Category: Wellness

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD One of the most useful tools I employ when helping patients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.  It uses Cognition (thinking) to affect change in Behavior (actions) and, with practice, can become a truly life-changing tool for patients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, etc.  CBT has… Read more »

Your Amazing Spine and Self-Inflicted Harm

Mark W. McFarland, DO As a busy spine specialist, I diagnose and treat patients who have a variety of spine related issues.  I’m often asked if lifestyle or activities have anything to do with their spine issues.  The answer is yes!  In my practice, the major factors I observe which may cause harm to the… Read more »

All OSC Campuses are now Smoke Free

To ensure the health and well-being of our patients and OSC team members, Orthopaedic & Spine Center has instituted a smoke free policy at its Newport News campuses; the main physician clinic at 250 Nat Turner Blvd. and the Physical Therapy Center at 298 Nat Turner Blvd. No smoking signs have been placed at all… Read more »

What are the Benefits of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy?

  Paige Tretter, PT, DPT Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT) is used by Physical Therapists and other health professionals to assist patients in increasing muscle mass, endurance and strength even with painful arthritic joints and injured soft tissues.  This treatment can also be utilized as part of a rehabilitation program following certain surgical procedures.  Patients… Read more »

Is it Time for my Hip Joint to be Replaced?

John D. Burrow, DO A question I’m often asked by my patients is “How will I know when it’s time for a hip replacement?” As their orthopaedic physician, I tell them, “You’ll know when it’s time and you’ll tell me when you are ready”.  Why do I say that?  I believe that my job is… Read more »

Do I have Hip Arthritis? The Two Main Symptoms to Know

John D. Burrow, DO As a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic specialist, I spent years in medical school learning how to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions.  Some issues are easily diagnosed with x-rays and a physical exam, and others require some detective work on my part.  Hip arthritis is one of those diagnoses where the symptoms can be misleading. Pain… Read more »

Three Non-surgical Ways to Treat Your Knee Arthritis

John D. Burrow, DO As a fellowship-trained Joint Replacement Specialist, I see people every day for consultations about their painful knee arthritis.  While I’m happy to expertly perform knee replacement surgeries for my patients who need them, I always advise against doing surgery until absolutely necessary.  “Absolutely Necessary” means different things to different patients, as… Read more »

Am I at Risk for Knee Arthritis? Five Factors to Know

John D. Burrow, DO Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a very common malady and is seen in folks as young as their twenties, but is more usually observed in middle age and beyond. It’s the “wear and tear” form of arthritis, which causes cartilage degeneration, swelling, stiffness and pain.  Statistics say that about 45%… Read more »

Little League Elbow Syndrome: What you Should Know

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Many of us grew up playing on a Little League baseball or softball team and cherish those memories of daily ball practice, camaraderie with teammates, incredible wins and crushing losses during the spring and summer days on the field.  Even if you’ve never played, you may have seen the movie… Read more »