I’ve struggled for a couple of years with lower back pain. After seeking treatment with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, I’ve finally reached a place where my pain is nearly gone. We tried a variety of non-invasive options first. Cortisone shots, x-ray guided epidural shots and of course, physical therapy. I had finally arrived at surgery as the best option.
I was hesitant at first. I wasn’t comfortable about surgery on my spine, but I went through with the procedure . Wow, was I nervous for nothing. I had the procedure done and was home the same day.
I had minimal pain for the first several days , but by the time I returned to have stitches removed around day 10 of post-op, I was pretty comfortable. Then, of all things, I played 18 holes of golf after six weeks post-op with great success (not golf, but surgery).
Dr. Carlson and his team are fabulous professionals who want to get their patients back to enjoying life. I’m forever grateful for the care I received.
Dr. and Mrs. Martin Coleman getting ready for shoulder surgery in the OR
Rotator Cuff Surgery is not a simple process. I had surgery on left shoulder in 2015 and now the right shoulder in 2022. My left shoulder was a complete success. I have zero pain and complete flexibility. Dr. Coleman performed the surgery and Dr. Carlson was my caretaker before, and after the surgery in 2015 and 2022. I am about 4 months plus out from the 2022 surgery.
I have done home physical therapy and 2 months of commercial physical therapy.. Even though I went 3 times a week for therapy, it took me a while to realize that I really needed to do it at home on the between days. At first I thought that their therapy was all that was needed, even though they told me to do it at home. I figured that was what I was paying them for. LOL. It was when I started doing therapy at home, and in the facility that I really noticed improvement.
The improvement/mobility is very slow. At first I could barely reach bottom of steering wheel. It was weeks before I could reach the top. And that seat belt was a painful challenge. Real success was when I could get my sunglasses out of the car ceiling compartment. The first weeks were difficult as I could barely bath myself. Getting that other arm pit was very hard, but had to be done, otherwise stinky pits.. Drying my back after the shower was a struggle. A very supportive wife was very helpful. I found summer surgery better/easier than winter surgery. In winter surgery, you still have to deal with getting coats off and on, a real pain. Even though I am four months out from surgery, I know that I am not where I want to be in terms of flexibility or strength. I do my own therapy two times a day and sometimes in-between. I also found it difficult to not lift things that were heavier than Dr. Coleman wanted me to. Coffee cup first, then dinner plate, etc.
In summary, the surgery by Dr. Coleman was pretty easy as I had to do nothing but show up. It’s the therapy afterwards that was a “pain”. Oh, by the way, sleeping those first weeks were very difficult. I slept on the bed, the couch, the recliner or anywhere I could get comfortable. I also discovered that sleeping with a thin pillow under the surgery area was extremely helpful.
PS: Wiping your butt was a learning process too if the surgery was done on your predominate hand. LOL
Hoyt Davenport, Jr
For years, I have heard horror stories about failed spinal fusions and how some patients were never able to walk again after the procedure, so I was very hesitant to agree to any type of spinal surgery. However, I had cervical fusion, performed by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson several years ago, which was a total success and with no complications or symptoms since that time.
After spinal x-rays and a subsequent MRI confirmed significant narrowing of the lower spinal canal which was causing significant pain and weakness, Dr. Carlson recommended L3-5 lumbar fusion. He and his office staff fully explained the procedure as well as what to expect in the postoperative recovery period as well as possible complications. His staff, especially Trish, his scheduler, provided very clear written instructions and expectations for how long recovery might take. She made all the arrangements in advance for post-op visits by home health care and initial physical therapy and provided the necessary back brace and walker, even before the surgery, so it would be available as soon as I left the surgical center. They did not “sugar coat” the postop pain but assured me that it would be manageable (which it was, with minimal need for more than Tylenol after the first few days).
If anyone had told me that I would be walking a mile or more each day and able to drive after two weeks, I would not have believed them. I hope anyone who is contemplating this type of surgery will not hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Carlson, as his excellent skills have put me on the road to recovery months before I thought it was possible.
Name withheld at Patient request
I had a Right knee Replacement.
I worked with the following Physical Therapist and PTAs:
Tom Toothaker, DPT
Jonathan Lorusso, LPTA
Bill Richard, PTA
The Place was very clean and the equipment was wiped down after every patient. The whole staff was pleasant and helpful the entire time I was there.
I appreciate all the work they did with me. I am glad that I have finished my Physical Therapy but I will miss them all.
My right shoulder was gone and giving me a LOT of pain. After having Physical Therapy, the Doctor at OSC took a MRI of my shoulder. After reviewing the outcome of the MRI, my questions were – how do we fix this and how soon? I did not want to wait, putting off surgery would only make me older. I’m 73 and not getting any younger. That’s when the OSC staff took over and booked the surgery at the hospital. A few weeks later, Dr. Martin Coleman did a total reverse shoulder replacement.
After five weeks of Physical Therapy, I was able to swim two laps at the Recreational Center in Williamsburg. I could not swim two strokes before the surgery. Dr. Coleman advised me to do the therapy right after the surgery and follow all the advice of my physical therapist.
Pain was only a issue for two days after surgery. I stopped taking Percocet after two days and just used OTC meds after that. I’m not saying that I had no pain, but it was not that bad. You will have some pain with the Physical Therapy. That will also lessen everyday you do the exercises. My advice is, don’t put surgery off if you are a little on the older side.
The staff and Doctors at OSC are top shelf. Now, MANY THANKS to Dr. Martin Coleman for doing such a GREAT job on my shoulder. I’m sleeping better, working a little in my yard, and living life large. What could be better?
I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the phenomenal services of my Physical Therapist, Dr. Jaime Swale. She is the absolute best. I am a 70-year-old female that was suffering from a frozen left shoulder. My upper arm was immobile. She was extremely competent and professional and had me immediately performing exercises that I felt were far beyond my abilities. She was personable, readily listened and responded to my concerns, and adapted her plan to my needs. She and her assistant Joy are the Dynamic Duo.
Thank you so much for pushing me to my limits and helping me to progress smoothly. I sing your praises to my friends and family.
Thank you, Dr. John Burrow, for your thorough follow-up and services for my initial complaint of pain and stiffness in my left shoulder and upper arm. OSC provides you with wonderful services from knowledgeable, experienced, and above all, caring professionals!!
Cody Leeworthy, DPT
After shattering my humerus from a fall during a morning run in 2021, I received a total reverse shoulder replacement and was sent to physical therapy for rehab at OSC. Dr. Cody Leeworthy was my therapist during that time and he was extraordinary. Dr. Leeworthy was prompt, attentive, personable and showed genuine concern for my condition. He was very knowledgeable and explained everything to me in detail. All of my questions were answered and 10 months post-surgery, I believe my mobility is at 90%. I’m told this is amazing. I recommend Dr. Leeworthy to anyone seeking a physical therapist. He will not disappoint you.
In 2021, Dr. Martin Coleman and I opted for a total reverse shoulder replacement after I shattered my humerus from a fall during my morning run. As he termed it, it’s a “one and done” type of procedure, eliminating the need for potential follow-up surgeries. If choosing this surgery, it’s important to note and follow Dr. Coleman’s instructions completely.
Rehab was hard but worth it. After two months of physical therapy and continued exercise following that, I believe my mobility to be at 90% at 10 months post-surgery. I’m told this is amazing. I am back to running and strength training. Dr. Coleman was very straightforward and explained everything to my satisfaction. The operation was a complete success and I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Coleman to anyone considering shoulder surgery.
My name is Tyler Oaks. I’m a Junior at Eastern Mennonite University and I play on the Men’s Volleyball Team.
I want to share my story about shoulder surgery with Dr. Martin Coleman to help other young people, especially athletes, who may have an injury and are facing a period of uncertainty while they recover.
I was fortunate and had never been injured previously. But in my freshman year at college, my shoulder began hurting and it was affecting my volleyball. It hurt bad enough that I told my mom. Luckily, she works for Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Newport News, VA and she quickly got me in to see Dr. Martin Coleman, an Orthopaedic Shoulder Specialist with the practice. After x-rays, and exam and an MRI, Dr. Coleman diagnosed me with a SLAP tear and tear of the rotator cuff in my right shoulder, which would need surgery to repair. I had surgery in December of 2020.
Recovery took a very long time. I was out freshman year into sophomore year season of volleyball. To be honest, I developed a mild depression during those months of not using my shoulder and then months of stretches and Physical Therapy, wondering if I would ever come back enough to play volleyball again. But I did exactly what Dr. Coleman told me to do, I didn’t drive until he told me I could, and my mom said that you could set your clock by me doing my stretches every day, I was so faithful. I also worked closely with Dr. Jamie Swale, DPT at the OSC Physical Therapy Clinic for six months. She helped keep me motivated, emailed me exercises during COVID-19 when I couldn’t work with my trainers at school and pushed me when I wanted to stop. The communication was always there of what I should be doing and shouldn’t be doing between Dr. Coleman, Dr. Swale, and myself. After about six months, I got to go to volleyball practice, but was very limited in what I could do. Dr. Coleman did not want me to retear his great surgical work!
After a year of recovery, I am back on the court, playing, feeling brand new and my shoulder barely hurts at all. If I had to give any piece of advice to someone who is going through the same situation as I was, keep fighting and don’t give up; it’s about the end result, not always about what is happening right now. Don’t give up!
Cody Leeworthy, DPT
Dr. Cody Leeworthy, thank you for your caring and guiding my therapy after reverse shoulder replacement surgery. Thank you so much, Fred Wintermantel, LPTA, for your expertise and knowledge while working on my neck and especially after my shoulder surgery. You took the time to explain how the muscles are put together, work and knew just how much to push to get everything working again. My recuperation was complete and very uneventful.