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Dr. Bruggeman’s practice is focused on hand, elbow and shoulder conditions and Worker’s Compensation cases. He treats some of the most difficult injuries in the region as one of the only Level 1 trauma providers in the area, treating major orthopaedic injuries of all kinds at Nebraska Medicine.  He sees many second opinion cases and helps train tomorrow’s doctors, nurses and more. Sports medicine has been a big part of Dr. Bruggeman’s practice as well, serving as the team physician for multiple sports teams.

Dr. Bruggeman enjoys spending time with his family, coaching soccer and outdoor activities.


Animal Bites, Biceps Tear at the Elbow, Biceps Tear at the Shoulder, Broken Collarbone, Broken Hand or Wrist, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel, De Quervain’s Tendinosis, Dupuytren’s Contracture, Elbow Arthritis, Elbow Bursitis, Elbow UCL Tears, Flexor Tendon Injuries, Fractured or Dislocated Elbow, Frozen Shoulder, Ganglion Cysts, Golfer’s Elbow, Scaphoid Fracture of the Wrist, Trigger Finger, Labrum Tears (SLAP), Rotator Cuff Tears, Shoulder Injuries, Shoulder Impingement, Separated Shoulder, Shoulder Arthritis, Tennis Elbow, and less common conditions


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Ages treated: All ages

Accepts workers comp: Yes

21 Years in Practice



  • Board Certified in Orthopaedics by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center | Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship, 2005
  • Mayo Clinic | Orthopaedic Residency, 2004
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center | MD, 1999 (High Distinction)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln | BS, 1995 (Biology)

Memberships & Awards

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • OrthoNebraska Clinics Board of Directors
  • Nebraska Orthopedic Society (President)

Patient Reviews

4.7 out of 5 (1,238 Ratings, 290 Comments)

5 stars
Jan 29, 2020
Yeah, I think I pressed the wrong button on something about the doctor. He was extremely helpful. Thank you and goodbye.
5 stars
Jan 27, 2020
Nick, Sally, and Nichole are outstanding at their professions
5 stars
Jan 27, 2020
It did seem like I waited a while to see the Dr. I waited less than 10min in the reception area, waited for about 10-15 min for someone to come in, Dr. Bruggeman's nurse came in first, asked questions, waited maybe 10min the PA came in and asked more extensive questions and explained what can be done, I decided on the Cortizone shot she got that ready and shortly after that the Dr. came in we went over more questions, he explained everything thoroughly. The shot hurt like something I have never felt before but was had nothing to do with the I said before he explained everything. Dr. Bruggeman's nurse and PA were wonderful as was he. Thanks
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