Category: Patient Care

“Oh, my Sciatica! – Sciatica Treatment Options

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD In Part Two of this article series on Sciatica, I will now discuss the non-surgical treatment options I recommend for my patients. Sciatica Treatment Treatment for sciatica is focused on addressing the cause of symptoms rather than just the symptoms. Treatment is usually non-surgical, but for severe pain and dysfunction it… Read more »

“Oh, my Sciatica!”- Definition, Causes and Conditions

  Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD We’ve all heard someone in our life speak of sciatic pain. What exactly is it, and what can we do about it? Sciatic pain (called sciatica) begins in the sciatic nerve, which is the largest single nerve in the body. It is comprised of individual nerve roots in the lower… Read more »

Preparing for Your Interventional Pain Management Appointment

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Chronic Pain is a difficult burden for patients to bear and especially when dealing with doctor appointments.  Because many chronic pain patients have seen multiple doctors, taken many different prescriptions and even have had multiple surgeries, the idea of seeing yet another doctor may be almost unbearable. Even more so… Read more »

Changes Coming to OSC Patient Portal to Better Serve You

We appreciate your use of the OSC Patient Portal and want to alert you to some upcoming changes which will occur on September 12th. Our Portal provider (NextGen) will be updating security and streamlining the user experience. Please note that you may be prompted to provide additional information or change your credentials if they do… Read more »

Physical Self-Care

By Cal Robinson, PsyD, MSCP This is an article in a series about self-care. In the series, we are covering the various areas in life that require self-care. In this article, I will explain what physical self-care is and why it is important. The secret is out: exercise, quality nutrition and sleep are all officially… Read more »

Gout – A Painful Form of Arthritis

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Gout is a common form of arthritis that typically affects the big toe joint; however the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers can also be affected. The problem occurs when too much uric acid remains in the blood after being processed by the kidneys.  The uric acid forms into thin, spike-like… Read more »

Self-Care: Why is it important?

By Cal Robinson, PsyD This article is the second in a series about self-care, in which we will cover the various areas in life that require self-care. I will also provide suggestions on how to create your own self-care plan. Let me explain why self-care is important. Self-care refers to the activities and practices that… Read more »

Ganglion Cyst of the Foot

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD A ganglion cyst is a knot or lump that forms below the skin on either a joint or around a tendon. These cysts are filled with a thick, clear, jellylike fluid and can feel either firm or soft to the touch. The exact cause for the formation of a ganglion… Read more »