Category: Disc herniation

I Think my Balance is Off & I Keep Falling – Why?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The title of this article echoes complaints I often hear from patients in the exam room.  Poor balance can be caused or exacerbated by many things – aging, medications, blood pressure, ear infections or disorders, arthritis, circulation issues – the list is long.  However, most folks don’t know that a problem… Read more »

Will I Need Another Spine Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As a fellowship trained spine surgeon, I see patients every day that have had spine surgery in the past but who are again facing worsening pain and dysfunction.  When they had their initial surgery, they were told that this procedure would correct their current problem for a time, but they should… Read more »

Degenerative Disc Disease

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD There are some medical terms that confuse patients.  There are some medical terms that mean the same thing.  There are medical terms that we research on the internet and then find we are more confused than before doing research.  Degenerative disc disease (DDD) seems to be one of these terms. On… 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 »

Traction Therapy for Neck and/or Back Pain

 Victoria Bartnikowski, LPTA Physical Therapists use a variety of modalities to help patients who suffer from pain and disability due to an injury, disease or after surgery.  A rehabilitative modality causes physiological changes to the body through the application of mechanical, thermal or electrical energy. Traction is a mechanical modality that we employ to help people… Read more »

Myths about Cervical Collars after Neck Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD When I discuss cervical spine (neck) fusion surgery with a patient, one of the first questions they ask is “Will I have to wear a collar?”  I’m not exactly sure why the neck brace engenders so many strong feelings among patients, most of whom have never tried one on, much less… Read more »

OSC Community Lecture Features Dr. Mark McFarland – Regenerative Medicine: Stem Cell Therapy and PRP

Are you in pain and seeking options other than surgery and medication? Learn about Regenerative Medicine at our upcoming lecture. Regenerative Medicine: Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Join Dr. Mark McFarland for an interactive discussion about Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.  Regenerative Medicine uses the body’s own healing properties to repair… Read more »

Cervical Disc Replacement vs. Cervical Fusion Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients who need surgical treatment for their cervical disc herniation or arthritis research the best options, including cervical disc replacement.   Over the past ten years, surgical technology for the spine has steadily improved and scientific studies are being produced that support the use of disc replacement over fusion for cervical spine… Read more »

Spinal Fusion Update from Shannon Woods

Hello everyone! It has been a while since I last blogged about my experiences with my herniated cervical disc, so I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update… After what was a relatively long period of being able to manage my discomfort from my disc herniation, about 3 months ago, things started… Read more »