Testimonials: Pain Management

Michelle Georges – 5 Star Review of Dr. Raj Sureja – Interventional Pain Management

Image of Dr. Raj SurejaThe 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.

Michelle Georges

Danny Hilling – 5 Star Review of Dr. Raj Sureja – Interventional Pain Management

Image of Dr. Raj SurejaI 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.

Danny Hilling

Andrea Luke – Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain

Photo of Andrea Luke and Dr. SurejaMy 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!

Andrea Luke

 

Jarrod Burke – Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain Management Program

Image of Jarrod Burke and Dr. Cal RobinsonWhile 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.

Jarrod Burke

 

 

 

 

Robert Carpenter – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

Image of Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in the ORMy 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.

Robert Carpenter

May Horrocks – Pain Management

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson referred me to the OSC Pain Management Clinic and, having been there on a few occasions, I have filtered through most of the staff. Each and every time I have been there, it’s been a positive experience for me. All of the staff, from the reception area to the treatment areas, are professional, friendly and kind. The place is run like a well-oiled wheel.

May Horrocks

Mary Payne – Epidural Steroid Injections for Pain

I had arthritis in my spine so bad, it actually interfered with my daily activities. The pain was unbearable.

Dr. Boyd Haynes referred me to Dr. Raj Sureja, a Pain Management Physician at OSC. He gave me a shot of cortisone in my spine (epidural steroid injection) that has worked miracles. I am pain free.

Dr. Sureja is a dedicated physician and takes time to listen and talk about recommended medical procedures to relieve pain that are best for his patients. His bedside manner is professional and caring and allows ample time to answer all questions.

Thank you, Dr. Sureja, you are the best.

Mary Payne

Barbara Summers – Epidural Steroid Injections, Cervical Discectomy Surgery & PT

I injured my neck 30 years ago and lived with pain and numbness in my left arm, hand and neck every day. I went to multiple doctors, to include two other orthopaedic offices, and no one offered any help or relief until I visited Orthopaedic and Spine Center.

My first visit with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson offered me hope, he immediately explained why I had the pain and numbness and explained what my options were. I had cervical spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and an herniated nucleus pulposus.

I opted for cervical epidural injections with Dr. Jenny Andrus initially, as I feared having surgery. Dr. Andrus was wonderful and the injections helped for a while, just as Dr. Carlson explained.

After having the injections over a period of three years, I finally decided to talk with Dr. Carlson about surgery. He explained that, for relief of my diagnosis, I would require a cervical discectomy of my C 4-5 and C 5-6. He took the time to explain everything that I would experience and he eased my fears of having the surgery.

I had the surgery on December 6th, 2016, and immediately upon waking up from the surgery, the numbness in my left arm, hand, and neck was gone. I cannot remember the last time I had total feeling in my arm, hand and neck.

The pain that I experienced prior to the surgery was gone, Dr. Carlson was an angel. Dr. Carlson performing this surgery was the best decision I could have ever made, I feel like a new person. Prior to this surgery, I lived with pain every day of my life. I no longer have that pain. Thank you, Dr. Carlson!!! You are truly an awesome doctor and surgeon!!

After surgery, Dr. Carlson sent me to OSC Physical Therapy. I attended Physical Therapy for six weeks, under the care of Dr. Andrew Osowski and Fred Wintermantel. The Physical Therapy staff was awesome and I can now turn my neck and use my left arm fully again. Dr. Carlson and the OSC staff are wonderful.  I have recommended Dr. Carlson and OSC to many people and will continue to do so. Thank you again to Dr. Carlson and his staff, Dr. Andrus and her staff, and OSC Physical Therapy staff.

Barbara Summers

Lukeyseya L. Olatunja – Mindfulness for Chronic Pain

I was in a car accident 35 years ago. I died several times on scene and several times at the hospital. All of my bones from my waist down were broken and they said I would never walk or talk, if I lived. Thankfully, that was not the case. I am also an 18 year survivor of Stage 4 Inflammatory Cancer.

I struggle, but God and this Mindfulness class has helped my mind see the real point of life. I have learned how to help others, as well as myself, with this pain. Knowing this is something that I will always have to help me with the injuries I have had.

Lukeyseya L. Olatunja