Category: Medical Psychology

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)

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 »

I’ve Been Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (FMS) – What Should I Know?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) can be a confusing and frightening diagnosis. Patients often get this diagnosis after having been seen by many different specialists. They’re often confused and frustrated by the lack of clarity surrounding the cause or the treatment. This diagnosis is more of a description of your problem rather… Read more »

What is Fibromyalgia?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic pain condition that causes pain all over the body. Often patients will say that they hurt from head to toe. Some of the areas may be more painful than others with patients often reporting higher levels of low back or neck pain. This “all… Read more »

Why Do I Have More Pain During Self-Quarantine at Home with my Family?

  Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD Picture this…your entire family, sitting around the kitchen table, all warm and snuggly, drinking hot cocoa. Everyone is smiling and laughing as your kids take turns talking about how they love spending time at home with you. You’ve got chocolate chip cookies in the oven and a pot of homemade… Read more »

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD One of the most useful tools I employ when helping patients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.  It uses Cognition (thinking) to affect change in Behavior (actions) and, with practice, can become a truly life-changing tool for patients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, etc.  CBT has… Read more »

Self-Care in Relationships

F. Cal Robinson, PsyD Relationship self-care is about balancing two different priorities: Maintaining healthy, supportive relationships, and ensuring you have diversity in your relationships. There are many ways to connect and nurture relationships in life and it is a joint venture to determine the best ways to meet everyone’s needs. Self-Care in relationships is also… Read more »

Physical Self-Care

By Cal Robinson, PsyD, MSCP This is an article in a series about self-care. In the series, we are covering the various areas in life that require self-care. In this article, I will explain what physical self-care is and why it is important. The secret is out: exercise, quality nutrition and sleep are all officially… Read more »

Depression and Spine Surgery

Mark McFarland, DO Imagine this scenario:  You have had significant, unrelenting back pain for months.  You’ve seen several doctors and had x-rays and an MRI.  You were diagnosed with a major spine issue, such as spinal stenosis or a herniated disc. You’ve tried various conservative treatments, like physical therapy, oral medications and epidural steroid injections,… Read more »

Dr. Cal Robinson Lectured at 2018 International Pain Management Conference in Vienna, Austria

OSC’s Dr. F. Cal Robinson was invited to lecture at 6th Edition of The International Conference on Pain Management, held March 26-28, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The theme of this year’s conference was: “Unique Pioneering Research, strategies and approaches in Pain Management” which brings together professionals particularly interested in the Pain Management research work and… Read more »