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    What Is Orthopaedics?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    If you are preparing for your first visit to Suburban Orthopaedics, or if you have never met with an orthopaedic surgeon before, then you may be curious to learn more about the type of medicine that our orthopaedic specialists practice on a daily basis. Orthopaedics is a branch of general medicine that deals with injuries and diseases related to the body's musculoskeletal system, such as sprained ankles, broken bones, and arthritis. The main goals of an orthopaedic surgeon are to diagnose a condition and treat it before rehabilitating the affected area and preventing future injury.

    In the case of musculoskeletal-related diseases, like arthritis and osteoporosis, an orthopaedic surgeon will focus on preventing the progression of the disease in order to provide a patient with the highest quality of life possible. Most orthopaedic surgeons, like those working at Suburban Orthopaedics, have six additional years of training following medical school, with five years spent in residency and the final year spent studying in specialized education. If you would like to learn more about the orthopaedic services offered at Suburban Orthopaedics, then call our Bartlett office today at (888) 876-0117.

    Seeking Medical Treatment for a Work-Related Orthopaedic Injury

    Last updated 7 days ago

    If you have been hurt on the job, then it is important that you take the proper steps necessary to both avoid further injury and to receive compensation for your accident. A great person to contact as soon as you have fallen victim to a fall or another type of work-related incident is your general orthopaedic surgeon, who can assess your condition and prescribe a recovery plan. Here is a guide to seeking medical treatment for a work-related orthopaedic injury:

    Knowing Your Legal Rights

    It is imperative that you research your legal rights as an injured worker. If you were hurt on the job, whether during a recreational work-sponsored activity or during normal working hours, then you are entitled to adequate medical care. Such care includes, but is not limited to, physical therapy, surgery, and pharmaceuticals. After your injury and during your recovery, your employer cannot fire you based on your condition.

    Paying for Medical Care

    Should you require pain management sessions, physical therapy, or orthopaedic surgery, then be sure to notify your employer within 45 days of your accident, since his or her workers' commercial compensation insurance can cover the cost of your care. You will most likely not be required to pay a deductible or co-pay unless your prescribed care fits under a group health plan.

    Preparing to Return to Work

    If your injury has only left you temporarily disabled and you intend to return to work following therapy, then be sure to verify that your employer will continue to pay your TTD (temporary total disability) or TPD (temporary partial disability) until you have officially returned to work. TTD and TPD benefits are paid on top of the compensation for medical care.

    If you still have questions about seeking medical treatment following a work-related injury, then contact Suburban Orthopaedics today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you in getting the care that you require in order to restore your health and mobility. Call (888) 876-0117 to find out what sets us apart from other general orthopaedic centers in the area.

    Finding an Alternative to Discectomy and Fusion

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Herniated discs and spondylosis are two debilitating and painful conditions associated with symptomatic cervical disc disease, which are typically treated by discectomy and fusion therapies. One of the biggest complaints that patients who have undergone traditional fusion therapy report to their orthopaedic surgeon is the lack of mobility they experience following surgery. Fortunately, this concern and others associated with discectomy and fusion are being noted and, in some cases, eliminated thanks to the new TDR therapy, which stands for “Total Disc Replacement”.

    We are proud to offer TDR therapy here at Suburban Orthopaedics. In fact, Dr. McNally is one of the only surgeons in the area who is qualified to perform TDR. This groundbreaking orthopaedic surgery allows Dr. McNally to remove a C3-C7 disc and replace it with an implanted disc replacement, all the while preserving cervical spine motion. To learn more about this alternative to discectomy and fusion, call Suburban Orthopaedics today at (888) 876-0117.

    Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

    Last updated 14 days ago

    According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, there are 54 million people living with osteoporosis and low bone mass in the United States today. Many of those people turn to pain management and physical therapy professionals each year to look for ways to prevent serious health problems associated with osteoporosis. Let's take a closer look at the risk factors for developing osteoporosis:

    Gender and Age

    Certain biological factors dramatically increase a person's risk for developing osteoporosis, namely age and gender. If you are a woman and you are over the age of 50 or have already undergone menopause, then your chances of developing osteoporosis are significantly heightened. Although less susceptible to osteoporosis than their female counterparts, older men are also at a higher risk, especially if there is a history of the condition in their family or if they have a low body weight.

    Lifestyle and Habits

    Experts agree that an inactive lifestyle contributes to a higher risk of osteoporosis. If you do not exercise frequently or you do not fill your diet with foods that are high in vitamins and proteins, then you may be increasing your chances of developing low bone mass. Your orthopaedic surgeon will also advocate that you quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption if you want to avoid osteoporosis.

    Medications and Pre-existing Conditions

    If you are concerned about osteoporosis, then consult with your doctor about certain medications you are taking and how they may reduce bone density. Medications like chemotherapeutic drugs, antacids that contain aluminum, and proton pump inhibitors have the potential to cause bone loss. Furthermore, medical conditions like IBS, Celiac Disease, and Lupus can also increase the risk for osteoporosis.

    If you think that you might be at risk for osteoporosis, then be sure to discuss your concerns with your medical professional. The orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists at Suburban Orthopaedics can assist in preventing, diagnosing, and treating the effects of this common condition. To learn more about our services, call (888) 876-0117.

    Exercises that Stretch the Thoracic Spine

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Your spinal column is made up of three vertebral segments that are commonly referred to as the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae. This helpful video from Ehow offers three excellent exercises for those of you looking for simple yet effective ways to stretch the middle portion, your thoracic spine.

    The first exercise requires you to scoop one arm under your body as you rest on your knees before holding your position and then rotating your body to gently stretch the spine.

    The second exercise, the pretzel, rotates your back by encouraging you to pull the quadricep of one leg and the foot of the other in a twisted position.

    The final exercise, the iron cross, is performed with help from a towel that elevates your hips as you rotate your legs from one side to the other.

    After watching this video, you could still use a few tips for stretching your thoracic spine, then consult with the physical therapists here at Suburban Orthopaedics. Call (888) 876-0117 to learn more about the general orthopaedic services that we offer.

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