Monthly Archives: November 2012

Massage Therapy Holiday Special

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center Is Having a HOLIDAY Special  for Massage Therapy!!!

30 Minute Massage – $24

60 Minute Massage – $48

90 Minute Massage – $72

 You are in good hands with our Certified Massage Therapist Lindsay Barnes.

  Our Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation department offers the following in Massage Therapy:

Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage,

Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue Massage.

 

   Looking for the perfect gift?  Look no further!

 We have gift certificates for that someone  special someone in your life,

 or simply to treat yourself!

 

Gift Certificates Available Now!

 

Please call (540) 347 – 2918 for more information

 or to schedule an appointment

Hurry – Offer ends December 31st, 2012

Five Tips for Happy, Healthy-Eating Holidays.

The holidays are here. Thanksgiving — and maybe all those leftovers — is behind us, and festive decorations are up all through town. These weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can a wonderful, hectic and often-stressful jumble of errands and celebrations. And, amongst all those gifts and cards and holiday parties, there’s also a lot of food. A whole lot of food.

We Americans gain an average of one pound each between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. One pound doesn’t sound like much. But, here’s the thing. Once gained, we tend to keep that extra pound. So, that’s one new pound every single year. In five years, most of us have gained five pounds. Ten years? That’s ten pounds. It adds up. In fact, it adds up so quickly that some studies suggest that holiday eating is the leading cause of adult weight gain in the United States.

We’ve pulled together a few easy tips for eating healthier during the holidays this year, and are including them here. Don’t worry. We aren’t going to say you’ve got to skip the treats this year. At least, not all of them. Here are our favorite five tips for eating healthier during the holidays:

  1. Ditch the diet. That’s right. Temptations are everywhere during the holidays. This is not the time to try losing weight. Instead, focus on maintaining your current weight, and set aside your weight loss plans until the new year. Don’t want to wait? Here’s something you can do right now: Commit to eating healthier in 2013 by setting up an appointment with our registered dietician now.
  2. Eat dessert first. Ok. Not really (unless you want to). But, let’s face it. No matter how much we eat, we all want dessert after our holiday meals. So, why not start your celebratory holiday meals by selecting your dessert? It’s easier to resist seconds when you know you have a tasty dessert waiting for you at the end of the meal.
  3. Use petite plates. We tend to fill up our plates. So, the larger your plate, the more you’re likely to eat at holiday parties. Skip the big plates and you may be surprised by how easy it is to control your portions.
  4. Crunch a carrot. Nearly every holiday party features a platter of veggies and dip. Head there first, and pile some fresh vegetables on your plate. This leaves less space for the richer fare, making it easier to resist — or ration — temptation.
  5. Take it a day at a time. Did you eat too much at your Thanksgiving celebration? Yeah, us too. Who doesn’t? Be kind to yourself, and just move on. Every day during the holidays is a new chance to eat healthy.

Have more questions about eating healthier during the holidays? Need help developing a nutrition plan for healthier living with diabetes, high blood pressure or other medical conditions? Our registered dietician is here to help. Give us a call today: 540-347-9220.

Tips for a happy (and safe) Thanksgiving Day

The clatter of dishes. The smell of roast turkey. The sound of a football game in the background. Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder for us all to gather together with family and friends, and celebrate the joys and sorrows we’ve survived over the year.

Yes. Here at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, we love Thanksgiving.

But, Thanksgiving comes with its perils as well. Hot ovens, mislaid knives and crowded kitchens all contribute to the too many emergency room visits every year on Thanksgiving Day.

Nobody wants their Thanksgiving celebration to end with a trip to the emergency room. Here are our tips for enjoying a wonderful — and injury free — Thanksgiving feast this year:

  • Use large, mitten-style pot holders. Ovens can get very crowded on Thanksgiving Day, increasing the risk of accidental burns on casserole dishes or the inside of the oven. Skip the open-style pot holders and protect your whole hand and wrist with large — and long — mitten-style pot holders.
  • Sharpen your knives. It sounds counterintuitive, but dull knives actually increase the risk of injury. Why? Because a dull blade requires more force to carve that turkey or slice those onions, increasing the risk that a slipped blade will slice the chef’s hand.
  • Maintain a clean workspace. A clean workspace, in the kitchen, on Thanksgiving Day? We know. It sounds impossible. But, taking the time to clear a spot in a well-lit area for slicing the veggies, prepping the stuffing and carving the turkey will dramatically reduce your risk of injury, and will help protect your guests from mislaid knives and hot pans too.
  • Take a breath. Thanksgiving is hectic. There’s no doubt about it. Our kitchens are taken over by relatives, casserole dishes and big turkeys that all need tending. It’s easy to get swept up in the chaos and lose a bit of the caution we usually rely on when handling sharp knives or hot dishes. If everything is getting just a bit too busy for you, take a break. Just walk away for a moment. Check the football score, chat with some guests or step outside for a breath of fresh air. A five-minute break won’t cause any catastrophes in the kitchen, but it just might give you the presence of mind to avoid an accidental injury.

We’re not alone in our concern for kitchen safety on Thanksgiving Day. Check out these online resources for more information:

And, if an accident does happen?

  • Minor cuts can be treated at home by applying direct pressure with a clean cloth or bandage.
  • Minor burns can be treated at home by soaking the burn in cool (not cold) water and applying an aloe vera lotion.
  • Visit the ER if:
    • a cut does not stop bleeding within 15 minutes
    • a burn covers a large area, is white or charred, or has one or more large blisters
    • you experience persistent numbness or tingling
    • you need a tetanus shot

Your first doctor visit after a serious kitchen injury should always be to the emergency room. Your second doctor visit should be with us. Our Hand Center specializes in treatment and physical therapy related to all hand and wrist injuries. And, our Occupational / Certified Hand Therapists are the only ones in the area. They will work with you through your whole recovery to ensure a quick and complete rehabilitation.

If you’ve suffered a hand injury — on Thanksgiving Day or any other day — we can help. Call 540-347-9220 for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our hand specialists.

Halloween Party with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fauquier

We know. Halloween was two weeks ago today. But, even though we’ve mostly eaten through our candy stash, we’re still reliving the fun we had at our annual Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center Halloween party and we’ve decided to share a few of our favorite photos with you.

This year, for the very first time, we invited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fauquier to join us for our annual event. We’re so glad we did. In all, 23 children joined us from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fauquier.

The party was a great success. There was a buffet dinner. There was trick-or-treating. And, there were — of course — lots of wonderful costumes.

We hope you had a happy Halloween as well!

Safety tips for deer hunters in tree stands

Around here, deer season is the stuff of tradition for many families. Many of our neighbors grew up hunting deer with their parents. And, now, many of them are passing the tradition on to their own children.

It’s the first full week of November, and we’re about a month into this year’s deer season. This means more and more folks are spending time in the forests, and some of them are climbing into tree stands to hide from their quarry. This — believe it or not — is the most perilous thing most hunters will ever do. More deer hunters are injured falling from tree stands than any other way.

The statistics are sobering. Some studies suggest that more than 1 in 3 hunters will fall from their tree stands every year, and that 25% of those falls will result in injury. These injuries can be quite serious. Broken bones — especially in the leg or hip — are quite common. Head and spinal cord injuries are also fairly common. Some hunters who fall from their tree stands will never walk again. And, every year, a few won’t survive the experience.

The saddest thing is that many of these injuries are completely preventable. Easy-to-use safety equipment — such as climbing harnesses and ropes — is readily available. This equipment, combined with awareness of the risk, could help you avoid a fall and prevent an injury.

Prevent falls by using your tree stand safely
It only takes a moment to reduce your risk of injury. For example:

If you do suffer a fall, we can help
Falls from tree stands often require significant recovery time, and may even create chronic uses, such as back pain. In many cases, physical therapy can be a great help, often completely eliminating your pain over time.

If you’ve fallen from your tree stand (or suffered a fall in some other way), call us today to discuss your injury and begin your recovery: 540-347-9220.

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