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Lumbar Laminectomy

Mark W. McFarland, DO A big part of my job as a Spine Surgeon is discerning how much surgery is needed to achieve the goal of pain relief and decompression of spinal nerves from structural spinal issues. The nerve compression

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Posterior Cervical Fusion

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, MBA, FAAOS, CPE As a Spine Surgeon, I often must perform cervical spine fusion procedures on my patients who have spinal instability in the neck.  These patients may or may not have nerve compression and I

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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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