shoulder pain

There is Help if You Suffer With a Frozen Shoulder


Frozen shoulder, is referred to as adhesive capsulitis, a disorder in which the shoulder capsule and the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder, becomes stiff, inflamed and significantly reduces motion and may cause serious chronic pain.

Signs of a Frozen Shoulder                                                                                           

  • Increased shoulder pain as you move your arm
  • Shoulder stiffness that makes it hard to get daily tasks done
  • Shoulder pain that keeps you from sleeping
  • An arm that you can’t raise or rotate beyond a certain point

Treatment can be painful and challenging and usually consists of Physical Therapy, Pain Management, Massage Therapy, or Surgery.  If think you may be suffering with a frozen shoulder, stop the pain now.  At Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center our team of Physical Therapists, Pain Management Specialists, Massage Therapists, and our Shoulder Specialists are here to help you get back to a healthy, pain free lifestyle.  Call (540) 347-9220 (Warrenton location) or (703) 743-2814 (Gainesville location) for more information or to schedule an appointment.  Don’t forget to visit our website @!

Is Arthroscopy the Right Choice for you?




Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to examine and often treat damaged joints.  The benefit of an arthroscopy over conventional open surgery is that the joint does not have to be completely opened up.  This article from KRAMES staywell (,P00903) tells us the joints most frequently examined by arthroscopy, what arthroscopic surgery entails and conditions commonly associated with arthroscopy.

Joints frequently examined –

  •  Shoulder
  • Wrist
  • Ankle
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Knee
  • Spine

What does arthroscopic surgery commonly entail –

  •  General, local, or spinal anesthetic is dispensed
  • Small incision is made in the patient’s skin
  • Arthroscope (Small tube that consists of lenses, video, and light) is inserted through the incision
  • Other incisions may be made to introduce other small grasping, probing, or cutting tools
  • Corrective surgery, if required, may be executed during the initial diagnostic procedure
  • Bandages or dressings may be applied to the postoperative area

Conditions most commonly found with arthroscopy


  • Inflammation in the lining of the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist or ankle
  • Injuries – Rotator cuff tendon tears, impingement syndrome, frequent dislocations in the shoulder, cartilage tears, wearing or injury of cartilage cushions, and ligament tears with instability in the knee
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist
  • Pieces of loose bone or cartilage (commonly found in the knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, or wrist)

The benefit of an arthroscopy over conventional open surgery is that the joint does not have to be completely opened up.  Only two small incisions are made – one for the arthroscope and one for the surgical instruments to be used in the knee cavity.  Having arthroscopic surgery significantly reduces recovery time and less scarring occurs than with a typical open surgery.  In most cases arthroscopic procedures can be done on an outpatient basis.

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 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 a joint specialist today @ 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location).  Be sure to visit for more information on the comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center.  Our Goal – Get YOU back to GOOD health!

Broken Collarbone (Clavicle)



A broken collarbone is also referred to as a clavicle fracture.  Our collarbone is positioned between the rib cage and the shoulder blade and joins the arm to the body.

Most clavicle (collarbone) breaks occur in the middle of the bone.  Every once in a while you will find breakage where the bone attaches at the ribcage or shoulder blade.

This article from [] tells us the cause and symptoms of a clavicle break.


Direct blows to the shoulder are the most likely cause of a clavicle break.  Falling onto the shoulder, car collision, or a fall to an outstretched arm are other likely culprits of a clavicle break.


  • Unable to lift arm due to pain
  • Swelling, bruising, and/or soreness over the collarbone
  • Grinding feeling when the arm is raised
  • Drooping shoulder (down and forward)
  • Arm appears abnormal in appearance or has a “bump” over the break

If you suspect a broken collarbone or if you are unsure of the cause of your shoulder pain, it’s important to seek medical attention.  The shoulder specialists at Blue Ridge Orthopedic & Spine Center have the specialized training, expertise, and experience you need to treat any shoulder problem.  Both surgically and non-surgically.  To schedule an appointment with our shoulder specialists at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center please call (540) 347-9220 (Warrenton location) or (703) 743-2814 (Gainesville location).  To learn more about the comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center visit us @

Our goal – Get YOU back to good health!

2014 – Resolve to Get Your Life Back!



Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center is Northern Virginia’s premier facility (conveniently located in Warrenton & Gainesville) for diagnosing and treating back pain and spinal disorders.  In addition to our regionally renowned Spine Center, our practice features Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine, Pain Management, Physical Therapy, Trauma Center, Shoulder Care, a Hand Center and a Foot and Ankle Center.  Our board certified,  fellowship trained physicians , physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, registered dietitians, massage therapists, and other health care professionals have a single goal:  get YOU back to GOOD health!

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Shoulder Arthritis?



When arthritis occurs in the shoulder, the cartilage of the ball and socket (glenohumerl joint) is almost to the point of gone and the bone rubs on bone.  This type of arthritis can occur from injury, degenerative joint disease, and of course aging.

Signs and Symptoms –

  •  Shoulder pain that persists beyond a few days
  • Loss of motion
  • Inability to carry objects or use the arm
  • Shoulder pain at night

There are several treatment options available for arthritis of the shoulder such as – if arthritis is detected early on it can be managed with mild analgesics (pain medicines) and gentle exercises.  Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation department offers aquatic therapy which is known as a “gentle” exercise and is provided by a trained and licensed physical therapist.  Injections of anti-inflammatory steroids, the application of ice and hot moist packs are also very effective in relieving pain.

When exercise and medications no longer do the trick for shoulder pain, shoulder replacement surgery may be considered.  If you are suffering with shoulder pain and unsure of the cause, you should seek medical attention from a specialist.  Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are many causes of this problem.  It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so the appropriate treatment plan can be put into place.  To speak to one of our shoulder specialists please call us @ 540.347.9220 or visit for more information on shoulder pain.