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The Spine Center takes the Lead

If chronic neck or back pain, or other debilitating conditions of the spine are keeping you from fully participating in everyday life, relief is in sight. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital opened its new Spine Center in May and is providing patients who suffer from neck and back pain a complete range of treatment options — all in one convenient location with full management of care.

It’s not uncommon for people suffering with back and neck pain to try many kinds of treatment without real relief, and it can be frustrating to wait many weeks for an appointment with a specialist. At the core of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center is a nurse practitioner or “navigator” who helps patients through a simpler process.

“We believe patients with back and neck pain should have the benefit of comprehensive care that includes easy access and a simple process from start to finish,” says Rajesh K. Bindal, M.D., board-certified neurosurgeon and medical director of the Spine Center. “Our Spine Center’s innovative approach to care helps all patients — walk-ins and those with physician referrals — see the right specialist they need very quickly. Care is coordinated by a nurse navigator assigned to each patient.”

As medical director, Dr. Bindal leads a multidisciplinary team of physicians and health care professionals trained in providing the full range of key spinal care services, including spine surgery, pain management, neurology and physical therapy.

“The Spine Center gives us the opportunity to create a unique clinical environment that includes all necessary specialties and in-house imaging in one location,” says Dr. Bindal. “Our ability to diagnose and treat patients is greatly enhanced because we can work more effectively as a team. Patients will find our Spine Center convenient and comfortable.”

Patients are led through a process of assessment and treatment ranging from physical therapy to aggressive non-surgical management. When necessary, delicate spine surgery tailored to the patient’s unique condition is available from skilled orthopedic spine surgeons or neurosurgeons. Through minimally invasive spine surgery, such spine conditions as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, nerve compression, recurrent herniated discs and other trauma can be alleviated.

The new Spine Center is located on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus with easy access off Town Center Boulevard. Patients with physician referrals, as well as those without referrals, are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment at the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Spine Center, please call 281-313-BACK (2225).