Monthly Archives: February 2013

Are you a candidate for Hip Replacement Surgery?


Do you suffer from any of the following symptoms?

  • Pain restricts your everyday activities, such as walking or bending.
  • Stiffness makes it hard for you to get mobility in your legs.
  • You are in pain while in a restful state.
  • Pain relief from anti-inflammatory drugs is minimal.
  • You have tried other treatment options and persistent pain does not go away.

Many times we don’t want to admit to ourselves that our bodies need a little help.  Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center offers a wide arrangement of comprehensive services to assist in making your life easier.  Please contact one of our Joint Replacement Specialists today @ (540) 347-9220.


Bodies in Motion Race Registration is Open!

Are you ready to run? We are! And, on May 19, we will!

May 19 at 8am. That’s when we kick off the 2013 Bodies in Motion 5K, 10K and Fun Run. We hope you’ll join us there at the starting line. And, we can’t wait to celebrate with you when you cross the finish line.

Ready to run? Click here to register.

This event is about more than running a race. It’s about living a healthy life. It’s about being active and having fun. And, most of all, the Bodies in Motion race is sout supporting local charities in our community.

Last year, you helped us raise an amazing $21K+ in net proceeds through donations and fundraising. All of those proceeds went to support local charities, schools and nonprofits  through our Blue Ridge Community Foundation. All told, the 2012 Bodies in Motion race raised funds that supported: Bodies in Motion 5k Race

  • Fauquier High School
  • Kettle Run High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Fauquier Community Food Bank
  • Fauquier Free Clinic
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Fauquier
  • Fauquier Sports Foundation
  • Fauquier Habitat for Humanity

We are doing the same thing this year. Every single dollar you help us raise will go to the Blue Ridge Community Foundation. They, in turn, will identify local organizations to support. When you sign up to run in the Bodies in Motion 5K, 10K or Fun Run, you help make our community a better place. And, that means everyone wins.

That’s why we do this. Sure, we do this to run. And, yes, we do this to have fun. But, most of all, we do this to help out.

If you’d like to help out, we hope you will register to run in the 5k, 10K or one mile Fun Run. We raised more than $21,000 last year. Let’s do even better this year!

Register online at

Did you Know?



Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Minimizes Recovery Time

Rotator cuff repairs are a common cause of pain and disability amount adults.  Although a single traumatic injury can cause a rotator cuff tear (RCT) otherwise known as shoulder impingement syndrome.  Most cases are the result of excessive “Wear and Tear” of these muscles and tendons over time.  Anyone who engages in repetitive overhead motions has a higher risk of developing RCT.  These include swimmers, baseball, tennis players, and weightlifters.  RCT can virtually occur in anyone who uses or over uses their shoulders.  RCT is not just a condition for athletes.  It can be you too!

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and their tendons.  This tissue mass forms a “cuff” over the upper end of the arm.  The rotator cuff helps to lift and rotate the arm, and to stabilize the ball of the shoulder within the joint.  Patients who suffer from a RCT often report recurrent shoulder pain, weakness when lifting, and a crackling sensation when moving the shoulder.  If the tear is particularly painful, or when non-surgical treatments fail to reduce the pain, surgery becomes a realistic solution.


Please don’t be tough and ignore your pain.  This may lead to permanent damage.  Catching problems early and taking preventative measures now is the most effective way to solve your shoulder problems.  If you are experiencing shoulder pain contact one of our shoulder specialists immediately.

Live Better Every Day with Effective Pain Management

Is persistent pain interfering with your every day life?  We are here to help.

Please come and meet Daniel Heller, M.D.

Join us for a free community Q & A lecture Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Our team of caregivers has received advanced training in pain management.  We work together across multiple healthcare disciplines to help manage your pain.  We assess your condition, evaluate past treatments and discuss new treatment options to build a plan the is right for you!

Where:  Lion & Bull Restaurant, 5351 Merchant Square, Haymarket, VA 20169

6:00-6:30 Appetizers

6:30pm Presentation

RSVP today by calling Jill Smith (540) 347-9298 ext 270 or

One lucky winner will be awarded a $250 gift card!

Common Injuries in Youth and Teenage Sports

Common Injuries in Youth and Teenage Sports

All over the world, millions of children and teenagers participate in sports.  Believe it or not, children and teenagers are injured about the same amount as professional athletes but the injuries are most often different.  The main reason…Our children and teenagers are still experiencing growth spurts.  Unfortunately, these injuries obtained early on may cause problems in the adult life such as arthritis or required surgery.

Watch out for the following signs of injury –

  • Acute Injury  –  Trauma to any part of the body due to physical impact.
  • Concussion  –   Temporary unconsciousness caused by a blow to the head or violent shock from a heavy blow.  Aftereffects such as confusion or temporary incapacity are possible.
  • Overuse – These types of injuries are caused by repetitive athletic activity that gradually worsens over time.  Stress fractures are common outcomes of overuse athletic activities.
  • Growth Plate – These types of injuries occur in contact sports such as football, wrestling, basketball, and all high impact sports.  Growth plates are areas of cartilage that do not harden into bone until a child is fully grown.  Therefore, making our young ones much more susceptible to injury.


Tips for keeping your athlete injury free

  • Wear proper gear.  Masks, pads, protective cups, eyewear, mouthpieces, faceguards, helmets.  Our athletes think they are invincible at times!  Keep them properly protected with this simple step.
  • Warm Up.  Stretching and strengthening will increase flexibility.  Practice these exercises before games and during play.
  • Down time.  Allow at least one day a week to let muscles heal and recover.
  • Limit one sport year round if possible.  Take breaks and play other sports to allow development and prevention.

Have questions or concerns?  Please contact one of our Sports Medicine Specialists @ (540) 347-9220.