Category: Dr. Mark McFarland

Why Might I Need a CT Scan for my Orthopaedic Problem?

  Mark W. McFarland, DO A Computerized Tomography Scan, also known as a CT scan, or CT, is a quick and painless diagnostic imaging study that enables me to view detailed images of the bones, organs and soft tissues of the patient’s body. CT uses multiple x-rays, taken at various angles and guided by a… Read more »

Lumbar Spine Fusion

  Mark W. McFarland, DO As a busy spine surgeon, I routinely perform Lumbar Spine Fusion surgery.  In this article, I will discuss this procedure and how it is used to improve function and relieve pain in patients with certain spinal conditions. The lumbar spine is made up of five bone segments, called vertebra, which… Read more »

Care-giving for an Elective Surgical Patient in the Age of COVID-19

  Mark W. McFarland, DO As a busy spine and orthopaedic surgeon, I write articles that typically address information needed by patients regarding their musculoskeletal condition, treatment, or surgery. Due to the unprecedented times in which we’re living with COVID-19, I’d like to address the needs of family members or friends helping out and caring… Read more »

COVID-19 Update on In-office Procedures at OSC

  Effective today, May 1, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has approved the resumption of elective surgical and in-office procedures which were postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.  OSC will now reschedule patients for any in-office procedures that were postponed and will begin scheduling new patient procedures. We know this will be welcome news for… Read more »

Why is my Neck Hurting Worse During the COVID-19 Quarantine?

  Mark W. McFarland, DO This self-quarantine business during the COVID -19 crisis is rough, by any measure.  Many of you may be working from home, tending to kids and trying to get that “honey-do” list completed during self-confinement. You may be experiencing neck pain for the first time or maybe your on-and-off neck pain… Read more »

In-Office Elective Medical Procedure Update

COVID-19 Update

To Our Valued Patients: Based on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s recent order regarding elective medical procedures in physician offices during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as medical society guidelines, we will have to postpone your procedure until at least 5-1-2020. If there is an adjustment to the date on which the governor’s mandate is lifted… Read more »

Common Back Injuries

Mark W. McFarland, DO Did you know that back pain is the number one reason for which people seek medical attention?  Having a healthy, non-painful back is essential to living and working well.  Let’s discuss some common back injuries and how I treat them. Back Strain – One of the most common complaints I hear… Read more »

Your Amazing Spine and Self-Inflicted Harm

Mark W. McFarland, DO As a busy spine specialist, I diagnose and treat patients who have a variety of spine related issues.  I’m often asked if lifestyle or activities have anything to do with their spine issues.  The answer is yes!  In my practice, the major factors I observe which may cause harm to the… Read more »

What’s the Difference Between An Orthopaedic Physician and a Chiropractor? Part Two

Mark W. McFarland, DO Both chiropractors and orthopaedic physicians focus on the human musculoskeletal system. This system includes your bones, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves. This complex system requires all of its parts to be healthy and functioning in unison in order for you to move comfortably. Chiropractors diagnose and treat health problems of… Read more »