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    Sports Medicine 101 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 year 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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    What You Need to Know About Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Spondylolysis occurs when a defect in a lumbar vertebra leads to small stress fractures in the affected bone. These fractures may in turn destabilize the bone and cause it to shift from its normal place—this condition is known as spondylolisthesis. Fortunately, there are both surgical and nonsurgical treatments performed or prescribed by an experienced orthopaedic surgeon that can help resolve the symptoms of both conditions. Read on to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments associated with spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis.

    Causes

    Spondylolysis is believed to have a genetic element, as children can be born with the vertebral abnormality associated with the condition. Sports that involve heavy lifting or require frequent bending of the back can also increase a person’s likelihood of suffering from spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis.

    Symptoms

    Symptoms of both conditions can vary, or may not be present at all. When they occur, sufferers often experience pain across the lower back that may initially seem like a muscle spasm or strain. Severe spondylolisthesis, or slippage of the vertebra, may lead to compression of nearby spinal nerves and radiating pain.

    Treatments

    Generally, spondylolysis is first treated conservatively with non-surgical therapies. Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, rest from vigorous activity, physical therapy, or bracing may be recommended, depending on the severity of the stress fractures. Keeping the core muscles strong and stretching often can help protect the lower lumbar vertebrae and prevent future back injury. In more serious cases, the vertebrae may shift out of position and back pain can persist. Surgery may be needed to fuse the affected vertebra with the sacrum and stabilize the joint.

    To find out more about the treatment options available for spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis, contact the orthopaedic experts at Suburban Orthopaedics. Our team is proud to offer comprehensive orthopaedic services and physical therapy for those suffering from musculoskeletal ailments. Call today at (888) 876-0117 for more information.

    Understanding Degenerative Disc Disease

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Intervertebral discs are fibrous tissues that help support the spine and provide cushion and flexibility. Each disc has a donut-like anatomy, with a tough fibrous outer shell around a hydrated, jelly-like center.

    By watching this video, you can learn more about the anatomy of the intervertebral discs and the changes that occur as a result of degenerative disc disease. The host also discusses the most common symptoms associated with this progressive, chronic condition.

    If you are suffering from chronic back pain, consider contacting the orthopaedic care team at Suburban Orthopaedics. Our physicians are focused on working with each patient to discover the underlying cause of their injury and devise a unique treatment plan. Call (888) 876-0117 today to schedule your appointment at our Bartlett, IL practice.

    Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The median nerve is responsible for providing sensation and motor stimulation to some parts of the hand. In patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, this nerve becomes compressed—causing tingling, numbness, and even a sharp, piercing pain that can travel up the arm. Although not all of the risk factors for this condition can be avoided, there are some ways that one can work to reduce their risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Read through the following guide for some helpful tips.

    Use Your Keyboard and Mouse Safely

    The repetitive actions of typing and using a mouse can be contributing factors in the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. To help reduce the stresses on your tendons and muscles during work hours, start by replacing your old keyboard and mouse with ergonomically designed tools. Taking frequent rest periods can also help minimize strain and overuse of the hand and wrist muscles.

    Practice Good Posture

    Maintaining proper posture throughout the day is also an important part of preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, especially for constant computer users. When sitting, make sure that your back is flush with the back of the chair and your shoulders are relaxed. The elbows should be at an angle where the arms are resting against the sides of the body and the wrists are straight. Use a laptop stand or other lifting device to bring your work to eye level so you can avoid having to bend your neck over your computer screen.

    Perform Hand and Wrist Exercises

    Keeping the muscles of your hands and wrists relaxed, mobile, and strong will help promote circulation and reduce risk of injury. To learn some helpful exercises for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, speak with an experienced orthopaedic specialist.

    At Suburban Orthopaedics, we are experienced in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal problems. You can meet with one of our skilled orthopaedic doctors by calling (888) 876-0117 to schedule a consultation.

    Common Physical Therapy Treatment Modalities

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Physical therapy is an instrumental part of the treatment and rehabilitation of many musculoskeletal injuries. Not only does physical therapy help restore the proper strength and function of muscles and joints, it also provides education and instruction that patients can use to improve their long-term health and wellness.

    Before beginning a course of physical therapy, patients are assessed by an experienced physical therapist. Together, therapist and patient will formulate a treatment and rehabilitation plan that may include specialized exercises, stretching, manual therapy, lifestyle changes, massage, or other advanced therapeutic practices. The treatment plan may also involve education for at-home care and the prevention of future injury. Throughout the process, the therapist communicates closely with the patient’s physician to report progress.

    Would you like to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy? Suburban Orthopaedics offers the expertise of a skilled team of licensed physical therapists to provide personalized, patient-centered care. Call our practice today at (888) 876-0117 to schedule a consultation.

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