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    An Overview of Common Baseball Injuries

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Baseball is a popular spring- and summertime sport for youths and adults alike. Although baseball is not a full-contact sport, athletes can still develop various injuries associated with the game. Proper diagnosis and treatment of baseball injuries by an experienced orthopaedic doctor is essential to ensure a healthy recovery and prevent future pain or problems.

    UCL Injuries

    The ulnar collateral ligament, or UCL, is a ligament in the elbow that connects the bone of the upper arm to one of the two bones in the forearm. This ligament can easily be injured or irritated by repetitive throwing motions, which are common in baseball. UCL injuries range from microscopic tears in the ligament to a complete rupture of the tissues. UCL injuries are common among younger baseball players, who are at increased risk due to the fact that they are still growing. Symptoms of a UCL tear include pain on the inside of the elbow, which is sometimes accompanied by visible swelling and bruising. Treatment includes rest and rehabilitation through physical therapy and improvement of throwing posture and technique. Severe or complete UCL tears may require orthopaedic surgery to restore the damaged ligament.

    ACL Injuries

    Another common baseball injury is associated with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. This ligament can be damaged by activities that involve sudden stops, twists, or changes in direction, such as when pitching, batting, or rounding bases. If you tear your ACL, you may feel or hear a sudden “pop” in your knee joint, followed by pain and swelling on the outside or back of the knee. Some ACL injuries respond well to treatment with medication and physical therapy. More severe ACL tears may be corrected using a surgical graft.

    Suburban Orthopaedics is proud to support our local young athletes at Bartlett, Elk Grove, Conant, Streamwood and South Elgin High Schools. We encourage healthy physical activity all year long for reduced pain and better health. You can find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries in Bartlett by calling (888) 876-0117 or reading through the articles on our blog.

    Tips for Recovering After Knee Replacement Surgery

    Last updated 6 months ago

    After knee replacement surgery, you will need to follow your orthopaedic surgeon’s instructions to ensure a healthy and successful recovery. Immediately after surgery, you will be asked to begin moving your knee and leg to rebuild strength and flexibility. You will work with a physical therapist, who will give you exercises to perform during treatment sessions as well as at home. It’s very important to perform all recommended exercises at home to ensure proper recovery of your new joint. Your orthopaedic surgeon will provide medication to help you manage pain. Take medication preemptively at first, then slowly cut back over time. If you are given antibiotics, you must take the full course of medication to prevent infection, even if you are feeling fine. Monitor your knee for signs of infection, and bring up any concerns you may have with your doctor immediately.

    Partial or total knee replacement surgery can restore range of motion and eliminate pain associated with osteoarthritis and other conditions. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon at Suburban Orthopaedics for more information about what to expect during your recovery. You can reach our office at any time by calling (888) 876-0117 or clicking on our web contact form.

    Injuries that are Covered by Workers' Compensation Law

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect individuals who experience injuries or illnesses related to their line of work. Nearly all employees are covered by this law as soon as they are hired in the state of Illinois. Suburban Orthopaedics offers comprehensive treatment and long-term management of work-related injuries to restore wellness and quality of life.

    Repetitive Stress Injuries

    Repetitive motions are often a part of daily work. Painters, plumbers, construction workers, carpenters, and even office workers can suffer repetitive stress injuries related to their daily tasks. Some of the most common repetitive stress injuries reported by professionals include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back pain. These injuries range in severity from creating a mild annoyance to resulting in pain that is so extreme that work and other normal activities cannot be performed. Workers’ compensation laws cover treatment for repetitive stress injuries wholly or partially due to work-related duties.

    Trauma, Heart Attacks, and Stroke

    Acute trauma such as falls, slips, lacerations, broken bones, and concussions are also covered under workers’ compensation laws, as long as they are caused by work-related activities. Furthermore, more severe medical conditions such as heart attacks and stroke are also covered under this law if they are found to be caused by work or work-related conditions. The only instances in which these injuries are not covered are cases in which the employee was under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at the time of the injury. Self-inflicted wounds (including those suffered if a worker starts a fight) and injuries that occur while an employee is taking part in an illegal activity are also not covered by this law.

    Do you need treatment for a work-related injury in Bartlett? Suburban Orthopaedics will work with you and your employer to provide top-quality orthopaedic care for all types of work-related injuries and conditions. Please call us today at (888) 876-0117 to schedule an evaluation with one of our experienced orthopaedic specialists. You can find out more about work-related injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and other conditions we treat on our website.

    Learn More About Arthritis With This App

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Osteoarthritis affects approximately 27 million Americans. Although osteoarthritis cannot be cured, there are many treatment options and lifestyle changes that can relieve symptoms and restore quality of life.

    The Zimmer Arthritis 411 app is a leading educational tool that puts everything you need to know about osteoarthritis at your fingertips. Whether you have already met with an orthopaedic specialist or not, this app can help to determine the likely causes of your pain and the best treatment solutions. Zimmer Arthritis 411 also contains information about the surgical treatment of osteoarthritis, including knee and hip replacement procedures.

    If you have questions about osteoarthritis, the experienced orthopaedic surgeons at Suburban Orthopaedics have the answers you need for a healthier lifestyle. We offer surgical and non-surgical treatment for arthritis pain and more in Bartlett, Elk Grove, and Elgin. Check us out on the web or call (888) 876-0117 to learn more about us!

    What You Should Know About Scoliosis

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Scoliosis is a disorder that affects the curvature of the spine. Although a normal spine should have some slight curvature, patients with scoliosis display more extreme sideways curvature of the spine, often in excess of 15-30 degrees. While mild cases of scoliosis often require no treatment, more severe curvature can affect posture and reduce the amount of internal space for the organs. Your orthopaedic specialist will determine the best course of treatment to address any symptoms or complications caused by your spinal curvature.

    Signs of Scoliosis

    Because scoliosis rarely causes pain, it’s important to look for other signs that could point to abnormal curvature of the spine. Parents often notice signs of scoliosis in their young children as they begin to grow. Scoliosis can cause poor posture in which one shoulder and hip are not level with the other. The head may not sit directly above the pelvis and the legs may appear uneven. Clothes may hang awkwardly on the body and an individual affected by scoliosis may lean to one side, even while standing upright.

    Causes of Scoliosis

    In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. This condition is called idiopathic scoliosis, and accounts for up to 80% of diagnoses. Known causes of scoliosis include certain neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, and placing extreme stress on the back, such as carrying a heavy backpack on only one shoulder.

    Treatments for Scoliosis

    Mild cases of scoliosis may not require treatment. Only in cases of extreme spinal curvature does scoliosis cause pain and possible complications. Treatments include casting or bracing the back to return the spine to its normal position in young children. Older adolescents or adults may benefit from spinal fusion surgery to straighten the curvature of the spine.

    The back and neck specialists at Suburban Orthopaedics are dedicated to providing top-quality orthopaedic care and surgical treatment for scoliosis, arthritis, sports injuries, and more in the Bartlett area. Please contact us today by calling (888) 876-0117 or visit us on the web for more information about our staff and orthopaedic services.

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