I would like like to thank Orthopaedic & Spine Center for providing outstanding service. I reached out to Shannon Woods (from out-of-state) with many questions about a potential surgery. Despite not being a current patient, Shannon and Dr. Jeffrey Carlson showed compassion and took the time to answer my questions. Based on I my experience I would highly recommend OSC.
I went to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson because I was in severe pain and could hardly walk. Dr. Carlson found that I had tendinitis in both hips, which also caused pain in my knees and legs. His Physician Assistant, Tonya, gave me cortisone injections in both hips. Dr. Carlson sent me to Physical Therapy, across from his office.
Dr. Paige Tretter and Josh Hancock, PTA, worked together and instructed me in strength training exercises…they were very dedicated. Those exercises were the BEST thing that’s happened to me. I’m NO longer limping, can walk normally and they took the pain away. A BIG “THANK YOU” to everyone!!!
I was suffering with back pain for about three years from a pinched nerve. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson gave me an option that would relieve my back pain issue. I had the laser surgery done on 3/25/19. I am now pain free, with the help of surgery and physical therapy.
I feel free of pain. I want to thank Dr. Carlson for a job well done.
Dorian J. Johnson
My name is Alan Gunnerson. I am a 57-year old male that spent several years with increased lower back pain, and over the past two years, extending down my left buttocks and leg to my left foot. I found myself only able to sit for a short period and then had to stand, again, only for a short period. I described myself as a yo-yo; there was no comfortable position. Come to find out that I had spinal disk compression between L4 and L5 and spinal stenosis within the disk area that was irritating my sciatic nerve.
Because I also have an older pacemaker—one that is not MRI compatible—the only scanning I had completed was an initial PET/CT, a follow-up CT scan, and an x-ray before my lumbar operation.
After two 6-week physical therapy sessions that made my pain worse, except for the traction table, and several lumbar epidurals—four to be specific—and an additional cortisone shot on my left piriformis muscle area, I was sent to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson to evaluate my condition. Before seeing Dr. Carlson, I even attended a lecture that described spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Carlson diagnosed that I had disk compression between L4 and L5 and spinal stenosis that was causing irritation of my sciatic nerve and the only treatment left was to perform a lumbar laminectomy to relieve my sciatic nerve pain.
I had my lumbar laminectomy—a decompression procedure—at the Mary Immaculate Surgical Center on January 16th, 2019. Dr. Carlson removed roughly half of my lamina and bone spurs that were causing the compression of my sciatic nerve. It did not take long for me to feel relief—relief of pain that I had not felt for almost two years.
I was able to go back to work part-time in a week and full-time in two weeks; although with lifting restrictions. At the time of writing this testimonial, I am seven weeks out from my surgery and am no longer on the 20-pound lifting restriction. I am starting physical therapy shortly to strengthen my lower back and core.
Every person’s situation is different, and for me, although I did not want to have another surgical procedure, the lumbar laminectomy worked. For someone that may have similar circumstances, I would recommend talking with your doctor about this type of procedure.
(Photo of Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in the OR)
I am an active volunteer, kayaker, and skier. A year and a half ago, I was having serious hip pain and nightly leg cramps, sometime lasting for more than an hour. My first x-ray identified a ruptured spinal disc. The recommendation for me was to go to rehab or a chiropractor, but things did not improve.
Dr. Jeffrey Carlson came recommended to me. After several visits with him, it became obvious that surgery was the answer. On January 2nd, I had 10 screws, 2 rods and a spacer installed in my lumbar spine. I was positive on January 3rd, I’d made the wrong decision.
It is now 8 weeks later and I am walking without pain. I am biking, kayaking and best of all, I have not had one leg cramp. I am not discomfort free all the time, but I suspect more improvement as I continue exercising. I am planning my 2020 ski trip.
I was having increased low back pain and difficulty with my legs, causing balance and gait problems. I had been to two other orthopedic surgeons, who stated the required surgery would mean possibly 3-6 months out of work.
I was referred to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, who, after several rounds of x-rays, determined I had a problem that was missed by the other surgeons. The required surgery was a lumbar 3 to 4 fusion, completed as an outpatient.
My recovery has been quick, and I am pain free in my lower back, and, with the help of physical therapy, increasing mobility and strength returning to my legs. I would highly recommend Dr. Carlson for orthopedic spinal concerns.
This is a follow-up to my October 8, 2018, Spinal Fusion surgery. It is now four months since my fusion. I was cleared by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in mid January to go about my business, with no limitations.
Frankly, I am amazed at how good my back is feeling. Prior to surgery, I was convinced that I had moderate arthritis up and down my spine, because if I did any exercise, my spine felt like an over-done piece of steak afterwards and ached for the next couple of days. I could not stand still for more than a minute without some focused pain away from the surgical area and the same was true for sitting straight up in a chair.
Now, after each 18 hole round of golf, it feels better and better with little after-play aching or pain, and I have no pain standing around or sitting for meals. Feeling blessed, like I have a new lease on life. Well done, Dr. Carlson!
I had a lumbar spinal fusion surgery in August 2018 at OSC with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. He referred me to OSC Physical Therapy with Dr. Jamie Swale and Victoria Skay. These women were great. They listened to my concerns and goals as I wanted to get back to my active lifestyle quickly. The balance between being careful but still challenging was perfect and they got me back to running and swinging a golf club within 6 weeks.
I am five months post-surgery and still using the stretches and exercises they shared with me during my PT. I could not have been more pleased with the entire OSC staff and especially Jamie and Victoria.
In August of 2018, I herniated a disk in my back preparing for an impending storm. The pain was excruciating. When I called OSC, I had no idea what to expect because I had been cared for through the Military system for 30 years.
From the moment I spoke to the folks at OSC, I knew I was in good hands.
Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and the staff there knew I was in serious pain and they all showed such great compassion for me. Dr. Carlson’s staff helped with pain management until there was a final diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Carlson expedited my MRI on-site…less than 48 hours later. Shortly after that, we met and he told me it required surgical repair.
Eleven days later, he performed a “diskectomy” on me, and the relief was immediate. Things went so well, I returned to work seven days later and haven’t looked back.
I cannot thank Dr. Carlson and the caring staff at OSC enough for taking care of me. His skill as a Surgeon, and his staffs’ professionalism and compassion made the difference in my quality of life and I cannot thank them enough.
I TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM FLORIDA TO SEE DR. JEFFREY CARLSON.
I am a 23 year old, active female who enjoys going to the gym several times a week. I began having lower back pain in November of 2017. I had already gone through back surgery for a herniated disc at L4-L5 when I was 17 (also done by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson), so as soon as I felt the slightest twinge in my back, I made sure to rest and try to allow my back to recover. For 2 months, I refrained from any intense work outs, did various stretches, and tried home remedies like heating pads and ibuprofen.
In January 2018, I finally decided it was time to see a doctor. I live in Florida now, so I went to a doctor in Orlando.
I spent the next 8 MONTHS enduring a plethora of different treatments, ranging from medications to back braces to multiple intraspinal injections ordered by the doctor in Florida. They even did an MRI which showed a herniated disc, but the doctor kept telling me I am “too young to be in pain” and “it’s not bad enough to operate”. Meanwhile, my pain level kept rising to the point where it was debilitating. No position was comfortable. I started not being able to work, since I work at a desk in a seated position all day long. I hobbled around like an 85 year old woman. The nerve pain was so sharp I would scream sometimes. I cried often.
By May, I realized the doctor I was seeing in Florida did not care about my well being and my quality of life the way Dr. Carlson does, so I got on a plane and flew to Virginia.
During my first appointment with Dr. Carlson, he asked me to sit in a chair, extend my leg as straight as possible (which was not much due to the excruciating nerve pain), and lift my toes toward me. I was in complete shock when my toes did not move or twinge a bit. He said this is a clear, physical sign that a nerve is being pinched and that if it has been going on for more than 6 months, they begin to worry about permanent nerve damage. The doctor in Florida should never have let my herniation go untreated for that long. Dr. Carlson not only saw that I needed surgery, but that I needed it as soon as possible, considering that the doctor in Florida had already been seeing me for 8 months. He set me up for another MRI so we could get an updated image of what was going on in my back and scheduled me for surgery. I ended up having a herniated disc at L5- S1, a completely different site from my previous back injury when I was 17. Dr. Carlson did a lumbar fusion back in June 2018 and today (January 2019) I am happy, healthy, and out of pain!
Dr. Carlson listens. He cares, and he absolutely takes his patients’ quality of life seriously. He is skilled in his work and takes his time with his patients. I can not begin to thank him enough for giving me back my life. He is an incredible doctor and I 100% recommend him.