Monthly Archives: February 2013

What is a Frozen Shoulder?



Frozen shoulder, is referred to as adhesive capsulitis, a disorder in which the shoulder capsule and the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder, becomes stiff, inflamed and significantly reduces motion and may cause serious chronic pain.

Signs of a Frozen Shoulder

  • Increased shoulder pain as you move your arm
  • Shoulder stiffness that makes it hard to get daily tasks done
  • Shoulder pain that keeps you from sleeping
  • An arm that you can’t raise or rotate beyond a certain point

Treatment can be painful and challenging and usually consists of Physical Therapy, Pain Management, Massage Therapy, or Surgery.  If think you may be suffering with a frozen shoulder, stop the pain now.  At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center our team of Physical Therapists, Pain Management Specialists, Massage Therapists, and our Shoulder Specialists are here to help you get back to a healthy, pain free lifestyle.  Call (540) 347-9220 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Surgery? You?



Is surgery for back or neck pain right for you?  The answer in this Spine article is sometimes.  It is sensible to consider spine surgery if your pain has not diminished after several months of non-surgical treatment, if your pain does not respond to medications, or you are unable to complete every day activities.

Don’t worry.  There’s a wide array of surgery options.  Some are minimally invasive procedures that allow for a quick recovery, while other types of surgeries are more extensive and have a much longer recovery time.   Our board certified spine specialists at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center will diagnose and determine which treatment option is best for you.  For more information contact one of our spine specialists today @ (540) 247-9220.

Foot or Ankle Pain? Are you suffering with any of the following symptoms?



  • Ankle or Foot Trauma
  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament Sprains and Tears
  • Achilles Tendon
  • Heel Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bunions, Hammer Toes, Claw Toes
  • Ankle and Foot Arthritis
  • Flat Feet Deformities

Foot and ankle pain can have a debilitating effect on your everyday life.  We offer surgical and non-surgical options to get you back on track.  The Foot and Ankle Center at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center brings together a team of board certified specialists to treat foot and ankle conditions caused from work and sports related injuries, fractures, deformities, congenital defects and disease processes.

Call our team of foot and ankle specialists today @ (540) 347-9220 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

What is Spinal Stenosis

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Spinal stenosis is an irregular narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal that may occur in any region of the spine.  This narrowing causes a constraint in the spinal canal, which results in a neurological deficit.  (A functional abnormality of a body due to a decrease in the function of the brain, spinal cord, muscles, or nerves.)  Symptoms include numbness, inability to speak, visual changes, loss of balance, mental function problems, walking issues, and abnormal reflexes.

If you are experiencing any of these debilitating conditions it may be time to see a specialist.  There are many non-surgical treatments for spinal stenosis including exercise, activity modification, and epidural injections.  Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center offers Physical Therapy Rehabilitation, and Pain Management as options  for non surgical treatments.  If surgery does become necessary however, our board certified spine specialists are here to help you achieve your goals of getting back to healthy living.   For more information please call (540) 347-9220.

What’s Causing My Sciatica Pain?



Sciatica Nerve Pain describes symptoms of leg pain and may include tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve.  This Spine-Health article discusses some of the most common signs of a sciatica nerve.

  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely occurs in both legs)
  • Pain that worsens when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg (vs. a dull ache)
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • A constant pain on one side of the  rear
  • A sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or to walk

Is sciatica nerve pain interfering with your life?  Our spine center, physical therapy, and pain management specialists can help determine both the cause and, most importantly, the most appropriate treatment for you.  Contact us today to get started on the path to less pain.