Testimonials: - Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson

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

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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

Melanie Johnson – Physical Therapy for Post-Surgical C-5 Nerve Palsy

 

On Dec 9, 2019, Dr. Jeffrey Carlson performed a posterior cervical laminectomy and inserted four rods in my spine to relieve compression of my spinal cord. The surgery went well and as always, Dr. Carlson did a great job. However, after I woke up, I found that I couldn’t use my left arm. I had a complication called a C-5 palsy, which means because the nerves between that cervical vertebrae had been compressed for so long, they had been damaged and I was going to have to “re-learn” how to use that arm.

I had physical therapy at home for about five weeks. It was determined it could be up to a year or more for me to gain the use of my arm. Mid-January, I was released to PT at OSC’s Physical Therapy Center and saw Dr. Paige Tretter for an evaluation. At that time, I could lift my left arm at about 25 degrees in front of me, couldn’t bear any weight on it or lift more than a couple of pounds. A program was set up for me and I began working with one of the therapists for about three weeks and he did a good job. But after that, I began working with Fred Wintermantel, LPTA.

Fred Wintermantel, LPTAOver the next four months, Fred worked the program that was set up for me, but he went above and beyond during each appointment to adapt therapy for me that met my specific needs to help continue healing for my neck and to help me regain the use of my arm. He would always ask how I was feeling when I came in. He would listen, really listen, and then work through my program and add or take away exercises that would better help me progress. My exercises were often difficult & sometimes painful, but I always felt encouraged to push through as I felt comfortable. Another helpful thing he did was to explain WHY we did some of the exercises we did. He would explain how using certain muscles or movements were going to help me heal. g with at the moment, because he always gave 100% to each patient, but this just shows the commitment to what he does.

Each month I would follow up with Dr. Tretter to see if I should continue my therapy. She, too, is committed to the care of her patients and always supported me continuing until we felt I was doing well enough to work on my own. She was often amazed at the progress I was making each month knowing what my prognosis was initially.

Dr. Paige Tretter

After four and half months of therapy at OSC with Fred, I am now able to lift my arm over my head, bear weight on my shoulder, use weights in my exercises and have close to 100% mobility in that arm. I still have numbness and have to limit the weight I lift/carry with my arm and believe I’ll get to 100% , but I know that had I not worked with Fred over these last months, I would be nowhere near I am now in my healing process

The skill, heart and motivation he has for his patients is not often seen and OSC should be thankful for quality employees such as Fred Wintermantel, LPTA and Dr. Paige Tretter .

Melanie Johnson

 

 

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Sunnie Dringenberg – Physical Therapy after Knee Replacement

This was my second knee replacement that Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at OSC did and the second time with these Physical Therapists. Joshua Hancock, LPTA, worked diligently with me and I completed my therapy in six weeks.

Dr. Tom Toothaker Image of Josh Hancock, LPTA

The place is very clean and the tables are cleaned and prepped after each patient. The whole staff was so pleasant and attentive the entire time I was there.

I truly appreciate all the work they did with me and in a way, I was sad to leave them. I’m glad I healed as I did, but they were like a second family in my life. I seriously hope I never have to

Tom Toothaker, PT, DPT                     Josh Hancock, LPTA

return for surgery or PT again, but if I should, I will definitely return to OSC and have Dr. Carlson do the surgery and Dr. Tom Toothaker be my therapist with Josh Hancock working with me. Thanks, guys!

Sunnie Dringenberg 

Brenda Applin – Spine Surgery

Image of Dr. Jeffrey CarlsonThis past August, I had my second back surgery by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. No matter how many times I visit this facility, the entire staff treats me like I am the only patient there. Dr. Carlson has never rushed me when I had questions and when it came time for the surgery, he made me feel so comfortable about the whole thing.

I have bragged on him so much and I can even talk to my boss about him, as he did her surgery as well and she feels the same.

When I had my first surgery about thirteen years ago, it included a couple nights at the hospital. Dr. Carlson sent me flowers and I have never forgotten about that. It meant so much to me. No matter how many times I need to see a spine doctor, I will choose him. This world, by all means needs more people like Dr. Jeffrey Carlson!!!

Brenda Applin

Tonya Thomas-Gray – Multi-Level Lumbar Spinal Fusion

Dr. Carlson in the operating roomI spent years with neck & back pain, misdiagnosing, physical therapy, etc….and not LIVING! I promised my husband on NYE 2018, we would not focus on neck/back pain, but redirect to find answers. WE DID IT!! This MAN was patient (not his virtue), understanding and truly SUPPORTIVE! He was my voice when I didn’t have one, picked me up when I couldn’t stand and fed me when I didn’t want to eat!

So eternally grateful to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson! On 9/4/19, Dr. Carlson performed a Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery to repair disc damage impeding my spinal cord. Best decision of my LIFE! The first 3 days…when I tell you PAIN….that is an understatement! 19 staples later…I lived with REGRET! Guilt all through me…feeling vulnerable & helpless! I prayed so hard…asking for strength… repeating, “I won’t let you down! I will LISTEN & FOLLOW! I remember my dear friend quietly sitting on the phone letting me cry. All those emotions released, turned into WILL-POWER!

The outpouring of support to my family was LIFE-CHANGING! There were three people who never left my side…GOD, my Husband & my Mom! They never gave up on me! My Husband was worried, my Mom was tired & my children were confused! GOD made the path, Hubby walked beside & Mom kept me uplifted in prayer!

My Mom is the ROCK of our family (tears)! She did what she does well which is make chaos CALM! She consoled our children & did her Grandma duties EXCEPTIONALLY!  When I tell you my relationships & friendships were tested…I got on EVERYBODY’S nerves … it wasn’t pretty, easy or nice. but their commitment was undoubtedly STRONG! It clearly opened my eyes to my PRESENTATION, PURPOSE & most importantly the PROMISE made to GOD! FOLLOWING WITHOUT QUESTION!

I love the circle I’m standing in today- PAIN FREE, NO GUILT , with NO REGRETS! THANKFUL & BLESSED for the GIFT of LIFE! Surrounded in PEACE & HAPPINESS:) THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, DR. CARLSON!!!

God works MIRACLES! Through Him, Nothing is Impossible! I am a BELIEVER! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Tonya Thomas-Gray