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Considering Injectable Corticosteroids?

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Corticosteroids are powerful drugs used to decrease inflammation in the body’s tissues.  Corticosteroid injections can treat a range of muscular, skeletal, and spinal conditions.  This article from KRAMES staywell http://ssov3.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Conditions/Orthopedics/Tests/134,92l shows us the most common uses of corticosteroid injections:

  • Lower back pain – Lower back pain from strains, spinal stenosis, ruptured disks, and other common conditions may be treated with injectable corticosteroids to provide some reprieve from pain.  Lumbar radiculopathy is a pain in the buttocks, hips, or legs that stems from a pinched nerve in the lower back.  This kind of pain can usually be treated with corticosteroid injections near the pinched nerve.  If a patient is having excruciating pain, the injection may target the spinal cord area through a catheter.  Sometimes other drugs such as local anesthetics or narcotics are given in conjunction with the corticosteroid.
  • Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis sufferers often develop inflammation and pain in their joints.  An injection of corticosteroids into the affected joint can provide temporary pain relief for several weeks or even months.  After the treatment, you will need to rest the joint for at least 24 hours for the best results.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome – Carpal tunnel syndrome will occur when a nerve in the wrist becomes compressed or pinched, causing pain and weakness in the hand.  Injecting a corticosteroid in the wrist can provide immediate relief.
  • Cervical radiculopathy – This is neck pain that radiates to the shoulder and arm.  It occurs when the vertebrae in the spine moves closer together, pinching a nerve in the neck.  Injecting corticosteroids near the pinched nerve may reduce pain and swelling allowing for time to heal.
  • Bursitis and tendonitis – Bursitis is a common condition that occurs when the fluid sac that normally cushions your joint spaces becomes painful and inflamed.  Tendonitis is a condition in which the tendons around bones and muscles become inflamed.   The most bothersome areas usually are the knee, elbow, shoulder writs and hip.  The injected corticosteroids can help to reduce inflammation.

At Blue Ridge Orthopedic and Spine Center our physicians are fellowship – trained and board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. In pain medicine, we have the most advanced training and certifications available for pain management.  Please contact us today at 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location) for more information and don’t forget to visit us @ www.broava.com for more information on the comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center.

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.

Shoulder Tendonitis

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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 www.broava.com

Injectable Corticosteroids

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Corticosteroids are powerful drugs used to decrease inflammation in the body’s tissues.  Corticosteroid injections can treat a range of muscular, skeletal, and spinal conditions.  This article from KRAMES staywell http://ssov3.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Conditions/Orthopedics/Tests/134,92 shows us the most common uses of corticosteroid injections:

  • Lower back pain – Lower back pain from strains, spinal stenosis, ruptured disks, and other common conditions may be treated with injectable corticosteroids to provide some reprieve from pain.  Lumbar radiculopathy is a pain in the buttocks, hips, or legs that stems from a pinched nerve in the lower back.  This kind of pain can usually be treated with corticosteroid injections near the pinched nerve.  If a patient is having excruciating pain, the injection may target the spinal cord area through a catheter.  Sometimes other drugs such as local anesthetics or narcotics are given in conjunction with the corticosteroid.
  • Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis sufferers often develop inflammation and pain in their joints.  An injection of corticosteroids into the affected joint can provide temporary pain relief for several weeks or even months.  After the treatment, you will need to rest the joint for at least 24 hours for the best results.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome – Carpal tunnel syndrome will occur when a nerve in the wrist becomes compressed or pinched, causing pain and weakness in the hand.  Injecting a corticosteroid in the wrist can provide immediate relief.
  • Cervical radiculopathy – This is neck pain that radiates to the shoulder and arm.  It occurs when the vertebrae in the spine moves closer together, pinching a nerve in the neck.  Injecting corticosteroids near the pinched nerve may reduce pain and swelling allowing for time to heal.
  • Bursitis and tendonitis – Bursitis is a common condition that occurs when the fluid sac that normally cushions your joint spaces becomes painful and inflamed.  Tendonitis is a condition in which the tendons around bones and muscles become inflamed.   The most bothersome areas usually are the knee, elbow, shoulder writs and hip.  The injected corticosteroids can help to reduce inflammation.

At Blue Ridge Orthopedic and Spine Center our physicians are fellowship – trained and board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. In pain medicine, we have the most advanced training and certifications available for pain management.  Please contact us today at 540.347.9220 for more information or visit us @ www.broava.com

Get Back on Track

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Foot and Ankle Pain can have a debilitating effect on your daily life!

Many factors can lead to foot and ankle pain.  At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, we treat foot and ankle injuries caused by work, sports-related injuries, fractures, deformities and disease using a variety of surgical and non-surgical methods.

Specialized treatments and surgical procedures –

  • Ankle and 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

The Foot and Ankle Center at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center brings together a highly qualified and experienced team to treat foot and ankle conditions caused from work and sports related injuries, fractures, deformities, congenital defects and disease.  To schedule an appointment with one of foot specialists please call 540.347.9220 or visit www.broava.com for more information.