Category: Patient Care

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 »

Why Do I Have More Pain During Self-Quarantine at Home with my Family?

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD Picture this…your entire family, sitting around the kitchen table, all warm and snuggly, drinking hot cocoa. Everyone is smiling and laughing as your kids take turns talking about how they love spending time at home with you. You’ve got chocolate chip cookies in the oven and a pot of homemade soup… Read more »

Common Back Injuries

Mark W. McFarland, DO Did you know that back pain is the number one reason for which people seek medical attention?  Having a healthy, non-painful back is essential to living and working well.  Let’s discuss some common back injuries and how I treat them. Back Strain – One of the most common complaints I hear… Read more »

Am I at Risk for Arthritis?

Dr. Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD Arthritis is one of the most common ailments for which patients seek medical care because it causes pain and often disability.  My patients often ask me “Is there anything I can do to lessen my chances of developing arthritis?”  The answer is yes and no.  In this article, I will address… Read more »

OSC Procedure Scheduling Team Takes a Positive Approach to Process Improvement

MRIs, Epidurals, EMGs, Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials, Kyphoplasties, Radio Frequency Ablations, etc…if you’ve had one of these procedures at OSC, one of the team members pictured in this photo scheduled it for you and got the authorization from your insurance company so that it would be covered.  Needless to say, the OSC Procedure Scheduling Team… Read more »

Will There Ever Be a “Real” Replacement for Knee Cartilage?

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Often touted as the Holy Grail of Orthopaedic research, the search for an affordable and realistic knee cartilage replacement continues to this day.  Although many products on the market today claim to “replace” or “regenerate” cartilage, none has been proven to do what is promised.  In this article, we will… Read more »

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD One of the most useful tools I employ when helping patients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.  It uses Cognition (thinking) to affect change in Behavior (actions) and, with practice, can become a truly life-changing tool for patients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, etc.  CBT has… Read more »

All OSC Campuses are now Smoke Free

To ensure the health and well-being of our patients and OSC team members, Orthopaedic & Spine Center has instituted a smoke free policy at its Newport News campuses; the main physician clinic at 250 Nat Turner Blvd. and the Physical Therapy Center at 298 Nat Turner Blvd. No smoking signs have been placed at all… Read more »

What are the Benefits of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy?

  Paige Tretter, PT, DPT Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT) is used by Physical Therapists and other health professionals to assist patients in increasing muscle mass, endurance and strength even with painful arthritic joints and injured soft tissues.  This treatment can also be utilized as part of a rehabilitation program following certain surgical procedures.  Patients… Read more »