Category: Dr Jeffrey Carlson, MD.

“Oh, my Sciatica! – Sciatica Treatment Options

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD In Part Two of this article series on Sciatica, I will now discuss the non-surgical treatment options I recommend for my patients. Sciatica Treatment Treatment for sciatica is focused on addressing the cause of symptoms rather than just the symptoms. Treatment is usually non-surgical, but for severe pain and dysfunction it… Read more »

“Oh, my Sciatica!”- Definition, Causes and Conditions

  Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD We’ve all heard someone in our life speak of sciatic pain. What exactly is it, and what can we do about it? Sciatic pain (called sciatica) begins in the sciatic nerve, which is the largest single nerve in the body. It is comprised of individual nerve roots in the lower… Read more »

Introducing the 2018 OSC Top Docs!

  We are delighted to introduce the 2018 OSC Top Docs, chosen by Hampton Roads physicians who participated in an annual survey conducted by Coastal Virginia Magazine.  Congratulations to all! From left to right: Raj N. Sureja, MD – Interventional Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine Mark W. McFarland, DO – Spine and Regenerative Medicine Jenny L.F…. Read more »

Dactylitis or “Sausage Finger/Toe”

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Dactylitis is a symptom that is most often seen in patients who have inflammatory Psoriatic or Rheumatoid arthritis, which are auto-immune diseases.  It is also known as “Sausage Finger” or “Sausage Toe” because of the localized, painful swelling that causes digits to look like sausages.  The fingers or toes may also… Read more »

Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The human skeleton is a remarkable structure that supports our body and allows us to walk upright, run with the wind, bend over to pick up a child, carry heavy loads and hundreds of other tasks every day.  The main component of our skeleton is bone, a mineralized, living composite that… Read more »

Gout – A Painful Form of Arthritis

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Gout is a common form of arthritis that typically affects the big toe joint; however the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers can also be affected. The problem occurs when too much uric acid remains in the blood after being processed by the kidneys.  The uric acid forms into thin, spike-like… 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 »

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 Installs Advanced Konica X-ray Technology for Improved Patient Safety and Faster Diagnostics

Orthopaedic & Spine Center has installed two KDR™ Advanced U-Arm (AU) Systems from Konica Minolta to improve diagnostic imaging while providing a safer, lower radiation dose to our patients during x-ray. These 3rd generation U-Arm X-ray machines benefit our patients by: • Providing our physicians with radiologic images of exceptional clarity • Expediting images for… Read more »