Category: Dr Jeffrey Carlson, MD.

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 »

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 »

Does Time Spent in Surgery Affect Outcomes?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Whenever I discuss an upcoming surgery with my patient, there are lots of questions that come from the patient themselves, their family members and/or their caregivers.  One question that most patients don’t ask is “How long does the actual surgery take to perform?”  In general, patients want the surgeon to “take… 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 »

Swallowing Difficulties after Cervical Spine Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD When I discuss cervical spine (neck) surgery with my patients, using the anterior (front of the neck) surgical approach, I am often asked about the effects of surgery on swallowing.  In anterior cervical spine surgery (ACDS), I move the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (eating tube) from their normal resting place to… Read more »

“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 »