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Dr. K.C. Brewington

Neurosurgery
Missoula, MT
27 years experience

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Missoula, MT

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500 West Broadway, Missoula, MT
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Neurosurgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

24 Answers
11 Agrees
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Rule out causes: You must first rule out other causes of these symptoms as the finding of an arachnoid cyst and a chiari does not neccesarily mean that these symptoms ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
WHy laser?: Unless one is treating a tumor of the spine, a laser is rarely indicated and is most often used as a marketing technique.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Always ask: It would be in your best interest to assure that the physician is board certified by a reputable medical board. For neurosurgeons, that is the abns (... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Another view: There are professional athletes with a history of head injury that have been documented to experience significant mental decline, depression, headache... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
A few weeks: Most are out of the hospital in 1-2 days. You then have to take it easy ( no lifting >10 lbs) for about a month. Expect a stiff neck for a few weeks... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Something to watch: It means that the cerebellum tonsils are descending but have not gone far enough to meet the criteria for a chiari malformation.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Brain injury: Anyone with an injury to the brain. This includes traumatic injury, tumor, stroke, infection or genetic predisposition.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Decompression: It involves an incision at the back of the base of the skull, removing the bone there (about 1x1 inches). It may also involve removing part of the rin... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Likely benign: Arachnoid cysts are congenital lesions and if you have made it into adulthood, it is unlikely to need any intervention . If surgery is recommended, m... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Rare but possible: I have had a few patients that had itching associated with other symptoms of nerve root compression, both of which resolved after adressing the compre... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Tertiary care: It is best to first consult with a neurologist who is a specialist in movement disorders. Subsequently, a neurosurgeon who specializes in 'functional... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Another Opinion: While some consider a discogram diagnostic, other spine surgeons would hesitate to ever consider utilizing that modality to make diagnostic or treatme... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Not Always: There are a number of conditions that may be termed 'water in my spinal cord' . Common finding is an enlarged central canal that is a normal variant... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Depends: Before treatment can be reccommended, the cause must be established. "sciatica" can be caused from nerve compression (due to disc herniation and/or s... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Isometrics: Depending on which level(s) of the spine were fused, i advise my patients to pursue core strengthening of those and adjacent levels thru isometric mea... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Sometimes: Aarachnoid cysts can show enlargement with age. Chiari malformations can worsen via increased cord compression or by hydrocephalus/syringomyelia.
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Negative: Highly unlikely. These are almost assuredly unrelated events.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Maybe not: Central low back pain is most often due to inflammation/arthritis of the disk/joints in the spine or inflammation/injury the soft tissues (muscles/ten... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Depends on cause: First, if there is arm or hand weakness associated with this, seek prompt medical attention. Otherwise, conservative measures to include nsaids, phys... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Yes: In some cases the respiratory muscles can be affected.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Perhaps: Headache after a blow to the head is not abnormal. However, new onset vomiting is a warning sign of the possibility of a more serious injury. I woul... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Odds in your favor: Your body will heal itself of a disk herniation 70-80% of the time with non-operative treatment. Lifestyle modification (avoiding activities that mak... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Neuro Possibilities: Your symptoms could be due to thoracic nerve root pathology. Thoracic disk herniations can cause similar symptoms as can entities such as herpes zost... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. K.C. Brewington
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Options: Asymptomatic chiari malformations do not mandate surgery. Upper spinal cord/lower brainstem compression which is symptomatic is a solid surgical ind... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Brewington is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Brewington is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of South Alabama College of Medicine, AL
Graduated 1995MD
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