Category: COVID-19

Care-giving for an Elective Surgical Patient in the Age of COVID-19

  Mark W. McFarland, DO As a busy spine and orthopaedic surgeon, I write articles that typically address information needed by patients regarding their musculoskeletal condition, treatment, or surgery. Due to the unprecedented times in which we’re living with COVID-19, I’d like to address the needs of family members or friends helping out and caring… Read more »

Surgery and COVID-19 – Procedural Changes for Your Safety

  Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Governor Ralph Northam has reopened Virginia hospitals for outpatient elective surgeries as of May 1, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has peaked in the Commonwealth and citizens have helped to “flatten the curve” by self-quarantining and using PPE.  Hospitals were not overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases and the expected number of… Read more »

COVID-19 Update on In-office Procedures at OSC

  Effective today, May 1, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has approved the resumption of elective surgical and in-office procedures which were postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.  OSC will now reschedule patients for any in-office procedures that were postponed and will begin scheduling new patient procedures. We know this will be welcome news for… Read more »

At-Home Exercises to do While Waiting for your Lumbar Spine Surgery to be Rescheduled

Tom Toothaker, PT, DPT As a Physical Therapist who works for the Orthopaedic & Spine Center, I help many patients build their strength and flexibility after Lumbar Spine Surgery. For those of you waiting for surgery, it’s been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re feeling frustrated and disappointed, it’s understandable. Let’s use that… Read more »

COVID-19 Update on Elective Surgery

  Governor Ralph Northam announced yesterday that elective surgeries will be allowed to resume in the Commonwealth on Friday, May 1, 2020. Area hospitals will begin ramping up for normal operations, as resources once diverted to the care of COVID-19 patients will be returned to the care of surgical and acute care patients.  Due to… Read more »

What You Can do Now to Prepare for Your Postponed Knee Replacement

  John D. Burrow, DO I’m hearing a lot of pent up frustration from my patients about having their knee replacement surgeries postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  I hear things like, “They just don’t know how much pain I’m in” or “I can barely walk, how much longer do I have to wait?” or… Read more »

What to Do When your Hip Replacement Surgery has been Postponed Due to COVID-19

Dr. Boyd Haynes, III

    Boyd W. Haynes III, MD The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused many changes, cancellations and postponements of really important events in our lives and your hip replacement surgery falls into that category.  You had planned for it for months, maybe even over a year.  You’d done your research and been educated by your physician… Read more »

Why is my Neck Hurting Worse During the COVID-19 Quarantine?

  Mark W. McFarland, DO This self-quarantine business during the COVID -19 crisis is rough, by any measure.  Many of you may be working from home, tending to kids and trying to get that “honey-do” list completed during self-confinement. You may be experiencing neck pain for the first time or maybe your on-and-off neck pain… Read more »