Category: Spine Care

Nerve Root Blocks

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I regularly see patients who have pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in their arm or leg, which seems to follow a distinct neural path, caused by a problem originating near the spine.  Most often, these patients have been treated by a physician for the pain,… Read more »

Got a Question? Ask OSC!

We are starting a new Q & A program, called Ask OSC!  In it, we will review some of the most frequently asked questions we get pertaining to injuries, diagnoses, procedures, services and even how to fill out paperwork. Here is a question that Dr. Mark McFarland gets asked regularly: How do epidural steroid injections… Read more »

The Top Five Musculoskeletal Problems Treated at OSC

  by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD I have been an Orthopaedic Specialist at OSC since 1999.  During that time, I have seen thousands of patients who have presented with various complaints of pain and dysfunction.  Recently, I was asked to name the top problems for which we treat patients at OSC and the causes for… Read more »

Spondylolisthesis – A Big Word for a Problematic Condition

 by Mark W. McFarland, DO As an Orthopaedic Spine Specialist, I often see patients who complain of low back pain, which may or may not radiate into the buttocks and legs.  They can be adolescents or adults.  Although most lower back pain is caused by muscle strain, some patients have a condition that most likely… Read more »

Thoracolumbar Fracture

By Mark W. McFarland, DO Thirty-three vertebrae make up the spinal column and are crucial in protecting the spinal cord, which is the central nerve pathway from the brain to the entire body. The 12 vertebrae between the neck and the lower back are the thoracic vertebrae, while the five between the chest and the… Read more »

Cervical Fracture

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The human spine is made up of small bones known as vertebrae; the seven vertebrae found in the neck are known as the cervical vertebrae. The vertebrae serve to support the head, allow movement of the neck and protect the spinal cord. A high-impact trauma can cause a fracturing in one… Read more »

Are You Too Old for Spine Surgery?

Written by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The people of America are getting older. This is not a judgment on the age of our populace, but a fortunate consequence of better medical treatment, health consciousness and standard of living. We have more information about the requirements of our bodies later in life and have well-prepared ourselves… Read more »