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    Nutritional Tips to Improve Your Spinal Health

    Last updated 10 months ago

    The health of your spine impacts the health of the rest of your body. A poor diet can contribute to or exacerbate back pain, while a healthy diet promotes improved ease of movement and wellness. Learning the right elements to add to your diet can improve your quality of life by reducing back pain and promoting a healthy spine.

    Eat Foods Rich in Calcium and Vitamin D

    Strong bones are an essential part of a healthy spine. Foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D provide bones with the materials they need to maintain strength and density. Include plenty of dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt in your diet. Vegetables such as spinach, kale, and broccoli are also high in calcium. Vitamin D is found in foods such as egg yolks, fish oils, and milk products fortified with vitamin D. Your body also creates vitamin D naturally when you spend time in the sun.

    Drink Plenty of Water

    The body is largely composed of water, and this essential fluid is found in the intervertebral discs of the spine. Dehydration can cause or increase back pain as the discs dry out and become less able to cushion the vertebrae from impacts. Drinking plenty of water keeps the body hydrated and allows the spinal discs to retain enough moisture to cushion the spine and allow for pain-free movement.

    Limit Fatty, Salty, and Sugary Foods

    Excess weight places increased strain on your musculoskeletal system, including your spine. The effort of supporting unhealthy body weight places pressure on your spine, increasing your risk for disc injuries and nerve compression. Limiting salty, fatty, and sugary foods can help you to maintain a healthy weight, easing the load on your spine and joints.

    The orthopaedic doctors at Suburban Orthopaedics want to help you maintain a healthy body and a healthy spine. If you’d like to learn more about the role diet and exercise play in achieving wellness, call (888) 876-0117. You’ll find more healthy tips by clicking through the articles on our blog.

    Exercises for Spinal Stenosis

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal that results in back pain caused by excess pressure placed on the spinal cord. If you have this condition, exercises to improve the strength of your body’s core muscles can ease pain in your back.

    This video demonstrates three exercises that can strengthen your muscles and provide added support to your spine. You will see how to perform a stability ball crunch, opposite leg arm raise, and “prone cobra.” Repeating these moves 15-20 times each time you exercise will improve your fitness level and reduce the pain caused by spinal stenosis. 

    Suburban Orthopaedics of Bartlett has been improving the quality of life for our patients for over 20 years. We can help you manage pain from injuries, arthritis, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and other conditions. Click on our website or call (888) 876-0117 to contact an orthopaedic doctor today.

    A Patient's Guide to Scoliosis

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Scoliosis is a common deformity of the spine that causes it to curve sideways rather than grow vertically straight. There are many treatment options for scoliosis, ranging from bracing and physical therapy to surgical correction of the spine in more extreme cases. Your orthopaedic doctor can help you understand more about your spine and which treatments will be best for your scoliosis.

    What Causes Scoliosis?

    80-85% of scoliosis cases have no known cause for abnormal spinal curvature. However, scoliosis is inheritable, and in the remaining 15-20% of cases, it is often a congenital condition. Excessive curvature of the spine may also arise as a complication of any disease or disorder that affects the musculoskeletal system, such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. 

    What Complications Arise from Scoliosis?

    Mild scoliosis does not affect your ability to live, work, or enjoy leisure activities. More severe spinal curves greater than 50-60 degrees can increase your risk for chronic lower back pain. Extreme curves that are not corrected may cause visible deformity of the back later in life. Discrepancies in the length of your legs can make some activities difficult; your orthopaedic doctor can prescribe a shoe lift to provide more stable stature. Scoliosis does not affect the ability to bear children and does not increase your risk for osteoporosis.

    What Treatments Are Available?

    Scoliosis will not resolve without treatment, and may become progressively worse if not addressed. Bracing prevents worsening of spinal curvature and corrects posture for more comfortable movement. Mild curves of less than 20 degrees often do not require treatment unless they worsen. Physical therapy cannot sure scoliosis, but may be helpful in maintaining flexibility and promoting good posture. Extreme curvature of the spine can be corrected surgically via a process known as spinal fusion, which also prevents further worsening of scoliosis.

    If you have questions or concerns about scoliosis, contact a spine specialist at Suburban Orthopaedics by calling (888) 876-0117. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of orthopaedic care in Bartlett. Please visit our website to read more about your spine and maintaining a healthy back.

    Osteoporosis and Bone Fractures

    Last updated 11 months ago

    In a healthy adult, bone mass is steadily maintained through a delicate balance of reabsorption and bone creation. When this balance is disrupted due to age, dietary reasons, or other factors, too much reabsorption can occur without rebuilding bone. Once the resulting bone loss reaches a certain low mass, the condition is known as osteoporosis.

    Osteoporotic bone is very susceptible to fractures, as it becomes very brittle and breakable without adequate calcium and other minerals. In very advanced cases of osteoporosis, even a seemingly harmless activity like sneezing can result in bone fracture. Women above the age of 50 and men older than 70 years of age are at an increased risk of suffering osteoporosis and its effects.

    Strength training, aerobic exercise, and a healthy, balanced diet can help maintain the recommended balance of vitamin D, calcium, and other nutrients that can help to reduce risk of bone loss and osteoporosis. For more helpful information about maintaining excellent bone and body health, contact the orthopaedic team at Suburban Orthopaedics by calling (888) 876-0117.

    Sports Medicine 101 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Being active and playing sports brings many benefits, but one downside is that you have an increased risk of injury. When you’re injured while playing a sport, it’s a good idea to seek treatment from a sports medicine specialist. These orthopaedic doctors have dedicated training in the unique injuries athletes suffer, from concussions incurred on the football field to overuse injuries caused by pitching too many baseballs. At Suburban Orthopaedics in Bartlett, we have two sports medicine specialists who serve our area high schools and the community at large. Learn more about sports injuries and how to prevent them with this Infographic. Help us help everyone stay safe on the fields this fall by sharing this important information with family and friends.

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