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    Identifying Some Common Football Injuries

    Last updated 3 hours 50 minutes ago

    Football has long been one of America's favorite past times. Unfortunately, this beloved game also provides the perfect opportunity for injuries requiring care from an orthopaedic specialist. Read on for a look at some common football injuries.

    Concussions

    Concussions in football have generated quite the buzz in the media in the last few years, since players are highly susceptible to this type of injury. Signs of a concussion include dizziness, loss of balance, and blurred vision. If a concussion is suspected, the affected player should always be evaluated by a medical professional right away.

    Patellar Tendinitis

    Another common football injury is patellar tendinitis, which can be effectively remedied with help from an orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapy. Patellar tendinitis, also known as inflammation of the knee, is just one of the many injuries of the leg football players are likely to experience. Other injuries may include a torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligament and damaged menisci.

    General Back Pain

    General back pain—sometimes concentrated in the lumbar region—afflicts a large number of football players each year and is commonly caused by overuse or overtraining. The best way to avoid back pain brought on by overuse is for an athlete to perform proper warmup exercises and to fit rigorous stretching routines into his training schedule.

    Suburban Orthopaedics treats a wide range of sports-related injuries. Our caring and knowledgeable team of professionals is experienced in helping athletes restore their health and strength so they can return to the sport they love. If you would like to book an appointment with one of our surgeons, call (888) 876-0117 today.

    Getting to Know Dr. Dmitry Novoseletsky

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Here at Suburban Orthopaedics, we're proud to offer our patients the highest quality care from world-class physicians such as Dr. Dmitry Novoseletsky. Dr. Novoseletsky started his career in medicine in Rochester, New York after receiving his medical degree from Vinnitsa State Medical University in Vinnitsa, Ukraine.

    For Dr. Novoseletsky, one of the most important parts of being a physiatrist and rehabilitation specialist is restoring quality of life for his patients. He has always been committed to treating each patient individually and sees it as his professional goal to ensure that each person that steps into his office is prescribed a treatment method that will help him or her live a more enjoyable and pain free future.

    If you're in need of non-surgical treatment for lower back or neck pain or a spinal disorder such as a pinched nerve, then be sure to book an appointment with Dr. Novoseletsky today. To contact Suburban Orthopaedics, call (888) 876-0116.

    Treatment Options for Tendon Injuries

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Tendon injuries are one of the most common types of injury for endurance athletes such as runners, track and field enthusiasts, as well as those involved in high impact activities such as dancing. Fortunately for those who have tendonitis and other tendon-related problems, orthopaedic surgeons can prescribe several effective therapies to alleviate the pain and get patients back on their feet again. Here is a closer look at treatment options for tendon injuries:

    Rest Combined with Alternating Hot and Cold Therapy

    Patients who have suffered a minor tendon-related injury will likely be told by their general orthopaedic surgeon to rest as much as possible for 15-20 minutes at a time. Minor injuries can also be treated using ice packs and hot towels or hot pads, which should be placed on the affected area alternately every few hours.

    Physical Therapy and Surgery

    In some cases, tendonitis does not heal on its own and will instead require surgery or a period of physical therapy. Surgery is primarily reserved for extreme injuries in which the tendon has been torn away from the bone. Recovery time from an acute tendonitis injury can be somewhat lengthy and painful, however a quality orthopaedic surgeon will always see to it that patients receive the care they need in order to reduce pain levels and to speed up healing.

    Preventative Measures

    The best way to treat a tendon injury is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Athletes and those planning on partaking in high-impact activities should always stretch before they exercise and should always wear shoes that offer cushioning and support.

    If you are currently suffering from a tendon injury, then consult with one of the orthopaedic specialists at Suburban Orthopaedics about the best course of action for recovery. Our physicians treat each patient with individualized care and will see to it that you receive the best therapy for your injury. Call (888) 876-0117 to learn more about the conditions we treat.

    Treatment and Prevention of ACL Injuries

    Last updated 14 days ago

    The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is one of four ligaments inside your knee. Orthopaedic treatment for an ACL injury will depend upon the severity of the damage to the ligament. Minor injuries can be treated with physical therapy and rehabilitation. In cases of severe ACL injuries or those that occur in conjunction with other injuries to the knee, orthopaedic surgery may be recommended. Prevention of ACL injuries hinges upon identifying the factors that put you at risk. Weakness in the muscles supporting the knee or legs can lead to injury; thus, strengthening these muscles will provide additional stability. Other methods of preventing injuries include specific training for athletes to promote proper motion and support of the legs while twisting or pivoting, which are common causes of ACL tears.

    Whether you need surgical treatment or physical therapy to overcome an ACL injury and return to your daily life, Suburban Orthopaedics of Bartlett offers the orthopaedic services you need. You can find out about surgical and non-surgical treatment for ACL injuries and more when you call us at (888) 876-0117. Take a look through our website for more information about common injuries and your treatment options.

    Preventing Muscle Cramps During Exercise

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Muscle cramps are strong, involuntary contractions that affect the muscles, particularly during physical activities. Although some people appear to be more prone to cramps than others, there are ways that every athlete can prevent these painful episodes during workouts or sports. If you are having trouble controlling or preventing muscle cramps, talk to your orthopaedic doctor for personalized advice.

    Ease Into Workouts

    Whether you are new to exercise or are looking to increase the frequency and intensity of your workouts, it is important to progress slowly. Painful muscle cramps are more likely to occur at the end of very intense workouts because this is the point at which your muscles are most fatigued. Rather than simply pushing as hard as you can, work your way up to higher-intensity workouts to build muscle strength and endurance that will help to prevent the occurrence of muscle cramps.

    Be Aware of Heat

    Heat can also increase the risk of muscle cramps. If you exercise outside during the summer, it is important to be aware that the heat may make you more prone to cramps during your workout. Start with shorter workouts to help your body acclimate to the heat, then slowly increase your workout length and difficulty until you are used to working out in higher temperatures.

    Stay Hydrated

    Dehydration, or a lack of adequate fluids in the body, is a common cause of muscle cramps. When your body is dehydrated, the cells in your body can become compressed, making nerve endings more sensitive and more likely to fire at random. Preventing yourself from becoming dehydrated during workouts can thus reduce the likelihood of experiencing muscle cramps. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your workout. For the best results, have a salty snack with your water to maintain electrolyte balance in your body.

    The sports medicine specialists at Suburban Orthopaedics in Bartlett can help you exercise smarter for a healthier body. We also treat sports injuries, back and neck pain, and more at our comprehensive orthopaedic practice. You can learn more about our services on the web or by calling (888) 876-0117.

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