1How is Northwood Ortho-Spine different from other clinics?
We believe that it is possible for our patients to achieve a dramatically improved quality of life, one where pain is not a daily companion. At Northwood Ortho-Spine, we continuously stress the need for patient options and education. The vast majority of musculoskeletal and spinal conditions can be effectively managed with nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy or chiropractic measures. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that gives you options. When more invasive approaches become necessary, we utilize the most minimally invasive techniques available to lessen your recovery, and optimize your outcomes. Surgery is always the last resort. Our staff understand what you are going through, and we will be there to help you from your first visit, well into recovery. We care about you and your pain.
2How can I make an appointment to be seen at Northwood Ortho-Spine?
To make an appointment to be seen by Dr. Gregory Elders, click on the “Appointments” link on the tool bar, or call (281)440-5300.

One of our team members will be happy to help you schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located locations.
3What can I expect from my first appointment?
At your first appointment, you will be instructed on when to arrive. You may be asked to present to an imaging center prior to your appointment with the doctor in order to get some x-rays of the area of concern. If you have had any x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans prior to being seen by us, we ask that you bring a CD with the images on it as well as the dictated report from those studies. It is important that you do so in order to make the most from your visit with us.

When you arrive, you will be asked to complete the new patient forms. When you meet your doctor, he will get your history, do an examination, and review all the imaging and other studies you have had. If may be necessary to order additional testing on this day or in the near future. Once all necessary testing has been completed, the physician can then give a diagnosis and can explain your treatment options.
4What questions should I ask my physician?
The most important information to gain from your visit is to know the diagnosis. Once we figure out what is causing your problem, we will work with you to develop a unique treatment plan for each patient. The best advice we can give is to be honest and open. Ask all the questions you have until you are comfortable with the treatment plan you have. Each patient comes to our practice from a different place, with varying histories and expectations. We can’t know how you feel about your treatment without your feedback. The success or failure of our therapies relies on your active participation in achieving the outcome you and we want for you.
5What is “minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is a new concept that has evolved through the years. The goal of minimally invasive surgical approaches is to accomplish the same treatment goals as with traditional surgery with much less trauma to the surrounding muscles and other tissues. Reducing such trauma generally leads to quicker recoveries, less pain, less blood loss, and improved outcomes. Whenever possible, we at Northwood Ortho-Spine offer the most minimally invasive approaches available.
6How should I decide if surgery is right for me?
It depends on your problem. For some conditions, such as fractures or infections, surgery may be the only good treatment option. For most other conditions, conservative treatments, including medications and physical therapy, is the first treatment option. If physical therapy and medications fail to help, patients may benefit from various injection options.

At Northwood Ortho-Spine, surgery is always a last resort. At each step, we will reevaluate your progress. If you fail to improve to your satisfaction with conservative measures, surgery is reasonable to consider.