Monthly Archives: December 2013

2014 – Resolve to Get Your Life Back!



Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center is Northern Virginia’s premier facility (conveniently located in Warrenton & Gainesville) for diagnosing and treating back pain and spinal disorders.  In addition to our regionally renowned Spine Center, our practice features Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine, Pain Management, Physical Therapy, Trauma Center, Shoulder Care, a Hand Center and a Foot and Ankle Center.  Our board certified,  fellowship trained physicians , physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, registered dietitians, massage therapists, and other health care professionals have a single goal:  get YOU back to GOOD health!

From all of us @ Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center –


Understanding the Thoracic Spine and Upper Back Pain



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 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 more serious underlying disease.  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 today to schedule an appointment – 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location) or visit us @ for more information.

Lower Leg Stretches



Stretching your lower legs can help keep you limber and your joints free of pain!  These stretches from,4128 work well for the ankle and knee joints.

1)     Stand 2 or 3 feet from a wall. Lean forward with both hands touching the wall, 1 foot forward and the other 12 to 18 inches behind. Leave both feet flat on the floor during the stretch. Hold the stretch position for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat for a total of 2 to 4 repetitions. Complete all repetitions on 1 side before changing sides.

2)     Stand on a stair step with the toes of both feet near the edge. Position your heels below the level of the step and rise on your toes. Hold the stretch and slowly return to the starting position.

Be careful. If you have small feet and a large body, overdoing calf raises could damage your foot. To avoid this, gradually increase the number and height of the raises.

Follow these recommendations before beginning any exercise regimen:

  • Always consult with your health care provider before beginning any exercise program, (and particularly if you have undergone knee surgery.)
  • Begin each stretching session with 5 to 7 minutes of gentle aerobic exercise, such as walking or riding a stationary bicycle, to warm up your muscles.
  • Start out slowly and build repetitions gradually.
  • Stop any exercise that causes pain.
  • Repeat each exercise 2 to 4 times, or as instructed.

If you are suffering with a joint ailment and the pain is becoming unmanageable, Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center’s joint replacement group can eliminate your pain!  We recognize that painful joints can interfere with your sleep, limit daily mobility, or keep you from participating in the activities you love.  Call us today @ 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location) to speak to a joint replacement specialist.  Visit for more information on the comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine center.

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.  Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center offers 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 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 (Warrenton location) or (703) 743-2814 (Gainesville location) for more information or to schedule an appointment.   Visit our website @!  Our goal – Get YOU back to GOOD HEALTH.

Merry Christmas



From our family to yours – Merry Christmas!