I injured my spine lifting a small boat engine onto my boat, from a floating dock. Twisting and turning, while lifting and lowering 60 lbs. of engine on a moving dock, may not have been the best idea. All of a sudden, I felt a dull pain in my lower back that got worse the more I moved. Soon, I had terrible pain down my left leg, buttock and thigh. In another couple of days, horrible calf cramps and numbness in the foot and leg developed. My leg also felt weak, like it was going to give out on me. I drive a lot for my job as a financial advisor and driving caused pain. Even sitting in a chair watching TV was uncomfortable. I was pretty miserable. My wife made me an appointment at OSC.
I saw Dr. Mark McFarland, who ordered x-rays and told me that, based on my symptoms, he felt I had a disc herniation. He prescribed oral steroids. He also prescribed pain pills and muscle relaxers, which helped me sleep because I only took them at night. He also ordered an MRI of my lower spine to find out if I had a disc herniation or some other spine problem. I had to wait three weeks before an MRI appointment was available.
The MRI showed a large disc rupture in my lower spine. Dr. McFarland recommended an epidural steroid injection to help ease the inflammation. I had the injection and it helped to ease the pain, numbness and cramping, enough to make it bearable, so I could work and get around. Dr. McFarland told me the disc material was really pressing on my nerve and he was surprised I could walk and drive as well as I had been. He recommended an outpatient surgery called a lumbar microsdiscectomy to remove the disc material pressing on the nerve. I agreed that surgery was the best option to help me recover with the least amount of downtime from work. I wanted to fix the problem for good and feel better.
Dr. McFarland performed the surgery at Mary Immaculate Hospital. I felt immediate relief when I awoke from the anesthesia. After a few hours in recovery, I went home the same day. I had an easy recuperation period. I wore my back brace, which didn’t bother me at all, most of the time, unless I was laying in bed sleeping. The Home Health Nurse and the Physical Therapist that came to my house, both said that I was doing so great, they weren’t really needed. Again, I only took pain medication at night to help with sleep. I watched a lot of Netflix, snacked and got really bored. I felt so good, I just wanted to get out of the house. After my two week check up, Dr. McFarland released me to drive and work, with just a few lifting restrictions.
In the three weeks after my surgery, almost all of my previous symptoms disappeared and soon went away completely. It was incredible. I know that people are afraid of spine surgery, but they shouldn’t be! I would highly recommend Dr. McFarland to anyone with spine issues!
I had a Kyphoplasty procedure on 4-18-18 at OSC. My physician was Dr. Mark McFarland. He was very informative and spent time explaining the procedure to me.
I was very satisfied with him and his staff, especially Stacy, Mary and Zach. I will review the results in a couple of weeks. Thanks so much!
Susan T. Long
My initial phase of treatment was for back pain in 2013 with Dr. Mark McFarland. He didn’t jump right in with the knife, but did the best they could with what they had. This year, I saw Dr. Raj Sureja and Monica Beckett – NP, while I awaited a multi-level fusion with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson.
The care, treatment and overall professionalism of the entire staff was exceptional and exceeded my expectations at every level both pre- and post-op. With social media presence and with both good and bad reviews widely available, I was skeptical. However, I can not say enough good things about the staff. They were very pleasant and concerned and I have seen quite of few members of their entire staff. I would refer my parents, children and others I care about for treatment here, without question.
Dr. Carlson performed my multi-level lumbar fusion and the difference was incredible. Recovery takes time, but ultimately, I could tell he had solved the underlying issues for which I was being treated and had done so with informative care and precision. Excellent faculty, facility and the very best Doctors in my opinion. It was and is very important that I get back to work quickly and their number one concern was restoring my ability to resume as many activities as possible and to live as limitless of a life as possible. To Drs. Carlson, McFarland, Sureja and your staff, you’re excellent providers when I couldn’t say anything but the best regarding your service and care.
I started seeing Doctor McFarland in 2005. He and the staff at OSC have always been wonderful!
I’ve had 2 surgeries, with success, and know my Degenerative Joint Disease and Arthritis will always be treated correctly at OSC!
I was born with many handicaps and I once had a doctor in Norfolk, but my back never was right. I had car accident and I was told Dr. Jeffrey Carlson was the best. He has done three back surgeries for me and I have to tell you, I won’t let anyone touch me but Dr. Carlson ! He is the best!
I have had two knee replacements and one hip replacement and the other doctors at OSC did them. People ask me, “Cindy, how do you even move with all the rods and equipment ?” I tell them “go see these doctors and if you have back problems, go to Dr. Carlson. He has the hands of a angel and GOD gave him a gift!”
Whenever something happens, they get you right in for an appointment. All the staff are so kind. Take my advice and go to this office, you will not be sorry. I mean what I say, I tell everyone to go there.
I also want to give credit to the pain doctors also, because they are so nice. Dr. Raj Sureja.
You can’t do better than OSC. Thank you for letting me speak.
I am a 69 year old male and my name is Harry Szczutkowski. I had to have neck surgery done in which my disc had to be replaced. I have been blessed in a way, that when I needed them, I have found the best doctors in their fields.
Dr. Mark McFarland is right up there among the top of the list. His skills as a surgeon are first class and he has compassion, and is positive and caring. He is on top of the playing field.
I would like to take this time to thank you, Dr. McFarland, and may God bless.
Dr. Mark McFarland is a great doctor. He takes the time to listen to you and addresses the issues at hand. Talks to you in plain English, so medical terms are not for me to go home and google. Very impressed!
What did I enjoy the most about my experience at OSC? The nurses were great! Dr. McFarland was awesome! Just knowing what is wrong with me and having the ability to try and fix it…awesome!
I was very impressed with results of my procedure with Dr. Mark McFarland. Everything he told me concerning my recovery was spot on! I could notice weekly, sometimes daily improvement during recovery.
I would totally recommend Dr. McFarland and OSC to anyone seeking relief from spinal injury or degeneration. What I enjoyed most about my treatment with him were the positive results! Raymond Adams
Dr. Mark McFarland was awesome. He understood my problem and has ordered an MRI to find out why I am experiencing severe back pain. Thank goodness I found the right doctor that wants to help me right away.
For many reasons…this practice is by far more professional than other offices I have been to. Everyone there is on the same page as far as courtesy, speed, and professionalism. This was my first visit to see Dr. McFarland. First impressions ARE very important and lasting :).
I have had lower back pain for a long time. It was manageable at first, but then it started causing increasing pain making it difficult even to drive. Dr. Mark McFarland prescribed medication and a 4 week course in physical therapy.
Dr. Tom Toothaker, DPT was in charge of my therapy. He had me do a series of exercises concentrating on my particular problem. Two sessions a week for 4 weeks and my back doesn’t hurt as much anymore. I am doing daily exercises at home and hopefully soon all the pain will be eliminated. I want to add that Dr. Toothaker and his staff treated me extremely well and explained every exercise and why I was doing it. I would highly recommend OSC’s Physical Therapy Center to anyone who needs therapy.