I went to Dr. Mark McFarland for a back injury I sustained at work. He told me what he thought the cause was and that I should do Physical Therapy before considering surgery or other options. I 100% supported this decision.
The Physical Therapists I worked with did an awesome job helping figure out what worked and what didn’t. The facilities and equipment was state of the art. The staff is very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. And the best part is I felt like Dr. Jamie Swale and Fred Wintermantel were my friends. I hope to see them again, but not in these circumstances.
I would recommend OSC to anyone with an injury or needing physical therapy. Thanks again Dr. McFarland, Jamie, Fred, and everyone else who helped me.
BEST PAIN MANAGEMENT PHYSICIAN- 5 STARS!
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!
There is no way I can praise Dr. Tom Toothaker and his wonderful staff for the outstanding work they do. (And, no, we’re not related!) In 6 or 8 weeks, they were able to reduce the pain in my back and leg by at least 80 to 90 percent. In fact, I was able to take a half-mile walk yesterday AND ENJOY IT!!!! (Something I haven’t been able to do for years!) In fact, I feel as though I have been given a whole new lease on life.
I especially want to thank Josh Hancock and Fred Wintermantel for helping me go beyond my “self-imposed” limitations and restoring my self confidence.
I would very-highly recommend the OSC Physical Therapy program to everyone I know. I have found their entire staff to be considerate, dedicated, and extremely competent.
Rudolph J. Pazdernik
My knees had been bone-on-bone for some time. I had tried gel and cortisone injections when I lived in Florida. Surgery worried me; the surgery itself, fear of uncontrolled pain, the rehab and the downtime. Dr. Jenny Andrus, Pain Management Specialist at OSC, provided another option: nerve blocks. These did give me temporary relief and the time I needed to come to grips with having knee replacement surgery.
Dr. Boyd Haynes, also with OSC, was totally prepared for my questions about knee replacement. I immediately felt more at ease about the surgery. I did the recommended strengthening exercises prior to surgery. I know this helped me in rehab.
Both of my knee replacements were done as outpatient. Dr. Haynes’ post surgery orders provide for exceptional pain relief. The idea of standing up on a new knee 1-2 hours after surgery is unbelievable, but I did it and was comfortable!
The evening after surgery, Dr. Haynes called to check on me. I have never had a doctor do that…His office called the next day to check again!
I am still rehabbing the 2nd knee. But it is amazing to be able to get out of a chair, walk and stand for extended periods without pain. Now, I kick myself for waiting so long to have knee replacement.
I am forever grateful to Dr. Haynes, Dr. Andrus and the entire OSC team for their expertise and care.
I love OSC and the doctors there. I see three OSC doctors, but I think I see Dr. Raj Sureja the most. I have a bad back and Dr. Sureja keeps my pain under control…I wouldn’t go anywhere else. The staff and Doctors are all top notch and use cutting-edge procedures. I always know that they have my best interest at heart!
Everything was top notch and so more professional than other pain clinics. The entire staff made me feel like family, which is something missing from many Medical organizations. What I liked best about my visit to OSC, was interacting with your staff, all of them, from administrative staff to Dr. Raj Sureja!
The staff at OSC were warm and welcoming. Dr.Raj Sureja and his nurse have a good relationship, marked by humor and respect. I was impressed by the time the doctor took with me and plan of care.
The X-Ray folks had a new machine and were working through it with great teamwork and humor – they had a student with them who was clearly being well trained.
This group took time and despite my “severe” i.e., aging spine issues, I liked that Dr. Raj noted that I do NOT have a back ache, because the pain came on acutely and has hung around for a year, so it might be something other than spine in origin and he is going to help me out.
They all worked as a team, from the reception staff to the physician. This is the hallmark of a successful practice. I was impressed with the whole gang! I didn’t have to wait an hour! Everyone was very friendly.
I am very pleased with the service that I receive at OSC. The staff that greets you on the second floor, prior to your procedure, are fantastic, very courteous and professional. Dr. Raj Sureja and his nurses are also courteous and very professional. They provide outstanding customer service…and also, procedures that help alleviate my pain.
My name is Andrea Luke. I am a mother of two and a registered nurse. I injured my back at the age of 32 when lifting a patient at work. I spent many years in pain.
My injury resulted in five spine surgeries, many tests and countless procedures. My last surgery was a four level fusion that stopped any further deterioration, but left me with chronic pain. I became unable to work as a nurse. Everyday tasks were difficult and I missed out on many activities with my children. In addition to nursing, I loved to ski, mountain bike, hike and scuba dive, all of which I could no longer do. Medications helped my pain but did not take it away completely. Plus, I never felt like myself when taking the meds.
I found Dr. Raj Sureja and he worked with me to combat my chronic pain. We tried injections and epidurals, but I did not get sufficient relief. He suggested a spinal cord stimulator and after a while, I finally agreed. My neurostimulator was a complete success. I now take no medication whatsoever. I work full-time as a high-risk Labor and Delivery Nurse in Norfolk and I live a full, active and PAIN FREE life. Neurostimulation was a complete game changer for me. Thank you, Dr. Sureja!
While in my twenties, I had a work injury at the Newport News Shipyard and hurt my lower back. I’ve tried pretty much every treatment for my back, including two spine surgeries. I’ve gotten steroid epidural injections at OSC and while they helped, the pain never goes away. My wife heard about the Mindfulness for Chronic Pain Management Program at OSC, with Dr. Cal Robinson, on the radio and she basically made me attend.
I learned about meditation and breathing in the class and I stuck with it. Dr. Robinson helped me to understand how Mindfulness works. About halfway through the class, I realized that by using the techniques he taught, I could bring my pain down from a Level Seven to about a Level Three in just a minute, thirty seconds. It is incredible that I can do this by focusing my attention on my breath and by breathing deeply.
I was so impressed by the positive effects of Mindfulness on my pain, I continued to study after the class was over. I wanted to take all of what I had learned and to pay it forward to others. I now teach Mindfulness, have become a Reiki Master, and teach qi gong, pronounced “Chi kong”, which is a form of walking meditation, and Tai Chi. I created my own meditation CD, set to music, so that others can purchase or download the meditations from Spotify. I have started my own business called It’s Your Journey, to help others learn how to positively change their lives for the better through Mindfulness, Meditation and other principles.
This journey of mine started because I learned a better way of dealing with my pain. I am grateful to Dr. Robinson for giving me the tools I needed to live a better life.