Dr. Brian Braaksma, MD

Dr. Brian Braaksma, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 37
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Dr. Brian Braaksma, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Rockford, IL. He is 37 years old and has been practicing for 6 years.Read his story

5875 E Riverside Blvd

Rockford, IL 61114

Contact Information

(815) 398-9491

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • ECOH
  • First Choice Health
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • 2 More

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Low Back Pain
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more than 96% of peers
Back Pain
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more than 95% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Dr. Braaksma's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Braaksma "Dr. Brian Braaksma is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. Fellowship training is the highest level of medical education in the U.S. Dr. Braaksma earned his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Texas Christian University in 2002 with Summa Cum Laude honors. He obtained his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2006. He completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he received clinical distinction honors in his clinical rotations. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York. He is Board-eligible by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Braaksma grew up on a farm in the rural Midwest, where he feels learning the values of hard work and dedication were instrumental to his ability to pursue and complete a medical education. He realized early on while in high school, a desire to become an orthopedic surgeon after observing surgeries with local physicians. During his medical education and orthopedic residency, Dr. Braaksma was most intrigued by the specialty of spine and decided to specialize in that niche. As a spine surgeon, he emphasizes non-surgical treatment options in advance of surgery, holding that as the last resort for patients. If surgery is necessary, Dr. Braaksma is trained in the latest minimally invasive spine surgery techniques that reduce the length of the incision, the time in the hospital and the time needed for recovery. Many patients can have their surgery in the morning and be home later the same day to recover in their own home. In addition to his extensive medical commitments, Dr. Braaksma is an avid golfer, and enjoys watching sports, playing drums and guitar, weightlifting, traveling and skiing. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and his young son. After spending the last 10 years of his medical training in Chicago and New York, Dr. Braaksma enjoys the return to the Midwest and Rockford, Illinois, and the sense of community that he grew up in."

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Neck Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Sprain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Fracture
  • Hernia
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture

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Procedures

  • Adult Scoliosis Correction
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Neurostimulation
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Transforaminal Epidural Block

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Texas Christian University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2002
  • Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons
    Medical School | Graduated 2006
  • Rush University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2007
  • Rush University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • New York University-Hospital For Joint Diseases Spine Surgery Fellowship
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2012

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Braaksma has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Braaksma's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Braaksma to family and friends
4.9
based on 111 total reviews (48 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (111)

  • 5
    (107)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (3)

Dr. Braaksma's Performance

Trustworthiness
EXCELLENT
Explains condition(s) well
EXCELLENT
Answers Questions
EXCELLENT
Time well spent
EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
EXCELLENT
Office environment
EXCELLENT
Staff friendliness
EXCELLENT
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (48)

in Rockford, IL |
Feeling wonderful since surgery and will recommend him to many family members and friends.
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in Lena, IL |
No pain! Surgery went great!
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in Beloit, WI |
Very happy with my surgery!
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in Rockford, IL |
The doctor did a great job, I have no symptoms and I've had a quick recovery
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in Machesney Park, IL |
Surprised at how well I am feeling only being 8 days out
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Dr. Braaksma accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • ECOH
  • First Choice Health
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • The Alliance
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Hospitals where Dr. Braaksma has admitting privileges

Osf Saint Anthony Medical Center
5666 E State St
Rockford, IL 61108
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Rockford Memorial Hospital
2400 N Rockton Ave
Rockford, IL 61103
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Centegra Hospital - McHenry
4201 W Medical Center Dr
McHenry, IL 60050
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SwedishAmerican Hospital
1401 E State St
Rockford, IL 61104
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Centegra Hospital - Woodstock
3701 Doty Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098
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