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    Foods that Enhance Bone Health

    Last updated 4 days ago

    With 34 million Americans at risk of developing osteoporosis each year, it is so important that adults from all walks of life infuse their diets with bone healthy nutrients like vitamin D and calcium. As we learn in this video, some of the best foods to choose in order to boost your own bone health are milk, yogurt, eggs, and almonds. Other great food options include dark, leafy greens like kale and broccoli.

    Simple strategies for including more dark greens in your diet include mixing together kale with calcium-rich almonds and cranberries to make a salad, or featuring broccoli as a dinner side with mackerel or salmon. Both of these fish are packed full of calcium that your bones and your body crave.

    A great resource for tips on preventing osteoporosis is your orthopaedic surgeon here at Suburban Orthopaedics. To schedule a consultation with one of our friendly staff, call us today at (888) 876-0117.

    What Causes a Dislocated Shoulder?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Those who have experienced a dislocated shoulder know just how painful and debilitating this condition can be. If you are concerned that a recent injury has left your shoulder dislocated, then be sure to contact your orthopaedic surgeon to discuss diagnosis and treatment options as soon as possible. Let's take a closer look at what causes a dislocated shoulder:

    Stretched and Torn Tissue

    A dislocation of any joint occurs when the tissue and fibers that connect your bones to a joint become stretched past their point of resistance. The result is torn tissue that appears bruised from the skin's surface. It is not uncommon for a dislocated shoulder to also appear as though it is deformed, swollen, and possibly even out of place. One of the most recognizable symptoms is pain, which an orthopaedic specialist can alleviate with pain management therapy.

    Partial vs. Total Dislocation

    A shoulder dislocation can be either partial or total, based on the degree of the damage to the tissue and surrounding ligaments and muscles. With a partial dislocation, the shoulder socket only contains part of the upper arm bone while the other part of the bone lies outside of the socket. A partial dislocation can be just as painful as a total dislocation.

    Common Causes of Dislocation

    There are several reasons why you might need to visit your general orthopaedic surgeon for the treatment of a dislocated shoulder. The most common causes include a sports-related injury, a fall, or a traumatic accident. If you live an active lifestyle, then you are statistically more likely to experience a dislocated shoulder.

    The skilled team here at Suburban Orthopaedics in Bartlett has years of experience treating dislocated joints caused by traumatic injuries and falls. We offer comprehensive treatment services from pain management to surgery and even physical therapy. You can schedule a meeting with one of our specialists by contacting us at (888) 876-0117.

    What Is Orthopaedics?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    If you are preparing for your first visit to Suburban Orthopaedics, or if you have never met with an orthopaedic surgeon before, then you may be curious to learn more about the type of medicine that our orthopaedic specialists practice on a daily basis. Orthopaedics is a branch of general medicine that deals with injuries and diseases related to the body's musculoskeletal system, such as sprained ankles, broken bones, and arthritis. The main goals of an orthopaedic surgeon are to diagnose a condition and treat it before rehabilitating the affected area and preventing future injury.

    In the case of musculoskeletal-related diseases, like arthritis and osteoporosis, an orthopaedic surgeon will focus on preventing the progression of the disease in order to provide a patient with the highest quality of life possible. Most orthopaedic surgeons, like those working at Suburban Orthopaedics, have six additional years of training following medical school, with five years spent in residency and the final year spent studying in specialized education. If you would like to learn more about the orthopaedic services offered at Suburban Orthopaedics, then call our Bartlett office today at (888) 876-0117.

    Seeking Medical Treatment for a Work-Related Orthopaedic Injury

    Last updated 14 days 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 19 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.

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