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By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
March 24, 2022
Category: General
Tags: Rehabilitation  

Without rehabilitation, your recovery from an injury or orthopaedic surgery could take much longer than necessary. Rehabilitation services offered by your Haymarket and Manassas, VA, orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists, can help you improve your range of motion and improve strength and flexibility.

Who needs rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is a must after joint replacement surgery and other types of orthopaedic surgery and is also helpful if you have:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain or injury in your hip, spine, hand, elbow, foot, ankle or knee
  • A sports injury or overuse injury
  • A fracture
  • Spine or neck injuries
  • An injury that affects your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissues

Rehabilitation can also help you regain strength and recover from a stroke or another serious illness.

What are the benefits of rehabilitation?

"Use or lose it" definitely applies to your joints or muscles. When you're inactive due to an injury or surgery, your muscles stiffen and become weaker. At the same, time, your joints may become less stable. If you try to resume your normal activities without rehabilitation, you may be more likely to fall or strain or injure your joints or muscles. Rehabilitation helps you regain your strength, flexibility and balance safely.

During rehabilitation, you'll do exercises that strengthen your muscles and make it easier to move your body. When your muscles are stronger, they're better able to support your joints. Exercises also help stretch and loosen tight muscles, decreasing pain and stiffness. If you have a few limitations after surgery or an injury, rehabilitation will also include strategies and techniques that will help you work around your limitations.

Your rehabilitation plan is tailored to your specific needs and created during your visit to the Haymarket or Manassas, VA, orthopedics office. Your orthopedic specialist will perform an examination, review your medical history and ask questions about your symptoms. In some cases, X-rays or other tests may be ordered. All of this information will help your doctor and therapist develop a plan that will help you recover and resume your normal activities.

Are you ready to schedule a rehabilitation appointment? Call (703) 369-9070 to reach your orthopedic specialists in Haymarket and Manassas, VA, at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
January 25, 2022
Category: General
Tags: Arthritis  

Your orthopaedic specialists in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, can help you get relief from arthritis pain.

Do you suffer from chronic joint pain? If so, you could have arthritis, which is inflammation of your joints. Arthritis can eventually progress to permanent joint damage, making every movement painful. The good news is, your orthopaedic specialist can help.

The doctors at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists offer a wide range of orthopaedic services, including arthritis treatment. They have two convenient office locations in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, to help you.

You may be at higher risk of developing arthritis if you:

  • Are older
  • Are female
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have injured your joints previously
  • Have a family history of arthritis

There are several types of arthritis, caused by different things. The two most common arthritic conditions are:

Osteoarthritis, which is caused by overuse and wear-and-tear on your joints over time. When you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage, which provides the cushion between your bones, breaks down.

Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition; when you have rheumatoid arthritis, the lining of your joints, known as the synovium, becomes damaged.

There are signs and symptoms common to all types of arthritis. These include:

  • Swelling and stiffness in your joints
  • Moderate to severe pain in your joints
  • Decreased range-of-motion and flexibility

There are several remedies you can try to get relief from arthritis symptoms. Remember to:

  • Maintain a healthy weight to relieve joint stress
  • Exercise regularly to decrease pain and stiffness
  • Apply hot and cold packs to your painful joints
  • Use assistive devices like canes or walkers to help you stay active

For moderate to severe arthritis pain, it’s best to visit your orthopaedic specialist. Medication is often the first line of treatment for arthritis pain. Common arthritis medications include:

  • Prescription-strength pain relievers
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatories

For rheumatoid arthritis, common medications include:

  • Anti-rheumatic medications like methotrexate
  • Biologic response modifiers like Enbrel

Your orthopaedic specialist may also recommend:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy, stretches, and exercises
  • Braces or splints for added support

In severe cases, surgery may be indicated. Common surgical treatments include:

  • Joint repair
  • Joint replacement
  • Joint fusion

There is help for arthritis pain, and it’s just a phone call away. To learn more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of arthritis, talk with the experts. Call the doctors at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists. You can reach them in either the Haymarket, or Manassas, VA, offices by calling (703) 369-9070, so call now.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
December 29, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Rehabilitation  

The dedicated team of doctors at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists can help you with rehabilitation in Manassas and Haymarket, VA. If you've had an injury or surgery, rehabilitation is key to your recovery. Keep reading about the benefits of rehabilitation, and come see us to start recovering and feel like your best self again.

Who should rehabilitate?

The recovery process after an injury or an orthopaedic surgery should include rehabilitation in Manassas, VA. Your rehabilitation team could include several specialized doctors like your orthopaedic surgeon as well as nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. This comprehensive approach to care helps you fully heal to optimize your health and independence. You could benefit from a rehabilitation plan if you have had:

  • Sports injuries
  • Overuse injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Spine injuries
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Chronic conditions like arthritis
  • Strokes

Your rehabilitation will consist of visits with all your doctors, first to diagnose the extent of your condition and then to help you recover successfully.

What are the benefits?

Rehabilitating is a commitment to following through with your exercise plan and following your doctor's orders. It can be challenging while you recover but will benefit you in the long run. Rehabilitating helps you:

  • Reduce pain
  • Regain your balance
  • Regain strength and function
  • Build your endurance
  • Improve range of motion

Rehabilitation in Manassas, VA, will benefit you after an injury or surgery giving you a clear path to recovery. A rehab program ensures that when you are healed you can resume your normal activities independently, and build your strength for your overall health.

Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists is here for you with a skilled and compassionate team of physicians that can help you rehabilitate in Manassas and Haymarket, VA. Contact us for an appointment in Manassas, VA, at (703) 369-9070, and in Haymarket, VA, at 703-369-9070.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
November 03, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Arthritis  

The nagging joint pain you've been experiencing could be caused by arthritis. Arthritis is more common as you get older, but you can develop the condition at any age. Your Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists offer treatments for many types of arthritis.

What are the most common types of arthritis?

Although there are more than 100 types of arthritis, these are the most common:

  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage at the ends of the bones in your joints wears away. Cartilage cushions the bones and helps your joints glide easily. When the cartilage is gone, the bones grind together painfully when you move. Osteoarthritis affects more than 32 million people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and causes reduced range of motion and joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.
  • Posttraumatic Arthritis: This type of arthritis occurs months or years after you experience an injury to a joint. It often affects hip, ankle, or knee joints, although arthritis can develop in any injured joint.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: A type of autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your body's immune system begins to attack your joints and tissues. The disease can also affect the lungs, blood vessels, skin, blood, mouth, and eyes.
  • Psoriatic Arthritis: You may be more likely to develop this type of arthritis if you have psoriasis, an autoimmune skin condition. In addition to joint pain, psoriatic arthritis can cause cracked or scaly skin over your joints.
  • Gout: Gout causes severe pain in your big toe when uric acid, a waste product, builds up in the joint. In some cases, gout can spread from your toe to your ankle or foot.
  • Lupus: Lupus is another type of autoimmune disorder that attacks your joints and tissues. In addition to pain, lupus can cause fevers, rashes, and organ damage.

Treating arthritis

When you visit the Manassas and Haymarket, VA, orthopedic offices, your doctor will determine what type of arthritis you have by performing an examination and ordering a few tests. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, they'll recommend medication or other treatments that will reduce inflammation and pain.

Have you been struggling with joint pain due to arthritis? Call 703-369-9070 to schedule an appointment with your orthopedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas, and Haymarket, VA.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
October 28, 2021
Category: General
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

You may be wondering why the pain in your shoulder isn't going away, or why it would be necessary to receive treatment from a specialist. Chances are, you've got quite a few questions, and our team of orthopedic professionals at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, are happy to answer the most common questions about shoulder pain below.

What can cause shoulder pain?

There are a few main functions of the shoulder joint that are typically injured in the case of shoulder pain—such as, the muscles, ligaments, bones, and tendons.

The cause for this pain can often be a result of overuse, an existing or prior illness, as well as a minor injury. Shoulder pain can typically be categorized as an injury to the tissue (e.g. tendinitis, a tear of the rotator cuff, etc), and if due to overuse, the three primary bones that comprise the shoulder (i.e. the humerus, clavicle, and scapula) can incur further injury.

What are common symptoms of shoulder pain?

If you're experiencing shoulder pain, it's likely that you first noticed the inability to use your typical full range of motion. The muscles of your shoulder may feel stiff and prevent you from comfortably engaging in simple daily tasks (e.g. reaching for a drinking glass from kitchen cupboards, or taking your dog for a walk).

You may feel as though your shoulder muscles are numb or weak, and presumably inflamed or swollen.

Can shoulder pain be diagnosed and treated?

For persistent shoulder pain, our team of orthopaedic specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, recommend visiting our office for a proper evaluation of your shoulder joint. This examination typically includes:

  • Gently rotating your shoulder to determine your range of motion
  • Personal and familial medical history
  • Overall endurance
  • In cases of uncertainty, we may call for further testing (e.g. x-rays, an MRI, an ultrasound, or a CT scan).

Depending on the outcome of the evaluation, treatment can be as simple as modifying daily activities, seeking physical therapy, or changing your diet. More severe cases may require surgical treatment, especially if the source of the pain cannot be determined through less invasive examinations.

Why should I see an orthopaedic specialist for my shoulder pain?

An orthopaedic doctor specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries or conditions related to the bones, ligaments, joints, muscles, and tendons. Meaning that your accurate diagnosis is supported by proper and beneficial treatment, as well as the expertise of our team of orthopaedic doctors.

Ditch the pain and discover personalized treatment with the help of our team at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists. Shoulder pain doesn't have to be a burden thanks to our orthopaedic doctors in Manassas and Haymarket, VA. Schedule an appointment today by calling our office at (703) 369-9070.