Testimonials: Open MRI

Ben Poter – Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections

After my knee surgery, I started having lower back pain ,which I have experienced in the past. So, again I went to see Dr. Snyder, still in 2013 , and after x-rays and an MRI, it was determined I had Spinal Stenosis, Spondylosis and Sciatica. I have had pinched nerve pain, but it was many years before this diagnosis. I didn’t want to go thru back surgery unless I had to, so my next step was to see Dr. Jenny Andrus to receive Epidurals on each side of my spine in the L-3 and L-4 area.

I went thru these Epidurals two or three times a year, until 2021, when the Epidurals no longer provided the pain relief I needed . Dr. Andrus is a very caring and excellent doctor. I would definitely recommend OSC and any of the doctors I saw during my eight year journey. I now consider OSC my one stop shop for joint pain.      Ben Poter


Clarence Meadows – Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Dr. Martin ColemanWhile playing golf, I noticed a recurring pain in my shoulder. It became more and more agonizing. I decided to see Dr. Martin Coleman and he ordered an MRI scan, where he found my already repaired right shoulder joint was deteriorated from arthritis . He informed me that the joint would would need a replacement.  On March 9, I had the surgery.

It is now three months later and I have not had any pain since the 2nd day after surgery. I have strengthened the joint, now swing a golf club, and I’m cutting the grass around my bee hives. If you are hesitant about surgery, with Dr. Coleman, his staff and with physical therapy, you could have the same results. Please remember you are responsible to follow the Dr.’s directives and the prescribed physical therapy.

Clarence Meadows

Jen P – Treatment for Chronic Pain

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I have suffered with nagging pain issues for 13 years & seen nearly every physician who handles pain from Va. Beach to Richmond. Treatments that I have tried are listed on a page of loose leaf paper, front & back, to include many treatments outside of insurance. I received temporary relief from many, but nothing lasted. Thousand of dollars later and endless hours, I was ready to give up.

I am so thankful to Dr. Raj Sureja for changing my life and quickly. We are blessed to have this competent physician in the area. What makes him different? He is a highly intelligent physician who excels at listening, making an accurate diagnosis, ordering the proper imaging & builds a solid plan for treatment.

Dr. Sureja predicted my diagnosis in under 2 minutes and it was later confirmed through an MRI. He understood me when I told him I’d been through everything, did not want any type of pill, and needed something different. Pain does not always generate from where one feels it. All others wanted to inject where I hurt and I never got any lasting relief.

Dr. Sureja runs on time, is thorough and extremely organized. His office is among the most well run I’ve ever experienced. I have been in the medical field for 2 decades, in addition to being a patient at many practices. When he orders imaging, it’s seen through on the spot. Before you walk out the door, an insurance authorization has been obtained, imaging scheduled & a follow-up appointment made. You don’t get a call weeks later or have to call to see if your paperwork has been lost somehow.
Look no further, he is simply THE BEST!

Jen P

John L. Henderson – Treatment for Sports Related Injuries

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesDr. Boyd Haynes first treated me in 2012 for a torn meniscus; an injury that drastically affected my lifestyle and daily schedule. Dr. Haynes diagnosed the injury and explained the nature and severity of the tear, then recommended a course of action for performing a procedure to repair the tear. But then Dr. Haynes did something I was not ready for, something I had not previously experienced from a physician or surgeon…he asked me what I thought was best for me…how did I want to proceed? That might not seem like a big deal, but to me it meant the difference between a physician who treats an injury and a physician who treats a person…an individual.

Since that time, Dr. Haynes has treated me multiple times for other sports-related injuries and performed surgeries and procedures using the same professional AND personal approach. I always find that the staff at OSC is professional, prompt, and thorough in their processing of my visits. I typically take advantage of the new Check-In kiosk which provides me with the option to avoid the normal check-in line, and I believe results in a more efficient check-in process. Thinking back to the numerous times I have visited the OSC complex, whether it be the main physicians’ complex or the MRI facility, I have never had to wait more than a few minutes before being called back to an examination room, and I cannot remember a visit where I waited more than the same few minutes before being seen by the treating physician or other staff member.

I would like to say that I will never again have reason to be treated for orthopedic injuries or conditions in the future, but I am certain that I will. And because of the wonderful care and treatment I have received over the past many years from Dr. Haynes and the staff at OSC, I will not hesitate to trust them with my well-being.

I would like to personally thank Dr. Haynes for his care for me over the years. I have and will continue to recommend his services to family and friends. I consider him more than my orthopedic physician…I consider him as a friend.


John L. Henderson

Robert Lockhart – 5 Star Rating/Review for Dr. Mark McFarland

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 :).

Robert Lockhart

Sherzod Teshabaev – Multi-Level Lumbar Fusion


I work for Ringling Brothers Circus on the acrobatic equestrian team called the Cossack Riders, started by my family members.

I injured myself while lifting ramps for work and had to have lower back surgery. A few weeks later,
I developed pain in my leg and foot which was really bothering me.  The circus was in Hampton, VA, so I came to see Dr. Jeffrey Carlson who was recommended as a spine specialist. He ordered an MRI to see what was going on with my spine.  Dr. Carlson said that I had another disc herniation and that fusion surgery would fix the problem, but I could continue with conservative treatment if I wished.  I decided to have the surgery.

I am now back at work.  I sent this video so that you could see me in action.  This is what I do every day on the job.  Thank you, Dr. Carlson, for fixing my back and getting me back in the saddle!

For more information on the Cossack Riders at Ringling Brothers Circus, click here: http://www.ringling.com/out-of-this-world/cossack-riders/

Kenny Meekins – Multi-level Lumbar Spinal Fusion

My name is Kenny Meekins. I am a retired high school baseball coach and athletic director from Manteo, NC. For the last 5 years, I have experienced low back pain.

After retiring in Jan. 2016, I imagined my retirement being very active. The more active I tried to be, the more pain I started to experience. Riding a bike, walking, and playing golf became more difficult as the sciatica pain in my left leg became more excruciating. I started looking for a Doctor in August of 2016 to find my source of pain. A college teammate of mine suggested Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at Orthopaedic and Spine Center. I was amazed at how fast Dr. Carlson’s office set up my appointment.

My first visit was in October, and after x-rays and a MRI, Dr. Carlson informed me of the source of my pain that was coming from the L-4,L-5, and S-1 in my lower back. After being given the option of surgery or an epidural shot (which would have been a temporary fix), I chose the surgery. Dr. Carlson performed a spinal fusion on Nov. 29th,2016.

The idea of this surgery did make me quite nervous , but I was assured by Dr. Carlson that I would be able to resume my normal activities in 6 to 8 weeks. Sure enough, by my 6 week post surgery visit, I was walking 2 miles in the morning and 2 miles in the afternoon. By 8 weeks post surgery, I am still walking 4 miles a day and back to the weight room doing resistance work. The most fulfilling part is that I am now pain free.

After years of Advil and sleepless nights, I have my life back. I highly recommend Dr. Carlson and his staff for anyone dealing with orthopaedic pain. God bless him and his staff.

Kenny Meekins

Willard Ahlman – Open MRI

I am 62 Years old and had my first MRI today. Pam Simmons was AWESOME! Made me feel comfortable, explained it all, helped me in and out of my wheelchair, and just overall seemed happy and was very pleasant. Another great experience at OSC! (My first visit with Dr. Carlson was great!) Again, I am so glad that my PCP, Denise Chernitzer recommended OSC!