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David W. Polly, Jr., MD
Professor and Chief of Spine Service
University of Minnesota, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Minneapolis, MN

About David W. Polly, Jr., MD

David W. Polly, Jr., MD is a professor and Chief of Spine Service at the University of Minnesota, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

His clinical interests include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal degenerative disease

Dr. Polly received his medical degree from the University of the Health Sciences, and he completed an internship and orthopaedic residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His spine fellowship was at the University of Minnesota.

Articles Written by David W. Polly, Jr., MD

Exercise and Physical Therapy for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Exercise and physical therapy can significantly help you manage sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction.

Surgery for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Surgery for sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is rare, but if non-surgical treatments, such as exercise and medications, haven’t worked for you, you may need surgery to help you manage the pain.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Medications

There are numerous medications you can take to help you manage the symptoms of sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction, such as pain and stiffness. Which medications should you take for SI joint pain?

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Causes

Arthritis and pregnancy are common causes of sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. But what else can cause SI joint pain? This article explains other possible sacroiliac joint dysfunction causes.

Symptoms Related to Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

One of the main symptoms of sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is low back pain. But with SI joint pain, you can also have pain in your hips and buttocks. Learn about other common symptoms of SI joint dysfunction.

Case Studies Presented by David W. Polly, Jr., MD

Degenerative Disc Disease in a 30 Year-old Female

Presented by: D. Polly, Jr. MD

Patient History This 30 year-old female presented with low back pain that started 6 months ago. Activity makes her pain worse. She reports back pain as 8/10 and thigh pain as 5/10 without pain distal to the knee. Her Oswestry Disability Index is 50%. The patient does not have a history of trauma

Adjacent Segment Degeneration after Previous Decompression and Fusion

Presented by: D. Polly, Jr. MD

Patient History The patient is a 59 year-old male, non-smoker, and of acceptable weight level. The patient presented in 2006 with severe, “unacceptable” low back pain, and early fatigue marked by diminished endurance when walking or standing. The patient’s Oswestry Disabilit

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Grants/Research Support
Department of Defense, Scoliosis Research Society, Chest Wall and Spine Deformity Research Foundation