Category: Orthopedic Surgery

Five Signs to Take Neck Pain Seriously

Mark W. McFarland, DO I’m certain that there isn’t one of us who hasn’t had neck pain at some point in their life – we’ve slept funny and woke up with a “crick” in our neck or we painted the ceiling, or we did something that made our neck hurt.  Usually, with a little TLC,… Read more »

The Top Three Most Dangerous Sports for Female Athletes

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As a Fellowship-trained Sports Medicine physician, I am often asked what sports have the most risk for injury by adult individuals who are interested in sports and parents of children who want to participate in sports programs at school.  The youth really don’t seem to care all that much, they… Read more »

Physical Therapy After Spine Surgery

Cody Leeworthy, DPT

Cody Leeworthy PT, DPT Having a spine surgery used to be considered one of the scariest major surgeries a patient could have.  Nowadays, with the skill of OSC spine surgeons, incredible advancements in surgical technique and pain management, OSC patients can go into our ambulatory surgery center in Newport News, VA and walk out several… Read more »

Five Signs It’s Time to See an Orthopaedic Physician

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD In my practice, I often see patients who wait a long time to come in for a musculoskeletal problem.  In some cases, the patient will have needlessly suffered pain and dysfunction for years, only to find that their problem could have easily been treated had they come in earlier. I guess… Read more »

Radial Tunnel Syndrome (RTS)

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Most people have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS, but far fewer have heard of its more rarely seen cousin Radial Tunnel Syndrome or RTS, which affects the top of the forearm, the wrist or back or the hand, or a combination of these.  In this article, I will… Read more »

Bursa Aspiration and Analysis – Why was this Ordered for Me?

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD Did you know that there are more than 150 bursae in the human body?  Almost every joint has at least one of these slippery, cushiony, synovial fluid-filled sacs that provide padding, reduce friction and add lubrication between the points of bones, muscles and tendons near the joints.  These little marvels usually… Read more »

Is Bicycling a Safe Exercise?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As we pass through the summer heat, we start to think about fall outdoor activities to keep ourselves moving.  Bicycling through the mountains, viewing the fall colors and enjoying the breeze sounds great.  Please be safe! Even though a lovely bike ride is inviting, researchers at the Harvard Medical School evaluated… Read more »

Should I get my Spine Hardware Removed?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As surgery advances and becomes more commonplace, more patients will have spinal hardware (i.e., screws, rods, plates) used to stabilize the bones of their spines.  The hardware has great advantages over the older techniques of providing spine stability with an external brace.  This difference can be equated to having surgery for… Read more »

Why Does my Lower Back MRI Look so Bad?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients can be very concerned with the words “degenerative disc disease” or “spondylosis” when used in the report sent from a radiologist’s reading of an MRI.  These phrases and words are used synonymously with “arthritis”.  Our spinal discs wear with time, just like brake pads on a car.  This wear is… Read more »

Acute Compartment Syndrome (ACS)

Dr. Burrow demonstrating the knee to a patient

John D. Burrow, DO Orthopaedic injuries that occur during traumatic accidents can be gruesome; however, most are not truly life-threatening. Sometimes, fractures or crush injuries, or even minor injuries, such as those that occur with competitive running, may develop a complication known as acute compartment syndrome or ACS which is a true medical emergency.  In… Read more »