or transforaminal approach. Although... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
INTRAFORAMINAL: Esi performed in the cervical spine most often is peformed via a transoraminal approach, which is safer, but it may be performed by a translaminar app... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Neither: These are both narcotic medications with a high propensity for addiction. They are indicated for short-term pain management. A full evaluation should ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Similar opiates: Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opiod derived from two of the naturally occuring opiates, Codeine and thebaine. Oxycodone is an opioid medication syn... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Sprain/strain: Whiplash is a non medical terminology. It represents an acceleration/deceleration injury to the neck. Commonly referred to as neck sprain/strain. Bu... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes---BUT: Technically scar tissue removal following spinal surgery can be performed, but, have indepth discussion with your spinal surgeon. Regeneration of the ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
No: If you have undergone a successful spinal fusion you should have attained at least 85% reduction on your symptoms intensity if your fusion is solid. W... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Hypertension: She need to see her pcp to undergo a work up to determine the underlying cause of her hypertension and institute treatment.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
See spine specialist: You need to see a spine specialist to determine the nature of fracture and proper treatment requirement.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Varied: There are many specialist associated with the spine. As an orthopedic spinal surgeon I am bias to that specialty as the premier source for treatment.... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Don't know: If you have symptoms as a result the cervical disc herniation such as arm pain, numbness and tingling or associated leg weakness and gait disturbance;... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
2nd Opinion: You may begin by getting a second opinion from another board certified spinal surgeon. Make sure diagnosis is correctly established and that all avail... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
See below: Initially after confirming the diagnosis, you are place light exercises, heat/cold, short termed oral steroids, nsaids and analgesic medications. If y... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes: It could result if the fracture resulted in a compression or inflammation of a nerve root, mainly at the l4-5 or l5-s1 level. This could happen if a f... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Degenerative : Unfortunately one of the late complication of spinal fusion is adjacent disc disease. Since your fusion was the lowest mobile level all the stress ha... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
YES: One of the advantages of cervical disc replacement surgery is that it does not preclude an arthrodesis if the replacement fails or does not provide th... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
See PCP: Chronic lower back pain without associated leg pain, numbness or tingling most likely does not have a neurological basis. This is usually associated w... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Three: Cervical lordosis, thoracic kyphosis, and lumbar lordosis. This provide a balanced erect spine.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Inflammation: It simply means inflammation of the spine.
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Testimonials
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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
HealthTap member
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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This was very helpful. Thanks! Wasn't aware thus is usually unilateral, I am affected bilaterally. Interesting read, thank you
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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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