Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ask us: 10 questions to ask before you decide about your surgery options

Here at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, we offer everything from pain management to physical therapy.  So, it’s understandable that our patients ask us questions about everything from shoulder pain  to avoiding sports injuries. As your surgeons and physical therapists and pain management specialists, we welcome your questions. If you have questions for us, please ask us.
By far, the most questions we receive are from patients who are considering surgery. If you are trying to understand whether surgery is right for you, here are a few questions that may help you decide:

  1. What type of surgery are you recommending? Why?Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center Surgery Questions
  2. What are my non-surgical options?
  3. What if we do nothing? How can I expect my condition to change if we do not do surgery?
  4. Would you recommend this surgery to your spouse / parent / child / best friend?
  5. What are the side effects and potential risks or complications? Please explain how these relate to me personally.
  6. What is the long-term outlook for this procedure? Will I require follow-up surgery, for example?
  7. What happens if the surgery doesn’t go as expected?
  8. How many times have you done this procedure? Are you board-certified or fellowship-trained for this?
  9. Will you handle the whole procedure yourself, or will you be assisted? Tell me about who else might be involved.
  10. How long will it take me to recover from my surgery?

Of course, it all comes down to one big question: Is surgery right for me? The best way to answer that question is to schedule a consult with one of our surgeons, so we can talk about your current condition, your treatment options and your path toward recovery.

Call us today to schedule your surgical consult: 540-347-9220.

RG3 Back for 2013?

Skins fans, we’ve got good news and bad news for you. The good news is that, based on what we’re reading online , Robert Griffin III is out of surgery for his right knee injury. The bad news is that both his ACL and his LCL required repair. Will he be back for 2013? Honestly, it’s just too early to say.

Here’s the history. In 2009, as a sophomore at Baylor University, Griffin tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during the third game of the season. He missed the rest of that season, but returned the following year to win the Heisman Trophy in 2011. Then, last month, Griffin sprained his lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in the same knee during the December 9 Baltimore Ravens game. Then, there was the game against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. Griffin reinjured his knee in the first quarter, and then went down with his season-ending injury with just 6:19 left in the fourth quarter.

All this added up to Sunday’s dramatic injury, and today’s knee surgery, which confirmed that Griffin had torn both his ACL and LCL.

We can’t tell you how quickly RG3 will recover. We can’t guarantee he will be back for next season. But, we can tell you a bit about the nature of his injury, and the recovery and rehabilitation he has ahead of him.

The ACL and LCL are two of the four ligaments that hold our knees together. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) runs diagonally in the middle of the knee, and provides rotational stability. The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) runs from the femur to the fibula, on the outside of the knee. Together with the medial collateral ligament (MCL), the LCL controls the sideways motion of the knee, and braces it against unusual movement. Click here to read more about ACL injuries on our website.

RG3 injured both the ACL and LCL in his right knee.

The results of these injuries? Griffin cannot currently use his knee the way he needs. Today’s surgery will have repaired the damage. The surgeon has done his part. Now, the rest is up to Griffin and his team of physical therapists.

Everyone recovers from knee surgeries differently. This applies to the patients we help here, and the professional athletes Griffin faces on the football field. We’re going to hear all manner of speculation in the coming weeks. Some pros return from late-season ACL injuries in time for the opening game of the following season. Others don’t. And, then, there’s the question of whether Griffin will return a diminished player, or better than ever. There’s no way to answer these questions; not this early in the recovery process. A lot comes down to Griffin, and how hard he works during physical therapy.

Griffin’s recovery will start with basic range-of-motion exercises. His physical therapists will work with him to restore flexibility to the joint. Then, they will focus on rebuilding his strength and endurance. This is the same process we work through with every one of our patients who require physical therapy   after knee surgery.

Griffin says he will be back in time for the 2013 season. Knowing what we do about Griffin’s work ethic and spirit, we’re betting on him here. As Skins fans, we sure hope he is right!

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Low-impact exercises for working through back pain


We’ve all heard the phrase feed a cold and starve a fever.  But, what about back pain? Should we rest our sore backs, or strengthen them with exercise?

The answer is usually a little of both.

Rest first

If you’ve just pulled or sprained your back, a few days of rest are probably a good idea. Avoid activities that trigger pain or further stress your sore back. But, don’t get too comfortable. After a day or two, it’s best to get moving again.

Note: Some back conditions may require longer periods of rest. Our spine specialists can help you identify the best rest and recovery routine for your back pain. Contact us if you have questions about your back pain: 540-347-9220 or

Then, get moving

After a day or two of rest, it’s time to get back on your feet and stretch those sore back muscles. Start easy, with some basic stretches. Then, move on to some low-impact exercises. Eventually — after several days or weeks — you will want to move on to back-strengthening exercises, which will help reduce back pain in the future.

Not sure where to start? Our physical therapists are here to help.We will work with you to identify the source of your pain, plan your recovery, and develop a stretching and exercise routine to strengthen your back. Contact us to get started: 540-347-9220 or

Blood Drive

Join Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center and the American Red Cross for a blood drive at our Warrenton location.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
52 West Shirley Avenue
Warrenton, VA 20186

Contact us at: or call 540-347-9298 ext 270 to register!