The Role of a Psychometrist at OSC

by Joshua Willson, Certified Psychometrist A Psychometrist is a professional who specializes in administering neuropsychological tests to collect quantitative (numerical) and qualitative (observational) data about a patient’s cognitive functioning and mental ability. Quantitative data is derived from statistical analysis of the patient’s raw scores. The data are compared to results from normative groups: average people… Read more »

Psychological Assessment at OSC

By Joshua Willson, Certified Psychometrist The physicians in the OSC Interventional Pain Management Department recognize that chronic pain is a reality involving both physiological and psychological factors.  Pain does not exist in a social vacuum, and non-physiological factors such as personality, cognitions, beliefs, socio-cultural variables, learning and emotional reactivity all significantly affect a patient’s perception… Read more »

Dr. Cal Robinson Lectured at 2018 International Pain Management Conference in Vienna, Austria

OSC’s Dr. F. Cal Robinson was invited to lecture at 6th Edition of The International Conference on Pain Management, held March 26-28, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The theme of this year’s conference was: “Unique Pioneering Research, strategies and approaches in Pain Management” which brings together professionals particularly interested in the Pain Management research work and… Read more »

Gout – A Painful Form of Arthritis

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Gout is a common form of arthritis that typically affects the big toe joint; however the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers can also be affected. The problem occurs when too much uric acid remains in the blood after being processed by the kidneys.  The uric acid forms into thin, spike-like… Read more »

Osteophytes:  A Fancy Term, but Simply Bone Spurs

Robert J. Snyder, MD As a busy Orthopaedist, I see many patients in the office, whose main complaint goes something like this, “I have this really sharp pain, when I walk (or insert your activity of choice here).  It hurts so bad, it must be caused by a bone spur”.  Most of those pains are… Read more »

Tarlov Cysts: Perineural or Sacral Nerve Root Cysts

Mark W. McFarland, DO The human body is comprised of about 60% water, all of which is contained in our blood, soft tissues and even in our bones.  Most of the time, bodily fluids are contained within their own specific areas of the body and serve a particular purpose, like synovial fluid is contained within… Read more »

Self-Care: Why is it important?

By Cal Robinson, PsyD This article is the second in a series about self-care, in which we will cover the various areas in life that require self-care. I will also provide suggestions on how to create your own self-care plan. Let me explain why self-care is important. Self-care refers to the activities and practices that… Read more »

Sever’s Disease – A Real Pain in the Heel

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD I recently had an employee tell me that her friend’s grandson had been complaining of horrible heel pain.  She said that he was around 12 years old, played football and that his pain was so bad it caused him to cry and walk around on his tiptoes.  Of course, everyone… Read more »

Ganglion Cyst of the Foot

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD A ganglion cyst is a knot or lump that forms below the skin on either a joint or around a tendon. These cysts are filled with a thick, clear, jellylike fluid and can feel either firm or soft to the touch. The exact cause for the formation of a ganglion… Read more »