BCBS Provider

We take pride in our partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield. They share our dedication to back and musculoskeletal health. With their HMO and PPO plans, they help us help you.

BCBS Provider

We take pride in our partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield. They share our dedication to back and musculoskeletal health. With their HMO and PPO plans, they help us help you.

North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine is happy to accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance plans. Blue Cross Blue Shield is available in all 50 states and provides health care to 107 million people. Moreover, this insurance provider is accepted by 95 percent of doctors and specialists in the United States. More importantly, North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine accepts this leader in health care.

Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders are capable of using their health insurance for our chiropractic care services. North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine offers specialized care for those who have suffered from a sports injury or automotive accident. Injuries from these two areas can cause major issues in people’s lives.

For example, a stressed back can cause chronic pain. This issue can be addressed by the team at North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine. The sole chiropractor of the clinic, Dr. Runnels, has more than 20 years of experience in the field. He and his wife run North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine with the highest form of care and kindness.

Dr. Runnels started his career as a personal trainer. Several of his clients were athletes with musculoskeletal injuries. Musculoskeletal injuries or disorders are injuries in soft tissue. A sudden impact, vibrations, or unnatural positions can cause damage to such tissue. So, damage to soft tissue can cause issues with muscles, ligaments, joints, and more.

Fortunately, patients have plenty of options when it comes to North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine. Dr. Runnels’ interest peaked after seeing so many musculoskeletal disorders. Eventually, he started his medical education. Now, he wants to help those with these types of injuries and so much more.

More than Just Chiropractic Care

Contrary to popular belief, chiropractors are capable of diagnosing and treating a wide variety of injuries. They do specialize in spinal treatment but can work with all parts of the body. In general, chiropractic care seeks to treat neuromuscular disorders through manipulation of the spine. The spine is an essential part of the body for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the spine is the largest collection of bones in the body. This immense collection of bones is guaranteed to experience some kind of issue. A car accident or sport can also affect the health of the spine. Direct impacts of force, large amounts of weight, or simply stress can cause pain in this area. Dr. Runnels will seek a diagnosis and a treatment if you are experiencing issues in this area.

Secondly, the spine supports the entire skeletal structure. The strength the spine needs is paramount, but time can affect its health. The spine is the reason humans can walk upright, but it certainly has its flaws. Due to the large collection of bones, there are more chances of injury in the area. Pain in the spinal column can lead to discomfort in other areas such as the neck, head, or shoulders.

Finally, the nervous system and spine have a special relationship with each other. The nervous system runs through the entire spinal column. So, if pain appears in the spine, then it can easily appear in other areas of the body. For example, migraines can originate from spinal column issues because the whole system is closely connected.

If you are experiencing pain in the back, neck, shoulder, head, or extremities, then get in touch with North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine. You may be experiencing chronic pain originating from the spine. Dr. Runnels and his team will find the root of the cause and offer treatment options.

Post-Surgery Therapy

Ceratin types of injuries require surgery in order to treat them. However, surgery requires some kind of rehabilitation. North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine can help patients diagnose and treat their injuries. If surgery is required, then Dr. Runnels can offer therapy afterward. If the injury does not require surgery, then rehabilitation can start right away.

Post-surgery therapy is important because it helps patients return to their normal selves. Patients who skip therapy may not recover fully. Eventually, they will end up sustaining another injury, but it may be more severe. Dr. Runnels suggest patients recover to their fullest before returning to their normal activities.

Patients will have plenty of therapy options to recover to their fullest. North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine have a handful of therapy options for patients. Below, you can find a full list of therapy options for a variety of different injuries and conditions.

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

Each of these therapy options aims to treat different injuries. Many are surprised at the idea of pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic care. Nevertheless, these two demographics can benefit significantly from North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine.

Pregnant Women and Children

Pregnant women go through extreme change during pregnancy. Their organs will move, bone structures will change, and joints and ligaments loosen. On top of all those changes, the spine curves forward in order to compensate for the extra weight. Dr. Runnels can help pregnant women get comfortable in their changing bodies.

When it comes to children, they go through extreme change when they hit puberty. Pain can occur as they grow, and so back pain can become an issue. Furthermore, Dr. Runnels can help children who may be developing scoliosis. Scoliosis is a severe condition where the spine curves horizontally rather than vertically. It appears in young girls who are entering puberty. A chiropractor can help prevent the disease from worsening as time goes on.

Automotive Accidents

An estimated three million people are injured from automotive accidents every year in the United States. A portion of those three million people is permanently injured, which means they are dealing with the injury for the rest of their life. Chronic injuries or pain is never an easy thing to handle. North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine offers solutions to these injuries.

Car accidents typically involve some major impact. That impact affects the passenger’s spine and other parts of the body. The spine is the most affected area as it absorbs most of the stress during the crash. Car accidents are capable of causing spinal injuries, whiplash, migraines, back pain, and so much more.

The spine has a close relationship with the neck, head, and shoulder. So, if your spine absorbed a lot of stress during the accident, other parts of the body could be affected. Now, there are more severe conditions that can appear from a car accident, such as a herniated disc.

Herniated Disc

Herniated discs are also known as bulged, slipped, or ruptured discs. This condition is severe and can occur for a number of reasons. Typically, the spine will become under immense pressure, which will push out the nucleus of the disc into the spinal column through a tear. The nucleus could creat a pinched nerve, which is another serious condition. Of course, a car crash, additional stress, or an unnatural movement can also cause a herniated disc.

Spinal decompression is a therapy option offered at North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine. The therapy option is performed over several weeks and aims to reduce the pressure in the spine, so the nucleus returns to the spinal disc. Spinal decompression is a conservative route toward the injury and requires surgery in some cases. However, there are a number of treatment options that can be used before surgery is considered.

Sports Injuries of All Types

Chiropractors are typically known for their practice on the spine. Dr. Runnels can help athletes with a variety of sports injuries. From the legs to the upper body, he can diagnose and treat athletes with all types of sports injuries. Sports injuries are one place where our post-surgery treatments come into play. Some sports injuries are not serious enough for surgery.

ACL injuries or minor sprains are treated through braces or wraps. On the other hand, some injuries require surgery. In that case, Dr. Runnels and his team will be here for you. Let him help you with your post-surgery recovery. As aforementioned, his background is helping athletes recover from injuries, so he has numerous years of experience in this area. He will help athletes recover fully, so they can get back on the track, field, court, or ice in no time.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has 36 independent companies in more than 170 countries. North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine is glad to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield. Chiropractic care is capable of relieving all kinds of people of their chronic pain. Dr. Runnels and his team will work closely with patients in order to obtain a more comfortable life.

Get in touch with North Houston Spine and Sports Medicine today. New patients will get a free consultation on their first visit. Stop experiencing pain and start living a more comfortable life. Dr. Runnels will work closely with patients in order to achieve the right kind of diagnosis and treatment.

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