Aetna Provider

We are proud of our partnership with Aetna Insurance. Aetna shares our dedication to back and musculoskeletal health. Together we plan to get you back on your feet in no time.

Aetna Provider

We are proud of our partnership with Aetna Insurance. Aetna shares our dedication to back and musculoskeletal health. Together we plan to get you back on your feet in no time.

North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine is happy to accept Aetna health insurance plans. Aetna is a leader in health insurance plans and strives to uphold integrity, excellence, inspiration, and care. These values are important in any person and are even better when they are in a health insurance provider.

Patients with Aetna health insurance have an opportunity to use it for our services. North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine specializes in diagnosing and treating sports and car accident injuries. These types of ailments typically require special care. These types of injuries may also originate in the spine, which is where our chiropractic takes affect.

Of course, our services extend further than just chiropractic care. Patients can experience a wide range of therapy options, such as several physical therapy options. The sole chiropractor at North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine, Dr. Runnels, has a great experience when working with injured athletes.

Dr. Runnels started his career as a personal trainer. Many of his clients were injured athletes. He noticed many of them had musculoskeletal injuries. These types of injuries are found in soft tissue often caused by sudden impacts or force. Musculoskeletal injuries are capable of influencing your muscles, joints, back, neck, and more. As Dr. Runnels saw more and more of these injuries, his interest built up. Soon after his interest peaked, he started his medical education.

Now, Dr. Runnels and his wife run North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine. They are dedicated to providing the highest level of chiropractic care and kindness. Patients will feel at home while at North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine. He and his team offer services in four primary categories: chiropractic, post-surgery, auto accidents, and sports injuries.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care aims to diagnose and treat neuromuscular disorders or injuries by manipulating the spine. The spine is the largest collection of bones in the body. In addition, it supports the entire skeletal system. That said, if there are issues with the spine, then other parts of the body could suffer. Pain may appear in the neck, head, shoulders, and extremities, but the cause originates from the spine.

Dr. Runnels and his team can help patients diagnose and treat the issue at hand. North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine have more than 20 years of experience. This experience and state-of-the-art technology give him and his team the perfect tools to treat your musculoskeletal disorder.

The three most common areas Dr. Runnels treats are the head, neck, and lower back. All three of these areas are connected to the spine in some way. The base of the spine sits in the neck, so pain can easily appear in that area. Headaches and migraines are other common symptoms of a musculoskeletal disorder. So, patients should expect a variety of different treatment options when it comes to these areas.

One such option is known as spinal decompression. Spinal decompression is commonly used to treat a herniated disc. Also known as a slipped, bulged, or ruptured disc, a herniated disc is a serious condition that originates in the spinal column. Herniated discs are known to occur when the spine comes underneath immense pressure.

Unnatural turns or twists may also have a cause in the injury. More specifically, a herniated disc is when a nucleus of a disc is pushed into the spinal cavity through a tear. So, if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in these areas, then Dr. Runnels may be able to help.


Post-surgery physical therapy is beneficial because it helps patients reach their normal lives faster. Surgery often decommissions people for several weeks or months afterward. Sports injuries are a common scenario that sometimes requires surgery. Dr. Runnels is capable of diagnosing patients of their injuries and offering physical therapy after their surgery.

Even though Dr. Runnels cannot perform surgery, he can offer numerous therapy options for injuries. If your injury does not need surgery, then he can start therapy on the injury right away. In the case of surgery, come back to Dr. Runnels after so you can begin the recovery process. Below, you will find the list of therapies we offer.

  • Cold Laser Therapy
  • Physiotherapy and Rehab
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Acupuncture
  • Pediatric Chiropractic Care
  • Pregnancy Chiropractic Care

These therapy options help patients feel better over the course of recovery. Each of these therapy options is used for different injuries and take effect over different times. For example, physiotherapy may take a few weeks, while spinal decompression could take months. Regardless of the therapy, Dr. Runnels will work closely with you so you can recover faster.

Auto Accidents

Three million people in the United States are injured from a car accident every year. Roughly 2 million of those people experience permanent injuries. This demographic of people will experience chronic pain in the back, neck, shoulders, head, and extremities. There is a way to reduce pain and improve comfort throughout their lives.

North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine specialize in automotive accident injuries. With so many car accidents every year in the U.S., Dr. Runnels and his team want to help as many people as possible. Car accident injuries range in severity, but Dr. Runnels wants to do his best in order to reduce discomfort.

When it comes to a car accident, the spine will most likely be the most affected area. A sudden and strong impact could apply a lot of stress to the spine. That stress can lead to pain, discomfort, and swelling. If you are experiencing these symptoms or pain in other areas such as the neck, head, or extremities, get in touch with Dr. Runnels’ team.

Automotive accidents are known to cause pain in the aforementioned areas and linger for some time. North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine will use one of the many therapy options in order to treat your condition. Issues such as whiplash can be the cause of so many other issues. Dr. Runnels will find the root of the cause and apply the right kind of treatment.

Sports Injuries

If you have sustained a sports injury, then get in touch with North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine. Dr. Runnels will diagnose and treat your sports injury. If surgery is needed, then the team will have rehabilitation programs for after the surgery. Injuries only requiring therapy can start the recovery process right away.

2.9 million people are injured from sports-related activities ever year. Many of these injuries were of the lower extremities. The legs are an essential part of the body. They help us get place to place. Fortunately, Dr. Runnels does more than just work with the spine. The spine is the reason we can walk upright, but it is your legs that are doing a lot of the work.

Dr. Runnels works with all parts of the body when it comes to injuries. One kind of therapy we may offer is muscle excitation. This therapy uses electrical impulses to certain muscles. The process is painless and contracts the muscles lightly. The pace of the contraction is what improves the healing process. Simple sprains or ACL tears can be treated through a wrap or brace. No matter what your injury needs, Dr. Runnels has the solution.

The relationship between the spine and nervous system is key when treating various injuries. The arms are a great example of such a relationship. Brachial Plexus nerves are located in the neck and stretch down to the shoulders and arms. These nerves are how the brain and arms stay connected. Most arm injuries are located in these nerves. Medication is a common treatment option, but Dr. Runnels will offer rehabilitation options to address the issue more directly.

Of course, upper body injuries are another area Dr. Runnels can help. The spine is a delicate system of bones. If players rush rehabilitation, then they will not recover to their fullest. In that case, their injury will pose problems later. So, North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine encourage players to recover to their fullest in order to keep playing.

Aetna Insurance

Be sure to check your Aetna insurance plan as not all plans cover chiropractic care. There are also certain stipulations your case must meet in order for chiropractic care to be covered by the insurance plan. So, be sure to contact an Aetna representative to find out more. If you do not have Aetna insurance, then patients will be happy to know we accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance as well.

Accepting these insurance types and many others are a way Dr. Runnels and his team can treat as many people as possible. Sports and car accident injuries are common. Moreover, these injuries give people chronic pain, which leads to their lives being uncomfortable. Well, North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine want to offer a solution to these issues.

Get in touch with North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine today. New patients will get a free consultation on their first visit. In other words, new patients have nothing to lose when they schedule an appointment with Dr. Runnels.

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