Category: Spine Surgery

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

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD 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. … Read more »

Treating Chronic Pain from Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD 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… Read more »

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

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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 stem cells or platelet rich plasma (PRP), to encourage regrowth and healing of mild to moderate… 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 »

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 »

Cervical Spine Fracture – aka Broken Neck

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Mark W. McFarland, DO There are seven cervical vertebrae or neck bones in the human body.  When one of these bones becomes fractured, commonly due to accidents like diving into shallow water, a car crash, a fall from a ladder or another height, or a collision in sports, or from having weakened bones from aging,… Read more »

Injuries and Fractures of the Thoracic Spine

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As a busy Orthopaedic Physician, I often see and treat patients for and write articles about the cervical spine (neck) and the lumbar spine (lower back).  Today, I’m going to focus on the thoracic spine or the middle back, the area where the rib cage is located.  Percentage wise, I do… Read more »