Testimonials

James Walls – Physical Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Image of Dr. Cody LeeworthyI 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.

James Walls

Helen Beebe – Spine Surgery to Fix a Previous Spine Surgery

Image of Helen  Bebe and her husbandI 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.

Helen Beebe

Regina D. McCallum – Physical Therapy for Arthritic Knees

Image of Dr. Paige TretterIt’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.

Thank You,
Regina D. McCallum

William Hutchinson – Orthopaedic Treatment

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and Dr. John Burrow are the most genuine, professional, patient-friendly doctors. They are not the type to give you a couple of tablets and call them in the morning. They listen to all of your ailments and concerns and treat them, with compassion and understanding.

William Hutchinson

Cathy Gumtow – Pain Management and Knee Replacement Surgery

image of Dr. Jenny AndrusImage of Dr. Boyd HaynesMy 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.

Cathy Gumtow

 

Sarah Klapperich – Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

Numbness, tingling and shooting pain that felt like electric shocks in my fingers and hand. That was my daily experience. Diagnosis was carpal tunnel. When researching the condition, I read that allowing the nerves to continue to be compressed could cause permanent loss of feeling in my fingers. Time to go to the doctor.

A referral from my primary care doctor lead me to Dr. Boyd Haynes’ office at Orthopaedic & Spine Center, where surgery was scheduled. With his less invasive procedure, about 30 minutes was all it took.

I went home, armed with pain meds, and never had to take a single pill. When I worked my hand, as Dr. Haynes prescribed, it just felt a little sore, but no pain, no swelling in my fingers, no more numbness, no more shocking pains. The procedure left only a very small incision that did not require any stitches.

Two days after the procedure, I was able to shower.  After 8 days, at my follow-up with Dr. Haynes, he was satisfied with my progress, He encouraged me to try to use my hand as much as possible and resume my normal activities. It is nice to have full function of my hand again.

Thank you, Dr. Haynes and your staff at Orthopaedic & Spine Center (OSC) – you are all awesome!

Sarah Klapperich

Karen Hershberger – Multi-level Lumbar Spine Fusion Surgery

Image of Dr. Jeffrey CarlsonMy first encounter with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, a little more than a year ago, was to try and find relief for unrelenting low back pain. A previous primary provider had suggested that there was nothing wrong with me.

On the first visit, Dr. Carlson did X-ray’s and confirmed that the only thing he could do for me was surgery to fix my problems with my Lumbar 1-5, and Sacral spine . He set me up for pre-op tests,  told me why I needed the surgery and allowed for my questions. It was a lot of information to absorb, since I was not expecting to have surgery.

I read about Dr. Carlson in the flier in the office and felt that he was among the best. His pre-op nurse (I am sorry that I have forgotten her name), was also excellent and very reassuring. She told me what to expect, gave me pre-op instructions, for the day of surgery, what to expect as far as pain and pain management post-op. She was right on the mark, really severe pain the first six weeks, with pain management. She was so on the mark with that.  She was right and more pain management was given.

There was Physical Therapy at home for a couple of weeks.  The PT also gave me instructions. PT progressed better than ever expected, they were kind, as well as helpful. I graduated from home therapy ahead of schedule. The PT evaluator told me he never would have thought that I would progress that fast from the initial evaluation.

I had procured my durable medical supplies from a variety of sources. I was able to buy a brand new potty chair from a thrift store, as well as a new walker and shower chair. These were really reasonable ($10.00 to about $30.00). I did buy the elevated toilet seat. Get these supplies as soon as you find out about surgery, you will need them.

After graduating to the outpatient OSC Physical Therapy Clinic, and overcoming challenges with therapy, they got me back to functioning by myself and being independent.  My daughter was able to take off two weeks to care for me at home. That seemed to be the perfect amount of time, to have someone with you after surgery.

Thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, the Pre-Op Department and his other orthopaedic staff, my back has a new lease on life. I am very grateful to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and his expertise.

Donna Leslie – Multi-level Cervical Spine Surgery

I began having major pain in my right shoulder blade area while traveling in the fall of 2016. Once home, I saw my primary care physician who immediately ordered x-rays that revealed severe arthritis of the right side of my neck. Planning to manage arthritis for the rest of my life and refusing to use pain medications, I started physical therapy and began a regime of neck and shoulder exercises to keep my neck loosened up. The pain was manageable and life continued.

In early 2018, however, I began having numbness in my hands and asked my primary care physician for a referral to an orthopedic specialist. She referred me to OSC. I selected Dr. Jeffrey Carlson from website reviews. From the first appointment on March 27, 2018, I felt like I was in great hands. From the new x-rays taken at the time of my first appointment, an MRI was scheduled for the next week and I met with Dr. Carlson for the result the following week.

The MRI revealed severe cervical stenosis, with serious deterioration of levels C3, 4, 5, and 6. That wobbly feeling in my neck was exactly that. The physical therapy and neck exercises I had been doing were not only not helping, but were perhaps putting me at risk for paralysis. It was an immediate, easy decision to have cervical spine surgery.

Since the surgery (following the inevitable few weeks of recovery), I have been pain-free and have full range of motion of my neck. An amazing transition from believing I would have to live with pain and loss of motion in my neck forever, to being pain free and flexible. Throughout, Dr. Carlson and the staff of OSC were fantastic. OSC is run with impeccable, caring efficiency. A lifetime of thanks to Dr. Carlson and the entire staff! (P.S. Since my surgery, I have talked with several people who also had amazing life-changing results under Dr. Carlson’s care!)

Donna Leslie

Heidi Callas – 5 Star Review for Knee Treatment

Image of Dr. Boyd Haynes

Dr. Boyd Haynes is always so positive and funny. He makes me laugh before he has Chris inject my knees!!  Laughter seems to help in those stressful and painful situations.

I can’t think of anything that you can do to improve your practice.  What I enjoy most about coming to OSC is Dr. Haynes’ funny attitude. He really enjoys his work and that makes me trust him so much more.

Rusty Woods – Lumbar Microdiscectomy

Rusty Woods and Dr. Mark McFarlandI injured my spine lifting a small boat engine onto my boat, from a floating dock.   Twisting and turning, while lifting and lowering 60 lbs. of engine on a moving dock, may not have been the best idea.  All of a sudden, I felt a dull pain in my lower back that got worse the more I moved.  Soon, I had terrible pain down my left leg, buttock and thigh.  In another couple of days, horrible calf cramps and numbness in the foot and leg developed.  My leg also felt weak, like it was going to give out on me.  I drive a lot for my job as a financial advisor and driving caused pain.  Even sitting in a chair watching TV was uncomfortable. I was pretty miserable.  My wife made me an appointment at OSC.

I saw Dr. Mark McFarland, who ordered x-rays and told me that, based on my symptoms, he felt I had a disc herniation.   He prescribed oral steroids.  He also prescribed pain pills and muscle relaxers, which helped me sleep because I only took them at night.  He also ordered an MRI of my lower spine to find out if I had a disc herniation or some other spine problem. I had to wait three weeks before an MRI appointment was available.

The MRI showed a large disc rupture in my lower spine.  Dr. McFarland recommended an epidural steroid injection to help ease the inflammation.  I had the injection and it helped to ease the pain, numbness and cramping, enough to make it bearable, so I could work and get around.  Dr. McFarland told me the disc material was really pressing on my nerve and he was surprised I could walk and drive as well as I had been.  He recommended an outpatient surgery called a lumbar microsdiscectomy to remove the disc material pressing on the nerve.  I agreed that surgery was the best option to help me recover with the least amount of downtime from work. I wanted to fix the problem for good and feel better.

Dr. McFarland performed the surgery at Mary Immaculate Hospital. I felt immediate relief when I awoke from the anesthesia. After a few hours in recovery, I went home the same day. I had an easy recuperation period.  I wore my back brace, which didn’t bother me at all, most of the time, unless I was laying in bed sleeping.  The Home Health Nurse and the Physical Therapist that came to my house, both said that I was doing so great, they weren’t really needed. Again, I only took pain medication at night to help with sleep. I watched a lot of Netflix, snacked and got really bored. I felt so good, I just wanted to get out of the house.  After my two week check up, Dr. McFarland released me to drive and work, with just a few lifting restrictions.

In the three weeks after my surgery, almost all of my previous symptoms disappeared and soon went away completely.  It was incredible.  I know that people are afraid of spine surgery, but they shouldn’t be!  I would highly recommend Dr. McFarland to anyone with spine issues!

Rusty Woods