osteoporosis

Are you at Risk for Osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones in which there is a loss of bone density and destruction of bone tissue.  Even though you may not notice a difference in your bones, over time they will lose many important proteins that are vital to keeping your bones strong.  As a result, your bones will have less strength and you will be much more susceptible to fractures, especially if you fall.

According to this article from Krames Staywell http://ssov3.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Conditions/Orthopedics/Osteoporosis/85,P00932 Osteoporosis affects over 10 million Americans over the age of 50, with women four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.

34 million Americans over the age of 50 have low bone mass which increases the threat for osteoporosis.  Loss of Estrogen is the number one cause of bone loss in women during and after menopause.  Woman can lose up to 20% of their bone mass in the five to seven years following menopause.

Other risk factors for osteoporosis –

  • Age – Bones will become less dense and lose strength with age
  • Heredity
  • Overall poor health
  • Tobacco Smoking
  • Race – White and Asian women are most at risk, even though all races may develop the disease
  • Alcoholism
  • Low body weight
  • Poor vision
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Low levels of testosterone
  • Early menopause
  • Certain medications – Most associated medication risks are steroids and anticonvulsants, but there is evidence emerging with regard to other medications
  • Low calcium intake
  • Having a fracture occur as an adult

Many people are not affected with symptoms of osteoporosis and the disease is often referred to as the “silent disease.” Some people may have pain in their bones and muscles, particularly in their back.  On occasion, a collapsed vertebra may cause severe pain, decrease in height, or deformity in the spine.  Osteoporosis most often occurs in the hips, spine and wrists.

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center’s physicians, physical therapists, and pain management specialists have extensive experience treating nearly every kind of condition including osteoporosis.  We offer a range of non-operative treatment options as well as many minimally invasive options that are treated in our surgical center on an outpatient basis.  Please contact us today @ 540.347.9220 (Warrenton office) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville office) for more information or visit us @ www.broava.com.  Our number one goal – Get YOU back to GOOD health.

What is Osteoporosis? Are you at Risk?

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Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones in which there is a loss of bone density and destruction of bone tissue.  Even though you may not notice a difference in your bones, over time they will lose many important proteins that are vital to keeping your bones strong.  As a result, your bones will have less strength and you will be much more susceptible to fractures, especially if you fall.

According to this article from Krames Staywell http://ssov3.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Conditions/Orthopedics/Osteoporosis/85,P00932 Osteoporosis affects over 10 million Americans over the age of 50, with women four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.

34 million Americans over the age of 50 have low bone mass which increases the threat for osteoporosis.  Loss of Estrogen is the number one cause of bone loss in women during and after menopause.  Woman can lose up to 20% of their bone mass in the five to seven years following menopause.

Other risk factors for osteoporosis –

  • Age – Bones will become less dense and lose strength with age
  • Heredity
  • Overall poor health
  • Tobacco Smoking
  • Race – White and Asian women are most at risk, even though all races may develop the disease
  • Alcoholism
  • Low body weight
  • Poor vision
  • Thyroid disease
  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Low levels of testosterone
  • Early menopause
  • Certain medications – Most associated medication risks are steroids and anticonvulsants, but there is evidence emerging with regard to other medications
  • Low calcium intake
  • Having a fracture occur as an adult

Many people are not affected with symptoms of osteoporosis and the disease is often referred to as the “silent disease.” Some people may have pain in their bones and muscles, particularly in their back.  On occasion, a collapsed vertebra may cause severe pain, decrease in height, or deformity in the spine.  Osteoporosis most often occurs in the hips, spine and wrists.

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center’s physicians, physical therapists, and pain management specialists have extensive experience treating nearly every kind of condition including osteoporosis.  We offer a range of non-operative treatment options as well as many minimally invasive options that are treated in our surgical center on an outpatient basis.  Please contact us today @ 540.347.9220 for more information or visit us @ www.broava.com.  Our number one goal – Get YOU back to GOOD health.

Pinched Nerve?

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A pinched nerve occurs when one or more of our nerves are affected due to pressure surrounding tissues such as bones, cartilage, muscles, or tendons.

Results of a Pinched Nerve

  • Sharp or burning pain
  • Difficulty controlling specific muscles
  • Tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness

A pinched nerve can transpire several places in the body.  Here are a few tips to try –

  • Analgesic medications – Aspirin, or anti-inflammatory, (ibuprofen) can control the pain.
  • Ice – Ice is an anti-inflammatory.  It will also relieve pain.  Most often we turn to heat to ease the pain however, this can cause further inflammation and more pain!
  • Physical Therapy – Ice therapy combined with gentle stretching can help relax the affected area.
  • Injections – A localized steroid injection may reduce swelling and inflammation around the pinched nerve.  This is done on an outpatient basis by a physician.

Please see your doctor if the signs and symptoms of a pinched nerve last for more than a few days and don’t improve with conservative treatments as listed above.  Depending on your condition, surgery may be required.

The physicians, pain medicine specialists, and physical therapists of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center can help.  Our goal is to get you back to good health.  Please contact us today @ 540.347.9220 to schedule an appointment or simply for more information.

Let Us Resolve Your Everyday Aches and Pains

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Poor posture, trauma, improper lifting, and aging – all of these factors can injure your spine and cause pain.  Whether caused by injury or the normal wear and tear of time, spine-related ailments require the best care available.

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center’s board certified 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 neck and back.

Blue Ridge Orhopaedic & Spine Center offers a range of non-operative treatments as well as minimally invasive treatments –

  • Physical Therapy
  • Bracing
  • Pain Management
  • Acupuncture
  • Sympathetic Block Procedures
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty
  • Interspinous Process decompression (X-STOP, ILIF)
  • Limited Approach Discectomy
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF, TLIF,XLIF)

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center offers the best comprehensive musculoskeletal care available for a wide variety of spine-related ailments.  To schedule an appointment with our spine specialists or simply for more information please call (540) 347-9220.

Our Goal – Get YOU Back to GOOD Health

Common Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are often caused by repetitive motion, like swinging a hammer, golf club, or tennis racket. Activities like swimming and weightlifting can wear down shoulders, too.

The shoulder joint.

How do you know the difference between general soreness and an injury that needs attention? Ongoing stiffness, a loose feeling joint that seems like it could pop out, inflammation or noticeable weakness in one or both shoulders are signs that should be taken seriously—and taken to an orthopedist.
Most shoulder injuries are related to muscle, tendon, or ligament problems.  Often the rotator cuff—the group of tendons and muscles that hold the shoulder joint bones together—is involved.

As this AAOS blog post explains, orthopedic specialists put shoulder injuries into two categories: instability and impingement. Instability comes when the joint is forced out of position, while impingement is caused by shoulder muscles rubbing against the top of the shoulder blade.

For more on the types of injuries that cause shoulder pain, see this related post on our blog.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, weakness, or joint mobility limitations, don’t try to “play through” the pain. Contact our shoulder care experts for a consultation and we’ll find the treatment that is right for you.