Category: Patient Care

Should I get my Spine Hardware Removed?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As surgery advances and becomes more commonplace, more patients will have spinal hardware (i.e., screws, rods, plates) used to stabilize the bones of their spines.  The hardware has great advantages over the older techniques of providing spine stability with an external brace.  This difference can be equated to having surgery for… Read more »

Why Does my Lower Back MRI Look so Bad?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients can be very concerned with the words “degenerative disc disease” or “spondylosis” when used in the report sent from a radiologist’s reading of an MRI.  These phrases and words are used synonymously with “arthritis”.  Our spinal discs wear with time, just like brake pads on a car.  This wear is… Read more »

Acute Compartment Syndrome (ACS)

Dr. Burrow demonstrating the knee to a patient

John D. Burrow, DO Orthopaedic injuries that occur during traumatic accidents can be gruesome; however, most are not truly life-threatening. Sometimes, fractures or crush injuries, or even minor injuries, such as those that occur with competitive running, may develop a complication known as acute compartment syndrome or ACS which is a true medical emergency.  In… Read more »

Can I Have a Hip Replacement After Having Cancer?

John D. Burrow, DO As a busy Orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement, I see patients who need hip replacement for a variety of reasons, but usually due to arthritis or injury.  Some of these individuals may have recently been diagnosed with, are in treatment for or are in remission from cancer of all… Read more »

What is a Myelogram?

Mark W. McFarland, DO As a spine specialist and surgeon, x-ray and MRI are pretty much the tools of my trade; however, I occasionally need more detail or different detail than they can provide.  That’s when I order a Myelogram.  In this article, I will discuss what a Myelogram is, why it is ordered, what… Read more »

Why Did My Orthopaedist Perform a Joint Aspiration and Order a Lab Analysis?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD My job as an Orthopaedic surgeon is challenging, fun and interesting.  I often get to play detective as I search for clues and evidence as to why my patients are having certain symptoms, pain, and dysfunction.  I can usually make a diagnosis based on a physical examination, talking to the patient… Read more »

Three Relaxation Techniques to Ease Chronic Pain

Dr. Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I vividly remember my first relaxation exercise. I was a psychology intern, co-facilitating a fibromyalgia psychotherapy group at the Navy hospital in San Diego. My supervisor led the group in a breathing exercise, and I got caught up in the exercise with the group members. A few minutes later, I was… Read more »

Shoulder Instability – Conservative Treatment

Dr. Martin Coleman

Martin R. Coleman, MD The shoulder joint is the most complex joint system in the human body.  It has many components that work together to ensure it functions smoothly when we call upon it to do everyday tasks.  It is also the most mobile joint in the body and because of that it also has… Read more »

Six Common Cycling Issues – How I Diagnose and Treat Them

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Bicycling is a wonderful exercise for anyone who wants to stay fit, be outdoors and it can be as competitive or as laid back as you want it to be.  You can race with others in your age bracket in a ranked sporting event or you can take your cruiser… Read more »