Category: News and Events

Transverse Process Fracture of the Spine

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE Most of you are familiar enough with human anatomy to know that the spine has bones called vertebrae that are stacked upon one another, sandwiched between vertebral discs that help us walk upright, bear our weight, bend, and even let us perform gymnastics if necessary. However, many people don’t know… Read more »

What is a Burst (Axial) Fracture of the Spine?

Mark W. McFarland, MD One of the first things you learn in medical school is that human bones can withstand lots of punishment, but they also can break in a lot of different ways.  Spinal bones (vertebrae) tend to break in specific ways, and some can be more serious than others.  In this article, I’m… Read more »

What are Neurons?

Raj N. Sureja, MD Neurons are nerve cells that are the basic components of our brain and nervous system.  Although they can vary in shape, size and structure, all neurons have three separate parts – 1) the body of the cell; 2) the axon (transmitter) and 3) the dendrite (receiver).  Nerve cells are structurally and… Read more »

What is a “Pain Pathway”? An Introduction

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I see patients who suffer from chronic pain as a part of life.  In understanding pain, it important to know that pain not only has many emotional, psychological, and sensory components, but that it also is a physiological activity as well.  There is a… Read more »

How are Bone Fractures Classified or Described?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE In an earlier article by Dr. Joel Stewart, the ten types of bone fractures were listed, a description was given of each, and potential causes were given for many.  Did you know that there are even more ways that fractures are classified clinically?  These descriptors help physicians understand the physical… Read more »

Pain and the Brain

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD We still have a lot to learn about the complex relationship between pain and the brain, but our understanding is improving. My colleagues, Drs. Jenny Andrus and Raj Sureja are addressing the physical aspects of pain in a series of articles they are currently writing. I’d like to provide some insight… Read more »

Advancing Technology to Spine Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE Since its beginning, spine surgery has been a very technologically advanced specialty.  Surgery that involves such precision and delicacy in surgical skills and the confidence in one’s decision making to improve a patient’s neck or lower back function while working around the spinal cord and nerves has always been at… Read more »

What is Orthopaedic or Skeletal Traction and Why is it Used?

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD If you are near my age, can you remember how TV showed patients with broken bones?  They were all in the hospital, lying in a bed, with pins through their limbs, in traction.  That was the reality, too.  Forty to fifty years ago, we didn’t have the technology, instrumentation, anesthesia,… Read more »

What is an Avulsion Fracture and How is it Treated?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE As an Orthopaedic physician, I’ve seen my share of broken bones in my years of practice.  Surprisingly, there are quite a few ways that a bone can break.  One of the less familiar to you may be an avulsion fracture, which I am going to discuss in this article.  I’ll… Read more »

Patient Self-Scheduling – Coming Soon!

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, OSC will debut its new Patient Self-Scheduling system for your convenience in managing your appointments with all OSC physicians. Soon, you will be able schedule an appointment directly from our website. Look for the “Schedule An Appointment” button on the right and follow the instructions. Self-Scheduling will also be available… Read more »