Neck and back pain will affect most Americans at some point in their life. Most of the time, the etiology of the pain is related to muscle sprains or strains and usually resolves after several weeks. However, there are several disorders that can cause recalcitrant pain and disability related to the injury and compression to the nervous system. These diagnoses usually manifest as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms and legs. Some of these diagnoses are herniated discs (cervical (neck) and lumbar (back)), spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, fractures and, rarely, infections or tumors.
Spinal injuries are very common in many sporting activities, especially those that include hyperextension of the lumbar or cervical spine such as football (especially linemen), wrestlers, gymnasts, Olympic divers and torsional athletes such as in baseball players, softball players, and golfers.
At TMI Sports Medicine & Orthopedics we take care of all types of spinal conditions whether they are from sports or work related injuries to degenerative disorders such as lumbar stenosis, spondylolisthesis and scoliosis.
We coordinate care in a comprehensive approach that includes a board-certified spinal surgeon, board-certified physical therapists, and pain management specialists. All patients that come to TMI Sports Medicine & Orthopedics will be treated in a conservative and comprehensive manner to maximize their recovery and make it as quick as possible to get you back to your active lifestyle while not compromising care. We treat professional athletes and weekend warriors with the same care and compassion.
Jesse L. Even, M.D. specializes in surgery of all degenerative, traumatic, sports-related and oncologic disorders of the spine. He has special interest in conditions that affect the cervical spine and sports-related spine injury. Dr. Even is a proficient researcher and contributes to numerous publications in the field of spine surgery. He was recently inducted into the Cervical Spine Research Society in December to 2016, which is the world’s most prestigious spine societies. He has been awarded speaking opportunities and research awards at national spine meetings, including the Cervical Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, Lumbar Spine Research Society and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has published manuscripts in every major orthopedic and spine journal including: Spine; The Spine Journal; Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery; Bone; Journal of the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; and the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma. Dr. Even has also written several chapters for world-renowned spine texts including chapters on cervical disc replacement, cervical spine injury in athletes, axial neck pain, and transpedicular fixation in the lumbar spine. All this research experience allows him to use evidence-based medicine that has proven efficacy in clinical trials and when appropriate, he employs minimally invasive and microscopic spine surgery techniques.
Dr. Even currently holds hospital appointments at Baylor Surgical Hospital at Las Colinas; Trinity Park Surgical Center; USMD-Arlington; Medical Center of Arlington; Baylor Medical Center at Irving; Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine and Pine Creek Medical Center in Dallas. He is committed to the collaborative effort of surgical and nonsurgical care of all spinal disorders.
Dr. Even was born and raised in Conroe, Texas. He majored in biomedical science and minored in business while on a full athletic scholarship at Texas A&M University. His medical degree was obtained from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School at the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the prestigious Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. And finally, Dr. Even completed his fellowship training, specializing in spinal surgery, at the highly-esteemed University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he worked closely with prominent leaders in the field of spine surgery including Drs. James D. Kang, William F. Donaldson, III, Joon Y. Lee, and Timothy Ward. While at the University of Pittsburgh he became proficient in every aspect of spinal care from the treatment of adolescent scoliosis and sports related spine injuries to complex cervical and lumbar reconstruction and revision surgery.
Dr. Even has a unique view on suffering from spine injuries. He suffered a fracture in his spine while diving off the ten-meter Olympic platform as a senior in high school while training for the US Diving National Championship. He was treated by an orthopedic surgeon who demonstrated to him the great passion and satisfaction that could be obtained in a career of orthopedic surgery. This incident, while very painful, helped him to realize his future calling and have a true respect for the pain and suffering associated with a spine injury. Dr. Even recovered from his spinal fracture and after red-shirting his collegiate freshman year, went on to become a five-time NCAA division I All-American, Academic All-American, and earned the most prestigious award given to student-athletes at Texas A&M, the Bill Erwin Scholar Athlete of the year Award in 2002. He was awarded post-graduate scholarships by the Big XII Conference and the NCAA to attend medical school at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School.
Dr. Even is an orthopedic and spine consultant for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club, LLC and for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club, LLC.
Dr. Even is married and has four children. He spends his free time with his family and enjoys boating, water-skiing, sporting events, working out, and being an active member of Gateway Church. He is very active in medical missions and spends two weeks per year in Guatemala providing free spine care to the people of Guatemala through the organization Faith in Practice.
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