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Poor posture can damage the spine and its associated muscles and ligaments. A hunched stance places abnormal stress on muscles and ligaments, causes backache and fatigue, and can even cause the spine to become fixed in an abnormal position.

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Thomas C. Appleby, M.D.

Thomas C. Appleby, M.D.Dr. Appleby is an affiliated physician with the Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He was born in the South Carolina Lowcountry and is a native Charlestonian. The son of a general surgeon, he followed his father’s career path as a physician.

He joined SSI because of its reputation and facilities. SSI’s three-acre independent medical campus includes two 22,000-square-foot buildings filled with state-of-the-art equipment, a pain management department, physical therapy facilities, three MRIs and South Carolina’s only accredited ambulatory surgery center (ASC) dedicated specifically to back and neck surgery.

Education and Background

Dr. Appleby graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and then attended the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) here in Charleston.

After graduating, he completed a General Surgery Residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Ohio, where he received the Max Zinninger Award for Excellence in Surgery. While at the University of Cincinnati, he also served as a Resident Representative in the Department of Surgery.

Following his residency, he attended a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Board Certification and Associations

A talented individual, Dr. Appleby holds three board certifications from the American Board of Surgery: one in General Surgery, one in Vascular Surgery, and one in Surgical Critical Care. These board certifications mean that he has expertise in all three specialties.

In addition, Dr. Appleby is a member of the following organizations:

  • American College of Phlebology
  • American College of Surgeons, where he is a Fellow
  • American Medical Association
  • Charleston County Medical Society
  • The H. William Scott, Jr. Society of Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Roper Xavier Society of the Roper-St. Fancis Foundation
  • University of Cincinnati Mont Reid Surgical Society