Category: News and Events

Do I need an Electrical Stimulator after Spine Fusion?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients who are considering spine fusion have lots of questions about their outcomes related to their surgery.  Will this procedure work? How will I be limited after my surgery? When can I get back to work?  These questions are certainly valid, but all are secondary to the actual success of the… 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 »

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 »

OSC to Welcome Fellowship-trained Foot and Ankle Specialist in January 2020

Orthopaedic & Spine Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Joel Stewart will join the practice in January 2020. Dr. Stewart is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who holds a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a reputable surgeon whose practice focuses on reconstruction of the foot and ankle.  With an emphasis on… Read more »

How Long Can I Safely Wait for Neck Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As we all get busier in life, being injured or sick is a major inconvenience.  Every day, I meet with patients with spinal disc herniations in their neck that cause pain in their arm.  Some of these patients are in severe pain and cannot perform their daily activities and/or go to… Read more »

Will I Need Another Spine Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As a fellowship trained spine surgeon, I see patients every day that have had spine surgery in the past but who are again facing worsening pain and dysfunction.  When they had their initial surgery, they were told that this procedure would correct their current problem for a time, but they should… Read more »

Degenerative Disc Disease

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD There are some medical terms that confuse patients.  There are some medical terms that mean the same thing.  There are medical terms that we research on the internet and then find we are more confused than before doing research.  Degenerative disc disease (DDD) seems to be one of these terms. On… Read more »

All OSC Campuses are now Smoke Free

To ensure the health and well-being of our patients and OSC team members, Orthopaedic & Spine Center has instituted a smoke free policy at its Newport News campuses; the main physician clinic at 250 Nat Turner Blvd. and the Physical Therapy Center at 298 Nat Turner Blvd. No smoking signs have been placed at all… Read more »

What is Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT)?

  by Jamie Swale, PT, DPT As an OSC Physical Therapist, I regularly see patients who have musculoskeletal injuries or who suffer from a condition such as arthritis, which causes them pain, decreased range of motion and loss of functional activity.  Working together with OSC specialists, my job is to help patients decrease their pain,… Read more »