Category: Dr Jeffrey Carlson, MD.

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 »

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson Recognized for Excellence

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson was recently recognized as one of America’s Top Orthopaedists for 2017 by the Consumers Research Council of America. Dr. Carlson was noted for his work in the area of Reconstructive Spine Surgery.  Congratulations, Dr. Carlson!

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 »

Should I have Neck Surgery?

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients often ask me for a recommendation of the best treatment options for their herniated disc in the neck.  In this article, I will discuss how I arrive at these recommendations, based on neck anatomy, specific criteria and the conditions unique to each patient. The cervical spine (neck) has 6… Read more »

When Yoga Causes Back Pain & How to Fix the Problem

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Exercise is the best thing you can do for your physical and emotional well-being, bar none.  Every day, I see folks who “ride the couch” for 6 hours a day who complain of pain and stiffness in their backs.  When these folks decide to start exercising, often times that back… Read more »

Spinal Surgery Complications – The Case of Steve Kerr

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Recently, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr underwent surgery for a “spinal leak” as described by the owner of the Warriors.  Since this happened, patients have asked me about this complication when discussing spine surgery. “Spinal leak” is medically termed a dural tear or spinal fluid leak.  The dura is… Read more »

May OSC Community Lecture Features Dr. Jeffrey Carlson – Neck, Back and Spine Conditions

Join Dr. Jeffrey Carlson as he discusses common disorders of the neck, back and spine.  Arthritis, spinal stenosis, bulging or herniated discs, scoliosis and many other conditions will be discussed and Dr. Carlson will talk about the most effective conservative and surgical treatment options.  Most spine conditions can be treated effectively without surgery.  When surgery… Read more »