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Dr. Sinicropi & Dr. Dykes Named 2017 Top Doctors

Dr. Sinicropi & Dr. Dykes Named 2017 Top Doctors

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sinicropi and Dr. Dykes have been named 2017 Top Doctors by Minneapolis / St. Paul Magazine!

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Dr. Buttermann Discusses "Hybrid cervical spine surgery as an alternative to multi-level ACDF in an ASC setting" in New Article on Becker's Spine Review

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Buttermann Discusses "Hybrid cervical spine surgery as an alternative to multi-level ACDF in an ASC setting" in New Article on Becker's Spine Review

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Dr. Sinicropi Discusses "5 ways you're unknowingly stressing your spine" in New Article on Becker's Spine Review

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Sinicropi was recently featured in Becker's Spine Review with an article titled "5 ways you're unknowingly stressing your spine." Here's an exerpt: "Nobody intentionally does things to increase their risk of suffering a back injury, but oftentimes we unknowingly do things that leave us predi...

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Dr. Sinicropi Featured in Becker\'s Spine Review

Dr. Sinicropi Featured in Becker's Spine Review

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Sinicropi was recently featured in Becker's Spine Review with an article titled "5 reasons why spine care will boom in the next decade." Read the full article by clicking on the link below: 5 reasons why spine care will boom in the next decade

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Dr. Buttermann Discusses BCBS Fallout on KARE11

Dr. Buttermann Discusses BCBS Fallout on KARE11

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Buttermann was recently interviewed on KARE11's Breaking The News segment. In the video, Dr. Buttermann and his patient discuss the negative aspects of BCBS pulling out of Minnesota and denying patients the ability to see their doctors of choice. Watch the full video here.

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Dr. Buttermann Explains Scoliosis Procedure in New Video

Dr. Buttermann Explains Scoliosis Procedure in New Video

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Buttermann explains the benefits of Midwest Spine & Brain Institute's minimally invasive motion preserving scoliosis procedure in this video.

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Dr. Buttermann has Co-Authored Study Featured in Spine Magazine

Dr. Buttermann has Co-Authored Study Featured in Spine Magazine

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

A study co-authored by Dr. Buttermann was recently published in Spine, a peer-reviewed publication. The paper, entitled “Lumbar Total Disc Replacement for Discogenic Low Back Pain: Two-year Outcomes of the activL Multicenter Randomized Controlled IDE Clinical Trial,” was published on...

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Dr. Sinicropi Discusses Disc Replacement Surgery on KSTP

Dr. Sinicropi Discusses Disc Replacement Surgery on KSTP

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Stefano Sinicropi was featured on the January 10th episode of KSTP- TV 5 EyeWitness News Weekend.

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Dr. Sinicropi has Featured Article Published on Spine-Health.com

Dr. Sinicropi has Featured Article Published on Spine-Health.com

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Sinicropi recently had a featured article published on Spine-Health.com. The article, title "Two Level Cervical Disc Replacement" compares the cervical fusion procedure to the newer two level cervical disc replacement surgery. From the article: "Spinal fusions have been performed in the Unit...

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Dr. Buttermann Published in Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques

Dr. Buttermann Published in Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Buttermann recently had a research article published in Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques entitled: Two-Level Circumferential Lumbar Fusion Comparing Midline and Paraspinal Posterior Approach: 5-Year Interim Outcomes of a Randomized, Blinded, Prospective Study Read the full...

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Dr. Sinicropi Featured in Black Enterprise Online

Dr. Sinicropi Featured in Black Enterprise Online

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Congratulations to Dr. Sinicropi, who was featured in Black Enterprise Online's Modern Man Spotlight this week. Read an excerpt below: Specifically in the fields of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgical spine black and brown men and women are quite underrepresented. “It is very important th...

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Dr. Sinicropi Talks About Whiplash on KSTP

Dr. Sinicropi Talks About Whiplash on KSTP

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Sinicropi was recently featured in a KSTP interview in which he spoke on the treatment options for whiplash. Watch the interview below: See more of Dr. Sinicropi's appearances in the news here.

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Dr. Miller Featured in MedPage Today's

Dr. Miller Featured in MedPage Today's "10 Questions" Series

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Miller was recently interviewed by MedPage Today for their "10 Questions" feature - an ongoing series in which physicians are asked the following 10 questions.

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Dr. Buttermann Interviewed for MedPage Today's

Dr. Buttermann Interviewed for MedPage Today's "10 Questions" Feature

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Dr. Buttermann was recently interviewed by MedPage Today for their "10 Questions" feature - an ongoing series in which physicians are asked 10 questions about their practice, the state of the healthcare system, and their favorite medical TV show, movie, or book.

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Dr. Buttermann has lead study publication in Journal of Bone Joint Surgery

Dr. Buttermann has lead study publication in Journal of Bone Joint Surgery

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Midwest Spine & Brain Institute congratulates Dr. Glenn Buttermann for another “lead” article in the prestigious Journal of Bone Joint Surgery. The article, title "Operative Compared with Nonoperative Treatment of a Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture without Neurological Deficit," details a highest level-1 clinical study of trauma patients with a 15 to 20 year follow-up. The study found that patients randomized to bracing had better results than surgical patients for thoracolumbar burst fractures if there was no nerve injury.

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Midwest Spine & Brain Institute: Pioneers in Spine Preservation

Midwest Spine & Brain Institute: Pioneers in Spine Preservation

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

The strength and flexibility of the spine is central to quality of life, but age, disease and degeneration take their toll. Nearly eight of every 10 people will experience back problems. Historically, back treatments have focused on controlling pain. Today, when conservative, nonoperative therapies fail, advances in spine surgery offer improved options not only to control pain but also to improve post-operative recovery and preserve patient mobility.

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Lumbar Disc Herniation

Lumbar Disc Herniation

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Lumbar disc herniation typically presents in patients who already have some degree of degeneration or deterioration of the lumbar discs. The L4-5 and L5-S1 levels are the areas most commonly affected. Typically, patients with lumbar disc herniation present with leg pain greater than low back pain and possible numbness, tingling or weakness. The degree of the symptom complex depends upon the character of the disc herniation.

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Neck Pain Evaluation

Neck Pain Evaluation

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

The spine is comprised of vertebrae and discs. The cervical spine (your neck) contains the seven upper vertebrae in your back and is a flexible column. Neck pain is very common. Most episodes of neck pain are caused by muscle strain. This does not sound like a serious injury, but the pain can be severe.

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Minimally Invasive Thorascopic Spinal Surgery

Minimally Invasive Thorascopic Spinal Surgery

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Endoscopic surgical techniques have been applied to the spine with varying degrees of success. In the early 1990s, laparoscopic techniques were used for spinal fusion of the lumbosacral disc. Using retroperitoneal balloons for exposure, endoscopic techniques were also used in the lumbar spine to access the lumbar discs above L5-S1. Discectomies and anterior interbody fusions are performed through working portals. There was a steep learning curve. The overall success rate was less than that for the conventional mini-open procedure, the complication rates were higher and this technique fell out of favor.

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Total Disc Replacement

Total Disc Replacement

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Other joint replacement procedures eventually followed including shoulder, elbow, ankle and other smaller joints of the hand. Large volumes of these procedures are performed at both hospital and outpatient centers to correct painful arthritic conditions of the joints. Until recently however, arthroplasty of the spine (or artificial disc replacement), has not been a viable option in the United States.

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Finding the Source of Your Pain

Finding the Source of Your Pain

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

An accurate diagnosis is the foundation for providing pain relief. It is essential to understand the particular structure that is causing the pain (i.e., discs, nerves, muscles, or joints).

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Treating Spine Related Pain

Treating Spine Related Pain

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Talking about spine-related pain can seem confusing to patients because of the variety of symptoms involved and because of other, pre-existing conditions they might have. There are also a number of care options the patient may take: conservative (exercise or physical therapy), interventional (e.g., injections), and surgical--all of which have a place in treating spine-related pain.

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Spinal Nerve Compression

Spinal Nerve Compression

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Midwest Spine & Brain Institute offers a variety of conservative pain management options to aid your patients who are suffering from leg or arm pain due to spinal nerve compression.

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Spinal Metastitic Disease

Spinal Metastitic Disease

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

The spinal column is the most frequent site of bone metastasis in the body. Breast, lung, prostate, and renal carcinoma are the most common tumors that disseminate to the spine. Spinal metastasis from myeloma, lymphoma, and gastrointestinal carcinoma are also common; however, these occur less frequently.

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Obesity - A Growing Problem

Obesity - A Growing Problem

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

As practicing health care providers we understand the seriousness of the obesity crisis. Obesity in adults has increased by 60 percent within the past twenty years and by 300 percent in children in the past thirty years according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). A sobering 33 percent of American adults are obese, and obesity‐related deaths have climbed to more than 300,000 a year.

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Prevention and Treatment of Back Related Issues

Prevention and Treatment of Back Related Issues

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Ten to fifteen percent of the millions of active Americans involved in sporting activities each year may have some back-related injury. Some injuries can be quite severe and debilitating; but the majority of the injuries are milder and self-limiting. These would include contusions, muscular strains and tendon sprains.

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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal often results in compromised neural elements. The etiology in the geriatric population most often is a result of the degenerative process; thickening of ligamentum flavum, enlarged facet joints, and protruding discs. Once symptomatic, spinal stenosis within the cervical spine is often associated with spinal cord compression and myelopathy.

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Thoracic Kyphosis (Round Back Deformity)

Thoracic Kyphosis (Round Back Deformity)

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Kyphosis, or round back deformity, is a curving or rounding of the thoracic spine. This can lead to a noticeable deformity and cause a hunching or slouching appearance. Causes of thoracic kyphosis vary and are often related to age. In a child, a congenital defect of the developing spine can result in a severe kyphotic deformity. In an adolescent, vertebral wedging can cause a kyphotic deformity known as Scheuermann’s disease.

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Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Nighttime Ulnar Neuropathy

Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Nighttime Ulnar Neuropathy

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a complex neurovascular compressive syndrome involving the brachial plexus, arterial, and venous structures coursing under the clavicle. Compression to the components of the brachial plexus accounts for greater than 90 percent of the cases with a frequent presentation of nighttime symptoms.

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Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Buttock pain, leg pain and weakness of muscles innervated by the sciatic nerve are often associated with a discogenic origin. However, other causes need to be considered, including compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle, an external rotator, and extensor and abductor of the hip.

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Multiple Myeloma: Diagnosis Often Delayed in the Older Patient

Multiple Myeloma: Diagnosis Often Delayed in the Older Patient

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Back pain in the older population is most often attributed to the degenerative process. However, other, more ominous, processes can often cause back pain. One of these conditions, which is often overlooked and often results in a delay in diagnosis, is multiple myeloma, a malignant proliferation o...

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Cervical Angina

Cervical Angina

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Cervical angina, also known as pseudoangina, may resemble true angina, but arises from cervical spine pathology: herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or cervical spondylosis. Even progressive paraplegia due to compression of the anterior spinal artery has been described as being preceded by repeated episodes of pre-cordial pain.

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Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Lumbar Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a degenerative slippage of one vertebra over the other.
It is more common at L4-5 and in aging women (up to 20-25%). The condition is related
to degeneration of the disc as well as the facet joints. Degenerative hypertrophy of the
facet joints may lead to stenosis. Often there is additional stenosis due to redundant
ligamentum flavum and disc bulging. Symptoms are typically low back and buttock
pain.

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Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

Isthmic Spondylolisthesis

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Spondylolisthesis refers to one vertebra slipping upon another. The most common
form of spondylolisthesis in the pediatric age group is the isthmic type which refers
to defects in the pars interarticularis which is part of the posterior neural arch. This
is in contrast to degenerative spondylolisthesis, discussed in a prior issue of MD
News, which is typically found in the aging adult.

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Idiopathic Scoliosis Challenges

Idiopathic Scoliosis Challenges

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Idiopathic scoliosis typically affects children during their growth. A small
percentage of them will require treatment. The spinal deformity affects the
thoracic, lumbar or both regions. Along with the side-to-side deformity, there may
be abnormalities in the sagittal plane (side perspective), such as round back, or
more commonly, straightening (lordosing) of the thoracic spine resulting in a
narrowed chest cavity.

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Anterior Cervical Disectomy & Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior Cervical Disectomy & Fusion (ACDF)

Author: Midwest Spine & Brain Institute

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with or without decompression is a
well-established surgical treatment for spine patients with the appropriate indications. It
has enjoyed a long history of success.

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