Category: Spine Surgery

SWARM™ Interactive Videos now ADA Compliant for Hearing and Sight Impaired

We are happy to announce that the ViewMedica On-Demand web player, offered by OSC, for patients to view animated surgical procedures, is now accessible, meeting WAI-A and section 508 standards of the United States Rehabilitation Act. Government rules encourage health providers to make all their web content accessible for blind, hearing impaired and other disabled… 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 »

Myths about Cervical Collars after Neck Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD When I discuss cervical spine (neck) fusion surgery with a patient, one of the first questions they ask is “Will I have to wear a collar?”  I’m not exactly sure why the neck brace engenders so many strong feelings among patients, most of whom have never tried one on, much less… 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!

September’s Lecture Features Dr. Mark McFarland Speaking about Spine Conditions

Find Relief for Back, Neck, and Limb Pain: Effective Treatments for Pinched Nerves, Slipped Discs and Spinal Stenosis – presented by Dr. Mark McFarland Join Dr. Mark McFarland as he discusses both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for common conditions of the spine. Learn about Epidural Steroid Injections, a very common and effective non-surgical treatment… Read more »

Cervical Disc Replacement vs. Cervical Fusion Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients who need surgical treatment for their cervical disc herniation or arthritis research the best options, including cervical disc replacement.   Over the past ten years, surgical technology for the spine has steadily improved and scientific studies are being produced that support the use of disc replacement over fusion for cervical spine… Read more »

Should I have Neck Surgery?

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Patients often ask me for a recommendation of the best treatment options for their herniated disc in the neck.  In this article, I will discuss how I arrive at these recommendations, based on neck anatomy, specific criteria and the conditions unique to each patient. The cervical spine (neck) has 6… Read more »