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Snow Day! Build a Snowman!

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Here are a few tips to help you create the “perfect” snowman!

  • To start – form three balls of snow in different sizes.
  • Find the perfect spot.  Smooth, flat surfaces are the best areas to make big snowballs.  If your snowball s do not take shape or are not sticking together the snow may not be ready yet.  Be patient!
  • Round up a handful of snow and pack tightly forming the shape of a ball.
  • Roll your snowball in the snow and continue rolling (as you roll, your snowball will pick up more snow) until the snowball is to desired size.
  • Follow the steps above two more times but make a smaller snowball each time.  When snowballs are finished, stack them from the largest to the smallest and make sure they are balanced to avoid toppling.  Another hint, pack snow between layers of the snowman (to keep snowballs together).

Now Decorate!  Get creative!  You can use just about anything!

  • Use a carrot for the nose, buttons, stones, etc…for the nose and mouth.
  • Add long sticks or cuts of wood for the arms.
  • Put fun finishing touches on your snowman by adding a hat & scarf.

While building a snowman is fun for the entire family it’s important to stay safe.  Be sure to lift your snowballs the correct way…Squat down and use your leg strength to help you lift snowballs.  (Don’t be afraid to ask for help).  Be sure to wear proper attire such as gloves when building your snowman.

Now it’s time to enjoy your snowman.  Share your “perfect snowman” with Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center by liking us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeOrthopaedicandSpineCenter  and submitting a picture of your snowman.  You will automatically be entered to win our “perfect snowman” contest.  One lucky winner will win a $100 gift card!  Winner will be announced on our Facebook page Monday, Feb 17th, 2014.

We’d like to say welcome to Dr. Christopher Chang and staff!

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Fauquier Ear Nose and Throat Consultants, the practice of Dr. Christopher Chang and Catie Chalmers, AuD, will be acquired by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center to become part of the Greater Piedmont Medical Association effective March 1, 2014. With this merger, Fauquier ENT will also be joining Dominion Internal Medicine, with Drs. Robert Lin and Michael & Jennifer Ackerman, and Urological Associates of the Piedmont, with Dr. David Pfeffer. The Fauquier ENT practice will continue to operate at its respective location at 550 Hospital Drive, Warrenton, VA 20186 and provide the same services as it does now. The telephone number will remain the same.

Help us HELP our Neighbors! TOGETHER we can make a DIFFERENCE!

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Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center and YOU have the opportunity to help our neighbors in need.  We are collecting non-perishable food items and or monetary donations for those in our community who are in need of a little extra care.  All donations will go to the Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition (a 501c(3) non-profit) who sponsor a USDA Food Commodity Giveaway on a monthly basis and the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry!  See your favorite Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center Department for food distribution drop off areas within Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center!!!

Please remember those who are in need of food.  Food items that are needed for the distribution are: 

Canned meats, fruits, vegetables, cereal, oatmeal, rice, soups, coffee, tea, powdered milk, pasta, pasta sauce, juice, peanut butter & jelly, pancakes & syrup, mashed potatoes, canned lunches, desserts, baby formula, toothpaste, soap,  baby diapers, hygiene products, and toilet paper,                                            

Gift Cards and Cash Donations are Welcome

For more information please call Blue Ridge Orthopaedic &  Spine Center @ 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location).

Merry Christmas

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From our family to yours – Merry Christmas!

Understanding a Pinched Nerve

Back pain can be caused by degenerative disc disease.

 

What exactly is a pinched nerve?  A pinched nerve occurs when one or more of our nerves are affected due to pressure surrounding tissues such as bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons.

Results of a Pinched Nerve

  • Sharp or burning pain
  • Difficulty controlling specific muscles
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness

A pinched nerve can transpire several places in the body.  Here are a few tips to try –

  • Analgesic medications – Aspirin, or anti-inflammatory, (ibuprofen) can control the pain.
  • Ice – Ice is an anti-inflammatory.  It will also relieve pain.  Most often we turn to heat to ease the pain however, this can cause further inflammation and more pain!
  • Physical Therapy – Ice therapy combined with gentle stretching can help relax the affected area.
  • Injections – A localized steroid injection may reduce swelling and inflammation around the pinched nerve.  This is done on an outpatient basis by a physician.

Please see your doctor if the signs and symptoms of a pinched nerve last for more than a few days and don’t improve with conservative treatments as listed above.  Depending on your condition, surgery may be required.

The physicians, pain medicine specialists, and physical therapists of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center can help.  Our goal is to get you back to good health.  Please contact us today @ 540.347.9220 to schedule an appointment or visit www.broava.com for more information on the comprehensive services we offer.

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