Effects of Exercise on Back Injuries [Video]

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About the video: Does exercise help or hurt my back injury?

Summit Orthopedics spine specialists Nicholas Wills, MD, Steven Sabers, MD, and Erik Ekstrom, MD, share insights about the effects of exercise on an injured back.

Meet Nicholas Wills, M.D.

Dr. Wills’ approach: “I understand the concern of athletes to get back to their sport and working in combination with our therapists helps them there.”

Dr. Wills’ education: After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Dr. Wills earned his medical degree and later completed his residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There he went on to participate in the fellowship program at Twin Cities Spine Center.

Meet Steven Sabers, M.D.

Dr. Sabers’ approach: “I treat my patients as I would want a family member treated, with a goal of reducing pain and improving quality of life.”

Dr. Sabers’ education: Dr. Sabers focused his education at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There he completed not only his undergraduate studies, but also his medical degree, internship, and residency.

Meet Erik Ekstrom, M.D.

Dr. Ekstrom’s approach: “I believe in listening to patients and making them feel comfortable. For me, the most gratifying part of the work is finding the problem and fixing it so patients can return to their usual activities.”

Dr. Ekstrom’s education: Dr. Ekstrom studied at Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota as an undergraduate student, and after graduating he earned a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology degree at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud. Later he completed his medical degree and residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

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