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Jean P. Dennis – Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery


I am a 70 year old female. I suffered every day for over 3 1/2 years with what I will call varying types of head pain; not headaches. Over that time period I saw seven different Orthopedists and Neurologists including ones associated with Duke University and The University of Virginia. I was prescribed at least 12 different medications. I had sleep studies and tried a CPAP machine, which actually made the pain worse. I went through physical therapy. I had steroid injections into my neck. I received brief short term relief. Fully frustrated, my PCP attempted to get me into pain management. I was turned down by two pain management groups. They didn’t treat “head pain”!

A friend at church told me that he had had treatment at the Orthopedic and Spine Center Pain Management in Newport News. I called the center and was told I needed to be seen by one of the Orthopedists there. I was given an appointment immediately. The day of my appointment I met Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. My life changed. He immediately diagnosed my problem and within a couple of weeks I had Cervical Fusion surgery. I have been PAIN FREE since August 14, 2015.

Coming up on my 1 year ” PAIN FREE ANNIVERSARY”!. Dr. Carlson has literally given me my life back. I would like to thank everyone on the staff for their professional and caring assistance.

Dr. Carlson, to you I extend my sincerest thanks and gratitude.

Jean P. Dennis

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