Dr. Stephen Tolhurst

Dr. Stephen Tolhurst

Orthopedic Surgeon at Texas Back Institute

Meet Dr. Stephen Tolhurst

Stephen Tolhurst, M.D., an orthopaedic spine surgeon, joined the Texas Back Institute team in 2012 from the Cleveland Clinic where he completed his fellowship in spine surgery. Dr. Tolhurst was part of a unique fellowship program which combined orthopaedic and neurosurgical spine surgery training as well as specialty training in spinal trauma. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Tolhurst treats the full spectrum of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal disorders, with a special interest in cervical conditions. He is actively involved in research and has published multiple peer reviewed articles and book chapters on spinal topics and has also given several national presentations on his research.

Dr. Tolhurst is married with two young children and enjoys spending time with his family outdoors.

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Doctor Quote

I treat every patient as thought they were a member of my family. My goal is to return patients to the lifestyle they enjoyed before their pain began. I hold surgery as a last resort, and will do everything possible to achieve a great result for you.

Directions to our primary location in

Flower Mound, TX

How Dr. Stephen Tolhurst Can Help You


  • Orthopedic Surgeon


  • Arm Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coccydynia
  • Complex Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Extremity Dysfunction / Pain
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Foot Drop
  • Foot Pain
  • Forward Head Posture
  • Fracture
  • Gait disorders
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain / Neuralgia
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporotic Compression Fractures
  • Pediatric Spine Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Post Surgery Functional Problems
  • Post Surgery Pain
  • Postural fatigue
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors


  • ALIF® (anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion)
  • Anterior / Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy / Decompression
  • Anterior Cervical Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Cervical
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Lumbar
  • Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion (AxiaLIF®)
  • BMP
  • Back Surgery
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Bracing
  • Caudal Injections
  • Cervical Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Coccygectomy
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Discectomy
  • Discography
  • EMG/Nerve conduction studies
  • Electrotherapy
  • Endoscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Epidural Steriod Injections
  • Facet Joint Injections / Blocks
  • Facet Rhizotomy Injections
  • Facet rhizotomy
  • Heat / Ice Therapy
  • Interspinous process spacers
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
  • Lower Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Microdiscectomy / Microdecompression
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Testing
  • Non-Surgical Treatment and Diagnosis
  • Osteoporosis Testing / Treatments
  • PLIF® (posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion)
  • Pediatric Spine Treatments (Surgical & Non-Surgical)
  • Percutaneous Spinal Fusion
  • Peripheral Joint and Muscular Injections
  • Posterior Cervical Decompression
  • Posterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
  • Reconstructive / Revision Spine Surgery
  • Sacrococcygeal Injections
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections / Blocks
  • Sacroiliac joint fusion
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Scoliosis Treatment - Non-Surgical
  • Shoulder Injections
  • Soft Tissue Injections
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Surgery
  • TLIF® (transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)
  • Transforaminal Injections
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Upper Back Surgery
  • Upper Cervical Specific Techniques
  • Vertebroplasty
  • X-STOP®

Accolades for Dr. Stephen Tolhurst

Professional Distinctions

  • Fellowship, Spine Surgery - Cleveland Clinic, August 2011 - July 2012, Cleveland, OH

Board Certifications

  • Board Eligible, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Office Information for Dr. Stephen Tolhurst

Texas Back Institute
4370 Medical Arts Dr.
River Walk Building III, Ste. 230
Flower Mound, TX 75028
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Primary Location:

Texas Back Institute

4370 Medical Arts Dr.
River Walk Building III, Ste. 230
Flower Mound, TX 75028


Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Texas Back Institute Website

Additional Locations

Texas Back Institute - Denton
3537 S Interstate 35 E
Suite 308
Denton, TX 76208
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Tiena Health Irving
6500 Sierra Drive
Suite 150
Irving, TX 75039
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Profile last updated: September 1, 2016. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.