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Brennan J. Boettcher, D.O.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma: Brennan Boettcher, D.O.

Summit Orthopedics’ regenerative medicine specialists Brennan Boettcher, D.O., and colleague Kirk Scofield, M.D., discuss Platelet-Rich-Plasma treatment, a regenerative therapy at the forefront of emerging orthopedic medicine.

Dr. Brennan Boettcher’s Approach to Care

“My goal is simple; getting you back to the activities you love. At Summit, we help you achieve your healthiest version of yourself by rehabilitating injuries, utilizing cutting-edge treatments such as minimally-invasive ultrasound guided procedures and regenerative medicine, and reserving surgery as a last resort.”

Meet Dr. Boettcher

Green Bay native Dr. Brennan Boettcher is delighted to be practicing sports medicine in Minnesota, even if it means that he’s outnumbered by Vikings fans during football season. “I’m a Packers fan,” he laughs. “My dad put me on the Packers’ season ticket waiting list when I was born. It took me 30 years to get the three-game package, and now I’m on the waiting list for full season tickets. My wife’s family grew up in Minnesota, so they cheer for the Vikings. There is definitely friendly family rivalry during football season; it’s all good fun.”

Science, sports, and a series of sports injuries led Dr. Brennan Boettcher to a medical career

Growing up in Green Bay, Dr. Boettcher was drawn to science, biology, math—and sports. “In high school, I competed in track and field, soccer, and basketball,” he remembers. “As a student at the University of Wisconsin, I was a decathlete and high jumper. Training five hours every day for six and seven days a week can bring on a lot of injuries. It seemed as though I was constantly battling my way back to competition after a new injury.” But those injuries brought Dr. Boettcher into regular contact with sports medicine. “As my doctors cared for me, I came to realize that sports medicine was a really great field,” he says. “My doctors helped me do what I wanted to do. I liked that.”

After medical school in East Tennessee, Dr. Boettcher did his internal medicine internship at Wisconsin’s Marshfield Clinic, as well as his residency and a primary care sports medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic. “I like the fact that sports medicine isn’t just about caring for athletes,” he says. “It’s about caring for kids, for people with arthritis, for weekend warriors, and for professional athletes. I really enjoy the mix of people I see in clinic.”

Dr. Boettcher’s practice philosophy

“Training at Mayo Clinic, my residency and fellowship emphasized getting a good sense of everything about a person,” he explains. “It’s not enough for me to know why your ankle hurts. I want to understand how your injured ankle affects what you do recreationally. Does it affect your work? The way you play with your kids or grandkids? I want to figure out a treatment strategy that matches with your beliefs, philosophy, and goals and what you’re OK with putting your body through. It’s important to note that I don’t make assumptions about your symptoms. I want to know what’s wrong.

I don’t guess. When I understand the problem, I educate you about the problem and about the different strategies we could take to fix it. These could include surgical strategies, nonsurgical strategies, therapies, braces, and medications. We’ll consider the whole gamut of treatment options.”

Specialty treatments offered by Dr. Boettcher

“In my sports medicine practice, I have focused experience in several areas,” says Dr. Boettcher. “One is regenerative medicine. People are very interested in treatment options that are more natural and carry fewer risks. Research supports the use of PRP and BMAC treatments for defined joint conditions, and that’s exciting.”

Asking these questions can help you decide if regenerative stem cell therapy medicine is right for you. Ask Dr. Brennan Boettcher: What questions can I ask about regenerative medicine?

Dr. Boettcher also offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of exertion pain, including use of advanced surgical techniques. “I use minimally invasive treatments for chronic exertional compartment syndrome, which can be complicated by peripheral nerve entrapments and other issues,” he explains. “This lower leg condition can affect runners, soccer players, and cross-country skiers. Traditionally, compartment syndrome is treated with a fasciotomy surgery requiring large surgical incisions on the lower leg. I use minimally invasive procedures including ultrasound-guided fasciotomies and ultrasound-guided botulinum toxin (Botox) injections. There’s no noticeable scar, and patients experience a significantly faster recovery compared to a traditional fasciotomy.”

The best part of Dr. Boettcher’s day

“My overarching goal is to get you back to what you love,” says Dr. Boettcher. “My favorite thing is when someone comes back and tells me, ‘I can do something I couldn’t do before.’ That’s my goal. Together, we’ll work to make you function better, especially when it comes to activities that have been taken away from you or that you are apprehensive about doing because of pain or fear of further injury. I love figuring out how I can get you to do what you want. I don’t make a habit of telling my patients that they can’t do things. Sports medicine is about being active. It’s about helping you to do the things that you love. If you are an injured runner, I’m not going to tell you that you should never run again. If you love to run, I’m going to figure out how we can get you running again.”

Undergraduate Studies
University of Wisconsin — Madison, WI

Medical School
Lincoln Memorial University | DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine — Harrogate, TN

Residency
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mayo Clinic — Rochester, MN

Fellowship
Primary Care Sports Medicine
Mayo Clinic Square  — Minneapolis MN

  • Board Certified, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Certificate of Additional Qualification (CAQ) Sports Medicine
  • Manuscript Reviewer- Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine

  • Past Fellow Team Physician Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Past Fellow Team Physician North Central University
  • Past Fellow Team Physician Minnesota Lynx
  • Past Fellow Team Physician James Sewell Ballet
  • Past Team Physician Randolph High School Varsity Football
  • Past Team Physician Century High School Girls Varsity Hockey
  • Past Team Physician Dover-Eyota High School Varsity Football
  • Past Team Physician Hayfield High School Varsity Football
  • Medical Director- VDay5k Run
  • Medical Provider- Twin Cities Marathon, Med City Marathon, Med City Fall Half Marathon
  • Minnesota State High School League State Tournament Games
  • US Ski and Snowboard

  • AAPMR Annual Assembly
  • AMSSM Annual Meeting
  • ACSM Annual Meeting

  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Sigma Sigma Phi

Spending time with my wife and two kids, running, almost all outdoor activities.

Patient Education

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Publications

  • Selective Brachialis Atrophy Following An Anterior Glenohumeral Joint Dislocation, a Rare Cause of Musculocutaneous Neuropathy: A Case Report. Boettcher, B.J., Jelsing, E.J. (Manuscript Submitted)
  • Ultrasound-guided cubital tunnel decompression in a collegiate swimmer: A Case Report. Boettcher, B.J., Finnoff, J.T. (Manuscript Submitted)
  • Ultrasound Guided Threaded Selective Release of the Proximal Adductor Longus Tendon: A Cadaveric Investigation. Boettcher, B.J., Stuart, M.J., Hollman, J.H., Finnoff, J.T. (Manuscript in Preparation)
  • Ultrasound Guided Threaded Selective Release of the Posterior Iliotibial Band: A Cadaveric Investigation. Boettcher, B.J., Stuart, M.J., Hollman, J.H., Finnoff, J.T. (Manuscript in Preparation)
  • A Retrospective Comparison of Pre and Post Exercise Ankle Brachial Indices in Patients with Lower Extremity Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome With and Without Co-morbid Vascular Disease. Reisner, J.H., Boettcher, B.J., Finnoff, J.T. (IRB Approved- In Progress)
  • Book Chapter- Finnoff J.T., Boettcher B.J. “Hip Labral Tears” In Frontera, WR, Silver J.K, Rizzo, T.D. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 4th edition. Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, PA. Accepted for Publication.
  • Can a brief training session prepare physician sonographers of differing experience to measure the ischiofemoral space? A reliability study. Boettcher, B.J., Hollman, J.H., Payne, J.M., Johnson, A.C., Finnoff, J.T. (Accepted for Publication- PM&R)
  • Exertional Rhabdomyolysis: A Community Population-Based analysis: Rochester, MN. Boettcher, B.J., Luetmer, M.T., Franco, J.M., Reisner, J.H., Cheville, A.L., Finnoff, J.T. (Manuscript in Preparation)
    • Epidemiological study describing exertional rhabdomyolysis in a community population based setting utilizing the Rochester Epidemiology Project

National Presentations:

  • (Accepted for Presentation) Synvisc Pseudotumor- A Case Report. Baillargeon, A.M., Boettcher, B.J., Finnoff, J.T., Johnson, A.C., International Skeletal Society (ISS). Berlin, Germany, September 2018.
  • Boettcher, B.J, Payne, J.M., Finnoff, J.T. Shoulder Pain in a Youth Hockey Player. Oral Presentation American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Minneapolis, MN. 5/30/18
  • Dombovy-Johnson, M.L., Boettcher, B.J, Finnoff, J.T.  Rare Cause of Second Webspace Interdigital Neuritis Diagnosed with Ultrasound Oral Presentation American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Minneapolis, MN. 5/30/18
  • Woods, C.D., Boettcher, B.J, Finnoff, J.T. Knee Snapping After Arthroscopy Diagnosed With Ultrasound In A Runner And Weightlifter: A Case Report. Oral Presentation American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Minneapolis, MN. 5/30/18
  • Can a Brief Training Session Prepare Physician Sonographers of Differing Experience to Measure the Ischiofemoral Space? A Reliability Study. Boettcher, B.J., Hollman, J.H., Payne, J.M., Johnson, A.C., Finnoff, J.T. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Assembly. Orlando, FL 4/27/2018.
  • Moore, B.J., Boettcher, B.J, Finnoff, J.T.  Lateral Ankle Pain Following Inversion Ankle Injury: Sonographic Diagnosis of an Easy to Miss Fracture. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Assembly. Orlando, FL 4/28/2018.
  • Boettcher, B.J, Finnoff, J.T.  Wrist Pain in a Collegiate Soccer Player. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Assembly. Orlando, FL 4/26/2018.
  • Boettcher, B.J, Jelsing, E.J. Nonoperative management of a complete adductor longus tendon tear in a collegiate football player: A case report. Poster Presentation American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR). Denver, CO. 10/13/2017
  • Boettcher, B.J, Jelsing, E.J. Nonoperative management of a complete adductor longus tendon tear in a collegiate football player: A case report. Poster Presentation American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR). Denver, CO. 10/13/2017
  • Evans, J.K, Boettcher, B.J, Wisniewski, S.J. Sacroiliitis presenting as hip pain in an elite hockey player: A case report. Poster Presentation American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR). Denver, CO. 10/13/2017
  • Boettcher, B.J., Sytsma, T.T., Sorenson, E.J. Rare cause of ulnar neuropathy in an 18 year old musician: A case report. Poster Presentation American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR). Denver, CO. 10/13/2017
  • Boettcher B.J., Systma, T.T., Berini, S.E. Sensory Ganglionopathy in a patient with Sjogren’s Syndrome: A Case Report. Poster Presentation American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR). Denver, CO. 10/13/2017
  • Snider, B.A, Woods, R.R, Boettcher, B.J, Reeves. R.K. Oral baclofen desensitization after hypersensitivity reaction: a case report.A Case Report. Poster Presentation American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR). Denver, CO. 10/13/2017
  • Boettcher, B.J, Finnoff, J.T. Shoulder Pain in a Professional Contemporary Ballet Dancer. Poster Presentation American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Denver, CO. 6/2/2017
  • Batterson, A.M, Boettcher, B.J, Finnoff, J.T. Acute Onset of Footdrop in a Teenager Between Sets of Back Squats. Poster Presentation American Medical Society for Sports Medicine San Diego, CA. 5/10/2017
  • Boettcher, B.J, Payne, J.M, Dahm, D.L, Jelsing, E.J. Immediate Pain and Difficulty Ambulating from a Basketball Injury. Poster Presentation American Medical Society for Sports Medicine San Diego, CA. 5/12/2017
  • Boettcher, B.J, Newcomer, K.L. Decline of Function and Weakness in a Special Olympian with Trisomy 21. Podium Presentation- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Boston, MA. 6/2/2016.
  • Boettcher, B.J, Newcomer, K.L. Decline of Function and Weakness in a Special Olympian with Trisomy 21. Poster Presentation- ACSM- Boston, MA. 6/2/2016. *Selected as one of the top oral presentations of the conference to present as a poster at the clinician reception.
  • Boettcher, B.J, Newcomer, K.L.  Case Study: Painful, Patchy Pallor and Hyperemia in the Feet of a Completive 16 Year-Old Swimmer. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine; Leawood, KS [Internet]. 2016. Available from: http://www.amssm.org/Case-Studies.php
  • Boettcher, B.J, Brault, J.S. Twice missed on MRI- Atraumatic rupture of the Extensor Pollicis Longus tendon after casting for distal radius fracture in a healthy 46 year old: A case report. AAPMR 10/03/2015.
  • Boettcher, B.J, Onishi, K, Wisniewski, S.J, Sellon, J.L. Case Study: Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Barbotage of Gluteus Maximus Calcific Tendinosis in a Cyclist. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine; Leawood, KS [Internet]. 2015. Available from: http://www.amssm.org/Case-Studies.php

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Dr. Boetttcher really listened to my concerns and was helpful in providing information so that I can heal more quickly and play the sports I really love. He is so friendly, too!

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