Monthly Archives: July 2013

Free Community Q & A Lecture with Daniel Heller, M.D.



Suffering with Acute or Chronic Pain?  This Lecture is for YOU!

Join Dr. Daniel Heller for a FREE Community Q & A Lecture!

If persistent pain is interfering with the life you used to enjoy, we can help.  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 that is right for you.

Please come and meet Daniel Heller, M.D.


Thursday, August 1st, 2013

6:00-6:30PM Appetizers

6:30PM Presentation                                            REGISTER TODAY TO WIN A $250 GIFT CARD!


Lion and Bull Restaurant                                                       MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!!!

5351 Merchant Square

Haymarket, VA 20169


Jill Smith

540.347.9298 ext 270

What is Kyphosis?



Take a look at your spine in the mirror and what do you see?  Normally, you will see your spine and it looks as if it is straight.  However if your spine is affected by kyphosis the spine shows indication of a forward curvature over the back bones in the upper back area, which in turn gives the appearance of abnormally rounded or “humpback.”

Symptoms of Kyphosis

  • Shoulder blade height or location is different
  • Head leans down compared to the rest of the body
  • When bending forward, the height of the upper back seems higher than normal
  • Tight hamstring muscles

Causes of Kyphosis

Kyphosis can be present at birth, or do to circumstances that might include the following:

  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Metabolic conditions
  • Osteogenesis imperfect (“Brittle Bone Disease”).  A condition that allows bones to fracture with a small amount of force.
  • Spina bifida
  • Postural kyphosis the most customary type of kyphosis and usually becomes noticeable in children and associated with slouching vs. a spinal abnormality.  Exercise is recommended to help correct posture.
  • Scheuermann’s disease is a condition that causes the vertebrae to curve forward in the upper back area.  Unfortunately, there is no known cause for Scheuermann’s disease and is most often seen in males.

Treatment Options for Kyphosis

The purpose of treatment is to stop the progression of the curve and minimize deformity.  According to the Scoliosis Research Society, treatment might include the following:

  • Your doctor will observe and complete many examinations to monitor the progression of the curvature which depends on the amount of skeletal growth, or how skeletally mature, the child is.  Spinal curvature will slow down or even stop once the child has reached puberty.
  • If the child is still in his/her growing stage – the doctor may prescribe a brace.  The kind of brace and the amount of time required in the brace will be established by your doctor.
  • In rare instances, surgery may be recommended if the curvature measures 75 degrees or more on an X-ray and bracing is not effective in slowing down the advancement of the curvature.

The symptoms of kyphosis often resemble other spinal deformities or disorders, or could also be a result of injury or infection.  Early detection of kyphosis is critical for successful treatment.  Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center offers the best care available for a wide variety of spine-related ailments.  To schedule an appointment with our spine specialists at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, please call 540.347.9220.  To learn more about our services, please visit


Shoulder Tendonitis



Shoulder tendonitis causes an inflammation of the rotator cuff and/or biceps tendon and is usually the outcome of a pinched tendon.  Sports activities that require the arm to move over the head repetitively, such as baseball, weightlifting, racket sports, and particular swimming strokes often are the cause of shoulder tendonitis.

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Pain or stiffness in the shoulder
  • Unable to hold arm in particular positions

Pain relief strategies –

  • Active rest
  • Strengthening/rehabilitation exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, Motrin or Aleve
  • Anti-inflammatory steroid  injections
  • Surgery for extreme injuries

Shoulder pain is a common orthopaedic condition.  Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center can help you recover from injuries or wear-and-tear.  Our surgeons and physical therapists have the specialized training, expertise, and experience you need to treat shoulder problems – either surgically or non-surgically.  To schedule an appointment with our shoulder specialists at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, please call 540.347.9220.  To learn more about our services, please visit

Total Hip Replacement



Total hip replacement surgery almost always reduces joint pain. During this surgery, your problem hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint (called a prosthesis).

Benefits of Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement surgery almost always:

  • Stops or greatly reduces hip pain. Even the pain from surgery should go away within weeks.
  • Increases leg strength. Without hip pain, you’ll be able to use your legs more. This will build up your muscles.
  • Improves quality of life by allowing you to do daily tasks and low-impact activities in greater comfort.
  • Provides years of easier movement. Most total hip replacements last for many years.

When the surgical team is ready, you’ll be taken to the operating room. There you’ll be given anesthesia. The anesthesia will help you sleep through surgery, or it will make you numb from the waist down. Then an incision is made, giving the surgeon access to your hip joint. The damaged ball is removed, and the socket is prepared to hold the prosthesis. After the new joint is in place, the incision is closed with staples or stitches.

Preparing the Bone
The ball is cut from the thighbone, and the surface of the old socket is smoothed. Then the new socket is put into the pelvis. The socket is usually press-fit and may be held in place with screws or cement. A press-fit prosthesis has tiny pores on its surface that your bone will grow into.

Joining the New Parts
The new hip stem is inserted into the head of your thighbone. After the stem is secure in the thighbone, the new ball and socket are joined. The stem of the prosthesis may be held with cement or press-fit. Your surgeon will choose the method that is best for you.

At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center we realize painful joints can interfere with your sleep, limit mobility, or simply keep you from participating in the activities you love.  If managing your joint pain is no longer working, our joint replacement specialists can eliminate your pain.  To schedule an appointment or for more information please call us @ 540.347.9220 or visit

Fauquier High School Car Wash Success



Thanks to everyone who came out for the Falcon Cheerleaders car wash fundraiser @ Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center this past weekend!  Students and parents thank you for your support!  You all are great!

If you would like to participate in upcoming FHS fundraising events don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities! 

Visit Chick-fil-A (Warrenton) Wednesday, July 31st and mention the FHS cheerleaders.  Chick-fil-A is kindly donating 20% of every sale to the FHS fundraiser!

The FHS cheerleaders are putting on a Fashion Show!  August 3rd @ 2pm.  Location – 6472 Duhollow Road (Faith Christian Church in Warrenton.)  Cheerleaders will model their own clothes to include 1 time worn Homecoming/Prom dresses.  These dresses will then be GIVEN away (to anyone) at the event.  Light refreshments will be served as well as vendor booths!  Stop by and show your support!  Tickets are $10 per person.

As always, Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center is happy to sponsor events for our community.  Together we all make a difference!  For more information, please contact (540) 347-9298 x. 270 or visit us @