Category: Arthritis

Articles related to the treatment and diagnosis of arthritis and osteoarthritis.

What is Facetectomy?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD You may think that being an Orthopaedist is all glamorous, like the movies or TV make it out to be. However, I did spend many years in school, working hard, learning how to be a good physician and surgeon.  One of the most interesting subjects that I had to master was… Read more »

Surgical Treatment for Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Spinal Osteoarthritis or Spinal OA is a form of wear-and-tear arthritis that affects the joints of the spine.  The facet joints are located on the backside of each vertebrae and help the spine bend and twist. As we age, the cartilage in these joints may wear away with use and time. … Read more »

Treating Chronic Pain from Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD Did you know that Spinal Osteoarthritis is the number one cause of lower back pain in those over the age of 50?  While it is most commonly seen in the lower back, it can also occur in the neck.  This is the kind of arthritis that is known as “wear and… Read more »

Five Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Dr. Martin Coleman

  Martin R Coleman, MD Arthritis – Although not seen as often as knee or hip arthritis, I may diagnose arthritis of the shoulder when a patient comes to me complaining of an achy, stiff shoulder. Arthritis is a condition that may come with age but may reflect a specific inflammatory condition such as Rheumatoid arthritis… Read more »

How Old is too Old for a Knee Replacement?

Dr. Boyd Haynes, III

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD In my orthopaedic practice, I am often asked age-related questions when it comes to certain surgeries.  “What’s the cut-off age for this surgery and what age do I have do be before I can I have that procedure?”  Only a few years ago, those questions probably mattered a lot more… Read more »

Losing Your Balance as You Age? It Could be Cervical Myelopathy

Dr. Carlson

Spine surgery encompasses many aspects of patient mobility, but none as serious as spinal cord injury.  Injury to the spinal cord can happen from an accident where the bones get violently moved out of position and pinch the spinal cord.   This may just be an instant compression on impact than released or a sustained compression… Read more »

Knee Replacement Diary – The Day of Surgery

  Mahnee N. Payne I arrived at Bon Secours/Mercy Mary Immaculate Hospital bright and early the day of my surgery. (As I couldn’t have anything to eat or drink, wear any makeup, perfume or lotion, there really wasn’t a lot to do except get dressed, brush my teeth and hair and take my pre-surgical antibiotics… Read more »