Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Nerve blocks are commonly used by many types of physicians to prevent or treat pain. An anesthetic medication is injected near the nerve that affects a specific area of the body to provide effective, short-term pain relief to the patient. For example, nerve blocks may be administered by Anesthesiologists before… Read more »
Category: Back Pain
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 »
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. At the same time,… Read more »
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 tear” arthritis and typically… Read more »
Jenny L. F Andrus, MD The tailbone or coccyx is located at the end of the spinal column at the cleft of the buttocks. This small triangular boney structure is actually fused vertebrae that has muscles, tendons and ligaments connected to it, and along with your sacrum and pelvis, helps bear your weight when you… Read more »
Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson performed one of the first three-level lumbar interbody fusion surgeries in an ambulatory surgery center in the United States on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The outpatient surgery was performed on a 37-year-old male at Coastal Virginia Surgery Center in Newport News, VA.
This first in its class technology allows those experiencing chronic pain to undergo diagnostic imaging without the removal of the implant, featuring rechargeable or three-year non-rechargeable battery options.
Here we are in February 2021 and it’s been almost a year since COVID-19 was first discovered in the United States. Goodness, have our lives changed and who’d have thought we’d still be wearing masks, physically distancing, avoiding crowds and public places with many of us continuing to work from home. We venture out to… Read more »
Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As a busy Orthopaedic Physician, I often see and treat patients for and write articles about the cervical spine (neck) and the lumbar spine (lower back). Today, I’m going to focus on the thoracic spine or the middle back, the area where the rib cage is located. Percentage wise, I do… Read more »
As a busy Orthopaedist, I often have patients ask me about medical terms that they see written in their charts and express their confusion over them. They wonder how they can possibly have two or three conditions that sound and look alike at the same time. In this article, I hope to clear up… Read more »