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    Diagnostic Testing and Radiology at Suburban Orthopaedics

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Diagnostic imaging allows your orthopaedic doctor to visualize injuries, illnesses, and other conditions that affect the body. These non-invasive imaging techniques are an important part of the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up process.

    This video takes you on a tour of Suburban Orthopaedics’ imaging services and technology. You’ll see how our practice uses the latest in computer-guided and digital imaging technology to reduce radiation dosages and ensure a fast, comfortable exam. Your orthopaedic doctor can access your images immediately from any location, allowing him to make a faster, more accurate diagnosis and develop the best treatment plan for you.

    At Suburban Orthopaedics, we are committed to delivering the very best in orthopaedic care, sports medicine, and pain management. We offer X-ray services at all three of our Chicago-area locations in addition to MRI at our Bartlett office. Call (888) 876-0117 or visit our website to learn more.

    Common Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve that runs from the forearm into the hand. Pain and discomfort are typically caused by inflammation or fluid buildup inside the narrow carpal tunnel of the wrist. If you are experiencing pain or difficulty moving your wrist and hand, contact an orthopaedic specialist for an evaluation to determine the cause and your treatment options.


    Swelling of the wrist is one of the most common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. Inflammation of the tissues in or around the wrist can compress the median nerve, leading to pain, tingling, or numbness of the hand and fingers. There are many causes of inflammation. Repetitive motions made during either work or leisure can irritate the muscles and tendons of the arm, wrist, and hand, leading to swelling. Some illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, can also cause swelling of the joints that may compress the median nerve.

    Fluid Retention

    The buildup of fluid inside the wrist can also put pressure on the median nerve. Pregnancy and menopause may cause such fluid retention, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome and its associated symptoms in some women. Hypothyroidism can also cause water retention in the body that may affect the wrist. In some cases, certain medications can cause water retention as a side effect, leading to compression of the median nerve.

    Genetic Predisposition

    Genetics can also play a role in the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. In some individuals, the carpal tunnel is naturally smaller and narrower than in others. These people are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome and its symptoms. Furthermore, if you are genetically predisposed to diseases such as arthritis or diabetes, these factors can also increase your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

    If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, the orthopaedic specialists at Suburban Orthopaedics are here to help. We offer comprehensive treatment and pain management for sports injuries, work-related injuries, and more in Bartlett, IL. You can reach us by phone at (888) 876-0117 or using our convenient web contact form.

    What to Bring to Your Suburban Orthopaedics Appointment

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Suburban Orthopaedics offers appointments Monday through Friday at our locations in Bartlett, Elgin, and Elk Grove. During your first appointment, we will perform a thorough evaluation of your current health to make the most accurate diagnosis and move forward with an effective treatment option. When you visit us for an appointment, you will need to bring your insurance card(s) so we can evaluate your coverage. We also ask that you bring a list of any medications you are currently taking, including their dosage. You will also need any other pertinent medical information, including a list of allergies and current conditions. Bring the results of any previous tests you have undergone, such as X-rays or MRIs, to provide your orthopaedic doctor with as much information about your condition as possible.

    Do you have further questions about visiting Suburban Orthopaedics for diagnosis and treatment? Please visit our website to read through our FAQ or download our patient forms ahead of time for your convenience. Call us at (888) 876-0117 for more information or to schedule your appointment at any one of our three offices today.

    Exercises That Can Reduce Back Pain

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Back pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit an orthopaedic specialist. In many cases, pain is caused by injury to the muscles or ligaments that support the back and spine. Regular exercise can reduce pain while building strength and flexibility to prevent future re-injury.

    Partial Crunches

    Partial crunches are a great way to increase core strength without aggravating existing back pain. Lie on the floor with your feet flat on the ground. Lace your fingers behind your head or neck, keeping your chin off your chest. Raise your shoulders using only your stomach muscles, taking care not to pull on your head. Hold this pose for about a second, then lower back to the floor. Try just eight to twelve repetitions per day at first, then increase the number as your abdominal muscles grow stronger.

    Wall Sits

    Wall sits are an excellent exercise that strengthens the legs and the core. These exercises are performed using a wall for support. Start by standing approximately one foot from the wall, then begin leaning back until you can put your back flat against the wall. Slide your body down the wall by bending at the knees, keeping contact between the wall and your back at all times. Hold for ten seconds, then slowly stand back up. Repeat this exercise eight to twelve times.

    Bird Dogs

    Bird dog exercises improve your balance and core strength. Start on all fours with your back straight and abdominal muscles contracted. Slowly extend one leg backward while extending the opposite arm forward. Hold this position for five seconds, then repeat on the other side. Perform this exercise eight to twelve times on each side for the best results, making sure to keep your back straight the entire time.

    If you’re suffering from back pain, the orthopaedic specialists at Suburban Orthopaedics in Bartlett can help. We offer physical therapy, pain management solutions, and surgical and non-surgical treatment to eliminate back pain from your life. Click through our website or call us at (888) 876-0117 for a list of our comprehensive orthopaedic services.

    Signs of Scoliosis

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Scoliosis causes abnormal sideways curvature in the spine, which ranges from mild to severe. Individuals of all ages can have scoliosis, and treatments vary depending upon whether the condition causes pain or other symptoms.

    Children are not likely to feel pain associated with scoliosis, nor do they have difficulty playing sports. In most cases, a visible curve in the spine is the first indication of scoliosis. Older adults may experience back pain, which can be treated using a variety of methods.

    Suburban Orthopaedics offers treatment for back and neck pain in Bartlett and beyond. Check us out on the web to find out more about how we can help you eliminate pain and enjoy a healthy, active life. You can get the answers to your questions or schedule an appointment by calling (888) 876-0117 today.

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