Virginia Spine and Sports Orthopaedics

Virginia Spine and Sports Orthopaedics

General Orthopaedics with sub-specialty in adult spine surgery.

Our reputation is for compassionate and successful treatment of our patients. Some problems respond to a program of physical therapy, medication, injections and bracing, while others require surgery with minimally invasive means. Our goal is to restore our patients to the highest degree of function while utilizing state of the art technology. We are committed to your quick return to an active and productive life.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome - OrthoInfo - AAOS Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a broad term used to describe pain in the front of the knee and around the patella, or kneecap. It is sometimes called "runner's knee" or "jumper's knee" because it is common in people who participate in sports.

A Guide to Safety for Young Athletes - OrthoInfo - AAOS Because young athletes are still growing, they are at a greater risk for injury than adults. The consequences of overdoing a sport can include injuries that impair growth, and may lead to long-term health problems. Fortunately, many youth sports injuries can be prevented.

Fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine - OrthoInfo - AAOS This article focuses on fractures of the thoracic spine (midback) and lumbar spine (lower back) that result from a high-energy event, such as a car crash or a fall from a ladder. These types of fractures are typically medical emergencies that require urgent treatment.

How Do You Treat a Patella Alta? A patella alta, or high-riding kneecap, can be surgically corrected, according to London Sports Orthopaedics. In cases of severe kneecap dislocation, the bony attachment of the patella tendon can be...

[10/25/19]   Health Insurance Benefits: Know Your Terms

Benefits can be confusing enough without having to wade through unfamiliar jargon. Below is a list to help you make sure you understand what everyone is talking about.

Premium: The amount covered employees, their employer or both pay for a health insurance plan. Employees' share of the annual premium is usually deducted from their wages each pay period.

Copayment: The amount a group member must pay when he or she sees the doctor, visits the emergency room or urgent care, or fills a prescription.

Deductible: A fixed-dollar amount a group member is required to pay before the insurance company covers any of his or her health expenses.

Coinsurance: The percentage of medical expenses a group member must pay after the deductible has been met.

Out-of-Pocket Limit: The most a group member can be required to pay before the insurer begins to pay all of his or her covered expenses.

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Therapy Putty Exercises Can Improve Your Carpal Tunnel Symptoms Learn how you can improve your hand strength, symptoms of carpal tunnel, and more with a therapy putty exercise program.

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[09/10/19]   The Do’s and Don’ts For A Quick Recovery After
“ Throwing Your Back Out ”

Back strains can occur anytime, anywhere, during almost any kind of activity, and luckily, throwing out your back is usually a temporary situation. Our muscles lose some of their elasticity, especially as we age, which makes us more prone to this issue. The sudden onset of back pain caused by a twisting, lifting, bending, jerking motion is presumably due to a muscle strain.

Most people can identify the injury or activity when they threw out their back. One minute you are bending over to tie your shoe… reaching to get something out of the cabinet … or teeing off on the back nine. Then, out of nowhere “OUCH!” … sudden tension and pain in the mid to lower back.

Throwing your back out can cause intense low back pain, back stiffness, and can even be an on–the-floor, can’t move debilitating experience. Muscle spasm with bouts of muscle tightening and problems with maintaining a good posture are typical symptoms. You will want pain relief and right now!

In most cases the back pain will go away on its own and there are some at home remedies to help when it’s a muscle injury:

• Stop what you are doing and apply ice to ease the pain and inflammation. Cold therapy can be continued for about 20 minutes every 6-8 hours for the next 2-3 days. But remember not to put ice directly on your skin which can damage the tissues and nerve endings.

• You may find it helpful to lie flat on your back on a hard surface for support rather than a cushy bed. This will relax the injured muscles in the immediate aftermath.

• Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) can help, BUT may not be advisable for anyone with kidney problems or a stomach ulcer. You may want to check with your doctor about which medications you should or should not take.

• Once you are upright and stabilized, do whatever you can to stay that way so that your injury does not worsen…that means avoiding bending, lifting, and twisting through the spine while you are hurt. If you need to pick something up off the floor, keep your spine straight. Similar when you lean forward to brush your teeth or wash dishes, maintain a straight, neutral spine while bending forward through your hips.
• Sleep in a position that’s comfortable for your spine. Pillows under the knees when you are on your back or pillow between your legs if you sleep on your side is helpful to allow the muscles to release.

• If your pain persists after the 3rd day, try switching to moist heat if this makes you more comfortable. This can be helpful in reducing stiffness and allow blood flow to the injured site.

• Massage with firm pressure to the affected muscle may help reduce tension. Press on the affected area for 30-60 seconds and then rub the surrounding area in a circular motion.

• Stay hydrated with water when you are recovering from injury since chronic dehydration can affect the strength and quality of your spinal muscles.

• In the first few days after you have thrown your back out you should try to stay mobile and keep moving gently. Mild movement is better than bed rest. Any prolonged bed rest will lead to a longer duration of back pain.

• When you are ready, engage in slow, easy stretching such as pulling your knees toward the chest. If it hurts doing any exercise, stop, slow down and then try again. Walking for short intervals can also help.

• Get back to your regular activities as soon as you can such as work. Make modification of activities as needed, but staying active will stimulate blood flow, increase flexibility, and prevent spasms.

• Do not try to “play through the pain.” It is essential to try to let your body recover before resuming strenuous activity.

• Do not sleep on your stomach as this can worsen back pain.

• Do not perform heavy lifting or repetitive twisting of your back for up to 6 weeks when your back is trying to heal.

• Do not ignore how you injured yourself. Make changes to the way you lift, practicing good posture, and use good judgement when lifting heavy items such as having another person help you. Learn exercises to strengthen your core including abdominal exercises that will reduce the likelihood you will throw out your back. Avoid sitting in one position for long periods of time, moving around and stretching every 20 minutes can be helpful for prevention. Make lifestyle changes such as losing weight to reduce your chances of reoccurring back issues.
After “throwing your back out”, it is natural to feel scared that your back will never get better, but listen to your pain and take care of yourself. You will most likely be on the road to recovery with these simple at home solutions in a short period of time.

Symptoms that require prompt medical attention, but are not an emergency include:

• Pain that has not reduced with at home treatments

• Pain that continues to interfere with your daily life activities

Seek emergency medical attention if you have the following symptoms related to throwing out your back:

• bladder or bowel dysfunction

• numbness down one or both legs

• weakness or pain in your legs

• fever greater than 101.5 F or other symptoms of illness

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Factors to Consider When You Get Health Insurance To protect you and your family from the financial burden of sudden or chronic health conditions, it is important to have health insurance. There are many factors to consider and questions to ask when choosing a health insurance plan.

The Different Knee Braces for Pain and How to Know When You Need One Get info on the different types of knee braces you can use for pain after an injury or surgery and tips on how to choose the right brace for you.

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Can Too Much Vitamin B Increase Hip Fracture Risk? - Docwire News A recent study evaluated the relationship between intake of vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 and risk of hip fracture among postmenopausal women.

Alternative Therapies for Arthritis: How Yoga and Tai Chi may help - Docwire News Activities like yoga and tai chi—when performed safely—could have benefits beyond possible disease treatment for Arthritis Patients

Lower Back Stress Fracture (Isthmic Spondylolysis): What to Expect A lower back stress fracture, or isthmic spondylolysis, is often found in young athletes. Learn what to expect when managing pain from this condition.

Neck Strengthening Exercises Strengthening exercises for the neck can help support the spine and make posture easier to hold and the occurrence of pain to be less frequent.

Immediate Treatment for a Back Muscle Strain Here are treatments to try when you pull a lower back muscle.

Video: Why Do My Joints Crack? Crepitus is the term that describes any cracking, grinding or crunching sensation that occurs when a joint moves. These are the 3 common causes of joint crepitus.

Sciatica Exercises for Sciatica Pain Relief Learn proven sciatica exercises to relieve sciatica pain caused by various low back conditions, along with complete exercise instructions and illustrations.

When Is Surgery Necessary for a Broken Collarbone? Clavicle fractures are most commonly treated with noninvasive measures, but some are better treated with surgery. Learn more about when surgery is the best option.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ICYMI | As part of the eMedicare initiative, Medicare has launched “What’s Covered"–a new app that lets people quickly see whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or service.

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Google review of Virginia Spine and Sports Orthopaedics by John J ★★★★★ "In 2015 I had my C5, 6 and 7 fused together after a football injury progressively got worse. After surgery and presently, I’ve felt the best I have felt in my life. Fast forward to 2019, my wife had major surgery on her lower back. After being in pain two years and other alternati...

Anatomy of the Spine

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What Really Causes Muscle Spasms and Cramps? A muscle spasm or cramp is a painful involuntary contraction that can stop athletes in their tracks. Here's how to deal with cramping muscles.

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What to Know About Sacroiliac Joint Fusion Sacroiliac joint fusion is a procedure that patients can elect to have if nonsurgical treatment is unsuccessful in treating SI joint pain.

[06/07/18]   Do you have unused or expired medications?
Leesburg Police Department and Loudoun Sheriff's Office now have permanent Medication Disposal Boxes!
The boxes are located in the lobbies of these stations. No questions asked.

You may drop off:
- prescriptions
- Prescription Patches
- Prescription Ointments
- Over the counter medications
- Vitamins
- Samples
- Medications for pets

The following are NOT accepted:
- Thermometers
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Inhalers
- Aerosol Cans
- Ointments, lotions or liquids
- Medication from Businesses
- Needles (sharps)

Leesburg Public Safety Center (Leesburg P.D.)
65 Plaza Street NE, Leesburg

Dulles South Public Safety Center
25216 Loudoun County Parkway, Chantilly

Eastern Loudoun Station
46620 East Frederick Dr, Sterling

University Station
45299 Research Place #100, Ashburn

Western Loudoun Sheriff Station
47 W. Loudoun Street, Round Hill

Inova Loudoun Hospital Center
South Hospital Entrance near the concierge desk
44045 Riverside Pkwy, Leesburg

11 Chronic Pain Control Techniques There are eleven specific imagery and chronic pain control techniques that are effective for pain control, such as mental analgesia, positive imagery and moving the pain.


Give us a call and we would be happy to help you. A broken bone or strained muscle can be painful to cope with. Learn more about the common joint, muscle, and nerve conditions you may be experiencing.

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Do You Need an MRI before Starting PT? You may feel that diagnostic studies are needed to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition. But is that really true? Find out here.

Why an X-Ray Is the First Step in Assessing Knee Pain When evaluating your pain, your doctor may take knee X-rays. Here's how the results can help determine the cause of and treatment for your knee pain.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Shoulder Joint The shoulder joint is the connection between the chest and the upper extremity. Three bones come together at the shoulder joint.

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Do PRP Injections Stimulate Faster Healing? Platelet rich plasma, PRP, is a treatment to accelerate healing for patients with conditions including tendonitis, arthritis, and other injuries.

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Leesburg, VA

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