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02/09/2017
By: keirarowley
1st Step Chiropractic
My lumbar spine had some degenerative changes, including ruptured discs. I was experiencing frequent sciatic pain in both legs, and generalized chronic low back pain. Then I came to Dr Schalow and the NUCCA procedure. Now my sciatic pain has improved significantly as well as the generalized low back discomfort. I seem to have more energy and ability to go about my daily tasks pain-free!
09/22/2014
By: Bill H.
Mark E Carlson
Love Dr Carlson and the staff at this clinic. Physical therapy is like coming in to see your best friends and I actually fell asleep in the open mri . I am very claustrophobic and couldn't do the big closed mri at the hospital. Dr ran a little late but it was worth it when he spent the extra time with me as well. Thanks Carlson Orthopedic!
11/05/2012
By: saspann
Whitaker Chiropractic
I've been to different chiropractors but Dr. Whitaker is the best in Rockford. He has a different way of treating you medically & it doesn't hurt. No pressing down on you to crack you, no twisting of the neck or anything else. He's also very personable, none of his patience are numbers he treats everyone like family.
09/22/2014
By: Bill H.
Carlson Orthopedic Clinic
Been going for years and have referred all my family here. Not one of those huge places with a ton of doctors and where you are just a number. They treat you like you are family.
10/20/2014
By: Liz M.
Carlson Orthopedic Clinic
dr. carlson is amazing, as is his staff
09/22/2014
By: Alayna M.
Carlson Orthopedic Clinic
Amazing doctor with incredible staff!
Tips & Advices
Scoliosis is a disorder where the spine curves sideways. Most people develop the condition during the growth spurt before puberty. The cause of scoliosis is unknown and most cases are mild, but the rare severe instances can disable a person.
Orthopedic surgeons attend four years of medical school, then four to five years of orthopedic residency in a hospital. They must also be licensed and certified in orthopedic surgery by the state in which they practice.
The terms "orthopedic doctor" and "orthopedic surgeon" refer to the same profession. Related specialties include podiatrist, a doctor who works with the bones, tendons and ligaments in the feet, and a sports medicine physician, a doctor specially trained to treat athletes.
The cost of a visit to an orthopedic surgeon depends on the type of tests ordered and treatment given. For example, an MRI costs $500-$1,300. An initial consultation costs $100- $500, while anesthesia for a procedure generally ranges from $2,000-$4,000. Overall, an orthopedic surgery can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.
During a consultation or first appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, the practitioner will ask the patient a variety of questions to understand the situation. The surgeon might ask about the patient's pain levels, medical history, and any prior injuries. Then, the surgeon will administer a physical exam and possibly schedule tests to better understand the problem. Possible tests include a stress test, x-ray, or MRI.

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