Category: Pain Management

The Psychology of Pain

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD Pain is the most common reason that patients come to see a physician at OSC, where they treat musculoskeletal conditions of the body. Pain can affect a person’s ability to participate in certain activities, work, how well they sleep, and their relationships with others. As a Pain Psychologist on the OSC… 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 »

OSC Physical Therapy – Changing to Better Serve You During the COVID-19 Crisis

For the safety and convenience of our patients, we’re now available for consults and evaluations immediately following your in-office visit with your OSC Physician or provider a few days per week. If physical therapy is recommended, you may choose to have physical therapy at the OSC Physical Therapy Clinic or with a non-OSC therapy provider. … Read more »

What is Prolotherapy and How Does it Work?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD There are many causes of chronic pain and a leading one is joint pain due to joint instability. Strains and sprains to ligaments (they connect bone to bone) and tendons (they connect muscle to bone) over time can result in their loosening. Many experts believe that this loosening or instability… Read more »

Six Important Things to Know about Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD 1. Self-care is key. Exercise and stress management are the most important aspects of your care. Try yoga, swimming or walking.  Meditation and Mindfulness are proven stress reducers. Try to do something everyday that relieves your stress and gets you moving. 2. Mood disorders are common with FMS and failure… Read more »

Treatment for the Pain of Diabetic Neuropathy

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD According to the CDC, 100 million Americans have diabetes or a condition known as pre-diabetes. Type 1 diabetes typically presents in childhood and is more rare, accounting for 10% of all diabetes cases. The more common Type 2, accounting for 90% of cases, occurs in adulthood and can be caused… Read more »

Ten Ways to Manage Your Pain During the COVID-19 Crisis

  Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD The COVID-19 pandemic has brought huge changes to most of our daily lives. It’s changing how we work, how we spend our free time and dramatically changed how we interact with each other. This is a trying time for everyone, but for those with chronic pain, it can be… Read more »

I’ve Been Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (FMS) – What Should I Know?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) can be a confusing and frightening diagnosis. Patients often get this diagnosis after having been seen by many different specialists. They’re often confused and frustrated by the lack of clarity surrounding the cause or the treatment. This diagnosis is more of a description of your problem rather… Read more »

What is Fibromyalgia?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic pain condition that causes pain all over the body. Often patients will say that they hurt from head to toe. Some of the areas may be more painful than others with patients often reporting higher levels of low back or neck pain. This “all… Read more »