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See what our patients have to say about their experiences at Twin Cities Spine Center.

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Karen's Spine Story

Karen is a 70-year-old retired nurse who lived with neck and arm pain for over 35 years. After a life changing surgery with Dr. Schwender, she is no longer in pain and is now swimming and playing pickleball 6 to 8 hours every week!

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Rick's Spine Story

Rick is an active 65-year-old Registered Nurse who enjoys hunting, fishing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling and motorcycle riding. Last year he started to have back pain and discomfort that was getting in the way of his job and all of the activities he enjoyed. After trying many conservative options such as chiropractic care, physical therapy and injections, Rick met with Dr. Carlson and his team. Together it was decided that the best course of action would be surgery. After a successful surgery in December, Rick is now back to work at his nursing job, and this summer he looks forward to working on his Mustang and taking his motorcycle out for a ride!

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How to Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can make the ordinary tasks of daily living extraordinarily difficult. It can take away your ability to work, enjoy life and be active. It's a problem that can overwhelm your life, causing fatigue, anxiety and depression. But there are steps you can take to manage chronic pain.

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How Smoking Harms your Bones

Smoking can weaken your spine and raise your risk for fractures and broken bones. Quitting can help protect your spine and your overall health!

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