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 »

What is Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT)?

  by Jamie Swale, PT, DPT As an OSC Physical Therapist, I regularly see patients who have musculoskeletal injuries or who suffer from a condition such as arthritis, which causes them pain, decreased range of motion and loss of functional activity.  Working together with OSC specialists, my job is to help patients decrease their pain,… Read more »

Newport News Shipbuilding Injured Workers – Need an MRI? Our roomy scanner is the most powerful OPEN MRI on the Peninsula!

If you work for Newport News Shipbuilding, have a work-related injury and need a MRI, you can now request to have your MRI in the comfortable, OPEN scanner located at Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News. Our powerful MRI provides accurate diagnostic images and the open design is helpful for patients who are larger… Read more »

**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 »