Category: Patient Care

What is Enthesitis?

Raj Sureja, MD

  The human skeleton is comprised of over 200 bones and over 600 muscles, all of which are connected to one another by specialized, fibrous tissues called tendons and ligaments.  Tendons attach muscle to bone and ligaments attach bone to other bones.  Each of these has a special connection or an attachment point called an… Read more »

Losing Your Balance as You Age? It Could be Cervical Myelopathy

Dr. Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Spine surgery encompasses many aspects of patient mobility, but none as serious as spinal cord injury.  Injury to the spinal cord can happen from an accident where the bones get violently moved out of position and pinch the spinal cord.   This may just be an instant compression on impact than released… Read more »

A Gentle Reminder – Please Wear Your Mask at OSC

Directions on how to wear a face mask correctly

We want to ensure that everyone who enters OSC feels safe and comfortable. OSC must enforce the wearing of face coverings because 1) a Virginia government mask mandate still exists; 2) we are making every effort to ensure the safety of our doctors, staff, and other patients to minimize the probability of infection and; 3) persons who have been vaccinated can still carry and transmit the virus. 

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 »

Ganglion Cyst of the Finger

Dr. Snyder

  Robert J. Snyder, MD Ganglion Cysts or “wens” as they are colloquially referred to, are small sacs attached to a joint or a tendon with a stalk.  This stalk is the conduit for the jelly-like fluid (similar to the synovial fluid found in joints) which fills the cyst. These cysts are usually found near… Read more »

Cervical Spine Fracture – aka Broken Neck

Image of Dr. Mark McFarland

Mark W. McFarland, DO There are seven cervical vertebrae or neck bones in the human body.  When one of these bones becomes fractured, commonly due to accidents like diving into shallow water, a car crash, a fall from a ladder or another height, or a collision in sports, or from having weakened bones from aging,… Read more »

Why Might I Need a CT Scan for my Orthopaedic Problem?

Dr. Mark McFarland

  Mark W. McFarland, DO A Computerized Tomography Scan, also known as a CT scan, or CT, is a quick and painless diagnostic imaging study that enables me to view detailed images of the bones, organs and soft tissues of the patient’s body. CT uses multiple x-rays, taken at various angles and guided by a… 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 »