Category: Spine Care

What is a Medial Branch Nerve Block and Why is it Prescribed?

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Nerve blocks are commonly used by many types of physicians to prevent or treat pain.  An anesthetic medication is injected near the nerve that affects a specific area of the body to provide effective, short-term pain relief to the patient. For example, nerve blocks may be administered by Anesthesiologists before… 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 »

OSC Spine Surgeons Add Medacta MySpine® Patient-specific Spinal Fusion to Offered Surgical Procedures

Medacta

The Spine Surgeons at Orthopaedic & Spine Center are pleased to announce the addition of the Medacta MySpine®  Patient-specific Lumbar Spinal Fusion to the surgical procedures available to their patients. The Medacta MySpine®  System is truly a surgical instrument customized to the patient’s own anatomy and vertebrae.  A plastic, 3D model of the vertebrae to be… Read more »

Radiofrequency Ablation for Spinal Osteoarthritis

Raj Sureja, MD

Raj N. Sureja, MD Osteoarthritis of the spine is a common diagnosis that I make in consultation with patients every day.  Spinal OA causes pain and dysfunction in the lower back and neck, can limit movement, and can also cause pain, numbness and weakness in the limbs, called radiculopathy. As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist,… Read more »

What is Facetectomy?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD You may think that being an orthopaedist is all glamorous, like the movies or TV make it out to be. However, I did spend many years in school, working hard, learning how to be a good physician and surgeon.  One of the most interesting subjects that I had to master was… Read more »

Surgical Treatment for Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Carlson

Spinal Osteoarthritis or Spinal OA is a form of wear-and-tear arthritis that affects the joints of the spine.  The facet joints are located on the backside of each vertebrae and help the spine bend and twist. As we age, the cartilage in these joints may wear away with use and time.  At the same time,… Read more »

Treating Chronic Pain from Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Did you know that Spinal Osteoarthritis is the number one cause of lower back pain in those over the age of 50?  While it is most commonly seen in the lower back, it can also occur in the neck.  This is the kind of arthritis that is known as “wear and tear” arthritis and typically… Read more »

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson: How minimally invasive spine surgery has evolved at the ASC

Dr. Carlson in the operating room

Alan Condon – Friday, March 26th, 2021  This article was originally published in Becker’s Spine Review. One of the first three-level lumbar spinal fusions at an ASC was recently performed by Jeffrey Carlson, MD, president of Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Va. Dr. Carlson spoke with Becker’s Spine Review about what minimally invasive spine surgery means to him and… Read more »