Spinal Injury Treatment
Houston, TX | Spring, TX | The Woodlands, TX
Neck injuries, shoulder injuries, and spinal problems are common and can be extremely painful. These kinds of issues can, at best, limit your everyday routine. More severe 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 Houston is here to help. We have been committed to providing excellent treatment in orthopedic spine care since 1976. If you have neck and shoulder pain or spinal issues, you are in good hands with KSF Orthopaedic Center.
Spinal Injuries We Treat
We take a somewhat conservative approach toward common spinal injuries and the treatment of back pain. We believe that controlling pain in these areas should be our priority instead of recommending surgery right away. In most cases, problems with the neck, upper back, and lower back can be treated by a physician with the right combination of medications, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and exercises. In most spinal treatment cases, we don’t need to involve an orthopedic surgeon.
If you have a herniated disc, you’re probably aware of it. When a disc in your back becomes herniated, the disc pushes 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 orthopedic doctor to the case. First and foremost, we will focus on reducing your pain. In most instances, an orthopedic doctor can treat a herniated disc. Still, in rare cases, it may be necessary to do surgery.
Cervical radiculopathy is also more commonly known as a pinched nerve. If you have had an accident where you hurt your back, 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, Dr. Christopher Hulen offers quality orthopedic 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. Some various spinal injuries or diseases may interfere with your body’s ability to send these kinds of signs. Measuring these kinds of signals is known as electrodiagnostic testing (EMG), and it can help us determine the right orthopedic treatments for you.
Many spinal issues can cause compression on your sciatic nerve. Our doctors have the orthopedic expertise and equipment necessary to diagnose sciatic nerve issues accurately. Our cutting-edge orthopedic treatments can help minimize the pain you feel due to 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. We serve Houston, TX; Cypress, TX; The Woodlands, TX and nearby areas.
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 occur 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 scoliosis cases are linked to congenital disabilities and various neuromuscular diseases, 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 kyphoplasty procedure. 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. This procedure helps restore your vertebrae’s proper height and alleviate your pain. Because the long-term effects of kyphoplasty haven’t been thoroughly studied, orthopedic surgeons recommend this type of procedure 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 spinal cord. They typically take a long time to grow and require a specific type of treatment to prolong a patient’s survival. They’re among the most challenging tumors to treat because of their proximity to vital anatomy, including the brain, spinal cord, carotid artery, and brain tissue. Occasionally physicians will use radiation therapy and chemotherapy 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. 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 are 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. A more complex fracture may require traction, surgery, 2-3 months in a rigid cast, or a combination of all of these.
Lower back pain doesn’t usually require surgery. However, severe lower back pains can sometimes indicate a rare condition known as cauda equina syndrome (CES), requiring emergency surgery. CES is a condition that affects the nerve roots found at the lower part of your spinal cord. These nerves are responsible for sending and receiving messages to and from your legs, feet, and pelvic organs. So, when something disrupts these spinal nerve roots, it can cause incontinence issues and possibly permanent paralysis of your legs.
When spaces in your spine narrow due to herniated discs, tumors, or spinal injuries that put pressure on your spinal nerves, it can result in a painful condition known as spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis that occurs in your lower back and neck. Symptoms include neck and back pains, walking and balance issues, muscle weakness, bowel or bladder dysfunction, and tingling/numbness in the hands, feet, arms, or legs.
Dr. Andrew Kant is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who is the founding partner of KSF Orthopaedic Center. He decided to pursue a career in orthopedics 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 Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Kant is also a past president of the Houston Orthopedic Society, the Past President of the Medical staff of Houston Northwest Medical Center. He has served as chairman of the Department of Surgery at the above hospital. He is currently President of the Texas Orthopedic 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 by taking 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 orthopedic 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 Orthopedic Surgery and a charter diplomate of the American Board of Spinal Surgery. Also, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic 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 completed his Anesthesiology Residency training there.
To further his expertise, Dr. Kanjia completed a Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati in Pain Management. Dr. Kanjia enjoys spending time with his family in his spare time, playing tennis, and watching football.
Dr. Christopher Hulen is an Orthopedic Spine surgeon who specializes in treating degenerative, deformity-related, inflammatory, infectious, and tumor-related problems of the spine. Dr. Hulen graduated from the University of Miami’s Honors Program in Medical Education with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He then earned his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine before completing his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the University of Miami’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Dr. Hulen completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.