Category: News and Events

Cervical Disc Replacement vs. Cervical Fusion Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients who need surgical treatment for their cervical disc herniation or arthritis research the best options, including cervical disc replacement.   Over the past ten years, surgical technology for the spine has steadily improved and scientific studies are being produced that support the use of disc replacement over fusion for cervical spine… Read more »

Three “Mindful” Observations

Cal Robinson, Psy.D., MSCP, ABMP For the past year, I have had the privilege of meeting weekly with people who have expressed interest in knowing more about mindfulness.  The program that I brought here from Canada (beginning in June 2016) is a branch slightly removed from the work of Jon Kabat Zinn, who was the… Read more »

OSC’s August Community Lecture – Dr. Mark McFarland and Regenerative Medicine

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 damaged cartilage and tendon, mend torn ligaments, heal damaged spinal discs and restore function, without surgery. Not only for top… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Rotator Cuff Tears

Frederick Wintermantel III, PTA Rotator Cuff tears are a commonly seen injury of the shoulder in almost every Physical Therapy practice.  While we often see these injuries in athletes (baseball and tennis players) and workers who hold their arms up constantly, such as painters, those in construction, etc., almost anyone can injure their rotator cuff. … Read more »

The Stinger:  A Common Neck Injury in Football

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD In the spring, young men across America get mopey, starry-eyed and stare off into space, dreamily thinking of only one thing…WHEN is football season going to start?  Well, sports fans, August is almost here and the pre-season NFL games will be starting soon, as will college games.  With the advent of… Read more »

Prevention of Common Football Injuries

Robert J. Snyder, MD It is almost August and many young males across the United States are getting ready for football season to start.  Once considered a seasonal sport, football players of all ages now train for football year round, opening the door wider for injury.  In the NFL, 300 pound men routinely collide with… Read more »

We’re so Glad he’s Here! Meet Weston Lee McFarland!

Say hello to Weston Lee McFarland, the newest member of the OSC Family!  West was born on July 1, 2017 at Riverside Regional Medical Center.  At birth, he weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and measured 21.5 inches long. Mark W. McFarland, DO and Erin Lee McFarland, PA-C are the proud parents of this sweet baby… Read more »

Should I have Neck Surgery?

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients often ask me for a recommendation of the best treatment options for their herniated disc in the neck.  In this article, I will discuss how I arrive at these recommendations, based on neck anatomy, specific criteria and the conditions unique to each patient. The cervical spine (neck) has 6… Read more »

What are Osteoporosis & Osteopenia?

What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a bone disease that weakens our bones, making them thinner and easier to break. These fractures can lead to pain, stooped and poor posture, or significant trouble moving around. What is osteopenia? Osteopenia is often referred to as the beginning stage of osteoporosis. It is weakening of the bones and… Read more »