Category: Dr Jeffrey Carlson, MD.

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 »

Do I need an Electrical Stimulator after Spine Fusion?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients who are considering spine fusion have lots of questions about their outcomes related to their surgery.  Will this procedure work? How will I be limited after my surgery? When can I get back to work?  These questions are certainly valid, but all are secondary to the actual success of the… Read more »

Cervical Disc Arthroplasty

Dr. Carlson in the operating room

The next generation of artificial cervical discs is all about motion. As alternatives to spinal fusion surgery – which permanently immobilizes damaged regions of the neck – the newest replacement prosthetics aim to mimic the body’s natural structure and movement. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, a fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon, has closely followed the development of one… Read more »

How Long Can I Safely Wait for Neck Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As we all get busier in life, being injured or sick is a major inconvenience.  Every day, I meet with patients with spinal disc herniations in their neck that cause pain in their arm.  Some of these patients are in severe pain and cannot perform their daily activities and/or go to… 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 Stinger:  A Common Neck Injury in Football

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD In the spring, young men across America get mopey, starry-eyed and stare off into space, dreamily thinking of only one thing…WHEN is football season going to start?  Well, sports fans, August is almost here and the pre-season NFL games will be starting soon, as will college games.  With the advent of… Read more »

Does Cervical Spine (Neck) Surgery Work?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients ask me if surgery on the cervical spine (neck) will relieve their pain and disability. This isn’t an unusual question for those contemplating the potential outcomes of a surgical procedure compared to their current state of dysfunction.  The considerations can be especially important for older patients who are losing their… Read more »

Should I have Back Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients who are told they need spine surgery have many questions, and rightly so.  They want to know about all of the risks, the expected downtime for recovery, any restrictions on movement and activity, and when they will start to see the benefits from having the surgery.  Even with all the… Read more »

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 »