Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mother’s Day Massage Special!

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Treat that someone special or make time to splurge on you!  

Check out these May massage specials –

30 minute massage – $24                       60 minute massage – $48                    90 minute massage – $72

You are in good hands with our certified massage therapist Lindsay Barnes.  Massage therapy relaxes the entire body; loosens tight muscles; relieves tired and aching muscles; increases flexibility and range of motion; diminishes chronic pain; calms the nervous system; lowers blood pressure; lowers heart rate; enhances skin tone; assists in recovery from injuries and illness; strengthens the immune system; reduces tension headaches; reduces mental stress; improves concentration; promotes restful sleep; aids in mental relaxation, and is a wonderful calming experience!

We offer:  Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, and Deep Tissue Massage.  

Please contact our Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department @ 540-347-2918

 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Offer only valid for massages scheduled between May 1st, 2013 through May 31st, 2013.

Give the perfect gift to mom – Massage Gift Certificates are available!

Great job to the Fauquier High School girls Soccer team!

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Congratulations to the FHS girls soccer team on a successful car wash – fundraiser held at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center on 4/27/2013.  Also,  we would like to send out a big thank you to our staff and patients who participated in this event!    Go Falcons!  Great fun!  Hope to see you back again soon!

Five tips for an injury-free sports season for your child

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Whether your kid is into soccer, baseball or gymnastics, May is a great month to review your child’s goals for the current and upcoming season, and set a plan for success. This is also a good time to ensure you and your child are planning for a safe and injury-free season.

Here are five tips to help plan for a fun, successful and injury-free sports season for your child:

  1. Expect bumps, bruises, sprains and strains. The vast majority of sports injuries require no care other than rest, ice, wrapping and elevation. When in doubt, give us a call. We can show you and your child the best way to wrap an injury to accelerate healing and reduce the risk of re-injury.
  2. Pay attention to size as well as age. Many sports leagues are divided by the age of the child athletes. But, children of the same age can vary dramatically in size and physical strength. If your child is either large or small for his or her age, consider signing them up for an athletic team that better matches his or her size and/or ability.
  3. Remember that children are still growing. Unlike adult athletes, children are still growing. Their bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments are not full-size, and may be more susceptible to injury. Watch especially for injuries at the site of your child’s growth plates. These are the areas of cartilage where bone growth occurs at the end of the long bones, like the femur and the tibia. Approximately half of all growth plate injuries occur from team or individual athletic activities. If your child complains of pain at the site of a joint — knee, elbow, hip, etc — we can help. Our team will diagnose the problem and identify a treatment course.
  4. Watch for over-use injuries. Because children are still growing, their bodies are more susceptible to over-use injuries than adult bodies . Throwing a ball — baseball, football, etc — is a common cause of medial apophysitis (aka. little leaguer’s elbow) and osteochondritis dissecans, two over-use injuries which affect the elbow. If your child hasn’t suffered a chronic injury, but is still complaining of joint pain, you may be dealing with an over-use injury. Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center Child Injuries
  5. Know when to ask for help. Because children are still growing, relatively minor injuries can sometimes have long-term effects. When in doubt, please give us a call. A quick examination and/or x-ray will help diagnose the source of your child’s pain. Our sports medicine specialists will then work with you to develop a plan for treatment and recovery, if necessary.

Click here to learn more about injuries and treatments in child athletes:

We hope you and your child enjoy a fun, exciting and injury-free sports season. If an injury does sideline your child, please give us a call. We can help diagnose the injury, plan for treatment and get your child back in the game as quickly — and healthfully — as possible.

Contact us today to schedule a consult with one of our sports medicine specialists:

  •  email us at info@broava.com
  •  call us at 540-347-9220

Get Ready! Swimsuit Season is Right around the Corner!

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Can you believe summer is almost here?  It’s time to put away our warm comfortable cover up clothes and break out the cool stuff including our bathing suits!  Afraid to make the move?  Many people are.  Not to worry, there is still time to feel good about you and your body.  Do you know Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center offers medical nutrition therapy?

What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?

Medical nutrition therapy is a key component of comprehensive healthcare that can improve the health and quality of life for those with a variety of conditions and illnesses.  Making a few small changes in your diet now may make a world of difference in your medical future and overall health.  Our registered dietician (Heather Suders) is here to assist you in making healthy lifestyle choices.  We provide this vital service by identifying your nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, and customizing a nutritional program you can easily implement and maintain at home.

Don’t delay!  You have nothing, except a few pounds, to lose!  Please call 540.347.9220 today to schedule an appointment or simply for more information.

Tee up Safely!

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Golf is a demanding sport which can certainly cause golf injuries.   The majority of golf injuries occur from over-use and improper body mechanics.

Follow these safety tips from www.mayoclinic.com/health/golf/Ho00075

  • Use proper posture – Think about your posture before and during your swing.  Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and distribute your weight equally on both feet.  Avoid hunching over the ball, which may contribute to neck and back strain.
  • Stay smooth – The power of a golf swing comes from force transferred smoothly through all the muscle groups, from your ankles to your wrists.  If you depend on one part of your body for your hitting power, you may be more prone to injuries.
  • Don’t over swing – If you swing the club too hard or too fast, you may stress your joints.  Relax and take a nice, easy swing at the ball.  The best golfers have consistent – not necessarily fast – swing tempos.
  • Stretch and warm up – Before you practice your golf swing or play a round of golf, warm up with a brisk walk or a set of jumping jacks.  Stretch your hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, spine and pelvis.  Swing your golf club a few times, gradually increasing your range of motion.
  • Start slowly – You might practice your swing for hours, believing it’s helping your game – but if your body isn’t conditioned for the strain, practicing your golf swing may do more harm than good.  Work up to your desired level of activity instead.
  • Strengthen your muscles – You don’t need bulging muscles to hit a long drive – but the stronger your muscles, the greater your club speed.  Better yet, stronger muscles are less prone to golf injuries.  For best results, do strength training exercises year –round
  • Focus on Flexibility – Regular aerobic activity can give you staying power on the course.
  • Lift and carry clubs carefully – Golfers who carry their own bags have higher rates of shoulder and back injuries than do other golfers.  If you jerk heavy clubs out of the trunk of your car, you could injure yourself before you reach the first hole!  Use proper lifting technique:  Keep your back straight and use the strength of your legs to lift.
  • Choose proper footwear – Dress for comfort and protection from the elements.  Wear golf shoes with short cleats.  Long cleats dig into the sod and hold your feet planted as you swing, which may strain your knees or ankles.

We wish you a healthy, injury free golf season.  If you do experience an injury, the physicians and therapists of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center are here to help.   Through careful diagnosis and treatment planning we will get you back to the game as quickly as possible!

Contact us today to schedule a consult with one of our specialists.  540.347.9220   

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