Dr. Heller

Don’t ignore your pain. Relieve it with us!

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The effective management of chronic pain can often be the difference between a difficult life and a comfortable one.  At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center, we offer the expertise and alternatives you need to get back to everyday living.

What is Pain Management?

Pain management is a branch of medicine that applies the latest in treatment methods to reduce or control pain.  Our doctors specialize in a variety of solutions including pharmacological, interventional, and alternatives to reduce or control pain.

At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center, our pain management group offers a variety of options tailored to address all of our patients’ pain management needs.  We offer inpatient, outpatient, surgical and non-surgical services, as well as cutting-edge, minimally invasive pain management treatment for patients with acute or chronic pain.

Our physicians are fellowship trained and board certified by the American board of medical Specialties in pain medicine.  We have the most advanced training and certifications available for pain medicine interventions and treatments.

Pain Management Services for all Pain Conditions

  • Complex pain and spine disorders
  • Acute and chronic pain management
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures
  • Electrodiagnostic testing
  • Neuromodulation for chronic pain management

The Best Solution for Your Situation

No matter what you’re dealing with, our pain management specialists work closely with the surgeons and physical therapists at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center in a multidisciplinary approach to develop a unique treatment plan that best suits each of our patient’s needs.  To schedule an appointment with the pain management specialists at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, please call 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location).  Visit www.broava.com for more information on the comprehensive services offered @ Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center.

Our goal is to get YOU back to GOOD health!

Work Can be a Pain in the Neck!

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It’s  important to look at workplace ergonomics as part of treatment and prevention of neck pain.  Most often we forget.  This Spine Health article explains what you can do to reduce painful neck pain.

When sitting at a desk and looking straight ahead:

  • Eyes should point directly at the top third of your computer screen.
  • Forearms should be approximately parallel with the floor when typing.
  • Elbows should be at the side.
  • Feet should be flat on the floor with the thighs parallel with the floor.
  • If you stand or perform driving tasks, make sure that one side of the body is not constantly rotated more than the other side, and that there is as much symmetry in repetitive tasks as possible.

If you are experiencing neck pain, Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center can help.  Our team of board certified physicians as well as our physical therapy and rehabilitation department (including massage therapy) will diagnose your neck pain and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.  Our goal is to get YOU back to GOOD health.  To schedule an appointment with one of our spine or pain management specialists please call 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location).  For more information on all comprehensive services offered by  Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center visit our website @ www.broava.com. 

Visit us at the Haymarket Earth Day Parade and Street Fair!

Earth Day is upon us and the weather is finally cooperating so it is officially time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors!

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Don’t let a bad knee or shoulder stop you from enjoying your favorite summer activities.
Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine will be at the Haymarket Earth Day Parade and Street Fair on Saturday, April 12 from 10am – 5pm. Visit us while you’re out enjoying the day and learn about all the amazing services we offer from pain management to massage to physical therapy and much more. You can also score a very cool, earth friendly reusable bag made from recycled material.
Even if you don’t have trouble today, make sure to be proactive in your care by lifting properly, sitting up straight in your chair, no slouching, and avoid prolonged repetitive movement, especially in your wrists to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.

For more information on the comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 540.347.9220 (Warrenton office) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville office) or visit us online at: www.broava.com

Our Goal – Get YOU back to GOOD health!

Have you Considered Anesthetic or Corticosteroid Injections for your Lower Back Pain?

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Examples

  • Trigger point injections – Sometimes, putting pressure on a certain spot in the back (called a trigger point) can cause pain at that spot or extending to another area of the body, such as the hip or leg.  To try to relieve pain, a local anesthetic, either alone or combined with a corticosteroid, is injected into the area of the back that triggers pain (trigger point injection).
  • Facet joint injections –A local anesthetic or corticosteroid is injected into a facet joint, which is one of the points where one vertebra connects to another.
  • Epidural injections –A corticosteroid is injected into the spinal canal where it bathes the sheath that surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots.

How It Works

Local anesthesia is believed to break the cycle of pain that can cause you to become less physically active.  Muscles that are not being exercised are more easily injured, so the irritated and injured muscles can cause more pain and spasm disrupting sleep.  This pain, spasm, and fatigue, in turn, can lead to less and less activity.

Steroids reduce inflammation.  A corticosteroid injected into the spinal canal can help relieve pressure on nerves and nerve roots.

Why It Is Used

Injections may be tried if you have symptoms of nerve root compression or facet inflammation and you do not respond to nonsurgical therapy after 6 weeks.

How Well It Works

Research has not shown that local injections are effective in controlling acute or chronic low back pain that does not spread down the leg.

The physicians at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center are board certified and fellow-ship trained.  This means you will be seen and treated by a physician with the most advanced training and certifications.  Our mission at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center is to deliver the highest quality of service and medical care to our patients.  We offer inpatient and outpatient, surgical and non-surgical, as well as minimally invasive cutting edge solutions for patients with acute or chronic pain.

For more information on the comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 540.347.9220 (Warrenton office) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville office).

Our Goal – Get YOU back to GOOD health!

Back – Neck Pain

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Poor posture, trauma, improper lifting, and aging – all factors that can injure you’re your spine or neck and cause significant pain.  Whether caused by injury or simply wear and tear of time, spine/neck related ailments require the best care available.

At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center our board certified, fellowship trained physicians have the extensive experience you need.  Our experts treat nearly every kind of condition, including spinal trauma of the neck and back, tumors and infections, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and adult degenerative conditions of the back and neck.  In addition, we offer a full range of non-operative treatments such as – physical therapy, bracing, pain management, acupuncture, & sympathetic block procedures.  If your condition requires surgery, we offer several options of minimally invasive treatments including full spine diagnostics.

To speak with one of our specialists please call 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location) and be sure to visit us @ www.broava.com for more information on all the comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center.

Our Goal – Get YOU back to GOOD Health!

 

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