Lewis Downs – Non-surgical treatment for knee pain (arthritis)

About eight years ago, I had surgery to replace my left knee joint at a practice in another city. Six months later, the joint failed and I had to have it done all over again. At the time, I was told that my right knee would likely need to be replaced at some point in the future as well.

Having had the bad experience that I did, I was very reluctant to have the right knee looked at when it started giving me troubles after a recent airline flight home. I asked a doctor at another specialty practice  in Newport News to recommend an orthopedic surgeon to me. He suggested Dr. Boyd Haynes. Appreciatively, he was able to see me on relatively short notice. I made the appointment and fully expected that he would tell me that the time had come for surgery on my right knee.

To my surprise, he recommended a course of oral medication, one prescription and two over the counter medicines. The Rx medicine took about a week to calm the inflammation in the joint, and the combination of over the counter pain med and the glucosamine/chondroitin worked together to enable me to reengage in the activities that I enjoy, but which I could not do after the recent flare up. These include about 45 minutes on the elliptical daily and riding my bike.

At 64, I am appreciative to Dr. Haynes for his suggestions to avoid surgery and still provide a solution to my knee pain. I feel that I am back to my normal routine again and the whole matter was resolved in about a month. I may need the surgery at some point in the future, but, for now, I am just as glad that I do not. I am grateful to Dr. Haynes and his advice.

Lewis Downs

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

Kelvin Anderson – Jiffy (Direct Anterior Approach) Hip Replacements

I’ve been active since my early teen years. My father kept me active in scouting, and being outdoors, active. I became a pretty accomplished martial artist, a, 2:45:01 marathoner, and later fell in love with cycling, and riding with several groups on weekends, active.

I developed a weakness in my left hip after long runs, and the heel of my right riding shoe begin to gently touch the side of my bike frame while on bike rides. All of this occurred while having a very successful career as a Firefighter/EMT still able to go into fires and perform at a high level. I was also still able to run about 60 miles a week, until bilateral discomfort was the beginning of everyday. My activity level crashed and burned over a two year period, and on some days, each and every step could be painful.

I decided to see my primary physician for recommendations other than medication, and he recommended the Orthopaedic & Spine Center, and Dr. Boyd Haynes. Prior to my first visit with Dr. Haynes, I had the privilege of reading through several testimonials from people whose lives had been changed from different surgical procedures performed by Dr. Haynes. I think I psychologically begin to heal then, with the hope that I would be a candidate for something to rid me of this hip pain.

I left my first visit with Dr. Haynes with an entirely different outlook on life, thoughts of walking around at outdoor jazz festivals, visiting museums with cousins, walking and sleeping pain free.

Dr. Haynes performed two hip replacement surgeries on me. I had my left hip done early January of this year, and my right hip in late April. I was in the hospital for both surgeries 5:30 am and home by 1:00 pm that day. Dr. Haynes thoroughly explained from start to finish every aspect of the procedure, even up to the point to where I could possibly get back on my bike again.

Today, I am absolutely pain free. I have very slowly started to increase my activity level, life is good. I can honestly say that Dr. Haynes, and the staff involved in both of my surgeries, were some of the most nice and professional people that anyone can come in contact with. Thank You, Dr. Haynes, for giving me the opportunity to pursue more dreams.

Kelvin Anderson

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Barb Abraham – Physical Therapy

I just wanted to commend the Physical Therapists Jamie Swale and Tom Toothaker, Victoria Bartnikowski, PTA and the intern Jamey (whose last name I also don’t know) for treating me.  My last P.T. experience at another facility was a disaster. My pain increased and I ended up on a cane. This time, my treatment made me better, and the exercises I received for at home will help me be pain-free and also increase my strength. Thanks to everyone for a great experience!

Barb Abraham

Becky Brown – Lumbar Spine Fusion – Multiple Levels

Thank you to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and the whole staff at OSC (Tanya, Kaye, Jim (PT), Zach (PT Tech), to name a few).

After a year of medicines, PT, injections and continued pain, I finally had my L2-4 fusion in February. Dr. Carlson followed my spine progress over time and told me, “You will let me know when it’s time.” I found his approach to treatment very refreshing, as many doctors will jump to surgery at the drop of a hat.

As a Personal Trainer and the Employee Health & Wellness Coordinator for the City of Suffolk, it was devastating for me to not even be able to walk on a treadmill for 15 minutes without crying in pain. So, it was time… When I awoke in the recovery room, I felt immediate relief from sciatica, groin and leg pain. I thought to myself, “He fixed me again!”

See… Dr. Carlson also fused my C5-7 about 5 years ago with great success. He also successfully fused my husband’s L4-S1 in 2015. Both he and I can now do any activity we want. I even walked a 5K two months after this surgery!

In my profession, I see a lot of spinal disease & injury. I educate others by sharing my story of how bad things can get and how having the right doctor makes all the difference. I refer everyone I know to Dr. Carlson. He is a true miracle worker. Thank you again, Dr. C!

Becky Brown

Elizabeth Pendleton – Rotator Cuff Surgery

I have nothing but good to say about OSC, I see 3 doctors there and they all are amazing! However, today I am going to tell you about my rotator cuff surgery and Dr. Martin Coleman.

I went for an exam in early February. I was in a lot of pain. He took one look at me and scheduled my surgery for February 17. I went to surgery, dreading the next few months of recovery, as I had heard horror stories from a few people and I was nervous. Apparently, I had completely blown my shoulder out, which made me more apprehensive, but I had to get it fixed.

The surgery went off without a hitch! I had a nerve block that kept my arm feeling like something that belonged to someone else, but it only lasted 1 1/2- 2 days. The first few days, I took pain medicine and slept in a recliner, as I was kinda out of it. I went for a check up after a week. Doing okay.  Dr. Coleman and I had a talk, he said “do exactly what I tell you and it will get well in 3 months”.  I said “yes, that’s my job and I will follow your instructions to the letter”.

It seems from our conversation that many say that, but few follow through with it.  I did…he said arm lifts twice a day for 10 minutes and I set a timer to make sure I did enough. After the first month, I went to my appointment and he said “Great, you get an A+. Keep it up and come back in a month!!” I was very happy!  Oh yeah, I could lift a coffee cup and I could drive, but I didn’t feel ready, so only drove a couple of times. Now, I only had to wear the sling when I went out, but at home, I was free!

The next month went by and there I was, back to see Dr. Coleman.  I got an A++, but I had more freedom, and no sling! Also, I could lift things that weren’t crazy heavy. Basically, I’m back to about normal and I’m excited.

The next month, May 24th, I go back for my last visit and release. He did the measurements and I passed with flying colors. Yes, I’m back to normal and since I did exactly what Dr. Coleman told me to do, I am free. I did it all without going to Physical Therapy; all I did was follow directions and not cheat. I’m not saying it was fun, but it’s over in 3 months and I’m ready to go again.

Dr. Coleman, you’re the BEST! Thank you so much for making my experience a good one!

Elizabeth Pendleton

Ollie Tucker – Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Because of severe osteoarthritis, I was due to have shoulder replacement in 2015; however, I had to have another operation. I kept delaying having my shoulder done as long as I could.

Dr. Martin Coleman performed total shoulder replacement on April 14, 2017. It is now almost 8 weeks later and I really wish I had it done earlier. Dr. Coleman and his staff did a fantastic job.

With 4 weeks of Physical Therapy, I can now raise my arm up, extend to the side, comb my hair, etc. (almost full mobility). Thank you, Dr. Coleman. I now have two functioning arms, instead of one and a half (smile).

Ollie Tucker 

Nancy Walls – Reverse Shoulder Replacement

I started with steroid injections, with a sports medicine doctor, and physical therapy exercises at home 16 years ago for my right shoulder pain.

In the fall of 2016, I made an appointment with Dr. Boyd Haynes, with whom I had worked at RRMC PACU and who had performed carpal tunnel and trigger finger surgery on me. My shoulder had gotten worse with decreased range of motion and pain limiting some of my activities. He stated that neither he nor I would be satisfied with him doing a rotator cuff repair, as I had a large tear. He referred me to Dr. Martin Coleman. I went to OSC PT at that time.

I returned to Dr. Coleman in Feb. 2017, when I was ready for surgery. He did a reverse shoulder replacement on February 28. I was home and out of the sling two days later.

Both Dr. Haynes and Dr. Coleman are friendly, professional and caring doctors. I highly recommend them.

Nancy Walls

Barbara Thuma – Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management Program

One of the best things I’ve done for myself is attend Dr. Cal Robinson’s Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management course.  Learning to be mindful, coupled with daily meditation, leads to a relaxed state and greatly reduced arthritis pain.

Prior to the class, pain caused tension and unhappiness at the way I felt. Being relaxed and having the ability to move into that state at will, is life changing. Dr. Cal is the perfect facilitator for this course, and I’m grateful for how he led us through the entire program with such warmth.

I highly recommend this course to anyone, regardless of the source or level of their pain.

Barbara Thuma