Testimonials: - Dr. Martin R. Coleman

Sheridan(“Butch”) Barringer – Post Surgical Physical Therapy for Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Image of Tom Toothaker, DPTI just completed rehab for my right shoulder reverse replacement surgery. Dr. Martin Coleman of Orthopaedic and Spine Center (OSC) in Newport News was my surgeon.

I did my physical therapy at OSC under Dr. Tom Toothaker. Dr. Toothaker designed a therapy program for me and monitored it closely, often leading me through the entire session himself. He and the entire staff were very supportive in helping me achieve goals. The PT assistants and others made sure I followed the regimented program at every session. The folks at OSC PT are professional, very knowledgeable, friendly, and caring people, who had my full confidence. Besides Dr. Toothaker, I was ably assisted by Rachael, “J,” Victoria, Zach. Max, Audrey, and Josh. I can whole-heartedly recommend these terrific folks for anyone needing any kind of physical therapy. In fact, I have just started therapy for improving my balance, which has affected me for years following a bad fall.

Sheridan (Butch) R. Barringer
Newport News, Va. 

Sheridan (“Butch”) Barringer – Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery

I just completed rehab for my right shoulder reverse replacement surgery. Dr. Martin Coleman of Orthopaedic and Spine Center (OSC) in Newport News was my surgeon. He performed a very successful surgery with very little follow-on pain. Prior to the surgery, I was in constant pain with any movement of my right arm.

Sheridan (Butch) R. Barringer
Newport News, Va.

Regina D. McCallum – Physical Therapy for Arthritic Knees

Image of Dr. Paige TretterIt’s my absolute pleasure to recommend Dr. Paige Tretter at the OSC Physical Therapy Center. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in therapy with Dr. Tretter and the Therapy Techs that she assigned to help me in my therapy. Dr. Tretter’s expertise in therapy is a huge advantage to the entire office. Dr. Tretter has always been an absolute joy to work with in my healing process. Always positive, smiling and kind.

Dr. Tretter and the therapy techs work as true team players with all patients, giving us an positive outlook even when we thought we could not do an exercise, but we did. Dr. Tretter and Therapy Techs won’t let you say you can’t.  Oh, yes you can! And we did prevail!  I am going to miss that family atmosphere at the Physical Therapy office. Dr. Tretter said you can always drop by and say hello. You can believe I will.

I have arthritis in both knees, my left knee was where I could barely get around, was in a lot of pain and could not lift or move on the left side. After my therapy at OSC,  I feel great, more mobile, not depressed and very positive. I will follow all the exercises that I learned to keep myself mobile.

Thank You,
Regina D. McCallum

William Rowe – Shoulder Surgery

Image of Dr. Marty ColemanThis is my second shoulder that Doc Martin Coleman has repaired for me and I have been thoroughly satisfied both times.

William Rowe

Teresa Sullivan – Rotator Cuff Surgery

My name is Teresa Sullivan. I went to see Dr. Coleman back in October 2017 because my right shoulder hurt just about every time I reached behind me and when I did ordinary things, like buckle my seat belt or get dressed in the morning. The pain wasn’t awful, but consistent.I really liked how Dr. Coleman provided options for treatment and didn’t just “jump to surgery”. After reviewing the X-ray he had ordered, he recommended an injection (can’t recall the medication, but maybe cortisone) and told me that this would most likely provide relief if the cause is inflammation / arthritis. We scheduled a follow up visit for 2 weeks. Well, unfortunately for me, the injection provided no relief whatsoever, so he ordered an MRI to determine more precisely the cause.

He reviewed the MRI with me at my next visit and again, we discussed options. For me, there were really only two ~ Surgery now or down the road. The cause of my pain was due to bone spurs that were tearing the tissue in and around my rotator cuff. He was very thorough in explaining how my decision would impact my day to day living. I decided to move forward with the surgery, which was done mid-December.

Surgery was out patient and I went home from the hospital same day. Dr. Coleman’s follow-up appointments with me were informative and he was very straightforward about the things I needed to do in order to get well. I followed his instructions as thoroughly as possible and am delighted that his advice has proven to be the best. I was discharged from his care mid-March 2018, and of course, he said to reach out to him if I needed.

The recovery process he recommends for his patients is sound and simply outstanding. His bed-side manner is professional and I found him to be a very knowledgeable and caring physician. I would recommend Dr. Martin Coleman to anyone with similar physical needs

William Layton – Physical Therapy for a Broken Arm

Image of Tom Toothaker, DPT

Dr. Martin Coleman evaluated my broken arm and suggested physical therapy. Everyone in the OSC Physical Therapy department was extremely helpful and courteous. Dr. Tom Toothaker and his team were very through at each visit. The exercises were very beneficial. The discomfort in my arm was evacuated on each visit.

Thank you for your outstanding team. Special thanks again to Dr. Toothaker and his team for their excellent service in taking such good care of me.

William Layton

Robert Sullivan – Complex Shoulder Surgery

On July 4, 2017, I fell off a ladder and hurt my shoulder. I guess a 60 year old should have been a little more careful. As a veteran, I was driven to the Hampton VA Medical Center by my wife. When they confirmed there were no breaks, they scheduled me to see their orthopedic doctor in the first week in August and have an MRI conducted. It was here that the VA doctor said the damage was so severe that they did not have the expertise to repair my shoulder and did I have any civilian doctors I would like to see. I had heard many great things about Dr. Martin Coleman at OSC,  so I gave the VA his name. They told me that he would have to agree to take a VA patient. Within two hours, I received a call back that not only would Doctor Coleman agree to take me on as a patient, but I was scheduled to see him the next day.

After meeting Dr. Coleman and reviewing my MRI, I was scheduled for surgery to repair a completely torn rotator cuff, dislodged bicep/tricep muscles, and tendons that had completely rolled back.

After the surgery, Dr. Coleman told me the damage to my shoulder was so extensive and the repair so intricate, that he did not want me to even attempt any physical therapy for at least 90 days. He gave me a mobility exercise program that he wanted me to implement diligently. Perhaps the greatest post-surgery factor is that I had absolutely zero pain after the surgery. I did not even have the need for aspirin.

I am happy to say that today has been 90 days since the surgery and Dr. Coleman has given me a completely clean bill of health and to go back to my normal routines with a sense of care not to overdo anything.

I am so happy with Dr Coleman and the entire OSC staff. I can feel myself getting stronger and more mobile every day.

Robert Sullivan

Leata Ingle – 5 Star Review of Dr. Martin Coleman

Knowing that I was able to locate, schedule an appointment, and be seen by a great doctor is most important to me and Dr. Martin Coleman has extensive experience.

The staff at OSC was wonderful. They put my mind at ease when another practice that I went to previously, dropped the ball on a surgery I desperately need. Everything about my visit to OSC was wonderful.

Leata Ingle

Cynthia Payne – Spine Surgeries, Hip and Knee Replacements

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.

Cynthia Payne

John Johnson – Lumbar Fusion Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

I am currently a very healthy and still somewhat athletic seventy-two year old male. All my life, from high school until today, I have been physically active in some kind of sport or work out type exercising. In the past I have played football, wrestling, baseball, and long distance running. I have been a utility lineman, which requires extreme lower and upper body strength to climb poles. I was, before spinal issues, and currently am, a barbell strength lifter, which basically entails progressively lifting heavy weights at low (4-6) repetitions.

In 1993, I initially developed left side sciatica that manifested itself as pain and tingling down my left leg. The time period of several years immediately preceding this sciatica issue, I was doing a lot of long distance running, prepping for some half-marathons. This episode led to a surgery to repair a herniated L4-L5 disk, and all was well after that, but my long distance running, at my choice, pretty much ended. I then took up lifting weights off and on until today.

I began serious barbell strength training in 2015, which is very late for a man my age, but doable if the lifts are done correctly. Weight lifting is inherently unsafe, but lots of fun for those of us that choose to do it. I was also doing some short jogging runs along with that, although I shouldn’t have combined the two, simply because there is not enough muscular stress recovery time between the two activities. Some things you learn the hard way.

In the spring of 2016, I had shoulder surgery by Dr. Martin Coleman at OSC, due to an injury as a result of heavy bench pressing. Dr. Coleman gave me Percocet-oral for post-op pain, but I didn’t need it. I followed his post-op physical instructions and I healed very quickly, as far as normal shoulder use. It was a several months before I could lift heavy weights again using my shoulder. A year later and my shoulder is lifting heavy weights again. I was very happy with Dr. Coleman and the entire OSC staff.

While recuperating from the shoulder surgery, I was not lifting at all, so I started doing variable distance wind sprints from 10 yards up to 100 yards for cardiovascular training. This worked very well as far as great weight control and cardio endurance. A couple of months after shoulder surgery, I was back to heavy lifting (lower body only) again, except for presses that involved my shoulder. I was beginning to notice my glute area muscles were chronically burning, not during, but after my workouts. I thought that it was from doing heavy barbell squats requiring a quick push back and up from the hips coming up out of the bottom of the squat. Or, I wondered, if it was because of the wind sprints causing chronic glute inflammation. This went on for many months, I just dealt with it, and I then began feeling sciatica symptoms again.

By then, and because of Dr. Coleman, I was sold on the OSC doctors and I had decided to go see Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, since this was a lower body spinal issue. I had also started taking 1000 mg of Tylenol alternating every six hours with 1000mg of Ibuprofen for the pain. This worked pretty well, but I knew I couldn’t do that long term. I also had to find a comfortable sleeping position.

I knew as soon as I spoke to Dr. Carlson that he had my best lifestyle, physical and emotional health interests at heart. Dr. Carlson ordered x-rays of my lumbar area the first visit. They looked bad enough, and the subsequent MRI looked horrible to me. I had lumbar spinal stenosis in at least four different places and I don’t know how I was even walking, much less lifting heavy weights. It’s amazing what the human body can do even when it is broken down. Dr. Carlson was honest and to the point – we could try pain management or surgery. The surgery would require a complete lumbar L2-S1 fusion, and he was very encouraging that if I followed his instructions completely that I would heal properly and would be able to resume everything, including heavy weight lifting, that I wanted to do. I told him that I did not want to just manage the pain, I wanted my lower back fixed. I agreed to the surgery, which was done on 27 March 2017.

Before the surgery, Dr. Carlson and I established a post-op pain level management plan. I rated a pain tolerance level between 0-10 that I felt that I could tolerate. The surgery was extensive, I stayed one night at the hospital with a self administered pain IV, and went home the next day. Before he discharged me, he was going to give me percocet to take home, but I told him that didn’t work well for me based upon past experience. He asked me how the IV was working and I told him very well. He prescribed the same as the IV medication, except oral pill form. It worked extremely well, plus I slept well at night.

After the surgery, I immediately noticed that I no longer had any pain and tingling in my legs and feet. The only source of pain was in the area of the incision which was about eleven inches, covering my entire lumbar spine area. After about two weeks, the pain was to a level that I no longer needed any pain medication at all. At less than three weeks, I was driving again.

I also went to OSC Physical Therapy for three weeks and Dr. Amanda Jetty and her PT assistants are excellent as well. As of today’s date, 28 June 2017, I have already been back in the gym for several weeks and back to lifting fairly heavy weights again and steadily progressing in my strength. My life is back to normal and completely pain free.

As a result of my experiences with Dr. Coleman, Dr. Carlson and the entire OSC staff, I will continue to use their services for all of my spine and orthopedic issues and will recommend them to anyone seeking care within the entire realm of their services. Everyone, including the non-medical staff, which works in that practice has your best, pain-free health as their goal. I already have recommended Dr. Coleman and Dr. Carlson to several people whom I think could benefit from their medical expertise and services.

John Johnson