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    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.

    Looking at Ball-and-Socket Joints

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The human body has a total of 360 joints—including 10 joints inside each of your ears. Of these joints, four consist of a ball-shaped bone that fits into a socket-shaped bone. Ball-and socket-joints—also called spheroidal joints—offer a much wider range of movement than the other joints in the body.

    Your shoulder and hip joints are the only ball-and-socket joints in your body. The most mobile joint is the shoulder, though this mobility also makes it rather unstable. You’ve likely heard people complain of a dislocated shoulder, in which the ball of the humerus bone slips out of the shoulder blade socket. By contract, the hip joint is less mobile but far more stable—in fact, the ligament that binds the femur and hip bone is one of the strongest ligaments in the body.

    If you have any questions about ball-and-socket joints, or if you’re experiencing significant joint pain, call Suburban Orthopaedics at (888) 876-0117. Our orthopaedic surgeons offer our Bartlett patients sophisticated general orthopaedic surgery and pain management services.

    Are You a Candidate for Laminoplasty?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the center of your vertebrae, and it is responsible for all the feeling in your body. If you experience pain in the spinal cord itself, you should strongly consider seeing a doctor before serious complications arise. A laminoplasty is a procedure designed to remove pressure from the neck. If any of the below criteria apply to you, you could be a good candidate for a laminoplasty.   

    You Experience Neck Pain

    Chronic neck pain can make it difficult to work, sleep, and engage in some of your favorite activities. There are several potential causes of neck pain, including bone spurs, disc herniation, and arthritis. If you suffer from neck pain that doesn’t go away for a period of weeks, set up an appointment with a doctor. After a thorough evaluation, your doctor may recommend a laminoplasty.

    You Have a Compressed Spinal Cord

    One of the most common causes of neck pain is a compressed spinal cord. The pain can stem from a tumor or wayward vertebra pressing against the spinal cord or even a wayward vertebra. During a laminoplasty, the surgeon makes a small incision in the back of the neck. The surgeon then cuts open the bone covering the spinal cord and moves it slightly, giving the spinal cord a little more space.

    You Suffer from Myelopathy

    If a compressed spinal cord is left unaddressed, a patient may develop myelopathy, or a neurologic deficit in the spinal cord. Patients suffering from myelopathy may experience numbness or pain in the arms and difficulty walking. If you suspect that anything is wrong with your spinal cord, ask your doctor about undergoing a laminoplasty right away. After undergoing physical therapy, you should regain full nerve function.

    Don’t let your neck pain get out of control. If something doesn’t seem right, consult the orthopaedic surgeons at Suburban Orthopaedics right away. You can visit our website to get a better idea of our pain management services or call (888) 876-0117 to schedule an appointment with a doctor. We’re dedicated to eliminating pain throughout the Bartlett area and beyond.

    How to Stretch Before Physical Activity

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Stretching before engaging in any kind of physical activity can improve your performance and reduce your chances of suffering an injury. To get the most out of stretching, try the dynamic stretches demonstrated in this video.

    Hit play to see Daniel Shapiro, the strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento Kings, discuss and demonstrate several key stretches. These stretches can help warm up your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and other muscles before you begin your workout. Dynamic stretching can help you prepare for physical activity better than any static stretching routine.

    Though these tips can help reduce your chances of suffering an injury, they can’t eliminate your risk altogether. If you suffer a knee, elbow, ankle, shoulder, or spine injury that is causing you a great deal of pain, call Suburban Orthopaedics at (888) 876-0117. Our Bartlett orthopaedic surgeons will take good care of you.  

    Suburban Orthopaedics Review!

    Last updated 7 months ago

    I was in a car accident in May of 2013. I suffered lots of neck and back pain in effect of the accident. I was referred to start physical therapy. After a few months of physical therapy, the pain did not go away. I was then referred to Dr. Novoseletsky at Suburban Orthopaedics. He examined my areas of pain and suggested injections. The injections... More
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