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Dr. Nathaniel Brooks

Neurosurgery
Madison, WI
20 years experience male

Locations

Office

Madison, WI

Address

600 Highland Avenue, CSC K4/860, Madison, WI
Directions

About

Bio

I am a neurosurgeon who specializes in spine surgery. In addition to neurosurgical training I completed a combined orthopedics/neurosurgery fellowship in spine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. I strive to provide my patients with the best treatment options for their spine problems. I believe that surgery may not be the correct treatment option for every patient but it can be highly beneficial in properly selected patients. If surgery is not appropriate I work with physiatrists, pain specialists, and therapists that can assist the patient with their spine problem. I also maintain a general neurosurgery practice that includes surgical management of brain trauma, brain tumor, and other neurosurgical disorders.

Specialties
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Neurosurgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

66 Answers
21 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Neck pain treatment: Chronic neck pain without an underlying surgical cause is difficult to treat. Seek the advice of a spine specialist (surgeon or physiatrist) to make s... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Traction Dangerous?: No, the force needed to disrupt or tear a disk is significantly higher than the muscles around your spine could tolerate. If traction could impart tha... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Disc removal : Most disk herniations that cause nerve pain will get better with conservative treatment in 6-8 weeks. If the pain does not improve at that point then ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Scoliosis: Scoliosis can present in many ways. Early in life (before and during puberty) this is often congenital related to the development as a fetus. Occasio... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Neck pain treatment: Chiropractic treatment is an option for treating neck pain depending on the cause. Most neck pain is musculoskeletal (coming from the muscles). If you... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Too much : Any activity performed for long periods wilke you feel tired and weak. Take scheduled breaks.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Brain injury: Brain injury can cause many different types of cognitive and emotional deficits. The first step is to establish what the deficits are by having a neur... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Lower Threshold: Seizure threshold (the ability of the brain to withstand seizures) is lowered by sleep deprivation (lack of sleep). This can worsen pre existing seizu... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Dieting with pain: Diets with high protein, low carbohydrates are best. Aerobic exercise with some strength training will burn calories quickly. Diet and exercise work. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Natural Treatment: Most neck pain is musculoskeletal (from the muscles and joints) and can best be treated with stretching, strengthening and avoiding poor posture or re... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Dry Concussion: Concussion is caused by trauma to the brain which causes the electrochemical function of the nerves to be impaired. Dehydration effects the electroche... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
TBI treatment: Brain injury can cause many different types of cognitive and emotional deficits. The first step is to establish what the deficits are by having a neur... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Concussion treatment: The mainstay of concussion treatment i'd cognitive and physical rest followed by a gradual increase in activity. If symptoms return from increase acti... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Trigeminal Neuralgia: Trigeminal neuralgia is classically a sharp electric like pain radiating into the face and jaw that is triggered by chewing, coughing and laughing. It... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Concussion treatment: The mainstay of concussion treatment i'd cognitive and physical rest followed by a gradual increase in activity. If symptoms return from increase acti... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Nerve Pinch: This sounds like a pinched nerve in the neck. Although it could be other less common causes. If you have no other medical problems: infection history,... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Shunt Activities: People with hydrocephalus (improper drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (csf)) have shunts placed to divert CSF from the brain to other areas of the body ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Yoga: Haiku: yoga helps your core; core strength helps maintain spine health; core helps your yoga.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
MIS Candidate: Ask your spine surgeon. If they do not perform minimally invasive spine (mis) procedures ask them for a referral to a surgeon who does. They will be a... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Back pain treatment: Most back pain is musculoskeletal (coming from the muscles). This is best treated with stretching, strengthening and careful attention to ergonomics (... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Amnesia treatment: Brain injury can cause many different types of cognitive and emotional deficits. The first step is to establish what the deficits are by having a neur... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Vertebral Artery: This can be a consequence of injury to the vertebral artery. This can be from direct manipulation, positioning or spontaneous. Further diagnostic work... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Electrochemical: Concussion is caused by a traumatic event that causes rapid acceleration forces in the brain. This is thought to cause disruption of the electrochemic... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Disc Bulge: The surgical management of nerve root compression in the lumbar spine is a decompressive laminectomy procedure (removing part or all of the roof of t... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Iliac Crest Pain: Unfortunately, pain at the site of bone harvest from the iliac crest is common. However, the increased pain 40 years after the surgery is uncommon and... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Pinched spinal nerve: Yes this is likely a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine causing radiating pain. This condition is called lumbar radiculopathy. Although it is often lab... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Neck pain treatment: Most neck pain is musculoskeletal (coming from the muscles). This is best treated with stretching, strengthening and careful attention to ergonomics (... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Epidural injection: This is called an epidural injection. There are different types but the all share the same principles. Image guidance is used to place a fine needle i... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Coiling: As long as the aneurysm was completely treated and you have recovered from the procedure (the access site in the leg has healed) then you should be ab... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
TBI treatment: Brain injury can cause many different types of cognitive and emotional deficits. The first step is to establish what the deficits are by having a neur... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Neck pain treatment: Neck pain treatment can be simple or complex depending on the cause. Most neck pain is musculoskeletal (coming from the muscles). This is best treated... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Spinal tap risk: A spinal tap is placement of a needle into the space around the spinal nerves that contains cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid the brain and spinal cord f... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Acdf or New disc: This is a good question. Both treatments are likely to be effective in the short term. Generally, patients with previous fusions should get an extensi... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Crutches OK: It would be safe to use crutches. However, crutches can cause soreness and skin breakdown in the armpits. Occasionally irritation of nerves to the arm... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Back or leg pain: Your symptoms and MRI findings can help guide treatment. If your pain is mild then oral pain medications and physical therapy can be helpful. If pain ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Bulging Disc: If the bulging disc is pressing on the nerve causing radiating pain and weakness or pressing on the spinal cord causing weakness and imbalance then su... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Strength and Scoli: Tone and sculpt exercises will not have a bad effect on scoliosis. Core strengthening exercises such as yoga and pilates will help stabilize your spin... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Leg pain: Radiating leg pain can have many causes. One of which can be compression of a nerve by a disc herniation. This can be evaluated with an MRI of the lum... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Natural Treatment: Most neck pain is musculoskeletal (from the muscles and joints) and can best be treated with stretching, strengthening and avoiding poor posture or re... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Throat and nex: Neck pain cannot cause a sore throat. Occasionally, viral upper respiratory infections can cause neck pain by causing muscle pain.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Cold with Neck Pain: Myalgias (muscle pain from illness) often recover as the illness improves. Maintaining good hydration with water and electrolyte solutions (eg gatorad... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Neck pain treatment: Neck pain treatment can be simple or complex depending on the cause. Most neck pain is musculoskeletal (coming from the muscles). This is best treated... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Neck pain treatment: Neck pain treatment can be simple or complex depending on the cause. Most neck pain is musculoskeletal (coming from the muscles). This is best treated... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Spine Tumor: A tumor in the spinal cord itself is unlikely to effect the brain unless the tumor type spread from the brain (this is uncommon) or is metastatic tumo... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Tingling Hands: This is a rare presentation for nerves pinched in the neck. Classically this presentation is seen in carpal tunnel syndrome.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Epilepsy: Seizures without fever in infants are very serious. You should seek medical attention.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Stimulators Safe: Massaging or stimulating your spasmed muscles should be safe. And if it improves your symptoms keep doing it. If it worsens them stop the stimulation.... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Concussion Diagnosis: Concussion is caused by trauma to the brain. Concussion causes a constellation of symptoms including headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, mood chan... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Movement after TBI: It can be helpful to work with an occupational and physical therapist to improve your balance and coordination after a brain injury. This should be do... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Brooks
Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Chiari: Most surgery for chiari malformation is a decompressive operation. Surgery takes 3-4 hours. Hospital stay is usually 1 day in ICU and 1-2 days general... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Brooks is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Brooks is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks a lot! Dr. Menezes really believes CM1 is the root of my symptoms! Surgery is June 3rd
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I will check into that next week
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks. Good to know that it's safe.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Wisconsin, WI
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

University of Wisconsin

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Madison, WI - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Madison, WI - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Madison, WI - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
North American Spine Society
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