Category: Dr Jeffrey Carlson, MD.

Plantar Fasciitis

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD I often see patients who are convinced that they have a huge bone spur in their heel due to the pain they experience when walking. Because the pain is often described as sharp or stabbing, they believe that a bone become dislodged or that a pointy bone growth is causing the… Read more »

Why are Patients Afraid after Undergoing Lumbar Spine Surgery?

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD In my role as a fellowship-trained Spine Specialist, I may perform over twenty spine surgeries a week.  With the advent of better surgical techniques, instrumentation, and pain control, the majority of my patients can go home the same day of surgery.  Some of these surgeries are straightforward and take about… Read more »

What is Scoliosis?

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, M.D. The spine is naturally curved. Looking at the spine from a lateral point of view, it looks like a soft ‘S’ shape. The spine viewed from a posterior angle appears vertically straight, unless scoliosis has occurred. The medical term scoliosis is derived from the Greek word, “skolios” which means “crooked”…. Read more »

Does Spine Surgery Work?

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As a spine surgeon, I see patients every day that have significant and life-altering pain related to spine problems. These patients are often sent to me specifically by a physician for a surgical evaluation. However, most patients have heard of someone or may have even been told by their referring… Read more »

Are You Too Old for Spine Surgery?

Written by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The people of America are getting older. This is not a judgment on the age of our populace, but a fortunate consequence of better medical treatment, health consciousness and standard of living. We have more information about the requirements of our bodies later in life and have well-prepared ourselves… Read more »

Who Should Have Spine Surgery?

By Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Spine surgery is usually the last thing on your mind when you visit the doctor for a back problem. Even when patients have severe pain in the neck, back or nerve pain in the arm or leg, they generally want to exhaust all options before deciding to have surgery…. Read more »

Smoking and Back Surgery – Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD

As a Spine Surgeon, the standard instructions I give to patients when preparing for spinal surgery always includes telling them to stop taking their blood thinners (including ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin), not to eat or drink after midnight the day of their surgery and to stop smoking before and after surgery. Most patients generally understand… Read more »

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

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 the some of the more commonly seen conditions of the Spine. Learn about the latest medical advances in Spine Surgery, including minimally-invasive and Outpatient Spine Fusions and Cervical Disc Replacements. Dr…. Read more »

Facet Joint Cysts – Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD

The spine is divided into motion segments that include the vertebral bones and the discs. A spinal segment is comprised of the two vertebral body bones and the intervening disc. The discs are the pads between the bones and allow the bones to move on each other. Another important portion of the boney anatomy is… Read more »

OSC Community Lecture – Effective Treatments for Pinched Nerves, Slipped Discs & Spinal Stenosis

Join Dr. Jeffrey Carlson as he discusses both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for the some of the more commonly seen conditions of the Spine. Learn about LES (Less Exposure Surgery) Outpatient Spine Surgery and the latest medical advances. Bring your specific questions for Dr. Carlson to answer. Bring a friend, have some refreshments and… Read more »