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    What Is Spinal Stenosis?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Spinal stenosis is a common cause of back pain. This condition causes a narrowing of the spinal canal and may also affect the openings through which the nerves branch out from the spinal cord. Narrower openings put pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, causing pain. Spinal stenosis is most frequently caused by degeneration of the discs cushioning the vertebrae of your spine. Symptoms of spinal stenosis include pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations in the back or legs. You can learn more about spinal stenosis and how to relieve these symptoms by watching this video.

    Suburban Orthopaedics provides comprehensive back and neck care to relieve the pain associated with spinal stenosis and many other conditions. Click through our website to find out more about our orthopaedic treatment options in Bartlett. You can schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist by calling (888) 876-0117.

    Trigger Finger: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Stenosing tenosynovitis is more commonly called trigger finger. This condition causes a thickening of the tendons that allow one or more fingers to bend, resulting in pain or discomfort when using your hands. The surgeons at Suburban Orthopaedics offer trigger finger release surgery, a surgical treatment option with a very high success rate. 

    Causes of Trigger Finger

    Trigger finger occurs when the tendons that allow your fingers to move rub against the sheaths connecting them to your finger bones. This irritation causes the tendon tissue to thicken, creating a nodule that inhibits normal motion. Although the exact cause of this irritation is unknown, trigger finger has been linked with a number of risk factors. Women are more likely to develop trigger finger than men, and the condition is more likely to occur in older adults between the ages of 40 and 60. Trigger finger is more commonly found in patients who have certain medical conditions, including arthritis, gout, kidney disease, and diabetes.

    Symptoms of Trigger Finger

    The symptoms associated with trigger finger are often worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity. These symptoms include swelling in your palm or fingers, the presence of a small, tender lump on the palm, and pain when you straighten or bend your finger. Fingers affected by trigger finger may also “catch” during movement and become impossible to straighten. You may feel or the joint pop during motion.

    Treatments for Trigger Finger

    Your orthopaedic doctor will evaluate your needs and suggest the best options to treat your condition. Rest and splinting are adequate to relieve mild symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medication may be taken by mouth or steroids injected directly into the tendon sheath to reduce swelling. Trigger finger release surgery cuts the tendon sheath to restore normal motion of your finger.  

    If you have questions about treatment for trigger finger, contact Suburban Orthopaedics by calling (888) 876-0117. Our surgeons will be happy to help you explore your treatment options to relieve pain and improve your range of motion. Click through our blog to read more articles about the benefits of orthopaedic treatment.

    Postural Exercises for Your Spine

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Good posture is an important component of good spine health. Head presses relieve tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back. Sit in a chair and move your head back as far as you can while keeping your chin level with the floor and looking straight ahead. Hold this position for three to four seconds, then move your head forward to its natural position. Repeat this exercise five times for a full set and complete several sets each day. Standing back bends stretch out the spine to maintain your range of motion. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and rest your buttocks against a counter or ledge. Put your hands on your waist and squeeze the shoulder blades backward. Lean back while keeping your head in its natural position with your chin level and your eyes looking forward. Hold this posture for five seconds, then release it. Perform five of these back bends several times each day.

    The orthopaedic surgeons at Suburban Orthopaedics specialize in relieving back and spine pain in Bartlett. You can learn more about our services or schedule your appointment by calling (888) 876-0117 or filling out our web contact form.

    Are You at Risk for Spinal Stenosis?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Spinal stenosis causes back pain, particularly when standing or walking. Pain occurs because of pressure placed on the nerves and spinal cord as the openings in your vertebrae become narrower. If you are concerned about your risk for spinal stenosis, visit an orthopaedic physician for an evaluation.


    Age is a significant risk factor for spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is often caused by osteoarthritis of the spine. Osteoarthritis causes degeneration of the cartilage that cushions the movements of your joints. Swelling, stiffness, and the formation of bone spurs may occur, causing the openings through which the spinal cord and nerves travel to become narrower.


    Because osteoarthritis is a risk factor for spinal stenosis, conditions likely to cause osteoarthritis may result in spinal stenosis as well. Obesity places excess stress on your joints and intervertebral discs, causing deterioration of the cushioning tissues and promoting the development of joint problems and back pain.

    Spinal Disc Problems

    The spinal discs absorb shock and cushion adjacent vertebrae in your spine. Problems with the spinal discs, such as bulging or herniation, reduce the amount of room in the spinal canal and foramen. Distorted or burst discs may also put pressure on the spinal cord, causing nerve irritation and pain.

    Spine and Back Injuries

    Injuries of the ligaments that connect and support your vertebrae may cause the spine to become misaligned and impinge upon the spinal nerves. Slips and falls, lifting or twisting, sports activities, and automobile accidents can lead to injuries that may cause spinal stenosis. Spinal fractures may cause bone fragments to enter the spinal canal, while swelling of the joints also limits the available area through which your nerves and spinal cord can pass.

    The back and neck specialists at Suburban Orthopaedics can help you evaluate your risk factors for spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and other common conditions. If you have suffered from an injury, our orthopaedic surgeons can help you recover quickly and safely to prevent prolonged back pain and problems. Click through our website or call (888) 876-0117 to find out more about orthopaedic treatment in Bartlett.

    Stretching Exercises for the Thoracic Spine

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The thoracic spine is the middle region of your spine. Stretching this part of your spine can improve your flexibility and mobility as well as reduce back pain resulting from many spinal conditions.

    This video demonstrates three stretches for the thoracic spine, including the pretzel and the iron cross. Each stretch focuses on lengthening the middle of your back. Perform these stretches slowly, taking care to maintain proper form for the best results.

    If back pain is keeping you from enjoying the activities you love, an orthopaedic specialist can help. Suburban Orthopaedics of Bartlett offers solutions to eliminate back pain, including physical therapy, orthopaedic surgery, and more. Visit us on the web or call (888) 876-0117 to find out more about your treatment options.

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