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Dr. Daniel Elskens

Neurosurgery
Sandusky , OH
36 years experience male

Locations

NOMS Neurosurgery

Sandusky , OH

Address

703 Tyler #350, Sandusky , OH, United States
Directions

Office

Holland

About

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.

Neurosurgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

62 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Headaches with tumor: You should talk to your surgeon. The causes are too varied to make a blanket recommendation.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Ulnar surgery: Basic wound healing in a month, but recovery of the nerve may take three to six months, or even longer.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
LBP with sitting: Sitting actually puts more stress on your back mechanically than either lying or standing. It is common for people with mechanical disk pain to have p... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Whiplash: It's not specifically about the speed, but how much of the kinetic energy from the crash is transferred to the patient in an acceleration deceleration... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Neuropathy: Neuropathy is related to the nerves, so until the nerve supply affects the blood supply, etc., the foot can look outwardly normal. Generally, people w... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Leg numb/tingling: If persistent, you should be evaluated.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
"Sleeping wrong": Always got a kick out of how we can go something as simple as sleep, wrong! usually this represents chronic mechanical changes in our neck from age, ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Piriformis/sciatica: Piriformis syndrome is rare, usually secondary to trauma, and can be distinguished on physical exam by a competent spine specialist. In difficult clin... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Scoliosis & Chiro: No. They deal with positional alignment and scoliosis is structural.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Scoliosis and pain: Scoliosis puts stress on the other support mechanisms of the spine, such as the muscles, ligaments, joints, etcetera. This can lead to pain.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Sciatica gets better: With such minimal info, it's hard to help. The length of time of symptoms is important. If there is any other associated symptoms such as numbness or ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
C2-3 alignment: The first question is understanding what you mean by misalignment. Are we talking about positional alignment, such as described by a chiropractor, or ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Healing disk: Once a disk is injured, it heals, but will never be 'normal'. 70% of people with an incident of back pain will recover spontaneously. The human body i... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Parnate (tranylcypromine): It is an antidepressant in the group known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors. It has risks related to all maoi usage, and should be monitored by a physi... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Possible stroke: If these are new symptoms, they need to be evaluated.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Neuropathy: Pain and tingling in toes can be neuropathy, but if it radiates along the leg, particularly in the thigh one needs to be concerned about a radiculopat... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Need for 2nd O.R.: Adjacent level changes are common after fusion surgery. Conservative treatment is still warranted like therapy, body mechanics, and facet ( joint) inj... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Late effects CHI: A person with a head injury bad enough to be admitted to the hospital, has a 65% chance of having long term findings on neuropsych testing, so yes hea... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Exercises and spine: Once cleared from your physician, core exercises for the back are always valuable to reduce symptoms and prevent recurrence. This involves stretching ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Helping fusion: There are several stages: initially, just getting over the surgery, then the initial muscle healing which can take 4-6 weeks, exercise and therapy to... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Sciatica treatment: 70%get better. Initially rest followed by graded stretching exercises, and once loosened up and pain reduced, strengthening exercises to prevent recur... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Subarachnoid hemor.: Depends on the etiology of the first hemorrhage.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Posherpetic neuralgi: Overall, about 20%, but increasing incidence as we age. This is the reason to consider the vaccine.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Lioresal, (baclofen) motival: Relatively contraindicated secondary to additive central nervous system depression.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Brain hemorrhage: Any age from in utero until death.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Swelling post op: If the bulging feels like fluid, it could be a spinal fluid leak, which is a known risk of spinal surgery. You should contact your surgeon.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Concussion: If he doesn't remember the events he needs to be evaluated by a physician.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Stroke from manip.: Manipulation of the neck has been known to cause a dissection, or injury to the blood vessels that run through the spine to the brain, known as a vert... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Symptoms of sciatica: "sciatica" is pain, numbness, and/or weakness in the distribution of the sciatic nerve. It's almost never caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve, b... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Paraganglioglioma: Unfortunately, they connect her at multiple locations. It is difficult to make recommendations if we don't have more information. Treatment for most p... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Stiff neck: Yes, but unfortunately, like a headache could be a brain tumor, but rarely is. Isolated neck stiffness without a setting of exposure would be unusual ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Scoliosis: Do you really want the cheapest? I wouldn't want the lowest bidder for everything i do. The most appropriate care is, by nature, cost effective. Start... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Pain with MRI (-): You should be evaluated by a physiatrist to look at mechanical and musculoskeletal causes outside of the spine.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Scoliosis pregnancy: Surprisingly people with scoliosis or other back problems many times do not have significant difficulty with pregnancy. For my patients i always sugge... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
PT for scoliosis: Therapy is all about improving core muscles to reduce or slow down the scoliosis.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Neck spur: Therapy, exercise, improving core muscles and body mechanics all can help alleviate the mechanical stress that leads to the breakdown of the disc and ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Bulging dsc: You should be reevaluated to see if a repeat study is indicated.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Whiplash: First, important to know if that is truly your diagnosis. Whiplash is given for the constellation of symptoms surrounding injuries to the soft tissues... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Chiropractic injury: Seek advice from your regular medical doctor, or walk in clinic if you don't have a primary physician. Thankfully, most problems from chiropractic car... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
C6-7 disc: It would seem it is time to be evaluated by a surgeon. That doesn't mean you will need surgery, but a surgeon is in an unique position to help you ass... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Baclofen & Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl): Generally no.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Tx for pinched nerve: In the absence of neurologic deficits, time is the great healer, with stretching and core exercises.
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Epidurals: Actually, at the north american spine meeting this last winter, significant evidence was presented that epidurals for stenosis may actually be counter... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Occipital neuralgia: The C2 nerve in the spine ascends along the notch on the back and side of your head, becoming the occipital nerve. Irritation can cause pain, burning,... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Pinched nerve: With such limited information, one can only talk in generalities. Most back difficulties resolve on their own in six to twelve weeks. For persistent s... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Tumor mistake: Doctors are human too, and make mistakes like everyone else. Some tumors are readily diagnosed but some can be elusive and we struggle with making th... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Concussion eval.: If it's persistent, yes it should be evaluated. If isolated, it can be watched.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Chiropractor digesti: No reliable scientific data, however, if manipulative therapy relaxes you, and your digestive disorder is partly influenced by anxiety, one could see ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
36 years experience
Headaches and disk: Headaches can be associated with cervical disk problems, but generally that is a secondary phenomenon.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Elskens is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Elskens is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Symptoms in one foot..could b helpful
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School, MI
Graduated 1986MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama School of Medicine, AL
MD

Residency

HENRY FORD HOSPITAL
Completed 1992

Awards

Top Neurosurgeon , Second Place, Michigan - Summer
2013
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