Category: Spine Surgery

Five Signs to Take Neck Pain Seriously

Mark W. McFarland, DO I’m certain that there isn’t one of us who hasn’t had neck pain at some point in their life – we’ve slept funny and woke up with a “crick” in our neck or we painted the ceiling, or we did something that made our neck hurt.  Usually, with a little TLC,… 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 »

Is Bicycling a Safe Exercise?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As we pass through the summer heat, we start to think about fall outdoor activities to keep ourselves moving.  Bicycling through the mountains, viewing the fall colors and enjoying the breeze sounds great.  Please be safe! Even though a lovely bike ride is inviting, researchers at the Harvard Medical School evaluated… Read more »

Should I get my Spine Hardware Removed?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As surgery advances and becomes more commonplace, more patients will have spinal hardware (i.e., screws, rods, plates) used to stabilize the bones of their spines.  The hardware has great advantages over the older techniques of providing spine stability with an external brace.  This difference can be equated to having surgery for… 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 »

Chronic Neck Pain

Raj Sureja, MD

Raj N. Sureja, MD When a patient with chronic neck pain gets referred to me, an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I am often considered a last resort for treatment. Typically, the patient has tried every treatment that their PCP has to offer, been to a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, massage therapist, to an Orthopaedist, and may… Read more »

Spondylolisthesis – A Fancy Name for a Common Spine Problem

Jeffrey Carlson, M.D.

Did you know that back pain and leg pain will cause about 80% of our population to see a physician each year? Although most back pain is minor and will usually resolve on its own,  there are many different diagnoses that can cause lingering lower back pain.  About 10% of the patients that see an… 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 »

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 »