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    Understanding Osteoarthritis

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Arthritis is an ailment that affects the joints of the body. Although the term arthritis refers to more than 100 separate conditions, osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. Your orthopaedic physician can provide treatment to improve mobility and reduce pain so you can continue to enjoy the activities you love.

    What Is Osteoarthritis?

    Osteoarthritis causes degeneration of the cartilage in the joints. Cartilage acts as a natural cushioning system to absorb shock and facilitate smooth movement. As cartilage breaks down, the joints become painful, stiff, and difficult to move. Swelling and bone spurs appear as a result of irritation inside the joint. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the spine. Posture and overall mobility are often affected as the joints weaken and become more painful.

    What Causes Osteoarthritis?

    Although osteoarthritis is extremely common, physicians are still unsure as to its cause. However, a number of risk factors have been identified. Age is one of the most common risk factors for osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis risk can be inherited, so if you have a family history of osteoarthritis, you may also be at risk. Being overweight or obese raises your risk of developing osteoarthritis, particularly in the joints of the lower body. Injuries and overuse of the joints are also associated with an increased risk of developing joint problems later in life.

    What Are the Treatments for Osteoarthritis?

    There are many treatments available to reduce pain and improve mobility. Your orthopaedic doctor will discuss the best treatment option for your needs and help you develop a management program for your condition. Physical therapy, exercise programs, and weight loss help to reduce strain on the joints and relieve pain. Medication can reduce pain and swelling. If your osteoarthritis is severe, your orthopaedic specialist may suggest surgical treatment.

    If you’re suffering from pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis, the orthopaedic specialists at Suburban Orthopaedics can help. Contact us today by calling (888) 876-0117 to schedule a consultation at our Bartlett office. You can learn more about osteoarthritis and how it is treated on our blog.

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    Last updated 11 months ago

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    What Is Spinal Stenosis?

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Spinal stenosis is a common cause of back pain. This condition causes a narrowing of the spinal canal and may also affect the openings through which the nerves branch out from the spinal cord. Narrower openings put pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, causing pain. Spinal stenosis is most frequently caused by degeneration of the discs cushioning the vertebrae of your spine. Symptoms of spinal stenosis include pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations in the back or legs. You can learn more about spinal stenosis and how to relieve these symptoms by watching this video.

    Suburban Orthopaedics provides comprehensive back and neck care to relieve the pain associated with spinal stenosis and many other conditions. Click through our website to find out more about our orthopaedic treatment options in Bartlett. You can schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist by calling (888) 876-0117.

    Trigger Finger: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Stenosing tenosynovitis is more commonly called trigger finger. This condition causes a thickening of the tendons that allow one or more fingers to bend, resulting in pain or discomfort when using your hands. The surgeons at Suburban Orthopaedics offer trigger finger release surgery, a surgical treatment option with a very high success rate. 

    Causes of Trigger Finger

    Trigger finger occurs when the tendons that allow your fingers to move rub against the sheaths connecting them to your finger bones. This irritation causes the tendon tissue to thicken, creating a nodule that inhibits normal motion. Although the exact cause of this irritation is unknown, trigger finger has been linked with a number of risk factors. Women are more likely to develop trigger finger than men, and the condition is more likely to occur in older adults between the ages of 40 and 60. Trigger finger is more commonly found in patients who have certain medical conditions, including arthritis, gout, kidney disease, and diabetes.

    Symptoms of Trigger Finger

    The symptoms associated with trigger finger are often worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity. These symptoms include swelling in your palm or fingers, the presence of a small, tender lump on the palm, and pain when you straighten or bend your finger. Fingers affected by trigger finger may also “catch” during movement and become impossible to straighten. You may feel or the joint pop during motion.

    Treatments for Trigger Finger

    Your orthopaedic doctor will evaluate your needs and suggest the best options to treat your condition. Rest and splinting are adequate to relieve mild symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medication may be taken by mouth or steroids injected directly into the tendon sheath to reduce swelling. Trigger finger release surgery cuts the tendon sheath to restore normal motion of your finger.  

    If you have questions about treatment for trigger finger, contact Suburban Orthopaedics by calling (888) 876-0117. Our surgeons will be happy to help you explore your treatment options to relieve pain and improve your range of motion. Click through our blog to read more articles about the benefits of orthopaedic treatment.

    Postural Exercises for Your Spine

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Good posture is an important component of good spine health. Head presses relieve tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back. Sit in a chair and move your head back as far as you can while keeping your chin level with the floor and looking straight ahead. Hold this position for three to four seconds, then move your head forward to its natural position. Repeat this exercise five times for a full set and complete several sets each day. Standing back bends stretch out the spine to maintain your range of motion. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and rest your buttocks against a counter or ledge. Put your hands on your waist and squeeze the shoulder blades backward. Lean back while keeping your head in its natural position with your chin level and your eyes looking forward. Hold this posture for five seconds, then release it. Perform five of these back bends several times each day.

    The orthopaedic surgeons at Suburban Orthopaedics specialize in relieving back and spine pain in Bartlett. You can learn more about our services or schedule your appointment by calling (888) 876-0117 or filling out our web contact form.

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