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    Seeking Medical Treatment for a Work-Related Orthopaedic Injury

    Last updated 1 day 6 hours ago

    If you have been hurt on the job, then it is important that you take the proper steps necessary to both avoid further injury and to receive compensation for your accident. A great person to contact as soon as you have fallen victim to a fall or another type of work-related incident is your general orthopaedic surgeon, who can assess your condition and prescribe a recovery plan. Here is a guide to seeking medical treatment for a work-related orthopaedic injury:

    Knowing Your Legal Rights

    It is imperative that you research your legal rights as an injured worker. If you were hurt on the job, whether during a recreational work-sponsored activity or during normal working hours, then you are entitled to adequate medical care. Such care includes, but is not limited to, physical therapy, surgery, and pharmaceuticals. After your injury and during your recovery, your employer cannot fire you based on your condition.

    Paying for Medical Care

    Should you require pain management sessions, physical therapy, or orthopaedic surgery, then be sure to notify your employer within 45 days of your accident, since his or her workers' commercial compensation insurance can cover the cost of your care. You will most likely not be required to pay a deductible or co-pay unless your prescribed care fits under a group health plan.

    Preparing to Return to Work

    If your injury has only left you temporarily disabled and you intend to return to work following therapy, then be sure to verify that your employer will continue to pay your TTD (temporary total disability) or TPD (temporary partial disability) until you have officially returned to work. TTD and TPD benefits are paid on top of the compensation for medical care.

    If you still have questions about seeking medical treatment following a work-related injury, then contact Suburban Orthopaedics today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you in getting the care that you require in order to restore your health and mobility. Call (888) 876-0117 to find out what sets us apart from other general orthopaedic centers in the area.

    Finding an Alternative to Discectomy and Fusion

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Herniated discs and spondylosis are two debilitating and painful conditions associated with symptomatic cervical disc disease, which are typically treated by discectomy and fusion therapies. One of the biggest complaints that patients who have undergone traditional fusion therapy report to their orthopaedic surgeon is the lack of mobility they experience following surgery. Fortunately, this concern and others associated with discectomy and fusion are being noted and, in some cases, eliminated thanks to the new TDR therapy, which stands for “Total Disc Replacement”.

    We are proud to offer TDR therapy here at Suburban Orthopaedics. In fact, Dr. McNally is one of the only surgeons in the area who is qualified to perform TDR. This groundbreaking orthopaedic surgery allows Dr. McNally to remove a C3-C7 disc and replace it with an implanted disc replacement, all the while preserving cervical spine motion. To learn more about this alternative to discectomy and fusion, call Suburban Orthopaedics today at (888) 876-0117.

    Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

    Last updated 8 days ago

    According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, there are 54 million people living with osteoporosis and low bone mass in the United States today. Many of those people turn to pain management and physical therapy professionals each year to look for ways to prevent serious health problems associated with osteoporosis. Let's take a closer look at the risk factors for developing osteoporosis:

    Gender and Age

    Certain biological factors dramatically increase a person's risk for developing osteoporosis, namely age and gender. If you are a woman and you are over the age of 50 or have already undergone menopause, then your chances of developing osteoporosis are significantly heightened. Although less susceptible to osteoporosis than their female counterparts, older men are also at a higher risk, especially if there is a history of the condition in their family or if they have a low body weight.

    Lifestyle and Habits

    Experts agree that an inactive lifestyle contributes to a higher risk of osteoporosis. If you do not exercise frequently or you do not fill your diet with foods that are high in vitamins and proteins, then you may be increasing your chances of developing low bone mass. Your orthopaedic surgeon will also advocate that you quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption if you want to avoid osteoporosis.

    Medications and Pre-existing Conditions

    If you are concerned about osteoporosis, then consult with your doctor about certain medications you are taking and how they may reduce bone density. Medications like chemotherapeutic drugs, antacids that contain aluminum, and proton pump inhibitors have the potential to cause bone loss. Furthermore, medical conditions like IBS, Celiac Disease, and Lupus can also increase the risk for osteoporosis.

    If you think that you might be at risk for osteoporosis, then be sure to discuss your concerns with your medical professional. The orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists at Suburban Orthopaedics can assist in preventing, diagnosing, and treating the effects of this common condition. To learn more about our services, call (888) 876-0117.

    Exercises that Stretch the Thoracic Spine

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Your spinal column is made up of three vertebral segments that are commonly referred to as the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae. This helpful video from Ehow offers three excellent exercises for those of you looking for simple yet effective ways to stretch the middle portion, your thoracic spine.

    The first exercise requires you to scoop one arm under your body as you rest on your knees before holding your position and then rotating your body to gently stretch the spine.

    The second exercise, the pretzel, rotates your back by encouraging you to pull the quadricep of one leg and the foot of the other in a twisted position.

    The final exercise, the iron cross, is performed with help from a towel that elevates your hips as you rotate your legs from one side to the other.

    After watching this video, you could still use a few tips for stretching your thoracic spine, then consult with the physical therapists here at Suburban Orthopaedics. Call (888) 876-0117 to learn more about the general orthopaedic services that we offer.

    Preventing Volleyball Injuries

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Bump, set, spike! Volleyball has long been a favorite sport for both men and women of all ages, thanks to its quick nature and its involvement of every member of the team. If you play volleyball frequently with friends or on an intramural team, then be sure to take a look at the tips below for helpful information on how you can prevent common volleyball injuries:

    Stretch Before and After Play

    The easiest way to prevent common volleyball injuries such as muscle strains or torn ligaments is to stretch adequately before and after you play. Simple methods for stretching before you play include doing several jumping jacks and lunges, while basic techniques for cooling down after you play include engaging in several relaxing yoga poses or taking a calming walk with a teammate.

    Know Your Limits

    If you are trying to avoid a trip to your orthopaedic surgeon's office, then be sure to know what your physical limits are before engaging in any sport. Volleyball can be physically demanding, but that does not mean that you have to exert more energy or effort than you are capable of. To prevent injuries that require physical therapy, work together with your teammates and know when a play is out of your reach.

    Utilize Proper Equipment and Clothing

    Another simple method for preventing volleyball injuries is to use the right equipment. Wear shoes that are supportive and comfortable as well as, knee pads or defensive pants in order to avoid bumps or bruises during play. If you have experienced an injury that has required physical therapy in the past, talk to your orthopaedic surgeon about ways to prevent further exacerbation.

    If you do experience a sports-related injury, then do not hesitate to contact the orthopaedic specialists here at Suburban Orthopaedics. With over 20 years of service, our practice is experienced in treating a wide range of sports injuries. Call (888) 876-0117 today to book an appointment with one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

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