Blood Clots After Surgery

 by Dr Jeffrey Carlson MD Managing Partner of Orthopaedic & Spine Center, Newport News VA Most patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery have concerns about blood clots  or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after surgery.  There is certainly a significant risk associated with some surgeries.  Swelling due to lower extremity surgery may also decrease the flow of blood… Read more »

The End of the World as We Know It – December 21, 2012 – Thanks Mayans!

Not Completely Useful Medical Advice for Survivors of the Apocalypse  Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As December 21, 2012 quickly approaches, many of you are feverishly shopping and may need some advice.  My mind is awhirl with many different thoughts about preparations that need to be made.  Not for finding just the right Christmas present, but… Read more »

Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Jingle Bell Run/Walk On November 17th, OSC sponsored the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Newport News Park. This premier fund-raising event to find a cure for Arthritis raised over $43K! We greatly appreciate all of the OSC employees who volunteered their time and efforts, walked or ran in the event. Until we find a… Read more »

OSC Food Drive

OSC Food Drive On November 16th, the physicians and staff donated over 10,000 lbs. of food to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank to help feed needy families this Holiday Season! We are so proud of the efforts of our team of employees to generously give to others in their community!

Dr. McFarland Performs Out Patient Kyphoplasty – A First for the Chesapeake Peninsula

Another First from OSC – Congratulations to Dr. McFarland for performing an in-office kyphoplasty at OSC on July 11! Kyphoplasty is used to treat painful compression fractures of the spine. Bones in your spine can fracture or collapse due to bone loss. There are many causes of bone loss, including osteoporosis, menopause, cancer, chemotherapy, radiation… Read more »

Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis Examinations and Tests

Exams and Tests to Diagnose Spinal Stenosis by Dr Mark McFarland DO of Orthopaedic & Spine Center In my last blog post I outlined what spinal stenosis is and how it can affect you, causing severe back pain and neck pain. Today, we look at how spinal stenosis is diagnosed. If you find you are… Read more »

Spinal Stenosis Overview: Part 2 from Dr Mark McFarland DO

Spinal Stenosis is an Abnormal Narrowing of the Spinal Canal Which Can Cause Severe Neck and Back Pain In my last blog post I dealt with the anatomy of your spine.  Today I shall provide an overview of spinal stenosis and how this can cause severe back and neck pain for patients suffering from this… Read more »

Spinal Stenosis and Neck and Back Pain

Spinal Stenosis: An Overview in 7 parts of the Major Causes of  Neck & Back Pain by Dr. Mark W. McFarland, DO Acute and chronic neck and back pain represents a major health concern in the United States. Nearly everyone has back pain, which at some point, interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation…. Read more »

Diagnosing and Treating Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

I’ve Had Surgery for my Back Problem:  Why do I Still Have Chronic Pain? Raj N. Sureja, MD In my last blog, I discussed the theories about why Failed Back Surgery Syndrome occurs and what pre-existing conditions can make a patient more likely to develop this syndrome. In this entry, I will detail how I… Read more »