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    Physical Therapy: Uses, Benefits, and What to Expect

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Many general orthopaedic surgeons utilize physical therapy as a way to restore an individual’s functional capabilities and fitness level following an injury or orthopaedic surgery procedure. While your Bartlett orthopaedic surgeon can determine whether physical therapy is right for you, it is important to educate yourself on the uses of physical therapy and what the treatment entails.


    Physical therapy may be recommended if you are suffering from a wide variety of conditions, including injury to the Achilles tendon, ankle sprains, ACL tears, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative disc disease, elbow fractures, frozen shoulder syndrome, herniated discs, and hip fractures. Physical therapy treatment may also be used to alleviate back pain, knee pain, ligament tears, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tears, and a number of other musculoskeletal conditions. Your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend physical therapy alone or following surgical reconstruction.


    Many people think of physical therapy as mere exercise. However, the training methods and modalities used allow physical therapy to provide a number of benefits. In addition to improving an individual’s mobility, physical therapy can improve balance and range of motion, eliminate pain, prevent falls, and reduce the risk of re-injury. 

    What to Expect 

    Each patient’s physical therapy program will vary based on the injury sustained and the level of recuperation needed. However, most physical therapy treatments will involve an initial physical evaluation followed by a number of modalities. Common treatment methods include exercise therapy, weight lifting, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and the use of heat and ice.

    The Physical Therapy department of Suburban Orthopaedics is staffed by only the most experienced Certified Therapists and physicians to ensure that you are receiving the rehabilitation and muscle re-education you need following an injury. To learn more about our physical therapy services, pain management, or general orthopaedic surgery, contact our Bartlett office at (888) 876-0117. You can also browse through our website for more information on our services.

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    How to Reduce the Risk of Workplace Injuries

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Did you know that back injuries account for approximately 20 percent of all work-related injuries? This video takes a closer look at workplace injuries due to manual handling along with some steps workers can take to reduce their risk. Manual handling refers to the movement of an item by human energy, and includes tasks such as lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, holding, or restraining items. Watch the full clip to learn how you can stay safe and reduce your chances of injury while on the job.

    Whether you have suffered a workplace injury or sports injury, you should consult with your Bartlett orthopaedic surgeon. Contact Suburban Orthopaedics through our website or call (888) 876-0117 to set up an initial consultation with our general orthopaedic surgeons.

    Make Sure You Are Fully Informed About Common Orthopaedic Issues And Their Treatment Options By Checking Out These Resources

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Orthopaedic care provides treatment for injuries and diseases of the joints and their surrounding tissues. Click through these websites for more information about common orthopaedic conditions and how to choose the best physician to provide your care:

    This article on gives tips to help you sit up straight for better posture and less back pain.

    You can find more in-depth information about knee problems and their treatments when you visit the website of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

    Tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a common sports injury of the knee. Click over to the Mayo Clinic website to find some tips on preventing ACL injuries.

    Osteochondritis dissecans occurs following an injury that causes a bone fragment to break off into the joint. Take a closer look at osteochondritis dissecans in this article from

    How do you know if you are suffering from a spinal misalignment that should be treated by an orthopaedic specialist? This article on lists a few easy ways to identify spinal misalignment.

    At Suburban Orthopaedics, our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons are dedicated to excellence in patient care. You can get the answers you need about diagnosis and treatment of your condition by calling our Bartlett office at (888) 876-0117. You can find more information about the services we provide, including arthroscopic surgery, physical therapy, and MRI diagnostic imaging, by visiting our website.

    Qualities to Look For in an Orthopaedic Surgeon

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    Orthopaedic surgeons focus on diagnosis and repair of damage and disease of the skeletal system. They offer surgical and non-surgical care following injury or accident to manage pain and restore strength and mobility. Asking questions and discussing your options will help you choose the right facility and physician to provide your orthopaedic care. When selecting an orthopaedic surgeon, consider:

    Board Certification and Licensure

    Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon about his qualifications and ask if he is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Surgeons who are board-certified have met the requirements set forth by the ABOS in both education and experience, ensuring a high quality of care and knowledge specifically in orthopaedics. Board certification also requires your surgeon to remain up-to-date and active in the orthopaedic community, ensuring that he is knowledgeable about the latest medical findings and treatments.

    Facility and Variety of Services Provided

    Ask your surgeon about his practice and the services he provides. Does the practice offer comprehensive care services, such as physical therapy and orthopaedic treatment, in one location? Will you need to travel to a hospital for testing and diagnosis, or can your surgeon offer MRIs and other imaging services in his office? Visiting an orthopaedic practice that can manage all of your needs in one location will facilitate easier communication regarding your condition and treatment progress.

    Experience and Recommendations

    Discuss your condition with your orthopaedic surgeon and ask about his experience dealing with your particular problem. If you are preparing for surgery, ask how many surgeries of this type he performs in a year and when his last surgery took place. Don’t be afraid to ask to see patient recommendations or references. It’s important to choose a surgeon with the knowledge and experience required to manage your specific needs and treatment plan.

    At Suburban Orthopaedics, our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons provide the very best in orthopaedic care in Bartlett. You can learn more about our services, including arthroscopic and open joint surgery, physical therapy, and spinal treatment, by calling (888) 876-0117. You can also visit our website for more information about orthopaedic care and how it can benefit you.

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