Category: Physical Therapy

Flat Back Syndrome

Mark McFarland, MD

Mark W. McFarland, DO In my practice as a Spine physician, I see a variety of injuries and illnesses in my office every day which pertain to the spine, back and neck.  An interesting condition that I sometimes treat is that of a patient whose spine has lost its natural curvature in the lumbar region,… Read more »

Five Quick Steps to Improve Your Posture

Jonathan Lorusso

Jonathan Lorusso, LPTA When you see someone striking enter a room, what is one of the first things you notice?  It may be their beauty or their expensive suit, but it probably has to do with how they carry themselves and their posture.  But did you know that good posture is also beneficial to your… Read more »

What is the “Gelling” Effect of the Knee?

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD In this article, I’m going to put on my chef’s hat and take you inside the kitchen for a brief cooking lesson.  No, I’m not giving up my day job as an Orthopaedic surgeon, but I want to use a culinary illustration to describe a process that occurs in the… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Bunion Repair Surgery

Dr. Jamie Swale

Jamie Swale, DPT Bunion Repair Surgery is a common surgery of the foot, more often performed for women in middle age, but certainly seen in men and in other age groups as well.  Bunion Repair Surgery or bunionectomy, can be complex and require foot reconstruction by a qualified foot and ankle orthopaedist to be done… Read more »

My Physical Therapy FAQ

Paige Tretter, PT, DPT Can’t I just do the exercises that Physical Therapy gives me at home instead of going to the clinic? Of course, you can!  Let’s do a quick self-assessment.  Do you go to the gym, or work out in some way, at least three times a week? Have you been consistent with… Read more »

Physical Therapy After Spine Surgery

Cody Leeworthy, DPT

Cody Leeworthy PT, DPT Having a spine surgery used to be considered one of the scariest major surgeries a patient could have.  Nowadays, with the skill of OSC spine surgeons, incredible advancements in surgical technique and pain management, OSC patients can go into our ambulatory surgery center in Newport News, VA and walk out several… Read more »

Five Signs It’s Time to See an Orthopaedic Physician

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD In my practice, I often see patients who wait a long time to come in for a musculoskeletal problem.  In some cases, the patient will have needlessly suffered pain and dysfunction for years, only to find that their problem could have easily been treated had they come in earlier. I guess… Read more »

October is National Physical Therapy Month

Tom Toothaker, PT, DPT As the Director for Orthopaedic & Spine Center’s Physical Therapy Clinic, I am delighted to remind you that October has been designated as National Physical Therapy Month!  OSC will be participating in this special event, dedicated to recognizing the professional physical therapists, physical therapists’ assistants, technicians, support staff and administrative team… Read more »

Acute and Chronic Cervical (Neck) Sprain

Mark W. McFarland, DO The neck area or cervical spine has many muscles, ligaments and tendons that help to support, stabilize, and provide movement for the neck and head as they sit on the spinal vertebrae.  When you think about it anatomically, it’s an architectural masterpiece that works together beautifully when healthy.  But then, life… 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 »