Spine Center

The Spine Center at HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress offers the latest in medical technology. Our all-inclusive Spine Center provides both non-surgical and surgical treatments for back and neck problems, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stenosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal infections
If you wish to learn more about our orthopedic options and spine care, please call (832) 912-3506.

Our goal is to provide each and every patient with the best care to get you back to your everyday activities as soon as possible.

The Spine Center team consists of Houston’s leading spine surgeons, interventional pain specialists, highly trained spine nurses and physical therapists. Specialized operating room spine teams work with the spine surgeons during surgery to provide the best care possible to our patients. Our goal is to provide each and every patient with the best care to get you back to your everyday activities as soon as possible.

There are a variety of diagnostic exams that may be used to determine the cause of your back and/or neck pain, as well as the type of treatment that may be appropriate for you. North Cypress Medical Center offers all of the diagnostic exams needed to prepare you for treatment. Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following:

  • X-ray
  • CAT/CT scan
  • MRI
  • Myelogram
  • Discogram
  • Bone scan
  • DEXA scan

Spine surgery

If surgery is necessary, we perform both traditional and minimally invasive spine procedures. Following surgery, patients recover on our designated spine floor within HCA Houston North Cypress. This floor provides patients with highly trained spine nurses to care for them during their full recovery. Physical therapy is also located on the floor and is staffed with physical therapists that are trained in spinal care.

Cervical spine surgery

  • Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion
  • Cervical disc arthroplasty (artificial disc replacement)
  • Minimally invasive posterior cervical foraminotomy
  • Corpectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Posterior cervical fusion
  • Cervical total disc replacement

Lumbar (low back) surgery

  • ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Spinal fusion surgery
  • TLIF (tansforaminal lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Balloon kyphoplasty
  • Minimally invasive lumbar fusion
  • Deformity correction for adults
  • X-Stop
  • Lumbar total disc replacement
  • XLIF (direct lateral interbody fusion)

Scoliosis surgery

Surgery is an option for individuals with severe scoliosis. Classified as a curve in the back bone greater than 40 degrees. Surgery is performed to keep the curve from getting worse. The most common surgical procedure includes correction, stabilization and fusion of the curve.

  • Anterior approach
  • Posterior approach
  • Anterior and posterior approach

Minimally invasive spine surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery is performed using an endoscope, which is inserted through small incisions. The goal of this surgery is to reduce soft tissue trauma to allow a more rapid patient recovery from surgery and an earlier return to activity. We treat the following conditions with minimally invasive spine surgery.

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformities (scoliosis)
  • Spinal instability
  • Vertebral compression fractures

Non-surgical treatment options

Many times spinal problems can be treated without surgery. The following are the non-operative treatment plans we offer.

Medications

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Corticosteroids
  • Muscle relaxers

Physical therapy

For patients not requiring surgery, physical therapy is available through the hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation department or through the North Cypress Sports Medicine Center. We also offer spinal injections through our pain specialists, if warranted by your physician. Physical therapy is located on the spine floor and is staffed with physical therapists that are trained in spinal care.

We believe that physical therapy plays an important role in the rehabilitation of those suffering with back pain and other spine problems. It can help to reduce pain, increase flexibility, build strength, and improve posture. Physical therapists use both passive and active therapies to treat spine patients. Passive therapy can include heat / cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation (E-stim), massage, and joint mobilization. Active therapies include stretching, strengthening, and other therapeutic exercises.

We provide both an Outpatient Rehabilitation Program and the North Cypress Sports Medicine Center. Both programs have world class physical therapy teams specializing in spine care to treat spine patients. Your physician will decide which program is right for you.

Interventional pain management

Pain management often takes a multidisciplinary approach to minimize or eliminate pain without using surgical techniques. The goals include increasing physical activity, eliminating unsafe medication use and learning lifestyle behaviors to work toward wellness. Treatment options include:

  • Epidural steroid injection - delivers a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid into the area of the pain generator using x-ray fluoroscopy. The majority of patients will experience a beneficial effect, lasting for a number of weeks or months allowing for continual participation in their activities or rehab program. These injections can be repeated if episodic flare-ups occur.
  • Facet joint injections - involve the injection of steroid medication into the affected spinal facet joint to reduce inflammation and pain. Injections into these joints or blocks of the nerves that feed the facet joints can often be very helpful to relieve pain. This injection also requires the use of x-ray fluoroscopy.
  • Sacroiliac joint injections - are used for the treatment of sacroilitis or sacroiliac dysfunction. This is a problem in the joint where the sacrum (tailbone) and the pelvis meet. An irritation in this joint can cause low back and leg pain. This procedure is also performed with the use of x-ray fluoroscopy to allow for the proper placement of the steroid injection.
  • Trigger point injections - are muscle blocks. Muscles chronically tense or in spasm become tender and painful. The pain triggers more spasm that can develop into a vicious cycle. Injections into the muscle can help to break the cycle and allow for pain relief.
  • Sympathetic nerve blocks - are used to treat conditions involving the sympathetic nerve malfunctions. These nerves regulate blood flow, sweating, and glandular function.
  • Spinal cord stimulation - can be an effective alternative or adjunct treatment to other therapies that have failed to manage pain on their own. An implantable system delivers electrical pulses via a lead to nerves in the dorsal aspect of the spinal cord. Pain signals are inhibited before they reach the brain and replaced with a tingling sensation that covers the specific area where the pain was felt.

Spine Center hours

The hours at the Spine Center are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Spine care at HCA Houston Healthcare

Spine doctors, who can be orthopedists or neurosurgeons, diagnose and treat problems linked to your spine. They can help with neck and back pain as well as injuries, trauma and diseases related to the spine. You may need to see a spine specialist if you have a herniated disk, nerve damage, sciatica or chronic back pain.

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