Category: Patient Care

Mallet Finger

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD While the world of Orthopaedics is often exciting and the surgeries I get to perform are mostly major, like knee and hip replacements, I also have to treat the everyday things, like corns, bunions, sprains and diagnoses like Mallet Finger.  In this article, I will discuss what mallet finger is, why… Read more »

Extensor Mechanism Rupture and Total Knee Replacement

Spine Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD All surgeons and their patients hope for perfect surgeries and recoveries, like a scene out of Marcus Welby, MD, where the patient has a heart transplant and lives happily ever after with her adoring family and friends all around her.  Fortunately, that surgical scenario tends to play out in real life… Read more »

Ear Seeds: Do They Really Provide Pain Relief?

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD From being covered in a feature on popular morning TV show Good Morning America, to headline articles in Health and Elle Magazine, to an on-line physician review on WebMD, to a fawning review on Goop, to being offered for sale on Amazon, Walmart and other mega-E-tailers, Ear Seeds are THE… Read more »

Migraine Headaches – Diagnosis and Treatment

Image of Dr. Mark McFarland

Mark W. McFarland, DO In the last article, I discussed the causes, triggers, symptoms and the four phases of migraine headaches.  In this article, my focus will be the diagnosis and treatment of migraines.  As an orthopaedic spine physician, I already perform many interventional procedures for chronic pain, such as epidural steroid injections.  I will… Read more »

Synovial Chondromatosis

Dr. Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD As a bone and joint specialist, I get to see patients everyday with a variety of interesting and unique conditions that keeps my job from ever getting boring.  Sometimes the cells or tissues of the body grow abnormally and cause problems – we often call this cancer.  However, other times this… Read more »

Mental Health After the Pandemic

Dr. Andrew Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD “The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can persist and be long lasting for several years…”   – Karthirvel, N1 If you are emerging from the pandemic with less excitement than you thought you would, that is normal. In fact, about a third of us will experience lingering stress, generally… Read more »

Migraine Headaches – The Causes and Symptoms

McFarland Operating Room

Mark W. McFarland, DO Everyone knows what a headache is but say the word migraine… we conjure up vague images of someone with pounding head pain, lying in a dark room with a cool cloth over their eyes, trying to lie still so the accompanying nausea doesn’t overtake them.  If you’ve never had a migraine… Read more »

What is “Tech Neck”?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The next time you are out in a crowded public place, take a moment and look around you.  Pay special attention to the people you see and what they are doing.  I would guess that 8 out of 10 are looking at an electronic device, with their head and neck tilted… Read more »

Can I Have a Knee Replacement After Having Cancer?

Image of Dr. Boyd Haynes

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As Americans live longer, they often deal with the diseases and conditions that come with aging concurrently.  For example, it is quite common to have adult-onset diabetes and arthritic joints that may need replacing at the same time.  So, it certainly follows that some of us will develop, will be… Read more »

Having a Hip Replacement as a Smoker-What you Should Know

Dr. Boyd Haynes

    Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As a busy orthopedic surgeon in Newport News, I’ve performed more hip replacement surgeries than I can count over the years, with a good percentage of them having been done on smokers. While both smokers and nonsmokers typically recover well, there are differences during the pre- and post-surgical… Read more »