Category: News and Events

Thermal Therapy with Moist Heat

Joshua Hancock, PTA If you were to look inside any busy Physical Therapy Clinic, you would observe a variety of treatments and modalities being used to help patients feel better and restore their function after injury, illness or surgery.  The application of heat is a thermal modality commonly used in a rehabilitative setting to bring… Read more »

Ryan Shazier – From Paralysis to Standing – A Cause for Celebration!

  Mark W. McFarland, DO A recent sports injury to a Pittsburgh Steelers’ middle linebacker Ryan Shazier made headlines due to his spinal cord injury which left him paralyzed and unable to walk. On December 4, during the week 13 game against the Bengals, Ryan went in for a tackle with his head too low. … Read more »

The Use of a Lumbar Brace after Lumbar Spine Surgery

Mark W. McFarland, DO As a busy Spine Surgeon, I perform multiple spine surgeries every week.  I am keenly interested in helping my patients recover more quickly and with less pain.  I use a variety of medications, physical therapy and other modalities to enhance healing and a rapid return to work and daily activities.  One… Read more »

Traction Therapy for Neck and/or Back Pain

 Victoria Bartnikowski, LPTA Physical Therapists use a variety of modalities to help patients who suffer from pain and disability due to an injury, disease or after surgery.  A rehabilitative modality causes physiological changes to the body through the application of mechanical, thermal or electrical energy. Traction is a mechanical modality that we employ to help people… Read more »

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Pain Management

F. Cal Robinson, PsyD, MSCP We have all been told to ‘deal with it’ or ‘it is what it is, now live with it’ when discussing some issue that we find uncomfortable or hard to accept.  In simplistic terms, ‘dealing with it’ is the key component of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a form of… Read more »

The Use of Antibiotics before and after Orthopaedic Surgery

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD There are hundreds of thousands of orthopaedic surgeries and millions of surgeries performed annually in the United States. Most of them result in full recovery with minimal complications.  While there are many factors that play a role in a successful surgery and recovery, an important consideration is preventing infection at… 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 »

Topical Analgesics – Why a Pain Cream, Patch or Gel should be Used

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD We have all heard about the Opioid Epidemic in the United States, The abuse or overuse of opioids is the reason for the deaths of over 50,000 people in 2016.  Clinicians and politicians alike are trying to tackle this issue in order to prevent more deaths in the future.  New,… Read more »

OSC Community Lecture Features Dr. Mark McFarland – Regenerative Medicine: Stem Cell Therapy and PRP

Are you in pain and seeking options other than surgery and medication? Learn about Regenerative Medicine at our upcoming lecture. Regenerative Medicine: Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Join Dr. Mark McFarland for an interactive discussion about Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.  Regenerative Medicine uses the body’s own healing properties to repair… Read more »