Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD

Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD

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Dr. Craig Kuhns, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Austin, TX and has been practicing for 12 years. He specializes in orthopedic spine surgery and neurological spine surgery.

Austin Spine

3000 N Interstate 35 Ste 708

Austin, TX 78705
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Enterprise Group
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Bakery & Confectionary Union Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Group Health Cooperative (GHC)
  • HealthLink
  • Humana

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Top Care Areas

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Arthritis of the Elbow
very high
more than 97% of peers
Scoliosis
very high
more than 96% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kuhns "I typically recommend a very conservative approach using surgery as a very last resort. We often try activity modification, pain modulation, PT and sometimes injections. If surgery is needed, our first choice is motion preservation surgery utilizing procedures such as microdecompression, laminotomy, laminoplasty or disc replacement. In those cases where fusion is needed we utilize state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques if possible providing patients and easier and faster recovery."

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

143  Conditions Treated

  • Achondroplasia
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epilepsy
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Kyphosis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
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64  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Disc Surgery
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University of California At San Diego
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • University of California At Los Angeles
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • University of California At Los Angeles
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • University of California At Los Angeles
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Washington University, St Louis
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Kuhns' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Kuhns

4.7

Based on 82 reviews

5 Stars
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(75)
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
4.878048780487805%
(4)

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Dr Kuhns is a fabulous Dr and person. He saved my life from a c 1 cervical fracture, and decompression lumbar spine. Very blessed to have him for my dr
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Dr. Kuhns is very oriented to listening to the patient. He explains potential options and advantages / potential disadvantages to each option
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Delighted and relieved at the positive professionalism - everyone from Dr. Kuhns himself to the entire staff.
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Staff was incredibly friendly & helpful! Dr. Kuhns was terrific ... he has a way of taking complex back/neck issues and explaining them in a way that I understood. Plus I left feeling like a had a solid "plan of attack" to address my specific concerns. Waited a bit for my appointment, but he...Read More
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Dr. Kuhn’s saw me on one day, had read illogical studies done the next day, then saw me the following day to go through my situation and schedule surgery. Extremely professional group with impressive coordination and empathetic patient care
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