A Gentle Reminder – Please Wear Your Mask at OSC

We want to ensure that everyone who enters OSC feels safe and comfortable. OSC must enforce the wearing of face coverings because 1) a Virginia government mask mandate still exists; 2) we are making every effort to ensure the safety of our doctors, staff, and other patients to minimize the probability of infection and; 3) persons who have been vaccinated can still carry and transmit the virus. 

My Lower Back is Killing Me – Have I been Cooped up by COVID-19 Restrictions for too Long?

Here we are in February 2021 and it’s been almost a year since COVID-19 was first discovered in the United States.  Goodness, have our lives changed and who’d have thought we’d still be wearing masks, physically distancing, avoiding crowds and public places with many of us continuing to work from home.  We venture out to… Read more »

Can Social Media be Harmful? A Psychologist’s Perspective

  Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I am frequently asked if social media is bad for us – for example – is it reducing the amount of time we spend face-to-face with our family and friends, or is it otherwise making us depressed or anxious?  Dr. Summer Allen, a research and writing fellow with the Greater… Read more »

Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Hip

  John D. Burrow, DO Avascular Necrosis is a medical term that means a loss of blood supply causing bone tissue death.  While it can happen anywhere in the body there is bone, it is most often seen in the hip.  This is because the hip joint blood supply is retrograde (against flow) and is… Read more »

Treating Plantar Fasciitis Properly for Long-Term Pain Relief

Joel D. Stewart, MD One of the most common complaints for which I see patients is heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.  Sometimes people call this heel spurs, but it’s not usually the bone that hurts. The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs underneath your foot and connects behind your… Read more »

Ganglion Cyst of the Finger

  Robert J. Snyder, MD Ganglion Cysts or “wens” as they are colloquially referred to, are small sacs attached to a joint or a tendon with a stalk.  This stalk is the conduit for the jelly-like fluid (similar to the synovial fluid found in joints) which fills the cyst. These cysts are usually found near… Read more »

Cervical Spine Fracture – aka Broken Neck

Mark W. McFarland, DO There are seven cervical vertebrae or neck bones in the human body.  When one of these bones becomes fractured, commonly due to accidents like diving into shallow water, a car crash, a fall from a ladder or another height, or a collision in sports, or from having weakened bones from aging,… Read more »

Injuries and Fractures of the Thoracic Spine

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As a busy Orthopaedic Physician, I often see and treat patients for and write articles about the cervical spine (neck) and the lumbar spine (lower back).  Today, I’m going to focus on the thoracic spine or the middle back, the area where the rib cage is located.  Percentage wise, I do… Read more »

Cervical Radiculopathy

Raj N. Sureja, MD The human neck is comprised of seven vertebral bones known as the cervical area of the spine.  This column of bones is stacked on top of each other and houses the upper portion of the spinal cord and many nerve roots that shoot off and go to different areas of the… Read more »

Arthrosis, Arthrotides and Arthritis – What is the Difference in these Conditions?

  As a busy Orthopaedist, I often have patients ask me about medical terms that they see written in their charts and express their confusion over them.  They wonder how they can possibly have two or three conditions that sound and look alike at the same time.  In this article, I hope to clear up… Read more »