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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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Kyphosis FAQs

Mark W. McFarland, DO Doesn’t everyone have curves in their spine? Absolutely.  A normal spine has several shallow alternating curves, which helps it to balance the weight of the head, and evenly distribute the weight of the body in alignment from

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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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