Testimonials: - Dr. Jeffrey R. Carlson

Robert Douglas – Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Dr. Carlson in the operating roomOne year ago, Dr. Jeffrey Carlson performed a Lumbar fusion procedure on me. I was walking the same day and back to work with limitations in just three weeks.

Today, I’m glad to say I’ve had no problems and no pain.

Robert Douglas

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

 

 

Make an appointment with Dr. Carlson or Dr. Tretter, or Fred or another OSC provider by clicking the “Request Appointment” button below or by calling (757) 596-1900.  

 

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

Sharon Oliver – Multi-Level Cervical Discectomy Surgery

Image of Dr. Jeffrey CarlsonMy name is Sharon.  I relocated from New York and needed a chiropractic doctor and my friend recommended Orthopaedic & Spine Center  to me.  I was given an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson,  I went to OSC because of an old neck injury that happened in 1998. I recently had experienced numbness in my pinky and ring finger in both hands and I was walking like I was intoxicated (and I don’t drink).

Dr. Carlson put me into Physical Therapy, which really didn’t help much.  So, I had to have surgery.  Because I was so scared about having the surgery, I prayed for Dr. Carlson and the work that he had to do, stepping out in faith.  I have no regrets after the surgery.  As of today, I am doing great.  I highly recommend Dr. Carlson.

Sharon Oliver

Steve Smith – Lumbar Spine Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

Dr. Jeffrey CarlsonI have spinal stenosis, pinched nerves, and disc trouble. I was in a great deal of pain, from my right hip through the knee, down the right side of my leg and across the top of my foot. I felt like the mummy -dragging my leg behind me. I tried shots in various locations. They would not work very long, if at all.

I finally had Dr. Jeffrey Carlson do surgery, he cleaned up the area around the nerve and disc. I went home with no pain, other than some minor stuff around the incision site. In just two weeks, I can walk around Walmart with ease. So what I’m saying people is – don’t mess around, get the operation and be free of the pain.

Steve Smith

Cecil S. – Spine Surgery & Physical Therapy

Jeffrey Carlson, M.D.

I was referred to the Orthopaedic & Spine Center (OSC) for my lower back pain. After approximately 10 years of off and on back issues I recently experienced heightened and continuous pain. It was my first experience with OSC and Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. Dr. Carlson reviewed my MRI and x-rays with me and explained the cause and effects of my pain. He explained the options for addressing my issues.

After trying the epidural as my first option, it became obvious surgery would be my best option. Dr. Carlson set the process in motion for my surgery. I’ve been extremely impressed with the thorough planning, coordination, scheduling and execution processes of OSC. I’m very happy with surgery by Dr. Carlson and the healing results.

I recently started Physical Therapy at OSC’s therapy facility. I’m equally impressed and satisfied with that facility and its personnel. Everyone I’ve come into contact with at OSC have made for a welcoming experience. I will definitely and highly recommend OSC to family and friends.

Cecil S.

Tim Miller – Multi-level Lumbar Fusion

Spine SurgeryMY BACK, A STORY WITH A FUSION CONCLUSION

It began years ago, as many stories do. I did things I probably should not have done, forcing my back to support more off center weight than it should have. Added to those missteps were years (almost 40) of climbing vertical steel ladders of cranes with a heavy shoulder tool bag.

To combat the nagging pains, journeys to chiropractors helped. Within recent years, those chiropractor’s visits did not seem to help. The chiropractor noticed the lack of improvement and asked if I would like a referral. I replied yes. Enter Dr. Jeffery Carlson. After x-rays and a physical evaluation, Dr. Carlson showed me in the x-ray the source of my pain, the cocked vertebrae. He commented to me that  we could go whatever route I chose, but the back would not get better without surgery. Spinal fusion of L4, L5, and S1 were recommended.

I told him to schedule my surgery as soon as possible. The date was chosen only a few weeks into the future. An at-home nurse and physical therapist were scheduled ahead of time and my wife and I attended a seminar with the company that was to supply the nurse and physical therapist. I highly recommend the seminar, as you are given ideas for recovery help and what to expect.

And what might you expect? From my experience (and I was told this ahead of surgery) the first two weeks will probably be miserable (and they were) not unbearable, but certainly very uncomfortable. The wearing of the bone growth stimulator two hours a day and the back brace, when out of bed, were annoying but tolerable and good drugs kept the severe pain at bay. I tried to follow Dr. Carlson’s instructions to the letter, and I think it was the good surgery and adherence to advice that ended in very good results with elimination of lower back pain.

Thanks Dr. Carlson!

TIM MILLER

Tammy Carnegie – Laminectomy for Herniated Spinal Disc

 

My name is Tammy. In April 2017, I had a Lower Lumbar Laminectomy (Discs 2-4 surgery) from a different medical facility. Unfortunately, my chief complaint that I had expressed to that doctor (I found out was in disc #4-5) was not treated and I was still having the same issues. So, I made an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson for a consult.

During the consult, he made me feel confident in him about what was needed to be done. The information he showed me concerning my issue allowed me to make an informed decision. I gladly made the decision to have the surgery.

Upon my post operation (post op) visit, Dr. Carlson advised me to walk. I have a treadmill in my workout room, I started out walking a mile a day then, walking/running one mile in 17 minutes (see video MP4 Dec. 04, 2019).

Upon my 6 week “post op” appointment I walked into his office, walking upright and strong.  Dr. Carlson was so pleased with that. I’m now getting Physical Therapy to help me get back to normalcy and I plan on doing my exercises and head stands again. Thank you Dr. Carlson, you are truly lead by God, I am so happy with how this surgery turned out!

 

Tammy Carnegie doing headstands