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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 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
PNFS: The incidence of bone graft site harvesting pain varies, but is generally accepted as a complication of autograft usage in spine fusion. There has be... 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 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 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Heat & exercises : Without more information, it is not possible to try to determine the cause of your pain. Would recommend trying an otc NSAID along with stretching... 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 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
See PCP: Your symptoms are nonspecific in nature. You may have anything from a sprain/strain to disc problem. There many other problems that may exist in betwe... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes: If you develop a sinus infection that become blood borne , the infection may spread to bone. There can also be spread to the intervertebral disc . A... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes: You most likely have an irritation of a nerve root. You should see your spinal surgeon for evaluation.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Multiple: If you are talking about scoliosis, then it must managed by your pediatrician and spinal surgeon. 1st step to determine the type of curve(s) that is p... 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 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
MISS: Micro discectomy surgery is simply the removal of the disc using the microscope to illuminate and magnify the operative site. It may used thru a conve... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Exercises: For postural kyphosis this result from weakened upper back muscles & tightness of chest muscles. Exercises can help this form of kyphosis. There is no... 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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Prevent pregnancy: This is a device to prevent pregnancy by preventing entrance of sperm into the uterus.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Nerve irritation: Your back injury must have resulted in an injury or irritation of a nerve root(s). This may have resulted from a disc herniation, bony injury or spas... Read More
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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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
MCKENZIE: Mckenzie exercises are very good for relieving the pain. But you should 1st see your pcp for an evaluation to determine the cause of your problem.
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
AND???: Etanercept is a drug that works by blocking tumor necrosis factor. It has been used to try treating back pain including sciatica. A recent study publi... 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 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
NO: Cure---no! there is treatment available. See your doctor.
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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 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Harrington: In the early 1980's the harrington rod was still the most system to corect scoliosis. Following that period the cotrel & dubousset or cd instrumentati... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Start slow: Yoga and pilates are excellent flexibility and strengthening exercise. I would also add a form of aerobics. Begin with brisk walks and progress to jog... Read More
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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 31-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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
See doctor: Signs of a knee infection are swelling, redness, warmth, fever, difficulty bending the knee and possibly drainage. Severe or persistent pain is a symp... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes: Scoliosis surgery is performed as a fusion. This result in ablation of motion of the involved segments. The more segments involved the more restricti... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Yes: Yes a massage is quite relaxing.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Neither: You first need to see your pcp to establish a proper diagnosis. If necessary you will be referred to the proper specialist.
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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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
See PCP: It is important not to ignore chest. Every organ and tissue in the chest cavity can be a source of the pain. A proper diagnosis is essential in prepa... 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 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 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 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 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
Unlikely: Extremely large breasts can result in upper back pain. This is usually muscular in nature and can be very painful. Utilizing proper bra support may be... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 54 years experience
MRI: Degenerative disc disease is a normal process of aging. The existence does not mean that you automatically have symptoms. Of you are in pain one way t... Read More
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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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