If you wear socks that gently apply pressure to your legs and ankles, you are practicing compression therapy. Underlying disorders and other various conditions such as chronic vein disease, can reduce blood flow to these areas, and leave your feet swollen and uncomfortable. Compression therapy is a form of wound-care. Socks and stockings are specially designed to increase blood flow, allowing the limbs to loosen up and become pain-free. If you think you might need compression therapy, the Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, can assist.
What is Compression Therapy Used For?
Compression therapy is an easy and efficient way to increase blood flow in the lower limbs. Lower limbs may lose blood flow and experience poor circulation because of various health issues that include heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Signs of decreased blood flow are mental as well as physical. They can cause severe complications for your health and your quality of life.
Symptoms of poor circulation include:
- Muscle cramps
- Sharp pain in the limbs
You should never ignore these warning signs. Give us a call at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, if you experience one or more.
Benefits of Compression Therapy
When you put external pressure on the limbs, these dressings work to slowly stretch out the vein walls and improve overall circulation as well as blood flow. Compression therapy eliminates swelling and bursts of pain. When blood flow regulates, you'll experience less fatigue, decreased muscle soreness, and also recover quicker from an injury.
If you would like to start benefiting from compression therapy, schedule a consultation with any of our physicians at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA. For questions or inquiries, call (703) 369-9070.
If you have recently experienced a car accident, you need to be on the lookout for whiplash. An unfortunately common problem caused by a tremendous force of impact, whiplash can cause immense strain on your muscles, tendon, and ligaments. Fortunately, the doctors here at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, are here to help!
Do you have whiplash?
Following an episode of physical trauma, the signs and symptoms of whiplash may take up to 24 hours to develop, and they may include:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Neck pain that increases with movement
- Headaches at the base of your skull
- Increasing pain in your upper back, shoulders, and arms
- Numbness and tingling in your arms
- Fatigue or dizziness
- Blurred vision or tinnitus
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
If you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, there are a few simple home remedies that you can try for temporary relief until you can visit one of our offices. Consider:
- Placing ice or heat on your neck
- Resting for a few days
- Taking Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Doing gentle neck stretches
If you are suffering from severe whiplash symptoms, it’s best to seek immediate help from the experts here at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists. Your doctors may recommend:
- Immobilization, using a neck collar or other device to stabilize your neck
- Medications, including muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories
- Chiropractic care, including therapeutic massage or other therapy
- Injections with numbing agents including novocaine
- Physical therapy, including treatments to increase range-of-motion
- Surgical therapy may be recommended for symptoms that don’t respond to conventional therapies.
Concerned? Give us a call
If you are suffering from whiplash, you can find relief from your painful symptoms. Call the doctors here at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists today!
Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists provide Haymarket and Manassas, VA, patients with the care they need.
What is Whiplash?
It is the sudden extension or backward movement then forward movement of the spine. This trauma is called cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) injury. Whiplash occurs most notable during rear-end or side-impact of car collisions, eventually causing injury: muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and discs of the cervical spine.
About three million people experience whiplash and 150,000 may suffer from a disability because of the injury. The following may affect recovering from whiplash:
- Head turned one way or the other during impact
- Getting hit from behind
- Previous neck pain or headaches
- Poor posture during impact
- Poor position of the headrest
- Being in the front seat as opposed the back seat
- Collision with a vehicle larger than yours
- Wearing a seatbelt
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
There are several symptoms including: shoulder pain, facial pain, fatigue, confusion, poor concentration, irritability, difficulty sleeping, forgetfulness, visual problems, and numbness in arms, hands, legs, or feet.
Other symptoms include:
- Neck pain that travels down the arm: 90% of people suffer from neck pain which spreads to other parts of your body, like shoulder blades.
- Low back pain: 39% of whiplash-suffering patients suffer from lower back pain.
- Jaw pain and headaches: Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is your jaw's hinge joint and when injured, can cause painful headaches.
- Dizziness: Your Haymarket and Manassas, VA, doctor needs to distinguish between whiplash-associated dizziness from vertigo for proper treatment.
How does your doctor diagnose whiplash?
There are several tests used which include x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), digital motion x-ray (DMX), myelogram, a bone scan, and electromyogram.
If you think you're suffering from whiplash and need to speak with a doctor, make sure you contact Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket and Manassas, VA.
As Americans, many of us are very active. Participation in sports continues throughout the lifespan. Do you have a sports injury now, or if you were to incur one, would you know what to do? At Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket and Manassas, VA, our specialists are fellows in sport-related injuries of all kinds. They serve as local team physicians, too. Learn more here.
Preparation is key
Yes, sports injuries happen, but preparation is key to avoiding them. As high school team physicians in the Haymarket, VA, area, our doctors emphasize proper body conditioning, training, supervision, and protective equipment and footwear. Athletes--even those not involved in organized sports--must receive regular physical examinations with their primary care physicians. Then, before beginning any rigorous exercise routine or sport, they should condition their bodies to endure the rigors of activities such as tennis, running, football, martial arts, and more.
Still, injuries happen
The American Physical Therapy Association estimates 8.6 million sports- and exercise-related injuries happen annually in the US. Falls and overexertion account for most, but only a small percentage of those injured actually see a physician or make a trip to the hospital emergency room.
Get evaluated and treated
Pain, limited range of motion, limb weakness, swelling, tenderness, and redness. These are abnormal findings, and if you're experiencing them in an ankle, foot, arm, hand, shoulder, neck, hip, knee, or other area of the body, see your board-certified physician at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket or Manassas, VA. Our doctors will use the latest in diagnostic techniques and imaging to understand the nature of your injury and the reasons behind it.
Sports injury first aid and treatment
Our doctors encourage you to call the office immediately if you sustain an acute injury. They can inform you how to stabilize your condition.
In general, you should stop immediately whatever activity seems to be causing your pain and dysfunction. If you are biking, stay off your bike. If you are running, walk, or sit down. Do not try to shake off your injury, but rather, take it seriously.
Then, apply the PRICE protocol as outlined by Sports-Health:
- P means protect. Splint, use crutches, pad or do something else to prevent further injury.
- R means rest. In other words, get off your feet.
- I means ice the area.
- C means compression with an ACE bandage.
- E means elevation of the affected part above the level of the heart.
After you're stabilized, see our doctor for a full diagnostic work-up to include a hands-on examination and state of the art imaging. Then, the doctor will formulate a care plan to include physical therapy, medication (analgesics and/or anti-inflammatories), immobilization, or surgery as needed.
At Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists, we help active people prevent and recover from sports injuries of all kinds. If you need us, please contact the office team for a consultation in Manassas or Haymarket, VA, at (703) 369-9070.
Shoulder pain can be more than annoying. Downright debilitating at times, this common orthopedic complaint requires expert diagnosis and treatment. Here at North Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, your team of five board-certified surgeons uncover the reasons for shoulder discomfort and dysfunction. Read on to learn more!
The complexities of the shoulder
It facilitates everything from throwing a ball, to lifting a shopping bag, to styling your hair. Made up of an intricate system of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, your shoulder joint is incredibly strong and flexible. However, it is subject to a wide range of acute, overuse and age-related injuries, too.
These problems fall into four basic categories, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
- Soft tissue tears, stretching, and inflammation
- Fractures (generally of the clavicle, shoulder blade, or upper arm)
- Arthritis and bursitis
- Joint instability (dislocation as an example)
Additionally, people talk a lot about rotator cuff issues. The rotator cuff is a collection of muscles and tendons which attach the upper arm to the shoulder blade. With the prevalence of today's active and sports-minded lifestyles, rotator cuff injuries are very common.
Your shoulder examination
If you're having shoulder pain, your physician at North Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas and Haymarket, VA, will do a complete examination right in-office. There, they will discuss your medical history, including any orthopaedic injuries. The doctor will evaluate your level of pain and range of motion, amongst other factors.
The physician also uses precise testing to pinpoint the reasons for your pain and to formulate the best treatment plan possible. Testing may include:
- Digital X-ray imaging
- CT scans of the bones
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the soft tissues of the shoulder
- Electrical testing (electromylogram) to look at nerve function
- Arthroscopy, a minor surgery which uses a tiny camera to image the interior of the shoulder joint
Because your shoulder is complex, treating it takes time and patience. While your doctor may recommend something as simple as changing your work or exercise routine, physical therapy and/or surgery may also be the proper route. However, rest assured that your orthopaedic physician will discuss your care plan with you, allowing you both to agree on the best course of action.
Find out more
Don't suffer from shoulder pain—get your life back now. Phone Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists at (703) 369-9070, today!
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