What is Brain Network Activation™ (BNA) Testing?; Return to Golf after Spine Surgery

Episode 15.19 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One: Brain Network Activation™ Testing

Mike Palm, Manager of Athletico Concussion Management Services discussing the use of BNA (Brain Network Activation) testing to measure brain function; the importance of proper concussion diagnosis and management, risk of not reporting and sustaining a recurring concussion; removing from and returning to play; avoiding permanent brain damage.

A Brain Network Activation™ (BNA) Test uses an advanced software program to process measured brain activity. This cutting edge technology allows us to gain full insight into brain function as the test reads, and measures all neural activity. This test is performed preseason to understand the individual’s typical brain function.

Watch the video below to see the BNA Test technology in action!

Advantages of Brain Network Activation™ Testing

  • Allows physicians to better understand a brain injury such as a concussion
  • Detects and measures actual brain activation
  • Reassurance for return to participation decisions
  • First-of-its kind, groundbreaking technology that measures brain function
  • Athletico is the only Brain Network Activation™ Testing Center in Illinois
  • Annual preseason test used to compare a change in brain activity following a brain injury
  • Cleared by the FDA, unlike many concussion testing protocols on the market.

The BNA Testing Process

The BNA Test process starts with scheduling your BNA Test. The next step is then receiving the test at one of Athletico’s BNA™ Testing Centers. Once the BNA Test is complete, your Brain Network Activation (BNA) report is stored in a secure, de-identified cloud-based database, that can be accessed by a physician if a brain injury were to occur.

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Segment Two: Lumbar Fusion Surgery and return to playing Golf

Dr. Frank Phillips, Professor, Director, Section of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Rush University Medical Centertalks about the success rate of spine surgery and patients returning to their golf game; definition, causes and indications for surgery.

Dr. Frank PhillipsA visionary in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Frank Phillips was one of the first in Chicago to begin using these procedures in the 1990s. He specializes in minimally invasive cervical and lumbar reconstructive surgery. He also has expertise in motion preserving procedures and was a principle investigator in FDA trials on cervical disc replacement.

Dr. Phillips is a leader in the field and is a founder, board member and past president of the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Dr. Phillips has participated in the development of and pioneered a number of minimally invasive spinal techniques that are now widely used. He regularly teaches and lectures to spine surgeons nationally and internationally on minimally invasive spinal surgery.

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Special Announcement

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush 3rd Annual Sports Medicine Summit: Youth Injury Prevention & Treatment

Coaches, parents, athletic directors and principals of young athletes are highly encouraged to join Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), team physicians for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Fire Soccer Club and DePaul Blue Demons at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago for a FREE half-day seminar about injury prevention and treatment tips for young athletes.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush event speakers:

Date: August 7, 2015, Friday
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast)
Location: U.S. Cellular Field
Conference and Learning Center
333 W. 35th Street – Enter at GATE 3
Chicago, IL 60616