Monthly Archives: September 2012

Got Pain? We Want to HELP YOU Get Your LIFE back!

Do you suffer from acute or chronic pain? This lecture is for you! You’re invited to join Dr. Daniel Heller, Thursday, September 20th, 2012. Join Dr. Heller in a comfortable, relaxed setting along with an open Q & A forum. Dr. Heller is a board certified, fellowship trained Physiatrist and Pain Medicine specialist. He can help YOU get your LIFE back.

Our only concern is YOU. Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center will personalize your pain management treatment. Our goal is to return you to function in the least invasive manner possible. We utilize the latest techniques in non-operative management of spinal conditions. However, if surgery is required, we are trained in the latest techniques for minimally invasive and open procedures.

When: September 20, 2012
Refreshments and Appetizers start at 6pm; Lecture to follow at 6:30pm

Where: Best Western
791 Madison Road
Culpeper, VA 22701

One lucky winner will receive a $250 gift card (must be present to win)

Contact Jill Smith at 540-347-9298 ext 270 to reserve your seat today!

Total Hip Replacement Explained

Hip replacement surgery is used to correct hip pain when other treatments, such as physical therapy, and medication, are not sufficient. Hip replacement helps alleviate pain from a number of ailments, including arthritis or a fractured hip. There are many factors that go into recommending hip replacements. As this AAOS Orthoinfo article explains:

There are no absolute age or weight restrictions for total hip replacements. Recommendations for surgery are based on a patient’s pain and disability, not age. Most patients who undergo total hip replacement are age 50 to 80, but orthopaedic surgeons evaluate patients individually. Total hip replacements have been performed successfully at all ages, from the young teenager with juvenile arthritis to the elderly patient with degenerative arthritis.

Diagram of a hip replacement. What, exactly, is replaced?

In a total hip replacement, artificial components replace damaged bones and cartilage. Orthoinfo explains the process as follows:

  • The damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a metal stem that is placed into the hollow center of the femur. The femoral stem may be either cemented or “press fit” into the bone.
  • A metal or ceramic ball is placed on the upper part of the stem. This ball replaces the damaged femoral head that was removed.
  • The damaged cartilage surface of the socket (acetabulum) is removed and replaced with a metal socket. Screws or cement are sometimes used to hold the socket in place.
  • A plastic, ceramic, or metal spacer is inserted between the new ball and the socket to allow for a smooth gliding surface.

Your orthopaedic specialist can determine if you are a good candidate for a hip replacement. Factors including your medical history, physical examination results, and X-ray results will help determine if a hip replacement will help you.

If you are experiencing chronic or debilitating hip pain, contact us to set up an appointment with one of our specialists. We can help determine your pain’s cause and the best treatments for you.


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Help Fight Against Hunger in Fauquier County!


Please help The Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition & Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center in the fight against hunger in Fauquier County.  Monetary or food item donations are being accepted now through September 12th @ Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, 52 W. Shirley Ave., Warrenton, VA 20186. 

Food items in need are as follows:
Canned Meats               
Powdred Milk
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Assorted Canned Fruits and Vegetables.



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