Category: Patient Care

Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome – How it Happens

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD This is the second article in a series https://www.osc-ortho.com/blog/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-an-introduction/ on posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. In this article we explore how posttraumatic stress symptoms might develop after a traumatic event.   PTSD symptoms develop when there is a mismatch between two things – 1) the way our mind sees the world; and… Read more »

Will Insurance Deny my Hip Replacement Surgery if I’m a Smoker? (A Web Chat Question)

Moderated by Boyd W. Haynes III, MD That’s a fantastic question.  Currently, insurance companies do not take smoking status into consideration when choosing to approve or deny joint replacement surgeries.  However, we have a lot of scientific research that proves that smoking is quite detrimental to bone growth, blood circulation, bone and soft tissue healing… Read more »

Five Quick Steps to Improve Your Posture

Jonathan Lorusso

Jonathan Lorusso, LPTA When you see someone striking enter a room, what is one of the first things you notice?  It may be their beauty or their expensive suit, but it probably has to do with how they carry themselves and their posture.  But did you know that good posture is also beneficial to your… Read more »

What is the “Gelling” Effect of the Knee?

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD In this article, I’m going to put on my chef’s hat and take you inside the kitchen for a brief cooking lesson.  No, I’m not giving up my day job as an Orthopaedic surgeon, but I want to use a culinary illustration to describe a process that occurs in the… Read more »

In a Virginia Peninsula First, Dr. Mark McFarland performs Lumbar Fusion using the Globus Sable®Expandable Lumbar Interbody Cage

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Dec. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Mark W. McFarland, DO performed a Lumbar Fusion on a 57-year-old female using the Globus Sable® Expandable Lumbar Interbody Cage at Mercy Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA on October 21, 2021. “My patient had spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine…. Read more »

Treatments for Polyneuropathy

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD In the past few articles, I have addressed that polyneuropathy can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions or for idiopathic (unknown) reasons.  For that reason, I typically will work in concert with the patient, other physicians, including the Primary Care physician, and perhaps other specialists, depending on the… Read more »

Polyneuropathy – What is it and how is it Caused?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I frequently treat patients for nerve-related pain from a variety of causes and conditions, and sometimes for undetermined reasons.  Some patients are affected by pain which comes from multiple nerves that are damaged, impinged or which simply malfunction in different parts of the body,… Read more »

When Can I Vape Again After Orthopaedic Surgery? (A Web Chat Question)

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Moderated by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD My answer is never.  Use the break that your surgery afforded you as a great opportunity to quit your smoking habit for good.  Smoking/vaping is very detrimental to healing after orthopaedic surgery especially as bone needs high levels of oxygen rich red blood cells to repair and mend after… Read more »