Testimonials: - Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson

Brenda Botsford – Multi-Level Lumbar Fusion

I have been waiting to write this testimonial until the very end of the recovery process. My wife has always had minor back pain, sometimes it was worse the others, but she always managed to deal with it. Usually, she went to her chiropractor and, after a visit or two, the pain went away, or at least she didn’t mention the problem. Early in July of 2021, she began to complain about her back again and decided to try the chiropractor like she had always done in the past. Also, she tried doing stretch exercises at home as the pain became worse every day.

By July 17, the pain had become so bad, at times, she was having trouble just walking, sleeping, or sitting. The pain would not go away no matter what position she tried.  The only position that seemed to ease the pain at all was the “fetal position”. I took her to the ER at Portsmouth Naval Hospital to see if they could do anything for her on that day. The doctor there was not a specialist in the area of back pain and was a young inexperienced Lt. who seemed scared to do anything about it other than give my wife some Tylenol.

After the long, painful ride home, I decided to go “on line” and see what I could find in the way of back specialists, since this was obviously not my wife usual back pain problem. This is when I found the Orthopedic & Spine Center web site, I also found some other centers that specialized in nothing but back and spine issues. I really wanted to get several doctors lined up for their opinions, my feeling was that I wanted to get this right the first time! After I called OSC, they were able to get my wife in for an evaluation of her problem on July 19th. which impressed me. This was when we first met Dr. Jeffrey Carlson.  Every day the pain was getting worse and she was not eating or sleeping much. July 22 was the soonest that OSC could get her in for an MRI.

July 29th was the follow up appointment for the MRI results. Dr. Carlson reviewed the results and immediately found the problem – two vertebra had become misaligned and the nerve was being pinched. By this time, the pain was to the point where my wife was not eating or sleeping, no position made the pain any more tolerable.

The surgery date was set for August 17th, which seemed like an eternity for my wife to be in constant extreme pain. The following day, July 30, my wife was in such extreme pain, I took her back to the OSC center and asked if there was anything they could do to ease the pain until the surgery date. This is where Trish came into the picture, she is the scheduler for the surgery dates, she is also the main point of contact for questions that patients may have. After a short notice visit that Friday July 30th with Dr. Carlson he went to Trish and said the date needed to moved up if at all possible. Trish made it happen, the new date was August 3rd. By this time my wife had lost 20 lbs. and was in constant extreme pain, she was very appreciative of the new date for the surgery that Trish had been able to work out.

Tuesday morning, August 3rd my wife and I were at the hospital, the whole process went exactly as we had been told by Trish, no surprises at all. Dr. Carlson worked his magic and as soon as my wife came out of the anesthesia the nerve pain was gone. Apparently, my wife had a bit more trouble than most patients coming out of the anesthesia, so my waiting time was double of what I was told to expect, but she was in good hands. My wife ended up staying the night in the hospital due to this issue, but it was just to make sure that she was doing good before being released. By 3:30 pm the next day, I had my wife in the car headed home and the nerve pain was all gone.

The next two weeks, my wife spent at home just taking it easy and enjoying the fact that I was waiting on her hand and foot. August 16th was the first of several follow-up appointments with Dr. Carlson, X-rays were taken so he could see how her spine was doing and he was very pleased with her progress.

Now “fast forward” to September 21.  We went to the initial evaluation for my wife’s physical therapy following the surgery. It has been a long seven weeks since the surgery, but my wife is doing fantastic, the only pain she is experiencing is the area around the incision is still a bit sore and sensitive. Dr. Carlson said that her recovery is going great and this is to be expected, everybody recovers at a different rate.

This has been a “life-changing event” for my wife, there is no way she would have lasted in the condition she was in. I cannot thank the crew at OSC enough for their skill and services that they perform, I don’t think that they truly realize what they do on a day-to-day basis for people that are in the situation that my wife and I were in!

Our many thanks,
Larry and Brenda Botsford  

 

John Young – Multi-level Lumbar Fusion

I thank Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and his staff for the work that was done on me:
(a) I could not stand for 3 minutes/now I can stand for 30 minutes
(b) walking with my back bent/ walking now straight up
(c) again, thank you for the quick repair to my back
(d) I have told others about the great work you can do.

John Young

 

Michael Grignano – Physical Therapy for Neck & Shoulder Pain

Cody Leeworthy, DPT

Cody Leeworthy, DPT

After seeing Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and getting an epidural shot to relive pain in my neck and shoulders, he set me up for 6 weeks of Physical Therapy with Cody Leeworthy, DPT and Josh Hancock, PTA along with some fantastic assistants. The more I did the exercises, the more relief I get. Everyone set me up for success and I want to thank all of you for the complete professionalism and courtesy I saw on each trip there. The care I have received, from seeing Dr. Carlson, to Dr. Raj Sureja, then over to PT, has been remarkable!!

Michael Grignano

Jennifer Brugliera – Spinal Fusion

Dr. Carlson

In December 2019 I was on crutches struggling to walk due to synovial cysts and severe spinal stenosis caused by degenerative disk disease and spinal instability at 49 years old. I spent 2 years using physical therapy, myofascial release, and huge daily modifications to manage my symptoms and stay mobile. Last December the pain began to be unbearable again and I started to search for new providers and found OSC and Dr. Carlson. I poured through all these reviews and his online blogs and then scheduled a consult. Bringing my last 2 MRI’s and a complete history of everything I had done to date to combat my issues, I was blown away by his confidence and knowledge on exactly what we needed to do. I tried a steroid injection, but it did not hold and was scheduled for a double lumbar fusion OUTPATIENT! Dr. Carlson is a PRO. He is going to do an excellent job, but the really hard work is preparing prior to surgery and being dedicated to your post-surgery exercise and diet (high protein and supplements). Dr. Carlson’s team is like a well-oiled machine from Trish in scheduling to the Home Health Nurses and Physical Therapists (Kristen rocks!) I am now 6 weeks post op, out of my back brace, continuing my STIM machine daily for 2 hours, and starting in person physical therapy to address some lingering muscle soreness. I can walk 2+ miles a day easily, perform all my physical therapy and feel like a brand-new version of me! I am so lucky and blessed to have found Dr. Carlson and TRUSTED him completely to do this. I have had an amazing recovery by putting a lot of time and effort into every phase of the process. If you need spinal surgery Dr. Carlson is the BEST. Get a consult and you will feel the same…living in pain does not have to be an option anymore.

 

Jennifer Brugliera

Graffie B. Edler, Jr. – Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

I’ll make this short and to the point. My name is Graffie B. Edler Jr. I had been having minor lower back problems for years but dismissed it as sciatica. As the years went on, my occasional numbness turned to pain. Eventually, my pain got to the point I couldn’t dismiss it any longer. I decided to seek a chiropractor which helped very little but did reveal my problems were more than sciatica. I had my chiropractor refer me to a neurologist because the spinal pain was getting unbearable.

Moving forward, my chiropractor referred me to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. After sitting down with him and going over all options it seemed spinal fusion was my best option. Yes, I had friends and family tell me ( “No don’t do it. You’re talking about your spine “). The fear they had was something would go wrong. I had that same fear but put my trust in my supreme being and Dr. Carlson. After surgery, I spent one night in the hospital for observation. I felt muscular discomfort from surgery but no spinal pain. My recovery consisted of light exercise with no bending, lifting, or twisting. After six weeks of light exercising, I started the recommended physical therapy.

Now, I’m happy to say I’m back to work pain free. I have thanked Dr. Carlson several times for being a knowledgeable and skilled surgeon. If you can relate to this testimonial. I recommend you at least have a consultation with Dr. Carlson.

Graffie B. Edler, Jr.

Kenneth Chaney – Physical Therapy for Muscle Injury

 

I am 82 years of age and have been suffering with a muscle injury for over 5 years and was taking Dry Needling. It was suggested that I participate in the Physical Training Program.

Tom Toothaker, DPT and his assistant Rachel, guided me in this endeavor and I was released on November 3, 2020. Their constant guidance and insurance that I complete each exercise properly has resulted in almost a pain free movement of my muscle injury.

I would like to thank them for their time and patience and for giving me a new lease on life. They should be congratulated for a job well done. My thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson for his referral.

Kenneth Chaney

 

 

 

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Timothy Williams – Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Jeffrey Carlson, M.D.

I am in NO Pain. That alone is amazing. I’ve been in pain like 5 years. Now with this lumbar fusion performed by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, my back feels stronger and I feel my posture is better. I’m 6’1″ tall and now I think I stand a little straighter. I’m six weeks post-op right now. I’m so happy I no longer have a “bad back”.  Thanks!

Timothy Williams

Bob Bowman – Multi-level Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery

Dr. Carlson with OSC SignI found Dr. Jeffrey Carlson through a referral from a family member. I knew I needed back surgery but I wasn’t happy with my current doctor.

With my MRI in hand, I met Dr. Carlson in March of 2020. I was impressed with his thorough explanation of what was happening in my lower back, he showed me on the MRI that I had 3 discs gone and one on the way.

He scheduled me for a four-level fusion procedure, then four days before my surgery, the hospital canceled all elective surgery due to the COVID-19 PPE shortage. Dr. Carlson tried to push the surgery through since I was in a lot of pain, but we had no choice but to wait. The wait was almost 6 weeks, Dr Carlson’s staff did all they could to keep me as comfortable as possible during the wait.

Finally, my surgery date was rescheduled and all went well.  In a matter of weeks, most of the pain was gone. Now after 4 months, I am pain free and enjoying retirement!  Thank you, Dr. Carlson and staff!

Bob Bowman

Tom Pitkin – Microdiscectomy for Ruptured Disc

Dr. Carlson in the operating roomI was in the worst pain of my life and had seen another surgeon.  I received a call from a friend (literally at the 11th hour) who suggested Dr. Jeffrey Carlson.  I contacted his office and they worked me in quickly.

Dr. Carlson reviewed my MRI and came to a different diagnosis.  Dr. Carlson saw a ruptured disc, not a bulging one!  Surgery was set and pain medication was prescribed.  Everything that followed was professional, timely and efficient!  When I had a question, I received an immediate response.

I would highly recommend Dr. Carlson and his staff.  I do so with the utmost confidence.

Tom Pitkin