Monthly Archives: January 2014

We’d like to say welcome to Dr. Christopher Chang and staff!

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Fauquier Ear Nose and Throat Consultants, the practice of Dr. Christopher Chang and Catie Chalmers, AuD, will be acquired by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center to become part of the Greater Piedmont Medical Association effective March 1, 2014. With this merger, Fauquier ENT will also be joining Dominion Internal Medicine, with Drs. Robert Lin and Michael & Jennifer Ackerman, and Urological Associates of the Piedmont, with Dr. David Pfeffer. The Fauquier ENT practice will continue to operate at its respective location at 550 Hospital Drive, Warrenton, VA 20186 and provide the same services as it does now. The telephone number will remain the same.

Prevent Neck Pain @ Work!



It’s  important to look at workplace ergonomics as part of treatment and prevention of neck pain.  Most often we forget.  This Spine Health article explains what you can do to reduce painful neck pain.

When sitting at a desk and looking straight ahead:

  • Eyes should point directly at the top third of your computer screen.
  • Forearms should be approximately parallel with the floor when typing.
  • Elbows should be at the side.
  • Feet should be flat on the floor with the thighs parallel with the floor.
  • If you stand or perform driving tasks, make sure that one side of the body is not constantly rotated more than the other side, and that there is as much symmetry in repetitive tasks as possible.

If you are experiencing neck pain, Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center can help.  Our team of board certified physicians as well as our physical therapy and rehabilitation department (including massage therapy) will diagnose your neck pain and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.  Our goal is to get YOU back to GOOD health.  To schedule an appointment with one of our spine or pain specialists please call 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location).  For more information on all comprehensive services offered by  Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center visit our website @




Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center has on-site state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat orthopaedic conditions. At our Warrenton & Gainesville offices, we provide you with comprehensive orthopaedic and sports medicine care. Our goal is to get you back to your regular routine as quickly as possible. For your convenience, both of our offices are equipped with in-office X-ray departments. Not only does this facilitate rapid diagnosis but it is also convenient for patients who may be experiencing pain or disability at the time of their visit.

In addition, having X-ray capability in the office allows our physicians to have direct control over the X-ray techniques used to visualize the musculoskeletal system for accurate diagnosis.

Patients at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center benefit from the following:

  • Full Service Radiology Department
  • State of the art digital wireless X-ray system
  • Highly trained and experienced radiologic technologists
  • Compassionate and caring staff
  • Immediate results
  • Minimal discomfort on all X-ray examinations

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic Radiology (X-ray)

An X-ray (radiography) is a painless medical test that involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. A bone X-ray makes images of any bone in the body, including the hand, wrist, arm, foot, ankle, knee, leg, or spine.

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center uses on-site digital X-rays to facilitate immediate diagnosis of bone disorders during the patient visit. The digital X-rays are transmitted immediately and viewed by our providers without a waiting period.

Radiologic Technologists:

Elaine Casey, RT(R), Supervisor

Radiology_MistyTracy ARRT Board-certified, fellowship trained and VA licensed Radiologic TechnologistA Pittsburgh, PA native, Elaine attended the University of Pittsburgh and Montefiore Hospital School of Radiologic Technology.  After moving to Virginia, she worked extensively in Orthopaedics and Mobile Radiology. She joined BROSC in 2006 and has been an active part of the advancement of BROSCs Radiology Services.



Amber Vitko, RT(R), Assistant Supervisor

Radiology_AmberVitko ARRT Board-certified, fellowship trained and VA licensed Radiologic TechnologistBorn and raised in Front Royal, VA, Amber graduated from Winchester Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology.  She joined BROSC in 2000 where she has been an integral part of the expanding Radiology Department.  Amber has a vast knowledge in all aspects of Orthopaedic Radiography.

Liza Phillips, RT(R)

Radiology_LizaPhillips ARRT Board-certified, fellowship trained and VA licensed Radiologic TechnologistLiza comes from Winchester, MA.  After attending North Eastern University and Athens Area Technical Institute Applied Technology Program, she accumulated a vast variety of experience in trauma and orthopaedics before settling in VA.  She joined BROSC in 2006.



Misty Tracy, RT(R)

Radiology_MistyTracy ARRT Board-certified, fellowship trained and VA licensed Radiologic TechnologistOriginally from Maryland, Misty attended Winchester Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology. Since her graduation in 2011, she joined BROSC, where she has developed extensive orthopaedic Radiology experience.


To schedule an appointment with one of our board certified physicians, call our Warrenton office at (540-347-9220) or our Gainesville office at (703-743-2814). For more information please visit

Help us HELP our Neighbors! TOGETHER we can make a DIFFERENCE!



Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center and YOU have the opportunity to help our neighbors in need.  We are collecting non-perishable food items and or monetary donations for those in our community who are in need of a little extra care.  All donations will go to the Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition (a 501c(3) non-profit) who sponsor a USDA Food Commodity Giveaway on a monthly basis and the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry!  See your favorite Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center Department for food distribution drop off areas within Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center!!!

Please remember those who are in need of food.  Food items that are needed for the distribution are: 

Canned meats, fruits, vegetables, cereal, oatmeal, rice, soups, coffee, tea, powdered milk, pasta, pasta sauce, juice, peanut butter & jelly, pancakes & syrup, mashed potatoes, canned lunches, desserts, baby formula, toothpaste, soap,  baby diapers, hygiene products, and toilet paper,                                            

Gift Cards and Cash Donations are Welcome

For more information please call Blue Ridge Orthopaedic &  Spine Center @ 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location).

Pain-Free Tips for Snow Shoveling


While we can’t stop the snow from coming, we can certainly prepare ourselves and keep our backs healthy!  We all know snow shoveling can be a hassle.  It can also be a pain in the neck.  Literally!  Every year, thousands of people seek medical attention at emergency rooms after injuring themselves while snow shoveling.  Follow these spine saving tips while shoveling.

  • Start early.  If the forecast calls for a lot of snow, start shoveling before the storm is over.  It’s easier to clear small amounts of snow.  And, you’ll be less likely to strain your back lifting shovelfuls of heavy, wet snow.
  • Dress for the weather.  Hats and gloves and coats will keep you warm.  Layers will help, since you’re likely to warm up once you’ve started.  But the most important piece of clothing is what you wear on your feet.  Choose rugged boots or shoes with soles that grip slippery surfaces well.
  • Stretch and warm up.  It may seem silly, but a quick stretch to warm up your muscles will help prevent injuries.
  • Choose the proper snow shovel.  A shovel with a curved handle or an adjustable handle will minimize painful bending, try slightly bending your knees and flex your back 10 degrees or less.
  • Avoid tossing snow over the shoulders.  Try pushing the snow rather than lifting.  If you must lift the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: “Lift it properly.”  Squat with your legs apart, knees bent and back straight.  Do not bend at the waist!
  • Keep your loads light and manageable.   One full shovel can weigh as much as 25 pounds.
  • Pace Yourself.  Shovel small amounts of snow.  Take a break from shoveling every 10-15 minutes.  Use this time to continue stretching your muscles.

If you do pull a muscle, strain your back, or slip and fall Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center can help.  Some injuries can be treated at home with rest and ice.  Others may require medical care.  When in doubt – or, if you’re still hurting several days after an injury – call us at (540) 347-9220 (Warrenton location or (703) 743-2814 (Gainesville location).  Our team of physical therapists and orthopaedic surgeons will work with you to diagnose your injury, plan your recovery and get you back to good health!  Visit our website @ for more information!