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Computed TomographyComputed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan): A diagnostic image created after a computer reads x-rays; can show the shape and size of the spinal canal, its contents, and the structures around it.
MRINeurosurgical Associates asks that you have the proper work-up by your primary physician or other treating physician before seeking a surgical consultation with us. This should include a MRI, CT myelogram, EMG or any other testing that would show a surgical diagnosis. Our surgeons may request to review your information to ensure you are a surgical candidate and to make sure you get the treatment best suited for you.
WhiplashAge, injury, poor posture, or diseases such as arthritis can lead to degeneration of the bones or joints of the cervical spine, causing disc herniation or bone spurs to form. Sudden severe injury to the neck may also contribute to disc herniation, whiplash, blood vessel destruction, vertebral injury, and, in extreme cases, permanent paralysis. Herniated discs or bone spurs may cause a narrowing of the spinal canal or the small openings through which spinal nerve roots exit.
NeurosurgeryTherese has been a staff nurse, charge nurse, head nurse and a nurse clinician, all at the Neurosurgery Department at the University of Minnesota. She was nominated three times for the Dr. Shelly Chou Neurosurgery Nurse of the Year. She holds memberships with the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing, Twin Cities Area Chapter of American Association of Neuroscience Nursing and is a past president of the Twin Cities Area Chapter of Neuroscience Nursing.
Carpal Tunnel SyndromeDr. Nagib is the president of Neurosurgical Associates, Ltd. He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, a staff neurosurgeon at Abbott Northwestern, Children's Hospital and Clinics, Minneapolis, and Fairview University Hospital and an associate neurosurgeon at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Primary CareNeck pain may be caused by disc degeneration, narrowing of the spinal canal, arthritis, and, in rare cases, cancer or meningitis. For serious neck problems, a primary care physician and often a specialist, such as a neurosurgeon, should be consulted to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatment.
Family PracticeKim Heckmann, F.N.P.C., received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Bethel University in 2002. Prior to that she worked as a RN in the areas of Rehabilitation, Family Practice as well as Home Care. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Nursing from Graceland University in Independence, MO. She is a certified Public Health Nurse and holds National Certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In addition, Kim received further training as a Surgical First Assistant through the National Institute of First Assisting in Denver, CO completing her training as a Registered Nurse First Assistant in 2013.
Emergency CarePeter Clarine, RN, CNP began his career as a Registered Nurse on the neuro and medical surgical floor at North Memorial Hospital. He then moved on to work in the intensive care unit and emergency room at North Memorial Hospital. His interest in the emergency room led him to pursue a degree as an Emergency Medical Technician and he worked as an EMT for North Memorial Medical Transportation where he responded to pre-hospital emergencies and provided nursing care to critically ill patients during inter-facility transfers. He continued his educational development and received a Nurse Practitioner degree through Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN
Physical TherapyIf surgery is recommended, neurosurgeons have a variety of options available to help relieve pressure on the nerve roots. If there are several nerve roots and discs causing the pain or if there is degeneration and instability in the spinal column, the neurosurgeon may opt to fuse the vertebrae together with bone grafts and stabilize the vertebrae with instrumentation, including metal plates, screws, rods and cages. A successful fusion will prevent the disc from bulging or herniating again. Following a fusion procedure, a patient may gain restored mobility in the back, including the ability to bend over. He or she will most likely experience more mobility after surgery than before. In addition, the patient may require postoperative physical therapy.
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