Monthly Archives: October 2013

Go Team Blue Ridge!

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Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center has gotten “Trashy” again, cleaning up the streets of Fauquier County!  Thanks to all Blue Ridge employees who volunteered their time to keep our community clean!

Our motto – WE MEAN TO KEEP IT CLEAN!

Visit www.broava.com for more information on the comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center.

Don’t Settle with Sciatica Pain

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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 centerphysical therapy, and pain management specialists can help determine both the cause and, most importantly, the most appropriate treatment for you.  Contact us today @ 540.347.9220 or visit www.broava.com  to get started on the path to less pain.

Understanding a Pinched Nerve

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What exactly is a pinched nerve?  A pinched nerve occurs when one or more of our nerves are affected due to pressure surrounding tissues such as bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons.

Results of a Pinched Nerve

  • Sharp or burning pain
  • Difficulty controlling specific muscles
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness

A pinched nerve can transpire several places in the body.  Here are a few tips to try –

  • Analgesic medications – Aspirin, or anti-inflammatory, (ibuprofen) can control the pain.
  • Ice – Ice is an anti-inflammatory.  It will also relieve pain.  Most often we turn to heat to ease the pain however, this can cause further inflammation and more pain!
  • Physical Therapy – Ice therapy combined with gentle stretching can help relax the affected area.
  • Injections – A localized steroid injection may reduce swelling and inflammation around the pinched nerve.  This is done on an outpatient basis by a physician.

Please see your doctor if the signs and symptoms of a pinched nerve last for more than a few days and don’t improve with conservative treatments as listed above.  Depending on your condition, surgery may be required.

The physicians, pain medicine specialists, and physical therapists of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center can help.  Our goal is to get you back to good health.  Please contact us today @ 540.347.9220 to schedule an appointment or visit www.broava.com for more information on the comprehensive services we offer.

Liberty Eagles vs. Eastern View Cyclones

LibertyHighSchoolDon’t miss the excitement tonight at Liberty High School as the Eagles take on the undefeated Easternview Cyclones!  In addition to an expected great game it’s Army and Fauquier Youth Football night.  Be sure and stop by and say hello at the Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center tent for a free back pack and rally towel!

Game time:  7pm!  Bundle up!  Good luck to both teams!  For more information please visit www.broava.com.

 

 

The Thoracic Spine and Upper Back Pain

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The thoracic spine consists of 12 chest (thoracic) bones (vertebrae.)  These bones consist of connective tissues, muscles, spinal segments, nerves, and joints which are separated by pads of cartilage that cushion the bones in the upper back.  This article from http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/spine-anatomy/thoracic-spine-anatomy-and-upper-back-pain explains how the thoracic spine can be a main source of pain for the upper back.

Muscular problems – In most cases, upper back pain is caused by muscle irritation or tension.  Poor posture or any type of irritation of the large back and shoulder muscles are usually the cause.

Arthritis – Inflammation in the spine due to arthritis may cause soreness, pressure to the nerve, and or limited range of motion.

Vertebral fractures – Compression fractures caused by osteoporosis are the main cause of thoracic spine pain as the body ages.  Compression fractures can occur anywhere in the spine but typically materialize in the lower vertebrae of the thoracic spine.

Scoliosis – Scoliosis is a spine abnormality in which the spine curves sideways which can cause upper back pain.

Joint Dysfunction – Pain caused by joint dysfunction, (where the ribs are connected to the spine at each level of the thoracic spine, can cause pain.

Kyphosis (hunchback) – There are many factors that can cause kyphosis, including poor posture or a deformity such as ankylosing spondylitis or Scheuermann’s kyphosis.  Even though kyphosis is a deformity, it can still cause serious pain.

Pain in the thoracic spine can indicate a sign of a more serious underlying condition.  At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, our physicians treat nearly every kind of condition including spinal trauma of the neck and back, tumors and infections of the spine, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and adult degenerative conditions of the back.  Call one of our spine specialists today to schedule an appointment – 540.347.9220 or visit us @ www.broava.com for more information.