Muscle pain

Herniated Disc



A herniated disc in most cases is the culprit that causes lower back pain and is often referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons sixty to eighty percent of people will have back pain at some point in their life and a high percentage of lower back/leg pain is caused by a herniated disc.


  • Aging/Wear and tear
  • Sedentary Lifestyle – Consistent exercise is critical as it helps to prevent several medical conditions from developing.
  • Gender – Men between 30 and 50 are more susceptible to herniated discs.
  • Repetitive actions – Constant lifting, pulling, bending, or twisting can cause a herniated disc.  It’s important to use safe lifting and movement techniques to protect your back.
  • Weight – When a body is overweight it causes extra stress on the discs in the lower back.
  • Smoking – Smoking is believed to lessen oxygen supply to the disc and causes more rapid degeneration.


  • Back Pain
  • Deep Muscle Pain
  • Spasms
  • Tingling or numbness in the leg or foot
  • Weakness in the legs and loss of bladder or bowel control (extremely rare) might indicate a more serious problem known as cauda equine syndrome, which develops when spinal nerve roots are being compressed.  Immediate medical attention is required.


There are several non-surgical solutions available to improve symptoms of a herniated disc.

  • Rest – If you are experiencing severe back pain, 1-2 days of rest will calm the pain.  Don’t stay off your feet any longer than your initial rest period.  Take several breaks throughout the day and avoid sitting for long periods of time.  Use controlled and slow movements and change your daily activities to avoid further pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications – Ibuprofen or naproxen may temporarily relieve back pain.
  • Physical Therapy – Trained specialists with experience in specific exercises can strengthen your muscles.
  • Epidural steroid injection – Steroids are injected into your back to minimize inflammation.

Whether you suffer from wear-and-tear or a spinal injury, Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center offers the best care available for a wide variety of spine/neck related ailments.   Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center’s physicians have extensive experience treating nearly every kind of condition, including spinal trauma of the neck and back, tumors and infections, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and adult degenerative conditions of the next and back.

To schedule an appointment with our spine specialists please call 540.347.9220 (Warrenton office) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville office) and don’t forget to visit us @ for all comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center.

Learn how to Live with Fibromyalgia!



Learn how to Live with Fibromyalgia!

Fibromyalgia is a common disorder that is identified by chronic widespread pain that is accompianed by fatique, weakness, sleep disturbances, and painful response to pressure.  Fibromyalgia is often compared to an arthritis related condition even though it does not cause joint inflammation or impairment.  Please call your doctor if you have chronic pain or overwhelming fatigue.  See the following signs and symptoms from

  • Constant muscle pain, spasms, or stiffness
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Signs of (“fibro fog”) – Difficulty remembering, concentrating, performing simple everyday tasks
  • Jaw and facial sensitivity
  • Tension or migraine headaches
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms, hands, legs, feet or face
  • Swelling or bloated feeling without actual swelling in the hands and feet
  • Increased urinary necessity or frequency
  • Feeling anxious or depressed
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, and constipation /diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Vision problems
  • Weight gain
  • Dizziness

Although there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, several treatment options are available to help you get back to living your everyday life without pain.  The physicians, pain management specialists and physical therapists at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center offer a variety of options tailored to address all of our patient’s pain needs.  We offer inpatient, outpatient, surgical and non-surgical services, as well as cutting-edge, minimally invasive pain management treatment for patients suffering from acute or chronic pain.  Please call our specialists today at 540.347.9220 to schedule an appointment or for more information please visit