Testimonials: Open MRI

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!