Dr. Kornelis Poelstra

Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Fort Walton Beach, FL
26 years experience male

Locations

The Spine Institute

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Address

1042 Mar Walt Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(850) 460-2351

Insurances accepted

No Value

Aetna

AFLAC

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Alabama

Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

The Spine Insitute

Crestview, FL

About

Bio

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra is a board certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon with training also in Neurological Spine Surgery. Dutch Native, completed medical school and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Then moved to Charlottesville, VA, to complete Orthopaedic Residency at The University of Virginia, followed by prestigous Orthopaedic and Neurological Spine Fellowship at The Rothman Institute (Thomas Jefferson University) in Philadelphia. Worked for 4 years as a spinal surgeon at Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, prior to moving to Northwest Florida to start his Spine Institute. Primary specialty includes any- and all spinal surgery with emphasis on Minimally Invasive Surgery and advanced reconstruction techniques for the entire spine.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Neurosurgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Licenses

United States: California, Florida

Languages spoken

German

Doctor Q&A

195 Answers
59 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Sciatica: Often, sciatica due to a herniated disc is a self limiting problem; goes away with stretching and flexibility exercises and anti inflammatories. If pa... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Rib fractures: Very much so... It typically takes 3-6months to get over those, and the rib attachments to the spine are often sore in addition to the fractures thems... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Disc problem : Hmm... A disc problem in the neck could cause all of these symptoms, esp if it came on pretty acute... A simple neck strain would not give you numbnes... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Radiculopathy: Radiating arm pain and a feeling of tightness are common symptoms of radiculpathy... Stemming from compression on the nerve root(s) in your neck. It c... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Vertebroplasty: Ct-guided vertebroplasty is a procedure performed inside the ct-scanner where bone cement (called pmma) is injected through a needle through the skin ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Longterm disc hernia: The long term effects are insignificant, unless the herniated fragment(s) are pushing on a nerve. There is no evidence that patients with herniated di... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Buttock pain: It can be due to nerve compression in the lower back or perhaps sacro-iliac joint pain/inflammation. Please find a good ortho-spine surgeon and have t... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Leg weakness: After a trauma, there can be many reasons that make people not move around well; true weakness can occur due to muscle trauma, but possibly also from ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
I : I certainly agree with dr.Andrews, however, i feel that you should perhaps notify your physician about the true location of the pain, and let him/her ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Back brace: There is no great evidence for bracing after lumbar surgery- or soft tissue / disc injury... But in some people it really makes them feel better. Whil... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Spine fracture: Depending on the type- and location of the fracture, healing of a spine fracture can be compromised if there is too much stress on the bone. In the bo... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
ACDF: Not sure what you are asking? If they can do anterior cervical surgery in china? Probably, but why go on a trip for something maybe a local doctor you... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Spine disintegrate: The imaging studies mean that you need to find a good orthopaedic spine surgeon to have the images explained to you and discuss options... It is rare ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Cold muscles: Absolutely... A cool stream of air, even it if feels nice, can cause stiff neck- and shoulder muscles and make you wake-up achy... try a fan or so wit... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Nose bleed/arm pain: I have seen thousands of patients in my life so far, but cannot really link there two together... Nosebleeds are usually more common when it's 'dryer'... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Xray spine: You might be surprised.... A 4 view x-ray of the spine (front-back, side view, and two bending views for example), pays... $17 dollars from medicare/i... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Naproxen or Iburofen: Naproxen is regarded by some to be 'stronger' but it might not work as well as Ibuprofen for you... Every person is different; both are non-steroidal ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
L4-5 issue?: Failed spinal fusions, or pseudarthrosis, can be the source of hip pain, especially due to the l4-l5 level. Sometimes diagnostic injections help, and ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Pinched nerves: Depending on how severe the nerves are compressed, spinal stenosis just means narrowing of the spinal canal from any- and all causes. Some people have... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Tailbone pain: Sometimes a muscle strain can affect the lower part of the muscle insertion, close to the tailbone or sacrum and coccyx (truly the end of the spine). ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Thoracic spine: It means that there is a small amount of narrowing around the spinal cord (the thecal sac) due to some early arthritis from the little joints behind ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Leg burning: It can be due to fatique and "lactate" production by your leg muscles which can give a burning/aching workout feeling... Additionally, it can be due t... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Scoliosis pain: If the scoliosis was discovered recently, it might not be too bad, otherwise your doctor(s) would have picked it up probably earlier... A small / mild... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Scoli correction: If you achieved a stable fusion, just keep your weight down, do not smoke and live a healthy, active lifestyle. Reduce sitting time behind a desk for ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Back pain: Possibly a sore muscle, or nerve irritation low in the back reponsible for the pain. Can be nerve compression... Take frequent short walks and avoid l... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Neck pain: ...Can have many reasons. Please see a good orthopaedic spine surgeon and have yourself evaluated for the diagnosis. You may have degenerative disc d... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Leg pain: He may have said it band, or "iliotibila band' from the hip (pelvic wing) over the greater trochanter of the thigh bone all the way to just below the ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Bike riding: Only your surgeon can aswer that! only he/she knows what was done and how stable you are to start doing certain activities. Good luck!
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Calcium Supplements: Typically, middle-aged women should use 1200mg extra calcium per day with vitamin d to improve the uptake. Watch for kidney stones and other sign ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Laminectomy: Is the removal of the posterior covering of the spinal canal. This can be done in the cervical (neck-), thoracic (chest-), or lumbar (lower back) area... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Sciatica cure?: Depends on the source of your pain. If the pain comes from a compressed nerve root in the lower back, a simple decompression or even an injection can ... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Numb leg: Numbness in a lower extremity due to nerve compression can be released by flexing at the hip, or squatting down to flex the lumbar spine. Usually, ant... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
L5 Pars defect: A pars defect causes relative instability and the body 'braces' itself with muscle tightness and that can lead to a forward posture and relative loss ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Spinal stenosis: I completely agree; due to the erect position in the lumbar spine, some of the ligaments can fold-into the nerve tunnels and even the central spinal c... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Ortho Spine: Sure; a well trained orthopaedic surgeon, typically with a spine fellowship can perform this without a problem. Do your research on that particular do... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Back+Leg pain: A combination of back- and leg pain and cramps could be due to an acute disc herniation or another cause of nerve compression. Have yourself seen by a... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Back pain: Often degeneration at the lower levels of the spine can cause you to have 'peri-pelvic' tenderness around the hips and abdomen. A good evaluation and ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Rare: Permanent nerve damage is very rare, despite long standing pressure. Sometimes some numbness remains, but weakness and pain almost always disappear. C... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Hematoma aspiration: Aspirating a hematoma is primary risky because of introducing an infection, although the risk is very low. If the hematoma is painful and makes it dif... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Clarify: Not sure what you mean under 'angle' please clarify?! and where does the foot hurt?! inside, outside? When you walk or even during rest?! thx!
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Sport & Spine: Sport injuries to the thoracic spine are rare, but can include muscle strains and sprains; hematoma (bleeding in the muscle from blunt trauma), or fra... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Exercises for back: Both the neck and the back needs gently daily stretching, sometimes some anti inflammatories and healthy core muscle without being overweight to prote... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Longer Spine: Making your spine longer is unfortunately not possible; improving posture and standing up straighter (making you look taller!) is possible with good/c... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Many reasons!: Low back pain or lumbago can have many diagnoses and possible origins of pain. Many patients have degeneration of their discs; can develop instability... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Scoliosis: By definition is a sideways- and rotational deformity of the spine. It isn't a scoliosis if it doesn't have a curve, and it is always called a scolios... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Degenerative disc: Degenerative disc disease should not be a reason to become a couch potatoe! just be careful, but keep your motion pattern going, no heavy lifting, and... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Back strain: Recovery from a strain can take up to 6 weeks; take frequent walks, short jogging and drink plenty of fluids. Sometimes ultrasound and massage makes t... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Scoli fixation: There are may things that can happen.... About 6 pages long, and it requires you to find someone you trust to help you. Speak with your surgeon and ma... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Neck cracking: Many people do this, for temporary stress relief in the neck. It is most likely some gas escape into the fluid indise of the facet joints in the neck,... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Back and leg pain : It's difficult to determine the true cause of your leg pain, but it can be associated with the back. Please have yourself evaluated by the spine docs ... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
I traveled from Illinois to Destin, FL to see Dr. Poelstra because he was so highly recommended and because he said he could help me. I had two previous back surgeries, and as a result I was very ben...Read More
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Dec 16, 2012
Dr Poelstra performed the 7th surgery on my lower body and I would rank the experience and results as the best of all these. His exceptional skill as a surgeon is obvious -but- he is heads and shoul...Read More
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Dec 16, 2012
We visited Dr. Poelstra's office in Niceville, FL to determine the cause of my husband's neck, shoulder, arm and hand pain. Dr. Poelstra's wonderful Physician's Assistant, John Needler, met with us f...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! It seems not to bother me to much while I walk its more when I sit or stand still. Thanks again!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Groningen
Graduated 2000MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Groningen Faculty of Medicine
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

University of Virginia Medical Center

Awards

Royal College of Surgeons
Patient Compassion Award
Chairman Department of Surgery - Sacred Heart Hospital

Affiliations

Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
North American Spine Society
American Medical Association
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