**Orthopaedic & Spine Center Hurricane Dorian Update**

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Hurricane Dorian, weather conditions in Hampton Roads are expected to deteriorate early Friday morning, with high winds, heavy rain and the potential for major flooding throughout the day. If you have an appointment scheduled at OSC on Friday, September 6, please call our main number (757-596-1900) before you leave for your… Read more »

What’s the Difference Between An Orthopaedic Physician and a Chiropractor? Part Two

Mark W. McFarland, DO Both chiropractors and orthopaedic physicians focus on the human musculoskeletal system. This system includes your bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves. This complex system requires all of its parts to be healthy and functioning in unison in order for you to move comfortably. Chiropractors diagnose and treat health problems of… Read more »

What’s the Difference Between An Orthopaedic Physician and a Chiropractor? Part One

Mark W. McFarland, DO As an orthopaedic surgeon, I’m often asked about the differences between what I do and what a chiropractor does. We both see patients for a lot of the same conditions and often refer patients to each other when recommended care or treatment is outside of the scope of what we do. … Read more »

The Stinger:  A Common Neck Injury in Football

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD In the spring, young men across America get mopey, starry-eyed and stare off into space, dreamily thinking of only one thing…WHEN is football season going to start?  Well, sports fans, August is almost here and the pre-season NFL games will be starting soon, as will college games.  With the advent of… Read more »

The New Test for Fibromyalgia and a Possible Effective Treatment Option

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD As a fellowship-trained Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I often diagnose and treat patients who display the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS).  Commonly seen complaints with this condition are widespread musculoskeletal pain, tender points located in specific areas of the body, fatigue and sleep issues.  Conditions often experienced with FMS are… Read more »

Does Cervical Spine (Neck) Surgery Work?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients ask me if surgery on the cervical spine (neck) will relieve their pain and disability. This isn’t an unusual question for those contemplating the potential outcomes of a surgical procedure compared to their current state of dysfunction.  The considerations can be especially important for older patients who are losing their… Read more »

Should I have Back Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients who are told they need spine surgery have many questions, and rightly so.  They want to know about all of the risks, the expected downtime for recovery, any restrictions on movement and activity, and when they will start to see the benefits from having the surgery.  Even with all the… Read more »

Is it Time for my Hip Joint to be Replaced?

John D. Burrow, DO A question I’m often asked by my patients is “How will I know when it’s time for a hip replacement?” As their orthopaedic physician, I tell them, “You’ll know when it’s time and you’ll tell me when you are ready”.  Why do I say that?  I believe that my job is… Read more »

Do I have Hip Arthritis? The Two Main Symptoms to Know

John D. Burrow, DO As a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic specialist, I spent years in medical school learning how to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions.  Some issues are easily diagnosed with x-rays and a physical exam, and others require some detective work on my part.  Hip arthritis is one of those diagnoses where the symptoms can be misleading. Pain… Read more »

Three Non-surgical Ways to Treat Your Knee Arthritis

John D. Burrow, DO As a fellowship-trained Joint Replacement Specialist, I see people every day for consultations about their painful knee arthritis.  While I’m happy to expertly perform knee replacement surgeries for my patients who need them, I always advise against doing surgery until absolutely necessary.  “Absolutely Necessary” means different things to different patients, as… Read more »