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Rig Injuries

Injuries to the neck and back may vary from major trauma where a patient sustains a fracture or dislocation to minor trauma or soft tissue injury. Major trauma requires multisystem evaluation and treatment. Treatment may vary from an orthosis or brace to major spine surgery. Soft tissue injuries are the most common and can vary from sprains, strains, disc tears, or disc herniation. In the acute phase, it is difficult to differentiate the injury so most injuries are labeled as acute pain syndromes. With symptomatic care, most patients will get better in 2-4 weeks. Symptomatic care includes a decrease in activities, medications, bracing, physical therapy, and re-introduction of exercises, diet, and time. If patients are not improving in a reasonable period of time (4-6 weeks), then diagnostic studies should be performed for further delineation of the injury. Those diagnostic studies usually include an MRI. Further diagnostic studies give your doctor information about your injury and whether there is a need for steroid injections so one can avoid narcotic and muscle relaxer usage which can result in dependency or addiction.

Gulf Coast Spine Care was established over 20 years ago to provide the injured worker with the individualized attention they deserve. We are independent of your employer and the worker’s compensation mills. We provide accurate diagnosis and custom treatment plans based upon your injury and your benefits. We have your best interests at heart. After all, you do have the right to select your own doctor.

To learn more about Dr. Cotler or to schedule an appointment, please call us on (713) 523-8884 or visit www.gulfcoastspinecare.com

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

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