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    Reasons to Seek Treatment for Your Spinal Pain Now, Not Later

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Spinal pain is a very common ailment that affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. Although many cases of back pain do not require emergency medical care, it is often beneficial to seek treatment from an experienced orthopaedic surgeon sooner rather than later. Read on to learn some of the reasons why you should consider getting your back pain treated now.

    Improve Your Quality of Life

    Suffering from chronic back pain can take an enormous toll on your quality of life. The continuous aches and pains caused by a back problem can lead to frustration, depression, and isolation. The inability to move comfortably can even keep you from participating in activities that you once enjoyed, such as sports or social events. Getting treatment sooner will allow you to live more comfortably.

    Prevent the Progression of Symptoms

    In some cases, getting a professional evaluation of your spinal pain before the symptoms become severe can help ensure a better result from treatment. A faster intervention can also prevent the tissue damage caused by chronic inflammation and prevent the development of compensatory injuries to other parts of the body.

    Treat a Medical Emergency

    Some cases of back or neck pain are a medical emergency and require immediate treatment. If the pain occurs after an injury, a doctor’s help should be sought as soon as possible. Back pain accompanied by fever or chills, recent weight loss, severe weakness in the legs, bowel or bladder incontinence, or severe abdominal pain may be indicative of a more serious medical condition, and should be evaluated by a physician immediately.

    Do not let yourself be burdened by chronic back or neck pain. The experts at Suburban Orthopaedics are dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive orthopaedic care to Bartlett patients and improving their quality of life. Contact our practice today at (888) 876-0117 to schedule a consultation.

    Get the Facts Regarding Your Back Pain By Downloading this Handy App

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Back pain has a variety of causes, some more serious than others. Knowing the facts can help you to act fast and get help from an experienced orthopaedic specialist if necessary.

    This app for Android can give you the basic information you need regarding the common causes of back pain. It also offers the latest news about the treatment of back pain and what you can do to prevent the development of aches and pains.

    Back pain can take a toll on your overall quality of life. At Suburban Orthopaedics, we are dedicated to getting you back to your active, pain-free life. Call us today at (888) 876-0117 to schedule a consultation.

    What Is Trigger Finger?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Trigger finger is a condition affecting the tendon sheath of a finger or thumb. A nodule, or thickening, develops within the tendon sheath, resulting in inflammation and abnormal functioning of the affected finger. The finger may catch or make a ‘popping’ noise during use. In severe cases, the finger may remain bent towards the palm of the hand and require the effort of the opposite hand to straighten it.

    Some cases of trigger finger can resolve themselves without any treatment. Others lead to problematic symptoms such as joint stiffness, pain, and inflammation. Rest, stretching the finger, or using a splint can help these cases. Steroid injections may also be needed to resolve the inflammation. If these treatments do not succeed in solving the problem, an orthopaedic specialist may perform a trigger release procedure to restore normal hand function.

    Suburban Orthopaedics is proud to offer advanced, comprehensive orthopaedic care to the Bartlett community. To learn more about our services, contact our practice today at (888) 876-0117.

    A Look at the Various ACL Reconstruction Methods

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a major supportive ligament of the knee joint. Due to its role in dynamic twisting and pivoting movements of the knee, the ACL can be easily torn during physical activities such as skiing, soccer, or basketball. Such an injury is typically very painful and dramatically reduces the stability of the knee joint. Fortunately, an experienced orthopaedic surgeon has a variety of techniques at his or her disposal to reconstruct the ACL and restore function to the joint.

    Allograft

    During the allograft reconstruction procedure, a donor tendon is used to replace the patient’s torn ACL. Each donor tendon is cleaned thoroughly and prepared with bone plugs situated on each end of the tendon. These areas of bone allow the tendon to be anchored into place between the tibia and femur.

    Bone-Patellar Tendon Graft

    During a bone-patellar tendon graft, the injured tendon is removed to make way for a new, stable ACL. The new ligament, however, is sourced from the patient’s own patellar tendon, or the tendon that stretches from the kneecap to the lower leg bone. The middle portion of the patellar tendon is excised with bone plugs attached on both ends and placed between the femur and tibia to form a new ACL.

    Hamstring Graft

    The hamstring graft procedure, like bone-patellar graft ACL reconstruction, utilizes the patient’s own soft tissue in the preparation of a new ACL. However, the ligament is sourced from the hamstring tendon using a specialized surgical instrument. This soft tissue is then folded in two to increase its strength and secured into place as the reconstructed ACL.

    Quadriceps Tendon Graft

    This method of ACL reconstruction involves sourcing a tendon from the quadricep muscle. One bone plug is preserved at the end of the tendon and used to secure the new ACL into place. The other end is secured with a staple, screw, or other fixation method.

    The expert orthopaedists at Suburban Orthopaedics specialize in customizing the ACL reconstruction procedure to suit the needs of each individual patient. To learn more about our comprehensive bone and joint care services, contact our practice today by calling (888) 876-0117.

    Your Guide to Cervical Spinal Stenosis

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The spinal cord is responsible for relaying vital sensory and motor information between the body and the brain. It travels down the back of the body, and is protected by the bony vertebrae of the spinal column. Cervical spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal shrinks due to arthritis, disc herniation, or other changes in spinal anatomy. These abnormal structural changes may compress or irritate the nerves leaving the spinal cord, causing pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck and upper extremities. Fortunately, a skilled orthopaedic surgeon can help sufferers discover the cause of their spinal stenosis and resolve the accompanying symptoms.

    Causes

    The most common cause of cervical spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis (OA). Like other forms of arthritis, OA is characterized by the progressive breakdown of joint cushioning, eventually resulting in bone-on-bone articulation. The body may respond to this painful rubbing by forming bony formations called bone spurs, which narrow the spinal canal. Tumors originating in the soft tissue in the cervical area can lead to spinal stenosis by changing the bony structure of the spine or pushing structures out of their normal positions. Disc herniation, trauma, or other abnormalities can also lead to the narrowing of the spinal canal.

    Symptoms

    Depending on the extent to which the spinal canal has narrowed, cervical spinal stenosis may or may not lead to any symptoms. In more serious cases, symptoms can include weakness in the neck or upper extremities, cramping in the muscles of the upper body, numbness, tingling, or pain. Symptoms can occur on one or both sides of the body.

    Treatment

    Treatment of cervical spinal stenosis depends on the extent of a patient’s symptoms and the severity of nerve compression. In less severe cases, behavioral modifications, physical therapy, and pharmacological treatment may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation. More advanced cases may be corrected surgically by an orthopaedic specialist.

    The staff of Suburban Orthopaedics is experienced in the treatment of cervical spinal stenosis and other painful orthopaedic conditions. If you are burdened by chronic spinal pain, consider scheduling a consultation by calling us at (888) 876-0117.

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