Category: Back Pain

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 »

Pre-Natal Physical Therapy

Victoria Skay, LPTA So you’re having a baby!  Congratulations!  There is so much to do in nine months…pick a name, prepare the nursery, eat nutritious foods, pick out baby clothes, visit a Physical Therapist…what???  That’s right.  Making an appointment with a skilled Physical Therapist might be one of the most important preparations you can make… Read more »

Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Mark McFarland, Completes Milestone Case With NanoFUSE® Biologics Technology

Dr. Mark McFarland completed his 50th case using NanoFUSE Biologics. MALDEN, MASS. (PRWEB) APRIL 17, 2019 NanoFUSE Biologics announced today that Dr. Mark McFarland completed his 50th case using NanoFUSE Biologics. The operation took place on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Virginia. Dr. McFarland performed a posterior lumbar interbody fusion and… Read more »

Tiger Woods: A Story of Triumph over Back Pain and Spine Issues

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Congratulations to Tiger Woods on his 5th Masters Golf Tournament win!  I’ve followed Tiger’s career with interest, given his history of back problems and subsequent spine surgeries.  As a spine surgeon, I’m often asked by patients “What activities that I enjoy will be limited after my spine surgery?”  There’s been… Read more »

Dr. Raj Sureja Speaks on Neurostimulation for Chronic Pain – Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 PM

There are effective options to treat pain, other than surgery and medication.  Neurostimulation will be discussed at the June OSC Community Lecture with Dr. Raj Sureja! Spinal Cord Stimulation: An Effective Therapy for Chronic Pain Join Dr. Raj Sureja and learn how Neurostimulation can be used to successfully manage pain of the back, trunk, and limbs, greatly reducing… Read more »

Depression and Spine Surgery

Mark McFarland, DO Imagine this scenario:  You have had significant, unrelenting back pain for months.  You’ve seen several doctors and had x-rays and an MRI.  You were diagnosed with a major spine issue, such as spinal stenosis or a herniated disc. You’ve tried various conservative treatments, like physical therapy, oral medications and epidural steroid injections,… Read more »

Weightlift Safely to Prevent Back Pain or Injury While Bodybuilding

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Besides being an Orthopaedic Spine Specialist, I have many interests outside of the operating room. I really enjoy weightlifting and used to compete in bodybuilding events in my younger days.  While bodybuilding involves committing to a specific nutrition plan with little fat intake, taking lots of protein supplements and getting… Read more »

March Lecture Features Dr. Jeffrey Carlson – OSC Spine Specialist

Effective Treatments for Pinched Nerves, Slipped Discs and Spinal Stenosis Join Dr. Jeffrey Carlson as he discusses both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for common conditions of the spine. Learn about Less Exposure Spine Surgery, which involves a smaller incision, much less blood loss, trauma, and time under anesthesia than traditional surgery.  Most surgeries are… Read more »

Common Golf Injuries that Occur in the Spring

Boyd W. Haynes, III, MD Ah, springtime!  The weather is warmer, the sun is shining and everything is in bloom.  After being cooped up inside for the several months of cold winter weather we experience every year, Tidewater residents can be expected to head outdoors and start being active again. Unfortunately, as a Sports Medicine… Read more »