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We specialize in disorders that impact any part of the nervous system, which may include the brain, spine or peripheral nerves. Conditions treated range from life-threatening brain tumors, to disorders impacting quality of life, such as back pain and carpel tunnel syndrome.

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Sciatica and radiculopathy: Peculiar names for shooting back, leg pain

Sciatica causes sharp, shooting lower back pain spreading down the leg. Learn about treatments and when to see your health care provider.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer July 9, 2021
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Complex brain surgery gives woman more time with family

Julie Berg's life revolves around family, friends and faith. When her health was tested by an aggressive brain tumor and COVID-19 diagnosis, she leaned on these things for support and her health care team for expert surgical care.

June 21, 2021
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Feeling off balance? A nerve condition may be to blame

Balance issues, which can make you feel dizzy or unsteady, may be caused by damage to your central nervous system. Learn how and what can be done to steady your balance.

Meghan Murphy MD By Meghan Murphy June 2, 2021
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6 most common types of chronic pain treated by neurosurgeons

Nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain, ranging from back pain to headaches. Read about the most common types evaluated and treated by neurosurgeons.

Navid Khezri MD By Navid Khezri April 12, 2021
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Team approach to treating traumatic brain injuries

A traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging, long-lasting physical and psychological effects. That's why a team approach is needed to improve and restore function as much as possible.

March 17, 2021
Ruth Spacek

Spinal fusion surgery relieves debilitating neck pain

Ruth Spacek's life was at a standstill because of intense pain on the left side of her neck. She found answers and relief for her uncommon diagnosis from her "ray of sunshine" — the local Spine & Neurological Surgery team.

February 5, 2021
Paul Halbur

Miles ahead after complex spine surgery

Paul Halbur just wanted to enjoy a walk with his wife, but chronic back pain made this difficult. Read how his neurosurgery team performed a complex 8-hour surgery to eliminate pain and get him walking miles again.

October 16, 2020
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When should I see a doctor about back pain?

About 80% of adults experience back pain at some time in their lives. For most people, it will go away on its own with self-care. So, how do you know when to see your doctor about your back pain?

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer August 12, 2020
Jeff Calkins

‘There is a purpose for me’ reflects patient with brain tumor

Jeff Calkins believes he has been given a second chance at life. After surgery and treatment for a brain tumor, he is giving thanks and giving back.

July 28, 2020
Jim Hauck

Cross-country care coordination brings Jim Hauck home after accident

Find out how Mayo Post Acute Care helped Jim return home after he sustained serious injuries from an accident in Nevada.

March 14, 2020
Bill Miller

On the hunt to end pain, Bill Miller finds relief through surgery

Bill Miller doesn't like to spend his time just sitting around. That's why he sought care when pain started to interfere with the activities he loves to do. Now he is back at it and inspiring his care team.

January 31, 2020
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How to strengthen your core

Learn how to strengthen your core — abdominal, pelvic, diaphragm and back muscles — to help prevent back pain.

Denise Grabowski MS PT By Denise Grabowski January 20, 2020