Category: Wellness

Five Symptoms That Differentiate a Migraine from an Ordinary Headache

Dr. Mark McFarland

Mark W. McFarland, DO Often patients will ask me “How can I know if I’ve ever had a migraine headache instead of just a bad headache?”  Here are five simple symptoms to look for in determining whether your headache may indeed be a migraine instead of just a severe headache. Headaches are common; migraines are… Read more »

Three Relaxation Techniques to Ease Chronic Pain

Dr. Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I vividly remember my first relaxation exercise. I was a psychology intern, co-facilitating a fibromyalgia psychotherapy group at the Navy hospital in San Diego. My supervisor led the group in a breathing exercise, and I got caught up in the exercise with the group members. A few minutes later, I was… Read more »

Important Reminder – Universal Masking in Place at OSC

Directions on how to wear a face mask correctly

We have been closely monitoring the COVID numbers in our area and according to the CDC, we are now in a high volume zone for COVID cases. VDH recommendations, that follow the CDC recommendations, are that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, need to wear a face covering while indoors, as well as practicing hand-washing… Read more »

Bunions – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Non-Surgical Treatment

Joel D. Stewart, MD One of the most commonly seen issues with the feet are bunions.  Even if you aren’t a physician, you probably can recognize a bunion when you see one.  The main characteristics of a bunion are 1) a large, knobby looking bump on the inside of the big toe, which may be… Read more »

Six Common Cycling Issues – How I Diagnose and Treat Them

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Bicycling is a wonderful exercise for anyone who wants to stay fit, be outdoors and it can be as competitive or as laid back as you want it to be.  You can race with others in your age bracket in a ranked sporting event or you can take your cruiser… Read more »

Mallet Finger

Dr. Bob Snyder

Robert J. Snyder, MD While the world of Orthopaedics is often exciting and the surgeries I get to perform are mostly major, like knee and hip replacements, I also have to treat the everyday things, like corns, bunions, sprains and diagnoses like Mallet Finger.  In this article, I will discuss what mallet finger is, why… Read more »

The Five Goals of Chronic Pain Management

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD If you asked ten chronic pain patients what the goals were for their pain management program, you’d probably hear ten very different answers, but with one goal in common – MAKE MY PAIN GO AWAY!  While that is certainly an important goal, it is not the only or most important… Read more »

Ear Seeds: Do They Really Provide Pain Relief?

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD From being covered in a feature on popular morning TV show Good Morning America, to headline articles in Health and Elle Magazine, to an on-line physician review on WebMD, to a fawning review on Goop, to being offered for sale on Amazon, Walmart and other mega-E-tailers, Ear Seeds are THE… Read more »

Mental Health After the Pandemic

Dr. Andrew Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD “The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can persist and be long lasting for several years…”   – Karthirvel, N1 If you are emerging from the pandemic with less excitement than you thought you would, that is normal. In fact, about a third of us will experience lingering stress, generally… Read more »

Migraine Headaches – The Causes and Symptoms

McFarland Operating Room

Mark W. McFarland, DO Everyone knows what a headache is but say the word migraine… we conjure up vague images of someone with pounding head pain, lying in a dark room with a cool cloth over their eyes, trying to lie still so the accompanying nausea doesn’t overtake them.  If you’ve never had a migraine… Read more »