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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.

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In conjunction with Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, Dr. Howard Cotler of Gulf Coast Spine Care, sits down with Fox 26 reporter, Melissa Wilson, to discuss back injuries and how to know when it’s time to seek professional treatment.

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Dr. Howard Cotler explains the concept of accelerated recovery for improving back pain without surgery on KHOU-TV during Great Day Houston’s Medical Monday segment.

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As heard on The Injury Report on Mad Radio, Thursdays at 7:30 AM


Dr. Cotler discusses Houston athletes Watt and McCullers injuries, and weighs in on when you might see them back on their fields.



Dr. Cotler talks about why Jadeveon Clowney is still on the bench and reviews the severity of athletic injuries during the Olympics. He also shares insights on why some athletes like cupping.



Dr. Cotler weighs in on how athletes care for their injuries and make the decision to have surgery.



Dr. Cotler explains Nick Martin’s injury, how he may be treated, and when he may return to the field. Also, the potential setbacks JJ Watt may face after surgery, and the severity of Luis Valbuena’s hamstring injury.



Dr. Cotler discusses how Teddy Bridgewater’s injury may affect him long term, plus factors resulting in Tony Romo’s back injury.



Dr. Cotler discusses what JJ Watt should look out for if he’s to avoid a recurring injury, how concerned should we be about Will Fullers injury, and what it will take for Carlos Correa to get back on the field.



Injuries plaguing Brian Cushing, Robert Griffin III, and Sammy Watkins, and when they may be able to leave the bench.



Dr. Cotler speaks to injuries of Jimmy Garoppolo, Braxton Miller, and Bradon Marshall can play, and how their injuries may be treated. Also, how athletes can maximize their recovery to lessen their time on the injured list.



The re-injury of JJ Watt and a proposed treatment plan. Dr. Cotler also weighs in on whether or not it’s a good idea for Brian Cushing to return to the field.



Dr. Cotler talks about what JJ Watt should be doing to recover successfully and CJ Fiedorowicz’s chance of playing after an MCL sprain. He also weighs in on Duane Brown’s injury and a possible return to the playing.



Dr. Cotler explains concussion protocol and why Texans Jonathan Joseph, Ryan Griffith, and Jeff Allen may all have different recovery times. Also, what Quintin Demps injury could be and when Tony Romo may be coming back.



In this segment, Dr. Cotler explains Kevin Johnson’s foot injury and what he will need to do to recover. Also, is it realistic for the Texan’s Lonnie Ballentine to play in the next few weeks. When will Ben Roethlisberger be ready for a return post-injury?



Dr. Cotler recaps Texan Derek Newton’s severe knee injury and explains what’s involved in recovery, plus an update on JJ Watt, Ben Roethlisberger and Tony Romo.