Category: Patient Care

Regenerative Medicine: What’s New in this Emerging Field for 2021

Image of Dr. Mark McFarland

Mark W. McFarland, DO In addition to my busy practice as an Orthopaedic Spine specialist, I also offer Regenerative Medicine services as a treatment to my patients when appropriate.  Regenerative Medicine uses the body’s own healing properties, such as platelet rich plasma (PRP), to encourage regrowth and healing of mild to moderate injury and disease… Read more »

Being the Primary Caregiver for Someone with Chronic Pain – What You Should Know

Dr. Martin

Chronic pain is difficult, exhausting and depressing, not only for the sufferer, but for those who love and live with them.  Having to modify your life according to someone’s pain level every day takes a great deal of patience and understanding. Doing so for long periods, without respite or refreshment, can easily result in caregiver and compassion fatigue and eventually, caregiver burnout. Let’s discuss how to recognize the signs and manage the normal frustrations and emotions of caregiving to head off fatigue and burnout before they start.

Coccydynia or Tailbone Pain – A Common Concern for Women

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F Andrus, MD The tailbone or coccyx is located at the end of the spinal column at the cleft of the buttocks.  This small triangular boney structure is actually fused vertebrae that has muscles, tendons and ligaments connected to it, and along with your sacrum and pelvis, helps bear your weight when you… Read more »

Five Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Dr. Martin Coleman

  Martin R Coleman, MD Arthritis – Although not seen as often as knee or hip arthritis, I may diagnose arthritis of the shoulder when a patient comes to me complaining of an achy, stiff shoulder. Arthritis is a condition that may come with age but may reflect a specific inflammatory condition such as Rheumatoid arthritis… Read more »

How Old is too Old for a Knee Replacement?

Dr. Boyd Haynes, III

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD In my orthopaedic practice, I am often asked age-related questions when it comes to certain surgeries.  “What’s the cut-off age for this surgery and what age do I have do be before I can I have that procedure?”  Only a few years ago, those questions probably mattered a lot more… Read more »

Having a Knee Replacement as a Diabetic – What you Need to Know

Dr. John Burrow

Americans are living longer and as a result are demanding a higher quality of life as they age.  That means they are having to contend with some of the illness and conditions often associated with aging while at the same time trying to maintain, repair or replace the body parts that are wearing out.  It… Read more »

Having a Knee Replacement as a Smoker – What you Need to Know

Dr. Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD This year, approximately 700,000 people in America will have a knee replacement surgery.  In less than 10 years, this number is expected to grow to over several million as the population in the United States continues to age.  Of those vast numbers of patients, some are smokers, past or current.  How… Read more »

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

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 or a sustained compression… 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.