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Howard B. Cotler
MD, FACS, FAAOS
Howard B. Cotler, MD, is board certified and recertified in orthopaedic surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

About Gulf Coast Spine Care

Learn more about Gulf Coast Spine Care and how we can help turn your back on disability.

Our Creed

Gulf Coast Spine Care is your spine specialist. Our team of experts is committed to the full spectrum of spine care. But more importantly our team is committed to YOU. We pride ourselves on our concierge service. We strive to maintain the high level of care and compassion that our patients have come to expect from us.

With over 28 years of experience in Houston, our team of Spine Specialists is Board Certified and Fellowship trained in comprehensive spine care. We bring a knowledge and expertise which is unrivaled in the following areas:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerve
  • Herniated disc
  • Back and Spine surgery
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder blade pain
  • Neck pain
  • Spondylolisthesis treatment
  • Degenerative disc disease

Our Mission

Our primary goal with each patient is to educate, inform and minimize pain. When one deals with an unknown condition and is faced with ambiguity to which, hope and endurance is often not a solution, Gulf Coast Spine Care wants to have our patients pause and take a deep breath, and become educated about their situation. We have found that education brings clarity to complex situations. Hopefully with understanding, one can make decisions that resolve the problem and result in a positive outcome.

Our Philosophy

Spine pain is the one disorder above all others that makes the patient a working partner with the doctor. The patient’s courage and determination are just as critical to recovery as medical skill.

Watch the video to find out why Dr. Cotler chose to be a spine surgeon.

Unfortunately, prolonged pain can disable the spirit as well as the body, and Gulf Coast Spine Care Limited, PA, is dedicated to rehabilitating both. We combine the most advanced medical care available with a multidisciplinary approach that enables patients to tap into their own critical powers of healing.

An Institute Without Walls

In an era of growing concern about health care costs, Gulf Coast Spine Care Limited, PA, has been designed as “an institute without walls” to maximize the efficient use of health care resources. Internal services are extremely focused. Whenever services are outsourced, the decision will depend only on the patient’s need and the provider’s reputation.

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Our Patient Care Goals

Cases treated at Gulf Coast Spine Care range from simple back strain, to “failed back syndrome,” in which serious problems persist in spite of surgery. Our primary goal is returning patients to their normal life and activities as soon as possible, Gulf Coast Spine Care offers the most advanced integrated spine care available for back and neck problems. A full time Physician Assistant facilitates prompt patient evaluations, enhance effective communication with both patients and referring physicians, and promote continuity of care from the initial evaluation to the completion of treatment. Our office staff is respectful, professional and knowledgeable. With an emphasis on personalized and “patient centered” care, whatever a patients problem may be; we pride ourselves in giving patients the time and attention they need to understand their condition and their treatment options. Our secondary goals are to:

  • Establish Realistic Expectations
  • Decrease Pain
  • Minimize the Use of Medications
  • Maximize Individual Productivity

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