I had chronic back pain due to a herniated disk for 16 years due to an injury as a teen. Fortunately, for the longest time, I was able to manage the pain with physical therapy and chiropractic care. I live a very active lifestyle that includes distance running, golf, boxing, weightlifting and playing with my two energy-filled Australian Shepherd dogs.
In early 2018, the pain that I had felt time and time again was suddenly much worse. I attempted the forms of treatment that had previously demonstrated positive results, but to no avail. I had seen a chiropractor for a couple of months, but I was not getting the results that I was hoping for. After spending each day and night on my living room floor for three months, I sought care from an Orthopedic doctor in town. He was great! We tried a spinal injection in hopes that it would prevent a surgical procedure. Unfortunately, it was not successful. He was wonderful and referred me to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at OSC, as he no longer performs spinal surgeries.
The first time that I met Dr. Carlson, he was honest, direct, and straightforward, which I appreciated. I asked him if he was in my situation (as we were looking at my MRI) what he would do. I never felt pressured as he recommended a spinal fusion to fuse L3, L4, L5. I was sold. From that day forward, I could not have asked for a better experience. The attention, care, and responsiveness from the OSC staff and Dr. Carlson was second to none throughout the entire process. The day of surgery, I walked out of the hospital and felt like I was 15 years old again. (See attached x-ray image of my lumbar fusion)
As I write this testimonial, I am five months post-surgery, and I feel great. There is nothing that I want to do that I cannot do. The pain is non-existent, my range of motion is greater, and my quality of life is as it should be. I am running, working out, and I can assure that when the weather warms up, I will be on the golf course. I followed the doctor’s orders and went through Physical Therapy with OSC’s Dr. Jamie Swale and Victoria Skay, LPTA. They were wonderful as well!
I could not be more grateful for Dr. Carlson and the OSC staff. Do not try to suffer through the pain. Seek advice and wise counsel. I wish I would have met Dr. Carlson 15 years ago.
I went to OSC due to my hand’s tingling, having numbness, and extreme pain. I decided to stay with OSC and go to their Physical Therapist. Dr. Paige Tretter did acupuncture and I began my treatments with the center. After a few weeks, the pain in my hand began to ease. The tightness in my shoulder began to loosen and was able to strengthen the muscles with physical therapy and at the gym. I would recommend OSC to all my family and friends.
OSC Physical Therapy has an outstanding team (Jim, Josh, Audrey, Zack, Rachel) to help you resolve any orthopedic issues you might be having. They care and focus on meeting your needs. They are dedicated to ensuring your success.
My name is Rosalind Greenaway. I would like to say “thank you” to Dr. Paige Tretter and her staff at OSC Physical Therapy Center for the exceptional care given to me over the past three weeks. The personnel were knowledgeable, respectful and quite caring and I really appreciate the quality of service I received. I am very satisfied with the outcome.
I had been having back issues for about 15 years. I had been getting various treatments for primarily severe pain associated with muscle spasms, which was caused by spinal bone movement. Injections worked to lessen the occurrences, but I still was concerned about the painful episodes happening. Basically, it was affecting my Quality of Life.
I had two MRI’s over a 14 month period and the images really helped to show the degradation of my condition over time and solidified my choice to go ahead and have the spinal fusion needed to fix the problem.
During that 14 months, I also sought advice from two other Dr.’s and they provided excellent input. I had a 3 level spinal fusion (S1 to L3) and Dr. Jeffrey Carlson did an excellent job. (See my post-surgical x-ray image to the left) His recommended recovery time and post surgery treatments were spot on. I am 8 weeks out from surgery now and have no restrictions. Physical Therapy is a good thing to do and I am currently doing that.
My lessons learned from this are that you are in control of what you do for your health. Use the data the Dr.’s provide and get advice from others. Dr. Carlson never pushed me to surgery, it was my decision and I am glad that I did it now. Again, the surgery went well and his team, the hospital staff and the PT team were fantastic. Thanks for improving my Quality of Life.
Dr. Jamie Swale and Fred Wintermantel, LPTA, did a wonderful job with my therapy. I had a hip replacement and was very much in need of therapy. They were professional and knew how to motivate me to improve. I actually looked forward to going to therapy, as I always felt better afterward. I sincerely appreciate their hard work with me. The whole staff was friendly and helpful. I would recommend them highly. Dr. Swale and Fred, thank you!
I just completed rehab for my right shoulder reverse replacement surgery. Dr. Martin Coleman of Orthopaedic and Spine Center (OSC) in Newport News was my surgeon.
I did my physical therapy at OSC under Dr. Tom Toothaker. Dr. Toothaker designed a therapy program for me and monitored it closely, often leading me through the entire session himself. He and the entire staff were very supportive in helping me achieve goals. The PT assistants and others made sure I followed the regimented program at every session. The folks at OSC PT are professional, very knowledgeable, friendly, and caring people, who had my full confidence. Besides Dr. Toothaker, I was ably assisted by Rachael, “J,” Victoria, Zach. Max, Audrey, and Josh. I can whole-heartedly recommend these terrific folks for anyone needing any kind of physical therapy. In fact, I have just started therapy for improving my balance, which has affected me for years following a bad fall.
Sheridan (Butch) R. Barringer
Newport News, Va.
I was experiencing severe lower back pain, and could not stand straight. I could only get relief lying flat on the floor. I tried chiropractic care, heat, cold, and electrical stimulation. Nothing worked. I saw an orthopedic specialist who referred me to Physical Therapy Clinic at the Orthopaedic & Spine Center.
After a few therapy sessions with Dr. Cody Leeworthy and exercising at home, I was standing straight and pain free.
I am so thankful for Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and his team at OSC.
I had a previous back surgery on the L4/L5 region (lower back) with screws and had discomfort from the start. When asking the doctor about it he said “if your not in pain don’t worry about it”. I put up with the discomfort, the clunking feeling when turning from side-to-side until I started getting sharp pains in my hip area. When I went back to my doctor, he decided I just needed physical therapy and steroid shots. I did that for a while, with no relief.
That’s when I decided to get a second opinion from Dr. Carlson and found that the disks above and below my L4/L5 region were slipping. We scheduled surgery, he removed the screws from my previous surgery, that to him seemed “a weird way of doing it”, and I couldn’t feel better. I did physical therapy after surgery and passed with flying colors. As long as I keep up the exercises to rebuild my core muscles and loosen my leg muscles, I should be back to normal (which is different for everyone…lol) in no time at all.
Thank you Dr. Carlson and your staff for the professionalism and courtesy shown to me. There was never a dumb question to ask and they were always helpful. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for help with back issues.
It’s my absolute pleasure to recommend Dr. Paige Tretter at the OSC Physical Therapy Center. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in therapy with Dr. Tretter and the Therapy Techs that she assigned to help me in my therapy. Dr. Tretter’s expertise in therapy is a huge advantage to the entire office. Dr. Tretter has always been an absolute joy to work with in my healing process. Always positive, smiling and kind.
Dr. Tretter and the therapy techs work as true team players with all patients, giving us an positive outlook even when we thought we could not do an exercise, but we did. Dr. Tretter and Therapy Techs won’t let you say you can’t. Oh, yes you can! And we did prevail! I am going to miss that family atmosphere at the Physical Therapy office. Dr. Tretter said you can always drop by and say hello. You can believe I will.
I have arthritis in both knees, my left knee was where I could barely get around, was in a lot of pain and could not lift or move on the left side. After my therapy at OSC, I feel great, more mobile, not depressed and very positive. I will follow all the exercises that I learned to keep myself mobile.
Regina D. McCallum