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 »

Am I at Risk for Knee Arthritis? Five Factors to Know

John D. Burrow, DO Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a very common malady and is seen in folks as young as their twenties, but is more usually observed in middle age and beyond. It’s the “wear and tear” form of arthritis, which causes cartilage degeneration, swelling, stiffness and pain.  Statistics say that about 45%… Read more »

Should I Worry about Getting a Spine Infection?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Severe back pain can be a sign of several significant spinal disorders that bring patients to consult with me, as a spine specialist.  Although most back pain, even severe pain, is not going to be a symptom of a severe or life-threatening disorder, most people’s thoughts immediately go to the most… Read more »

The Risks and Complications of Disc Herniation Surgery

A spinal disc herniates when the covering of the disc cannot hold the gel-like material inside, due to injury, overuse or aging.   Often the inside portion of the disc will rupture through the covering, kind of like a jelly doughnut that is squished.  Because the spinal nerves are right next to the spinal discs, the… Read more »