Category: Pain Management

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, will be joining Orthopaedic & Spine Center and the Interventional Pain Management Team as their Pain Psychologist on Monday, January 4, 2021. Dr. Martin 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…. Read more »

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)

Dr. Jenny Andrus

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 »