Cervical Disc Arthroplasty

The next generation of artificial cervical discs is all about motion. As alternatives to spinal fusion surgery – which permanently immobilizes damaged regions of the neck – the newest replacement prosthetics aim to mimic the body’s natural structure and movement. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon, has closely followed the development of one… Read more »

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD One of the most useful tools I employ when helping patients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.  It uses Cognition (thinking) to affect change in Behavior (actions) and, with practice, can become a truly life-changing tool for patients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, etc.  CBT has… Read more »

OSC to Welcome Fellowship-trained Foot and Ankle Specialist in January 2020

Orthopaedic & Spine Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Joel Stewart will join the practice in January 2020. Dr. Stewart is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who holds a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a reputable surgeon whose practice focuses on reconstruction of the foot and ankle.  With an emphasis on… Read more »

Will I Need Another Spine Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As a fellowship trained spine surgeon, I see patients every day that have had spine surgery in the past but who are again facing worsening pain and dysfunction.  When they had their initial surgery, they were told that this procedure would correct their current problem for a time, but they should… Read more »

Degenerative Disc Disease

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD There are some medical terms that confuse patients.  There are some medical terms that mean the same thing.  There are medical terms that we research on the internet and then find we are more confused than before doing research.  Degenerative disc disease (DDD) seems to be one of these terms. On… Read more »

All OSC Campuses are now Smoke Free

To ensure the health and well-being of our patients and OSC team members, Orthopaedic & Spine Center has instituted a smoke free policy at its Newport News campuses; the main physician clinic at 250 Nat Turner Blvd. and the Physical Therapy Center at 298 Nat Turner Blvd. No smoking signs have been placed at all… Read more »

What are the Benefits of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy?

  Paige Tretter, PT, DPT Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT) is used by Physical Therapists and other health professionals to assist patients in increasing muscle mass, endurance and strength even with painful arthritic joints and injured soft tissues.  This treatment can also be utilized as part of a rehabilitation program following certain surgical procedures.  Patients… Read more »

What Conditions can and can’t be Treated with Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT)?

Tom Toothaker, PT, DPT The athletic and physiotherapy world is currently abuzz with talk about Blood Flow Restriction Therapy or BFRT.  This therapy uses a pneumatic restriction cuff (think blood pressure cuff) which is controlled by small computer to ensure patient safety. The cuff inflates and restricts (not stops) venous blood flow return, from a… Read more »