Category: Wellness

My Physical Therapy FAQ

Paige Tretter, PT, DPT Can’t I just do the exercises that Physical Therapy gives me at home instead of going to the clinic? Of course, you can!  Let’s do a quick self-assessment.  Do you go to the gym, or work out in some way, at least three times a week? Have you been consistent with… Read more »

Pain Conditions Seen More Commonly in Women

Jenny L. F. Andrus. MD In my practice as an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I can attest to the fact that I see more women than men for the treatment of chronic pain.  Research also tells us that women are disproportionately affected by pain conditions more often than men.  Even more concerning is they often… Read more »

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 »

The Top Three Most Dangerous Sports for Female Athletes

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As a Fellowship-trained Sports Medicine physician, I am often asked what sports have the most risk for injury by adult individuals who are interested in sports and parents of children who want to participate in sports programs at school.  The youth really don’t seem to care all that much, they… 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 »

Five Signs It’s Time to See an Orthopaedic Physician

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD In my practice, I often see patients who wait a long time to come in for a musculoskeletal problem.  In some cases, the patient will have needlessly suffered pain and dysfunction for years, only to find that their problem could have easily been treated had they come in earlier. I guess… Read more »

October is National Physical Therapy Month

Tom Toothaker, PT, DPT As the Director for Orthopaedic & Spine Center’s Physical Therapy Clinic, I am delighted to remind you that October has been designated as National Physical Therapy Month!  OSC will be participating in this special event, dedicated to recognizing the professional physical therapists, physical therapists’ assistants, technicians, support staff and administrative team… Read more »

Bursa Aspiration and Analysis – Why was this Ordered for Me?

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD Did you know that there are more than 150 bursae in the human body?  Almost every joint has at least one of these slippery, cushiony, synovial fluid-filled sacs that provide padding, reduce friction and add lubrication between the points of bones, muscles and tendons near the joints.  These little marvels usually… Read more »

I’ve Returned to Work after a COVID-19 Furlough – Now My Back is Killing Me!

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Even though our unwelcome houseguest is still hanging around, many people who were unemployed, laid off or furloughed because of COVID-19 are now returning to work out of economic necessity.  These folks are surprised to find that they are experiencing significant back pain, perhaps for the first time in their lives,… 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 »