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Untreated Bone Fractures – Finally, The Treatment – Part III

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD CPE In the last two articles, I’ve reviewed the reasons why bone fracture can go untreated and what happens to the human body as a result.  In this last segment, I will address what can be done for those fractures that are finally given proper medical attention. Non-union – this means… Read more »

Untreated Bone Fractures – The Results – Part II

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Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD CPE In Part I, I discussed how frequently bone fractures occur and surprisingly, can remain untreated.  In this second article of the series, I will discuss the how the human body responds when a bone fracture is left untreated, how it tries to heal itself and compensate for the injury. If a… Read more »

How Untreated Bone Fractures Occur – Part I

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Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE It may be hard to imagine that someone would have a bone fracture and not seek appropriate medical treatment or that it could be missed by a practitioner during an exam.  However, this happens more often than you might think.  In three articles, I’ll detail the reasons why broken bones… Read more »

Vascular vs. Neurogenic Claudication

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Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE (Originally published in Hampton Roads Physicians’ Magazine) When muscles don’t get enough blood flow due to obstructed arteries, cramping pain can result simply from walking or using one’s arms. Vascular claudication (VC) is a condition typically caused by peripheral artery disease and is a debilitating problem that worsens over time…. Read more »

Transverse Process Fracture of the Spine

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE Most of you are familiar enough with human anatomy to know that the spine has bones called vertebrae that are stacked upon one another, sandwiched between vertebral discs that help us walk upright, bear our weight, bend, and even let us perform gymnastics if necessary. However, many people don’t know… Read more »

How are Bone Fractures Classified or Described?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE In an earlier article by Dr. Joel Stewart, the ten types of bone fractures were listed, a description was given of each, and potential causes were given for many.  Did you know that there are even more ways that fractures are classified clinically?  These descriptors help physicians understand the physical… Read more »

Advancing Technology to Spine Surgery

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Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE Since its beginning, spine surgery has been a very technologically advanced specialty.  Surgery that involves such precision and delicacy in surgical skills and the confidence in one’s decision making to improve a patient’s neck or lower back function while working around the spinal cord and nerves has always been at… Read more »

What is an Avulsion Fracture and How is it Treated?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE As an Orthopaedic physician, I’ve seen my share of broken bones in my years of practice.  Surprisingly, there are quite a few ways that a bone can break.  One of the less familiar to you may be an avulsion fracture, which I am going to discuss in this article.  I’ll… Read more »

Five Commonly Believed Myths about “Pinched” Nerves in the Spine

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Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE As a spine surgeon, I answer questions from patients daily having to do with spine-related issues.  I also find that I must frequently correct misinformation or commonly held beliefs about pinched nerves and how they impact the body.  In this article, I thought it would be prudent to address some… Read more »

What is Electromedicine/Electrotherapy? Part I

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Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD In 2022, it seems that modern medicine is inundated with devices, treatments and therapies that utilize the power of carefully modulated electric current.  You can find these in Physical Therapy or physician offices, there are devices for use in surgery and some devices that are even available to be surgically implanted… Read more »