Back and Spine; Orthopaedics and Rehab
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Kavita A. Trivedi, D.O., an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is a specialist in the nonsurgical treatment of spine and other types of musculoskeletal pain.
Dr. Trivedi is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in PM&R and pain management.
In addition to her clinical and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Trivedi is the Associate Medical Director of the Multidisciplinary Spine Center and serves on UT Southwestern’s Clinical Competency Committee and Medical Education Committee.
She is also involved in research investigating long-term outcomes spine patients' responses to non-surgical treatments.
Dr. Trivedi earned her Doctor of Osteopathy degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She completed an internal medicine internship at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital; a three-year physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, serving as chief resident the final year; and an interventional pain/spine medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System.
She also holds a B.S. in biology, with emphasis in neuroscience, from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Dr. Trivedi is a member of professional organizations that include the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Spine Intervention Society, North American Spine Society, and Texas Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society.
She was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018, 2021, and 2022, named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly in 2018, and is a two-time Texas Monthly Rising Star.
UT Southwestern Medical Center spine and musculoskeletal specialist Kavita Trivedi, D.O., offers nonsurgical relief for back pain and neck pain as well as spine conditions and other musculoskeletal disorders. She also is an expert in electrodiagnostic medicine, the medical subspecialty that applies neurophysiologic techniques to diagnose and evaluate patients with impairments of the neurologic, neuromuscular, and muscular systems.
Many of Dr. Trivedi’s patients suffer from pain caused by injuries, as well as conditions such as sciatica, arthritis, radiculopathy, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, and spinal cancer.
“My goal is to improve my patients’ quality of life,” she says. “That can mean helping a dad play soccer with his kids again, helping a woman be able to sit through a movie with her husband, or helping a patient be able to sleep through the night for the first time in years.”
A two-time Texas Monthly Rising Star, Dr. Trivedi also nonsurgically treats patients with shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain, and tailbone pain.
Dr. Trivedi delivers therapies that include medication, pain-relieving injections, and radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a minimally invasive procedure that uses a tiny heated probe to block pain signals in the nerves.
She also performs nerve-conduction and electromyography (EMG) studies to help diagnose a variety of nerve problems and provides physical therapy evaluations.
“I offer every patient a personalized, comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan,” she says.
When patients require surgery to treat their conditions or they have exhausted their nonsurgical treatment options without seeing improvement, Dr. Trivedi refers them to her surgical colleagues.