Category: Patient Care

Synovial Chondromatosis

Dr. Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD As a bone and joint specialist, I get to see patients everyday with a variety of interesting and unique conditions that keeps my job from ever getting boring.  Sometimes the cells or tissues of the body grow abnormally and cause problems – we often call this cancer.  However, other times this… Read more »

Mental Health After the Pandemic

Dr. Andrew Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD “The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can persist and be long lasting for several years…”   – Karthirvel, N1 If you are emerging from the pandemic with less excitement than you thought you would, that is normal. In fact, about a third of us will experience lingering stress, generally… Read more »

Migraine Headaches – The Causes and Symptoms

McFarland Operating Room

Mark W. McFarland, DO Everyone knows what a headache is but say the word migraine… we conjure up vague images of someone with pounding head pain, lying in a dark room with a cool cloth over their eyes, trying to lie still so the accompanying nausea doesn’t overtake them.  If you’ve never had a migraine… Read more »

What is “Tech Neck”?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The next time you are out in a crowded public place, take a moment and look around you.  Pay special attention to the people you see and what they are doing.  I would guess that 8 out of 10 are looking at an electronic device, with their head and neck tilted… Read more »

Can I Have a Knee Replacement After Having Cancer?

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Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As Americans live longer, they often deal with the diseases and conditions that come with aging concurrently.  For example, it is quite common to have adult-onset diabetes and arthritic joints that may need replacing at the same time.  So, it certainly follows that some of us will develop, will be… Read more »

Having a Hip Replacement as a Smoker-What you Should Know

Dr. Boyd Haynes

    Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As a busy orthopedic surgeon in Newport News, I’ve performed more hip replacement surgeries than I can count over the years, with a good percentage of them having been done on smokers. While both smokers and nonsmokers typically recover well, there are differences during the pre- and post-surgical… Read more »

Regenerative Medicine: What’s New in this Emerging Field for 2021

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Mark W. McFarland, DO In addition to my busy practice as an Orthopaedic Spine specialist, I also offer Regenerative Medicine services as a treatment to my patients when appropriate.  Regenerative Medicine uses the body’s own healing properties, such as stem cells or platelet rich plasma (PRP), to encourage regrowth and healing of mild to moderate… 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 »

Five Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Dr. Martin Coleman

  Martin R Coleman, MD Arthritis – Although not seen as often as knee or hip arthritis, I may diagnose arthritis of the shoulder when a patient comes to me complaining of an achy, stiff shoulder. Arthritis is a condition that may come with age but may reflect a specific inflammatory condition such as Rheumatoid arthritis… Read more »