Spinal Treatment for North Houston Residents
Neck injuries, shoulder injuries, and spinal problems are common and can be extremely painful. These kinds of issues can, at best, limit your normal routine, and more serious problems, such as a herniated disc, scoliosis, or a spinal fracture, can have a highly debilitating effect on your quality of life. Thankfully, KSF Orthopaedic Center of North Houston is here to help. We have been committed to providing excellent treatment in orthopaedic spine care since 1976. If you have neck and shoulder pain, or if you have spinal issues, you are in good hands with KSF Orthopaedic Center.
Spinal Issues We Treat
We take a somewhat conservative approach toward common spinal issues and the treatment of back pain. We believe that controlling pain in these areas should be our first priority, as opposed to recommending surgery right away. In most cases, problems with the neck, upper back, and lower back can be treated with the right combination of medications, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and exercises. In the majority of spinal treatment cases, it is not necessary for us to involve an orthopaedic surgeon.
If you have a herniated disc, you’re probably aware of it. When a disc in your back becomes herniated, it will be pushed towards the spinal canal. The nerves here are very sensitive, so a herniated disc can cause a lot of pain. If you have a herniated disc, we will assign a skilled orthopaedic doctor to the case. First and foremost, we will focus on reducing your pain. In most cases, an orthopaedic doctor can treat a herniated disc, but in rare cases, it may be necessary to do surgery.
A cervical radiculopathy is also more commonly known as a pinched nerve. If you have had an accident where your back was hurt, you may be suffering from cervical radiculopathy. This condition may cause you to experience a lot of neck pain, or it may cause you to feel a pain that radiates into your arm or shoulder; the pain might be sharp or it may be a “pins and needles” sensation. Here at KSF Orthopaedic Center, we offer quality orthopaedic care to help you recover from cervical radiculopathy.
Your body is an electrical generator; nerves and muscles create electrical signals that deliver messages to and from your brain. There are various injuries or diseases that may interfere with your body’s ability to send these kinds of signals. Measuring these kinds of signals is known as electrodiagnostic testing (EMG) and it can help us determine the right orthopaedic treatments for you.
There are many spinal issues that can cause compression on your sciatic nerve. Our doctors have the orthopaedics expertise and equipment necessary to accurately diagnose sciatic nerve issues. Our cutting-edge orthopaedic treatments can help to minimize the pain you feel as a result of sciatic nerve issues. If you believe you have sciatica pain, give us a call at (281) 440-6960, and we can schedule you in for an exam.
A condition that often appears in children, scoliosis causes your spine to curve to one side in a C- or S-shape. While this condition may appear at any age, it’s most common between the ages of 10 and 18. The cause of scoliosis is not usually known, but it’s a condition that’s more prevalent in females. Some cases of scoliosis have been linked to birth defects and various neuromuscular conditions, including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida. Other possible causes include bad posture, connective tissue disorders, spinal injuries, and osteoporosis.
When you experience a compression fracture or break in one of your vertebrae, you may require a procedure known as kyphoplasty. Also referred to as balloon vertebroplasty, a kyphoplasty procedure involves the direct injection of a special cement into your vertebrae using a balloon-like device that helps restore your vertebrae’s proper height and alleviate your pain. Because the long-term effects of kyphoplasty haven’t been fully studied, this type of procedure is typically recommended for older patients with cancer-damaged vertebrae or those with osteoporosis or certain types of spinal fractures.
Chordomas are aggressive, life-threatening cancerous tumors usually found near the brain and/or spinal cord that typically take a long time to grow and require a certain type of treatment to prolong a patient’s survival. They’re among the most difficult tumors to treat because of their proximity to vital anatomy, including the brain, spinal cord, carotid artery, and brain tissue. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are sometimes used to treat chordomas. However, surgery (removing as much of the tumor as possible) is the most common treatment for chordoma patients.
Your neck is made up of seven bones known collectively as your cervical vertebrae. When you experience a cervical fracture (or broken neck) due to trauma inflicted upon your cervical vertebrae, you need immediate emergency care because this type of injury may result in temporary or permanent paralysis or even death. Treatments for cervical fractures can vary in scope depending upon which of your seven cervical vertebrae have been damaged and the extent of those damages. A minor fracture may be treated by wearing a cervical brace for 6-8 weeks while your bones heal, while a more complex fracture may require traction, surgery, 2-3 months in a rigid cast, or a combination of all of these.
Lower back pains don’t normally require surgery. However, severe lower back pains can sometimes be indicative of a rare condition known as cauda equina syndrome (CES), which does require an emergency surgery. CES is a condition that affects the nerve roots found at the lower part of your spinal cord that are responsible for sending and receiving messages to and from your legs, feet, and pelvic organs. So, when something causes disruption to these spinal nerve roots, it can cause incontinence issues and possible permanent paralysis of your legs.
When the spaces in your spine narrow due to herniated discs, tumors, or spinal injuries and put pressure on your spinal nerves, it can result in a painful condition known as spinal stenosis. Occurring in your lower back and neck, spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis. Symptoms include neck and back pains, issues with walking and balance, muscle weakness, bowel or bladder dysfunction, and tingling/numbness in the hands, feet, arms, or legs.
Dr. Andrew Kant is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who is the founding partner of KSF Orthopaedic Center. He decided to pursue a career in orthopaedics after working extensively as a trainer and manager with sports teams in high school and college.
Dr. Kant graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill. and received his medical degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Ill. near Chicago, Ill. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is also a past president of the Houston Orthopaedic Society, the Past President of the Medical staff of Houston Northwest Medical Center and has served as chairman of the Department of Surgery at the above hospital. He is currently President of the Texas Orthopaedic Association and on the Board of Medical Legislation for the Harris County Medical Society.
Dr. Thomas Cartwright embarked on his medical career in the summer between high school graduation and college when he took a job restocking anesthesia carts in the operating rooms at Houston Northwest Medical Center. “That made a big impression on me,” he says. “That’s when I knew I wanted to be a doctor.”
He went on to get his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He completed his internship at John Peter Smith in Fort Worth, and his orthopaedic residency at New York City Catholic Medical Center. After his residency, Dr. Cartwright completed two fellowships to further his expertise on injuries and diseases affecting the human spine; the first at the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas, and the second at The Center for Spinal Studies at Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham, England. Dr. Cartwright is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a charter diplomate of the American Board of Spinal Surgery. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Mayur Kanjia is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist with Fellowship training in Pain Management.
Originally from New York he graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Biomedical Engineering with Tau Beta Pi honors while also earning minors in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics. Dr. Kanjia then received his medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and went on to complete his Anesthesiology Residency training there as well.
In order to further his expertise, Dr. Kanjia, completed a Fellowship at University of Cincinnati in Pain Management. In his spare time, Dr. Kanjia enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, and watching football.