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Improving the Healing of Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAOS  As patients prepare for low back surgery that involves fusing the spinal bones together, I’m often asked what can be done to make the outcome of the procedure successful.   Success is usually defined

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Why do I Need Spinal Fusion Surgery?

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, MBA, FAAOS, CPE When I have a discussion with patients about potential spinal surgery, they often ask “how extensive will the surgery be and how much of my spine will be affected by the procedure?”  Generally,

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Vascular vs. Neurogenic Claudication

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE (Originally published in Hampton Roads Physicians’ Magazine) When muscles don’t get enough blood flow due to obstructed arteries, cramping pain can result simply from walking or using one’s arms. Vascular claudication (VC) is a condition typically caused by

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Physical Therapy After Spine Surgery

  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

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Should I get my Spine Hardware Removed?

  Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD As surgery advances and becomes more commonplace, more patients will have spinal hardware (i.e., screws, rods, plates) used to stabilize the bones of their spines.  The hardware has great advantages over the older techniques of

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