Category: Spine Care

Depression and Spine Surgery

Mark McFarland, DO Imagine this scenario:  You have had significant, unrelenting back pain for months.  You’ve seen several doctors and had x-rays and an MRI.  You were diagnosed with a major spine issue, such as spinal stenosis or a herniated disc. You’ve tried various conservative treatments, like physical therapy, oral medications and epidural steroid injections,… Read more »

Osteophytes:  A Fancy Term, but Simply Bone Spurs

Robert J. Snyder, MD As a busy Orthopaedist, I see many patients in the office, whose main complaint goes something like this, “I have this really sharp pain, when I walk (or insert your activity of choice here).  It hurts so bad, it must be caused by a bone spur”.  Most of those pains are… Read more »

Tarlov Cysts: Perineural or Sacral Nerve Root Cysts

Mark W. McFarland, DO The human body is comprised of about 60% water, all of which is contained in our blood, soft tissues and even in our bones.  Most of the time, bodily fluids are contained within their own specific areas of the body and serve a particular purpose, like synovial fluid is contained within… Read more »

Weightlift Safely to Prevent Back Pain or Injury While Bodybuilding

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Besides being an Orthopaedic Spine Specialist, I have many interests outside of the operating room. I really enjoy weightlifting and used to compete in bodybuilding events in my younger days.  While bodybuilding involves committing to a specific nutrition plan with little fat intake, taking lots of protein supplements and getting… Read more »

March Lecture Features Dr. Jeffrey Carlson – OSC Spine Specialist

Effective Treatments for Pinched Nerves, Slipped Discs and Spinal Stenosis Join Dr. Jeffrey Carlson as he discusses both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for common conditions of the spine. Learn about Less Exposure Spine Surgery, which involves a smaller incision, much less blood loss, trauma, and time under anesthesia than traditional surgery.  Most surgeries are… Read more »

Ryan Shazier – From Paralysis to Standing – A Cause for Celebration!

  Mark W. McFarland, DO A recent sports injury to a Pittsburgh Steelers’ middle linebacker Ryan Shazier made headlines due to his spinal cord injury which left him paralyzed and unable to walk. On December 4, during the week 13 game against the Bengals, Ryan went in for a tackle with his head too low. … Read more »

The Use of a Lumbar Brace after Lumbar Spine Surgery

Mark W. McFarland, DO As a busy Spine Surgeon, I perform multiple spine surgeries every week.  I am keenly interested in helping my patients recover more quickly and with less pain.  I use a variety of medications, physical therapy and other modalities to enhance healing and a rapid return to work and daily activities.  One… Read more »

Traction Therapy for Neck and/or Back Pain

 Victoria Bartnikowski, LPTA Physical Therapists use a variety of modalities to help patients who suffer from pain and disability due to an injury, disease or after surgery.  A rehabilitative modality causes physiological changes to the body through the application of mechanical, thermal or electrical energy. Traction is a mechanical modality that we employ to help people… Read more »

What is a Bone Growth Stimulator and why is it Used?

Mark W. McFarland, DO The bones in our bodies are living tissue and they can grow and repair themselves when broken or damaged.  The process by which they do so is called osteogenesis, literally “bone beginning”.  From birth, our bones grow and strengthen according to the genetic code passed along to us from our parents. … Read more »

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson Recognized for Excellence

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson was recently recognized as one of America’s Top Orthopaedists for 2017 by the Consumers Research Council of America. Dr. Carlson was noted for his work in the area of Reconstructive Spine Surgery.  Congratulations, Dr. Carlson!