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Where Does It Hurt? Neck or Spine

» Diagnosing Your Neck or Spine Condition
» Planning Your Treatment
» Recovery and Wellness
» Meet Our Neck or Spine Specialists


Diagnosing Your Neck or Spine Condition

At your first appointment, your Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician will ask for some details about your neck or back pain, including:

  • Location and severity of pain or discomfort
  • When it started occurring
  • How often it occurs
  • Any motions or activities that trigger the pain or discomfort
  • Any previous conditions that might be related

After performing a thorough examination, your physician may order one or more imaging tests. These may include X-rays, computerized tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or ultrasound. Once the results are in, your physician will be able to provide a specific diagnosis and prescribe a plan of treatment.

The physicians at Houston Methodist treat a wide range of neck and spinal conditions, including:

Neck (Cervical Spine)

» Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
» Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
» Cervical Burners and Stingers (Brachial Plexus Injuries)
» Cervical Corpectomy and Strut Graft
» Cervical Discectomy
» Cervical Foraminotomy
» Cervical Laminectomy
» Cervical Radiculopathy
» Cervical Spinal Stenosis
» Cervical Spine Anatomy
» Dropped Head Syndrome
» Neck Pain
» Posterior Cervical Fusion
» Whiplash

Lower Spine (Lumbar Spine)

» Anterior Lumbar Fusion with Cages
» Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
» Back Care Boot Camp
» Low Back Pain
» Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement
» Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
» Lumbar Disc Herniation
» Lumbar Discectomy
» Lumbar Facet Joint Arthritis
» Lumbar Laminectomy
» Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
» Lumbar Spine Anatomy
» Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
» Lumbar Spondylolysis
» Piriformis Syndrome
» Posterior Lumbar Fusion
» Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
» Sacral Insufficiency Fractures
» Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
» Treatment Guidelines for Low Back Pain

Upper Spine (Thoracic Spine)

» Kyphoplasty
» Scheuermann's Disease
» Spinal Compression Fractures
» Thoracic Disc Herniation
» Thoracic Spine Anatomy
» Vertebroplasty

Spine - General

» Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
» Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis
» Intraoperative Monitoring
» Nutrition and Your Spine
» Spinal Tumors
» Spondyloarthropathies

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Planning Your Treatment

The orthopedic spine specialists at Houston Methodist work in a collaborative effort to treat all spinal injuries and conditions with leading-edge equipment, advanced treatments, and outstanding orthopedic rehabilitation facilities.

Our comprehensive approach begins with conservative treatments, such as selective spinal injections and individualized physical therapy. If these approaches don't solve the problem, surgical options include the latest minimally invasive procedures available.

In addition to treating common spinal injuries and conditions, spine specialists at Houston Methodist also perform complex spinal reconstruction and specialized microsurgeries to help patients recover as efficiently as possible.

Recovery and Wellness

Before you leave the hospital, your Houston Methodist team will give detailed instructions on caring for your back as you recover. Some of their recommendations may include:

  • Having a friend or relative stay with you to help with daily activities
  • Home modifications such as a toilet seat extender or shower rails
  • Using a "grabber" to reach items on high shelves or in low cabinets
  • Slip-on shoes and loose-fitting clothing that are easy to put on and take off


Physical therapy will also play an important role in your recovery. Your therapist will work with you on developing an individualized program to improve your neck or back's strength and flexibility.

Meet Our Neck & Spine Specialists

Texas Medical Center

Bradley Weiner, M.D.*

Willowbrook

HoSun Hwang, M.D.*

West Houston/Katy

HoSun Hwang, M.D.*

Sugar Land

David Braunreiter, M.D. (primary care)
Jeffrey A. Kozak, D.O.
Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D.*
Kenneth M. Renney, M.D. (primary care)
Christopher K. Smith, M.D.
Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D.*

Physicians marked with an asterisk (*) are fellowship-trained in treating neck and spine conditions.

To schedule an appointment with one of our neck or spine specialists, visit the Request an Appointment page or contact us.

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