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Sports are an excellent way for you or your child to enjoy healthy physical activity. However, sports injuries can occur at any time during a game or training activity, causing pain, inflammation, and difficulty moving. Knowing the most common sports injuries and how they should be treated will help you and your family to maintain good health this school year and in the future.
Concussions are injuries to the brain that often arise following blows or falls during sports. Proper care and rest are needed to allow the brain to recover before returning to any sports activity. Symptoms of a concussion include headache, confusion, dizziness, nausea, slurred speech, and fatigue. A concussion may not necessarily cause loss of consciousness. These symptoms may occur immediately following the injury, or appear hours or days after the incident.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains affect the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support and move the joints. These injuries are common in activities such as running, tennis, gymnastics, and soccer. A sprain or strain causes pain and swelling that can be alleviated with ice, medication, and rest. A bad injury or recurring set of injuries may benefit from physical therapy to increase range of motion and strength in the joints.
Knee injuries can occur either following acute trauma or develop as an overuse injury over time. Inflammation of the tissues surrounding the knee can cause stiffness and pain when taking part in sports activities. Physical therapy and bracing are effective in treating minor injuries, while major injuries such as a torn ACL may require more intensive orthopaedic care or surgery.
At Suburban Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic surgeons specialize in sports medicine for youth and adult athletes. We are the team physicians for several local high schools, including Bartlett, Elk Grove, South Elgin, and Streamwood High Schools. Our team can help you get back in the game safely and without pain so you can enjoy the benefits of physical fitness. Please call (888) 876-0117 to schedule an appointment or visit our website to read more about sports medicine and injury prevention.
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The lower back connects your upper and lower body, bearing much of your weight. Low back pain is a common complaint among adults of all ages.
Back pain may be caused by irritation or injury of the tendons and muscles, nerves, joints, or discs of the spine. This pain may be localized or felt across much of the back. Identifying the cause of your pain and the specific symptoms you feel can help your orthopaedic doctor make the right diagnoses and develop a treatment plan. You can learn more about the causes and symptoms of low back pain by watching this video.
If you are experiencing low back pain, the spine specialists at Suburban Orthopaedics can help. Schedule an appointment with us by calling (888) 876-0117 or clicking on our web contact form. You’ll find more helpful information about back pain and its causes on our blog.
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Pain and other problems with the knee joint may lead to the need for knee replacement surgery. This procedure replaces the surfaces of the bones in the natural joint of the knee with artificial materials for pain-free movement. If you have questions about your knee pain and whether surgery could be the right solution for you, schedule a visit with your orthopaedic surgeon.
Your Knee Pain Is Debilitating
Knee pain shouldn’t keep you from performing necessary or leisure activities. Pain that wakes you in the middle of the night or hinders your ability to fall asleep may be best addressed with surgical replacement of the joint. Similarly, pain that interferes with your ability to work, perform daily tasks, and take part in the activities you love should be evaluated by a surgeon to determine if joint replacement is your best option. Joint replacement is a big step, but it is also ideal for addressing advanced or severe pain that hinders your ability to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Other Treatments Have Failed
Surgery is often the last treatment of choice. First, you and your orthopaedic doctor should try a variety of non-surgical treatments, including medication and physical therapy. In many cases, these treatments can ease pain and allow for normal movement. However, if all other treatments have failed and you are still experiencing knee pain, talk to your doctor about your surgical options.
You Are a Good Candidate for Surgery
Knee surgery is a major undertaking. Although there are no age or weight restrictions for knee surgery, you should be healthy and able to take the time necessary to recover after your procedure.
Don’t let pain keep you from enjoying your life—call Suburban Orthopaedics today at (888) 876-0117 to learn more about your surgical and non-surgical options to address pain in your knees, hips, back, neck, and more. We proudly offer orthopaedic treatment for sports injuries, chronic pain disorders, and other conditions in the Bartlett area. Check us out on the web to find out what our satisfied patients have to say about their experience with us.