I was having increased low back pain and difficulty with my legs, causing balance and gait problems. I had been to two other orthopedic surgeons, who stated the required surgery would mean possibly 3-6 months out of work.
I was referred to Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, who, after several rounds of x-rays, determined I had a problem that was missed by the other surgeons. The required surgery was a lumbar 3 to 4 fusion, completed as an outpatient.
My recovery has been quick, and I am pain free in my lower back, and, with the help of physical therapy, increasing mobility and strength returning to my legs. I would highly recommend Dr. Carlson for orthopedic spinal concerns.
For 40 years, I was an avid runner and loved playing racquetball. But 5 years ago, I had to stop both due to discomfort in my left hip. The idea of a hip replacement was always disconcerting to me; however, last June I decided it was time to act and had the hip replaced by Dr. Boyd Haynes. In my almost 70 years, it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I was released from the hospital the day after surgery and never had to take any pain medication.
I am pain-free, and again playing racquetball a couple of times a week, as well as working out on elliptical and stationary bike 4-5 days a week. And my weekly 4 mile walks now include 2 miles of running!
I am firmly a member of the “I should have had it done years ago” club.
This is a follow-up to my October 8, 2018, Spinal Fusion surgery. It is now four months since my fusion. I was cleared by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson in mid January to go about my business, with no limitations.
Frankly, I am amazed at how good my back is feeling. Prior to surgery, I was convinced that I had moderate arthritis up and down my spine, because if I did any exercise, my spine felt like an over-done piece of steak afterwards and ached for the next couple of days. I could not stand still for more than a minute without some focused pain away from the surgical area and the same was true for sitting straight up in a chair.
Now, after each 18 hole round of golf, it feels better and better with little after-play aching or pain, and I have no pain standing around or sitting for meals. Feeling blessed, like I have a new lease on life. Well done, Dr. Carlson!
I had a lumbar spinal fusion surgery in August 2018 at OSC with Dr. Jeffrey Carlson. He referred me to OSC Physical Therapy with Dr. Jamie Swale and Victoria Skay. These women were great. They listened to my concerns and goals as I wanted to get back to my active lifestyle quickly. The balance between being careful but still challenging was perfect and they got me back to running and swinging a golf club within 6 weeks.
I am five months post-surgery and still using the stretches and exercises they shared with me during my PT. I could not have been more pleased with the entire OSC staff and especially Jamie and Victoria.
Many thanks to Dr. Boyd Haynes and his very efficient staff. I needed a hip replacement and had pre-op testing before hand. They found a problem with my EKG and, as I result, I ended up with two stints in my arteries. I will have my hip replacement later. I had no idea that I had very bad artery problems.
Thank God for Dr. Haynes’ staff. I am very happy to be their patient and would recommend Dr. Haynes and his staff very highly.
Sara F. Ray
About two years ago, my left knee was hurting and I was giving into it by limping and putting most of my weight on my right knee. I was referred to Dr. Boyd Haynes by a friend. He ordered an MRI and found that I had a torn meniscus and loose body in my knee causing the pain. Dr. Haynes reputation is not to be so quick for surgery without trying all other alternatives. I was told that if cortisone shots corrected the problem and lasted three to six months, then that would the best treatment. I had three shots and the last one only lasted only two weeks.
I went back to Dr. Haynes to discuss arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus and to clean out the loose body (arthritis). I was so well informed by Dr. Boyd Haynes and his staff about what was being done, that I felt very confident about my decision to go forward. I so trust the the care I was given, I had no apprehensions of having the surgery done.
On January 17th, I had the procedure. I found that giving in to the problems of the left knee was actually causing pain in my right knee. I now walk totally normal, including up and down stairs. As a result, I am so very satisfied. Thank you for improving the quality of my mobility. I think I will be exercising more now that I have the ability to do so without pain.
In August of 2018, I herniated a disk in my back preparing for an impending storm. The pain was excruciating. When I called OSC, I had no idea what to expect because I had been cared for through the Military system for 30 years.
From the moment I spoke to the folks at OSC, I knew I was in good hands.
Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and the staff there knew I was in serious pain and they all showed such great compassion for me. Dr. Carlson’s staff helped with pain management until there was a final diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Carlson expedited my MRI on-site…less than 48 hours later. Shortly after that, we met and he told me it required surgical repair.
Eleven days later, he performed a “diskectomy” on me, and the relief was immediate. Things went so well, I returned to work seven days later and haven’t looked back.
I cannot thank Dr. Carlson and the caring staff at OSC enough for taking care of me. His skill as a Surgeon, and his staffs’ professionalism and compassion made the difference in my quality of life and I cannot thank them enough.
I TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM FLORIDA TO SEE DR. JEFFREY CARLSON.
I am a 23 year old, active female who enjoys going to the gym several times a week. I began having lower back pain in November of 2017. I had already gone through back surgery for a herniated disc at L4-L5 when I was 17 (also done by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson), so as soon as I felt the slightest twinge in my back, I made sure to rest and try to allow my back to recover. For 2 months, I refrained from any intense work outs, did various stretches, and tried home remedies like heating pads and ibuprofen.
In January 2018, I finally decided it was time to see a doctor. I live in Florida now, so I went to a doctor in Orlando.
I spent the next 8 MONTHS enduring a plethora of different treatments, ranging from medications to back braces to multiple intraspinal injections ordered by the doctor in Florida. They even did an MRI which showed a herniated disc, but the doctor kept telling me I am “too young to be in pain” and “it’s not bad enough to operate”. Meanwhile, my pain level kept rising to the point where it was debilitating. No position was comfortable. I started not being able to work, since I work at a desk in a seated position all day long. I hobbled around like an 85 year old woman. The nerve pain was so sharp I would scream sometimes. I cried often.
By May, I realized the doctor I was seeing in Florida did not care about my well being and my quality of life the way Dr. Carlson does, so I got on a plane and flew to Virginia.
During my first appointment with Dr. Carlson, he asked me to sit in a chair, extend my leg as straight as possible (which was not much due to the excruciating nerve pain), and lift my toes toward me. I was in complete shock when my toes did not move or twinge a bit. He said this is a clear, physical sign that a nerve is being pinched and that if it has been going on for more than 6 months, they begin to worry about permanent nerve damage. The doctor in Florida should never have let my herniation go untreated for that long. Dr. Carlson not only saw that I needed surgery, but that I needed it as soon as possible, considering that the doctor in Florida had already been seeing me for 8 months. He set me up for another MRI so we could get an updated image of what was going on in my back and scheduled me for surgery. I ended up having a herniated disc at L5- S1, a completely different site from my previous back injury when I was 17. Dr. Carlson did a lumbar fusion back in June 2018 and today (January 2019) I am happy, healthy, and out of pain!
Dr. Carlson listens. He cares, and he absolutely takes his patients’ quality of life seriously. He is skilled in his work and takes his time with his patients. I can not begin to thank him enough for giving me back my life. He is an incredible doctor and I 100% recommend him.
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.