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Don’t Let Knee Pain Prevent you from Living LIFE to the Fullest!

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Knee pain is a widespread complaint for many people.  Who would think a small joint like the knee could produce such debilitating pain?  There are several factors that can cause knee pain such as arthritis, runner’s knee, bursitis, tendinitis, ligament sprains and tears, meniscus tears, bone fractures, and gout.

Healthy Knees

A healthy knee joint bends easily.  Cartilage, a smooth tissue, covers the ends of the thighbone and shinbone and the underside of the kneecap.  Healthy cartilage absorbs stress and allows the bones to glide freely over each other.  Joint fluid lubricates the cartilage surfaces, making movement even easier.

A Problem Knee

A problem knee is stiff or painful.  Cartilage cracks or wears away due to usage, inflammation, or injury.  Worn, roughened cartilage no longer allows the joint to glide freely, so it feels stiff.  As more cartilage wears away, exposed bones rub together when the knee bends causing pain.  With time, bone surfaces also become rough, making the pain much worse.

Understanding Knee Replacement

A knee prosthesis lets your knee bend easily again.  The roughened ends of the thighbone and shinbone and the underside of the kneecap are replaced with metal and strong plastic components.  With new smooth surfaces, the bones can once again glide freely.  A knee prosthesis does have limitations, but it can help you walk and move with greater comfort.

At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, we recognize that painful joints can interfere with your sleep, limit daily mobility, or keep you from participating in activities that you love.  If managing your joint pain is no longer working, our team of joint replacement specialists can help by replacing all or part of your problem joint.  Please contact our joint specialists7 @ 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location) to schedule an appointment and please visit our website @ www.broava.com for more information on the comprehensive services we offer.

Is Knee Pain Preventing you from Living LIFE to the Fullest?

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Knee pain is a widespread complaint for many people.  Who would think a small joint like the knee could produce such debilitating pain?  There are several factors that can cause knee pain such as arthritis, runner’s knee, bursitis, tendinitis, ligament sprains and tears, meniscus tears, bone fractures, and gout.

Healthy Knees

A healthy knee joint bends easily.  Cartilage, a smooth tissue, covers the ends of the thighbone and shinbone and the underside of the kneecap.  Healthy cartilage absorbs stress and allows the bones to glide freely over each other.  Joint fluid lubricates the cartilage surfaces, making movement even easier.

A Problem Knee

A problem knee is stiff or painful.  Cartilage cracks or wears away due to usage, inflammation, or injury.  Worn, roughened cartilage no longer allows the joint to glide freely, so it feels stiff.  As more cartilage wears away, exposed bones rub together when the knee bends causing pain.  With time, bone surfaces also become rough, making the pain much worse.

Understanding Knee Replacement

A knee prosthesis lets your knee bend easily again.  The roughened ends of the thighbone and shinbone and the underside of the kneecap are replaced with metal and strong plastic components.  With new smooth surfaces, the bones can once again glide freely.  A knee prosthesis does have limitations, but it can help you walk and move with greater comfort.

At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, we recognize that painful joints can interfere with your sleep, limit daily mobility, or keep you from participating in activities that you love.  If managing your joint pain is no longer working, our team of joint replacement specialists can help by replacing all or part of your problem joint.  Please contact our joint specialists @ 540.347.9220 to schedule an appointment or simply for more information.

It’s March Madness! Prepare Yourself!

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Do you play hard?  These injuries are the most common injuries in basketball.

  • Finger Jams – Finger joint pain and swelling from an impact injury which can lead to dislocation, fractures and ligament tears.
  • Hamstring Strains – Excessive stretch or tear of muscle fibers and other related tissues.  Pain can be moderate to extremely heavy in the back of the leg just over the knee.
  • Patella Tendonitis – Also known as jumper’s knee.  This injury is caused from overuse from repetitive overloading of the extensor mechanism of the knee.  Most commonly, pain is felt with an aching feeling in the anterior knee.  May lead to complete tendon tear which requires surgery.
  • Achilles Tendonitis – Inflammation and pain of the large tendon in the back of the ankle caused by overuse.
  • Shin Splints – Commonly found in athletes that run often.  This condition is characterized by pain in the lower part of the leg between the knee and the ankle.
  • Ankle Sprain – A partial or complete tearing of the ligaments in the ankle.

Here are a few tips from orthoinfo.aaos.org to help keep you safe!

  • Maintain you’re fitness.  Be sure you are in good physical condition at the start of basketball season.
  • Make it a part of your routine to warm up and stretch.  Research studies have shown that cold muscles are more prone to injury.
  • Hydrate.  Even small levels of dehydration can hurt you’re athletic performance.  Drink 24 ounces of non-caffeinated fluid 2 hours before exercise.
  • Use of proper equipment.  Shoes, ankle supports, knee and elbow pads, mouth guards, and safety glasses are all critical equipment tools to arm yourself with.
  • Ensure a safe environment.  Make sure courts are free of debris that can be hazardous when playing.
  • If you are injured make sure all signs of injury are gone before returning to play.
  • Prevent overuse injuries.  Limit the number of teams you play on in a season.  When playing on more than one team you are at risk for overuse injuries.

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center offers the most comprehensive care under one roof.  Whether you need to be seen for sprains, strains, or other serious sports injuries our team of specialists can help.

We will help you achieve your goals of getting back in the game!

Call us today at (540) 347-9220 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

Foot or Ankle Pain? Are you suffering with any of the following symptoms?

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  • 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.  We offer 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 board certified specialists 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 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Screening Patients For Osteoporosis

A recently published study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine demonstrates that screening strategies vary widely in identifying women residing in nursing homes who are eligible for treatment of osteoporosis. However, the researchers concluded that a reasonable clinical approach would be to consider osteoporosis treatment for those with clinical fractures of the hip or spine, radiologic evidence for a vertebral fracture or osteoporosis by bone mineral density classification.

Led by Susan Greenspan, M.D., professor of medicine at Pitt, the study, published in this month’s Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, sought to identify nursing home patients who would benefit from pharmacologic treatment of osteoporosis, which could decrease their risk for bone fractures. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and break easily.

“Osteoporosis in the frail elderly can have devastating consequences, but we have yet to perfect a system for identifying those patients who would benefit most from the treatment,” Dr. Greenspan said in a news release issued about the study.

The researchers evaluated a variety of osteoporosis screening strategies in more than 200 women residing in 11 long-term care facilities in the Pittsburgh area. Screening measures included history of bone fracture, bone mineral density by standard Dexa scanning, the fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX) with body mass index (BMI), FRAX with femoral neck bone density, and heel ultrasound.

The study found that depending on the screening strategy used, identification of treatment eligibility varied from 17 percent for clinical fracture to 98 percent for FRAX with BMI. Also, three-quarters of vertebral fractures were “silent,” meaning they caused no symptoms, and were identified only through X-ray or special screening scans.

“This is worrisome because many physicians rely on bone density screening, but that approach missed half the women with vertebral fractures who would be candidates for osteoporosis treatment,” Dr. Greenspan said. “Still, some form of screening for vertebral fractures is appropriate because treatment could prevent more osteoporosis damage and future fractures.”

If you have suffered a fractures of the hip or spine, radiologic evidence for a vertebral fracture or osteoporosis by bone mineral density classification and are interested in being screened for osteoporosis, set up an appointment today by clicking here or calling our office at (540) 347 9220.