Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Over the past few months, you may have heard about a shortage of contrast dye used in some forms of diagnostic imaging studies. This shortage is due to COVID-19 pandemic manufacturing facility shutdowns in Shanghai, China where a specific type of contrast dye – iodinated IV contrast – is produced. Because… Read more »
Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Making the decision to have an orthopaedic surgery is a big deal. It involves coordinating many moving parts, like your work, your family, and your responsibilities. Who will care for you while you recover? Will your insurance cover the cost fully or how much will you have to pay out… Read more »
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Dec. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Mark W. McFarland, DO performed a Lumbar Fusion on a 57-year-old female using the Globus Sable® Expandable Lumbar Interbody Cage at Mercy Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA on October 21, 2021. “My patient had spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine…. Read more »
Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Even though our unwelcome houseguest is still hanging around, many people who were unemployed, laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19 are now returning to work out of economic necessity. These folks are surprised to find that they are experiencing significant back pain, perhaps for the first time in their lives,… Read more »
We have been closely monitoring the COVID numbers in our area and according to the CDC, we are now in a high volume zone for COVID cases. VDH recommendations, that follow the CDC recommendations, are that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, need to wear a face covering while indoors, as well as practicing hand-washing… Read more »
Andrew L. Martin, PsyD “The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can persist and be long lasting for several years…” – Karthirvel, N1 If you are emerging from the pandemic with less excitement than you thought you would, that is normal. In fact, about a third of us will experience lingering stress, generally… Read more »
Effective immediately – based on new guidance from the United States Center for Disease Control and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ralph Northam, masks will not be required at Orthopaedic & Spine Center or OSC Physical Therapy Center for patients and employees who have been fully vaccinated.
We want to ensure that everyone who enters OSC feels safe and comfortable. OSC must enforce the wearing of face coverings because 1) a Virginia government mask mandate still exists; 2) we are making every effort to ensure the safety of our doctors, staff, and other patients to minimize the probability of infection and; 3) persons who have been vaccinated can still carry and transmit the virus.
Here we are in February 2021 and it’s been almost a year since COVID-19 was first discovered in the United States. Goodness, have our lives changed and who’d have thought we’d still be wearing masks, physically distancing, avoiding crowds and public places with many of us continuing to work from home. We venture out to… Read more »
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?