Robert Thomas – Lumbar Spine Surgery

If you’re like me, you read reviews to assist in your decision. Had I done that for my first back surgery, maybe I wouldn’t have had post-surgery problems. However, I didn’t. So, I had complications (L4 & 5) that never healed. In addition, a new problem (L3 & 4) had arisen. I never considered returning to the first doctor (not with OSC). As a matter of a fact, that first experience made me very reluctant to having another back surgery. Pain, however, will make you reconsider.

So, I searched for another doctor, just for a consultation. Enter Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at OSC. I found Dr. Carlson to be extremely professional, courteous and very knowledgeable. We discussed the results of my MRI and options (to include conservative treatment, up to surgery). Even though the options seemed plausible, it was obvious that another surgery was inevitable. I expressed my concerns to Dr. Carlson. The hospital stay following the first surgery was three days – how long now? A week? I was out of work for two months the first time. How long this time? Four months? I don’t want to do it! No way! However, every concern that I expressed, Dr. Carlson allayed my fears with a supreme air of self-assuredness and medical facts that could not be refuted. He made me feel so comfortable that we agreed on the date for my surgery right then and there. I left his office that day knowing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I had the right person for my back surgery.

I was in the hospital one night. I was out of work for three weeks. This time, I had a back brace and a bone growth stimulator. I had a home health nurse and home physical therapist. All were part of Dr. Carlson’s post-surgery team. Their expertise and care was exceptional. As a matter of fact, EVERYONE associated with Dr. Carlson and OSC was exceptional, except for the unusually long wait in the waiting room.

I expressed to Dr. Carlson my desire to stand pain free and be able to take long walks. He assured me that I would be able to do that with no problems. Well, it’s been three months since surgery. Before, I could only stand maybe a minute without pain. Now I’m standing an hour or more, pain free. Before, I could walk only 10 yards, now I’m walking three miles a day. I couldn’t carry any packages from the grocery store to my car. Now…please…no problem whatsoever. I can stand straight and look straight without any pain. How do I feel post-surgery? Like new money in a remodeled bank. And I owe it all to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at OSC. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Robert Thomas



Patricia Ricks-Armstead – Cervical Fusion Surgery

I had been experiencing neck, back and shoulder pain with a numbing and tingling, radiating down my right arm for quite some time. My 2016 holidays were spent in excruciating pain. After many x-rays and MRI’s, I was finally diagnosed with a herniated disc and pinched nerve in my neck. I was sent to see a neurosurgeon who told me that I was not a candidate for surgery and my only treatment option was cortisone shots. I sought a second opinion on the recommendation of two people who had been treated by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, and I am so ecstatic that I did.

He explained to me that the only way to alleviate my pain would be through surgery, because the bulging disc was pressing down on my nerve causing pain and a shot would not help. He said it was like stepping on a water hose…unless you alleviate the pressure on the hose, the water can’t flow through. So, the disc had to be removed and replaced with a titanium plate.

Dr. Carlson calmed my fears about having the surgery, and here I am now, 6 weeks after my surgery, back at work and pain free.

Thank you Dr. Carlson and the staff at OSC. Your professionalism and kindness means so much.

Patricia Ricks-Armstead

Susan Willhauck – Lumbar Fusion Surgery

I had lumbar fusion surgery back in 2012, in another location with another surgeon. When back pain came back in 2015, I sought additional treatment at OSC.

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson was extremely helpful and sympathetic, and he thoroughly explained all the options. I elected to have an extension of the fusion and this was performed 1/09/17.

The surgery went well and my recovery was smooth. At the beginning, I had pain from the surgery, but after that healed, everything was fine.  I feel so much better. Aside from the occasional soreness when I overdo, I am pain free. I am so pleased with the treatment I received.

Susan Willhauck

Norma Lemley – Spinal Surgery for Bulging Disc and Spinal Stenosis

Hello, my name is Norma Lemley and I am 73 years old.

In the summer of 2016, I started having leg discomfort and pain, starting at the hip going all the way to my right foot.   I then started having the same pain getting up and out of bed every morning and having cramps in my leg.  It felt as if it wasn’t going to carry my weight, but after about 20 or 30 steps the cramps would release.

I went to my family doctor and she ordered an MRI, which showed degenerative disc disease, a bulging disc, and spinal stenosis. The degenerative change in my spinal stenosis was substantially increased from previous MRI I had.  I also had a ganglion cyst in the spinal canal, this was new. I was referred to Jeffery R. Carlson, MD at Orthopedic and Spine Center.

We scheduled surgery and I have been very pleased with my results.  It has been six months and I have no restrictions and I am very active. I would recommend OSC and Dr. Carlson to anyone needing treatment.

Norma Lemley

Joseph Connors – Shoulder Surgery

Ten years ago, I had to have my left shoulder, biceps, and rotator cuff operated on and I went to Dr. Martin Coleman. Not knowing what to expect, he explained to me everything by telling me what was going to be done and how I needed to rehab after the surgery. Everything went as he said and my shoulder has never been better. At that time I lived in Newport News, VA and it was easy for me to see him.

Now, ten years later, I am living up in New Kent, VA, which is close to an hour away (from Newport News) and very close to Richmond. I needed to get my right shoulder operated on and I did not even hesitate to drive back down to Newport News and see Dr. Coleman. Again, he explained the entire procedure. I had my shoulder surgery in December of 2016.

It is now April 2017 and, after doing everything he told me to do, my shoulder is doing great. I can not thank him enough for the quality of life that he has given back to me. There are many Doctors in the area but if anyone asks me where to go, Orthopaedic & Spine Center and Dr. Coleman is where I would send them.

Joseph Connors

Jessica D’Aurora – Physical Therapy after Knee Surgery








In November 2016, I had a tibia tubercle transfer and lateral retinacular release surgery performed by Dr. Boyd Haynes. Shortly after the surgery, I had to start Physical Therapy. It was my second time at OSC Physical Therapy, but my first time with Dr. Tom Toothaker.

Dr. Toothaker is an incredible Physical Therapist. He provided me with honest feedback and kept me focused on my exercises at home.

We worked on not just getting me back to being able to manage day-to-day, but getting me back to being physically active in my cross fit and competitive horseback riding.

I also spent a lot of time under the care of Fred Wintermantel, Physical Therapy Assistant, to Dr. Toothaker. Fred really helped me with my exercises and provided a lot of moral support when I had setbacks or expressed frustrations. Dr. Toothaker, Fred, and technicians Nneka and Hunter really made sure I was doing each exercise correctly and provided me with a lot of guidance. They knew when to push me for more progress safely and also when to correct me for trying to do too much too soon.



I spent so much time (four months this time, almost 6 total) at OSC Physical Therapy, I felt like I was leaving behind part of my friends/family when I left for the last time. They never made me feel like just a patient or a number, but I always felt like my progress mattered to each of them.

Dr. Toothaker, Fred, Hunter, and Nneka are truly amazing at their jobs and are such caring and compassionate individuals. I owe each of them so much gratitude for all of their help and support these last few months.

Jessica D’Aurora – Tibial Tubercle Transfer and Lateral Retinacular Release – Knee Surgery

In July 2016, I was in a bad horseback riding accident that caused me to separate my AC joint, that’s how I first came to OSC.  I was under the care of Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at the time. After rehab on my shoulder, I started riding and competing again, only to dislocate my knee for the fourth time.

After I had an MRI done and results showed that I needed surgery on my knee, Dr. Carlson referred me to Dr. Boyd Haynes. I was very hesitant at first concerning the surgery, since I’ve had one knee surgery previously and I didn’t want to be out of riding commission for long. Dr. Haynes and staff assured me and addressed my concerns and worked with me on my time frame for recovery.

I ended up having a tibia tubercle transfer and lateral retinacular release surgery in November 2016. Dr. Haynes was one of the best surgeons I could have asked for to perform my surgery. He had such great bedside manner and even followed up with my family at 9 pm the evening of the surgery to check up on me, despite going into the Thanksgiving week. I was very impressed by his caring and professionalism.

I’m currently still recovering and was just released from physical therapy.  I’ve been able to get back to working out and doing cross fit and horseback riding. I still have some recovery to make, but my progress has been great and my knee is much more stable and comfortable than before. I have Dr. Haynes and the great staff at OSC to thank for all of that!

Jessica D’Aurora

Sherzod Teshabaev – Multi-Level Lumbar Fusion


I work for Ringling Brothers Circus on the acrobatic equestrian team called the Cossack Riders, started by my family members.

I injured myself while lifting ramps for work and had to have lower back surgery. A few weeks later,
I developed pain in my leg and foot which was really bothering me.  The circus was in Hampton, VA, so I came to see Dr. Jeffrey Carlson who was recommended as a spine specialist. He ordered an MRI to see what was going on with my spine.  Dr. Carlson said that I had another disc herniation and that fusion surgery would fix the problem, but I could continue with conservative treatment if I wished.  I decided to have the surgery.

I am now back at work.  I sent this video so that you could see me in action.  This is what I do every day on the job.  Thank you, Dr. Carlson, for fixing my back and getting me back in the saddle!

For more information on the Cossack Riders at Ringling Brothers Circus, click here: http://www.ringling.com/out-of-this-world/cossack-riders/

Buddy DeRyder – Non-surgical Treatment for a Torn Biceps Muscle & Rotator Cuff

Dr. Boyd Haynes’ mantra is “that orthopedic surgery to repair an injury is not always the first and necessary solution”.  And that was the case for me.

As an active 81 year-old sailor, I tore my right biceps muscle hauling in a sail. I have been an OSC patient for about 40 years, so I looked on the OSC website and saw Dr. Haynes treated biceps muscles. His first diagnosis was not pleasing, as an in office MRI also showed a tear in the right shoulder rotator cuff. I had rotator cuff surgery on that shoulder 20 years ago and, no doubt, Dr. Haynes saw the immediate fear in my eyes at the unwelcome news!

Being familiar with this type of injury, in a very relaxed manner, Dr Haynes explained options, other than surgery, that could be considered. He prescribed an initial physical therapy session to develop range of motion and slowly exercise the muscles involved with the bicep and shoulder. After promise was shown with the initial learned exercise set, a second exercise set was undertaken for two months to build up muscle strength.

At the office examination after that second session, I was able to pass his strength tests and he proclaimed the welcome news that it looked like surgery was not necessary. YEAH! Dr Haynes suggested to continue those exercise which I perform at a local YMCA to maintain and perhaps slowly build muscle strength….. with a healthy diet of course. That’s also his mantra!

I am extremely appreciative of the attention and assurance of both Dr. Haynes and his physician assistant, Chris Schwizer, over the course of my slowly improving rehabilitation process.

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