Category: Pain Management

Surgical Treatment for Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Spinal Osteoarthritis or Spinal OA is a form of wear-and-tear arthritis that affects the joints of the spine.  The facet joints are located on the backside of each vertebrae and help the spine bend and twist. As we age, the cartilage in these joints may wear away with use and time. … Read more »

Treating Chronic Pain from Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD Did you know that Spinal Osteoarthritis is the number one cause of lower back pain in those over the age of 50?  While it is most commonly seen in the lower back, it can also occur in the neck.  This is the kind of arthritis that is known as “wear and… Read more »

Being the Primary Caregiver for Someone with Chronic Pain – What You Should Know

Dr. Martin

Chronic pain is difficult, exhausting and depressing, not only for the sufferer, but for those who love and live with them.  Having to modify your life according to someone’s pain level every day takes a great deal of patience and understanding. Doing so for long periods, without respite or refreshment, can easily result in caregiver and compassion fatigue and eventually, caregiver burnout. Let’s discuss how to recognize the signs and manage the normal frustrations and emotions of caregiving to head off fatigue and burnout before they start.

Coccydynia or Tailbone Pain – A Common Concern for Women

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F Andrus, MD The tailbone or coccyx is located at the end of the spinal column at the cleft of the buttocks.  This small triangular boney structure is actually fused vertebrae that has muscles, tendons and ligaments connected to it, and along with your sacrum and pelvis, helps bear your weight when you… Read more »

Lumbar Sympathetic Nerve Block (LSNB)

Dr. Raj Sureja

Raj N. Sureja, MD My role as an Interventional Pain Management Physician is to provide treatments that offer pain relief and function restoration without surgery.  A lumbar nerve block delivers a local anesthetic or numbing medication to a nerve or set of nerves near the lower spine to provide pain relief.  The sympathetic nerves are… Read more »

What is Enthesitis?

Raj Sureja, MD

  The human skeleton is comprised of over 200 bones and over 600 muscles, all of which are connected to one another by specialized, fibrous tissues called tendons and ligaments.  Tendons attach muscle to bone and ligaments attach bone to other bones.  Each of these has a special connection or an attachment point called an… Read more »

Can Social Media be Harmful? A Psychologist’s Perspective

Dr. Martin

  Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I am frequently asked if social media is bad for us – for example – is it reducing the amount of time we spend face-to-face with our family and friends, or is it otherwise making us depressed or anxious?  Dr. Summer Allen, a research and writing fellow with the Greater… Read more »

Cervical Radiculopathy

Raj Sureja, MD

Raj N. Sureja, MD The human neck is comprised of seven vertebral bones known as the cervical area of the spine.  This column of bones is stacked on top of each other and houses the upper portion of the spinal cord and many nerve roots that shoot off and go to different areas of the… Read more »

OSC to Welcome New Pain Psychologist in January 2021

Dr. Martin

  Dr. Andrew L. Martin, PsyD works directly with the Interventional Pain Management Team as their Pain Psychologist. He comes to OSC after serving 20 years as an active-duty Navy clinical psychologist, where he specialized in psychotherapy for chronic pain, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Martin utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and other mental health… Read more »