Category: Medical Psychology

Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome – How it Happens

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD This is the second article in a series https://www.osc-ortho.com/blog/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-an-introduction/ on posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. In this article we explore how posttraumatic stress symptoms might develop after a traumatic event.   PTSD symptoms develop when there is a mismatch between two things – 1) the way our mind sees the world; and… Read more »

Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB): A Diagnostic Tool and a Treatment for Pain

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I have injections that I often use for dual purposes: 1) for diagnostic reasons – to find or pinpoint a source of pain or to confirm that diagnosis and 2) to treat pain and inflammation caused by a condition, injury, or illness.  Steroid injections are… Read more »

Treatments for Polyneuropathy

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD In the past few articles, I have addressed that polyneuropathy can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions or for idiopathic (unknown) reasons.  For that reason, I typically will work in concert with the patient, other physicians, including the Primary Care physician, and perhaps other specialists, depending on the… Read more »

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – An Introduction

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD After retiring from the military, I thought I would see fewer patients with posttraumatic stress, but I’m actually seeing a lot more. I think there are a few of reasons for this. First, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it numerous traumatic experiences, such as loss of loved ones, serious personal… Read more »

Three Relaxation Techniques to Ease Chronic Pain

Dr. Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I vividly remember my first relaxation exercise. I was a psychology intern, co-facilitating a fibromyalgia psychotherapy group at the Navy hospital in San Diego. My supervisor led the group in a breathing exercise, and I got caught up in the exercise with the group members. A few minutes later, I was… Read more »

Treating Chronic Pain from Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Did you know that Spinal Osteoarthritis is the number one cause of lower back pain in those over the age of 50?  While it is most commonly seen in the lower back, it can also occur in the neck.  This is the kind of arthritis that is known as “wear and tear” arthritis and typically… Read more »

Finding Joy During a Challenging Holiday Season

Dr. Martin

When 2020 began, none of us predicted how it would unfold, into months of a worldwide pandemic that has turned our work lives and our social relationships upside down. Most of us are experiencing pandemic fatigue, tired of being restricted in our movement, activity, and in who we can see, touch, hug and kiss. We may face the loss of our livelihoods due to our businesses being shut down, or our jobs being taken away. Our children are suffering because they can’t go to school, see their friends, interact with their classmates or learn as they normally do. So how do we find joy and happiness in the holidays this year amid so many challenges?

OSC to Welcome New Pain Psychologist in January 2021

Dr. Martin

  Dr. Andrew L. Martin, PsyD works directly with the Interventional Pain Management Team as their Pain Psychologist. He comes to OSC after serving 20 years as an active-duty Navy clinical psychologist, where he specialized in psychotherapy for chronic pain, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Martin utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and other mental health… Read more »

The Psychology of Pain

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD Pain is the most common reason that patients come to see a physician at OSC, where they treat musculoskeletal conditions of the body. Pain can affect a person’s ability to participate in certain activities, work, how well they sleep, and their relationships with others. As a Pain Psychologist on the OSC… Read more »

Six Important Things to Know about Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD 1. Self-care is key. Exercise and stress management are the most important aspects of your care. Try yoga, swimming or walking.  Meditation and Mindfulness are proven stress reducers. Try to do something everyday that relieves your stress and gets you moving. 2. Mood disorders are common with FMS and failure… Read more »