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    Common Causes of Lumbar Stress Fractures

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Lumbar stress fractures, also known as spondylolysis or pars stress fractures, cause damage to the vertebrae in the lower back. These injuries are common among high school athletes, who frequently put repeated stresses on the spine at a time when their bodies are still growing. Rest, bracing, and physical therapy are the most common treatments for lumbar stress fractures, giving the bone time to heal as the muscles supporting the spine are strengthened.

    Sports

    Lumbar stress fractures are commonly diagnosed in young athletes—approximately one third of adolescents who play sports will experience at least one episode of back pain. Young athletes at the greatest risk are those who take part in physical activities that cause repeated bending, straightening, and stretching of the spine. Such sports include gymnastics, hockey, soccer, and certain player positions in football. Sports or exercises such as weight lifting also put added stress on the lower spine, leading to microscopic fractures inside the vertebrae and back pain.

    Genetics

    In some cases, lumbar stress fractures appear to be an inherited condition. If someone in your family suffered from a lumbar stress fracture, you are at an increased risk for developing a fracture to your spine as well.

    Growth Spurts

    Adolescents are prone to growth spurts, during which their height and weight increase at a rapid pace. Following a growth spurt, the spine must readjust to the increased weight of the body while the bones and muscles are still growing stronger to support these changes. In some adolescents, this sudden change in height and weight can lead to weakened vertebrae in the lower spine and lumbar stress fractures.

    Suburban Orthopaedics specializes in the treatment of neck and pack pain throughout the Bartlett area. Call us today at (888) 876-0117 to schedule your appointment with one of our orthopaedic surgeons to discuss your pain and find the best treatment for your needs. You can learn more about the common causes of back and neck pain and how our orthopaedic surgeons can help on our blog.

    Suburban Orthopaedics Hospital Affiliations

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    High-quality hospital affiliations benefit you as a patient by providing the cutting-edge facilities and excellent quality of care you need to recover fully and quickly. At Suburban Orthopaedics, we are affiliated with Alexian Brothers Medical Center, St. Alexius Medical Center, and Advocate Sherman Hospital. Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove is a 387-bed acute care hospital that is ranked third in the Chicago area. St. Alexius Medical Center is also a part of the Alexian Brothers Health System, featuring 339 beds in Hoffman Estates. More than 7,600 surgeries are performed at St. Alexius Medical Center each year. Advocate Sherman Hospital is located in Elgin and offers every patient a private room with a personal bath and shower to ensure a comfortable hospital stay when necessary.

    Would you like to learn more about Suburban Orthopaedics’ hospital affiliations? Contact us today by calling (888) 876-0117 to find out more! Our physicians and staff offer total orthopaedic care including radiography and MRI, EMG testing, and physical therapy in Bartlett, Elk Grove, and Elgin. Check us out on the web for more educational articles about your health.

     

    The Patient's Guide to Physical Therapy

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Physical therapy is a form of rehabilitation that rebuilds strength and flexibility following an accident, injury, or surgery. This form of treatment consists of stretches and exercises designed to increase mobility, limit the formation of scar tissue, and eliminate pain. Suburban Orthopaedics offers physical therapy as part of our individualized orthopaedic care plans.

    What Is Physical Therapy?

    Physical therapy uses treatments such as massage, exercise, stretching, and the application of heat or cold to improve mobility, reduce pain, and prevent future injuries. In many cases, physical therapy is recommended after an accident or injury to rebuild lost strength and flexibility. Physical therapy can also help those with chronic conditions such as arthritis to improve or retain mobility. During the course of your physical therapy treatment, you will work with a certified physical therapist to address pain and improve your body’s strength and range of motion. In most cases, patients visit a physical therapist one to three times a week for up to three months. You will also be given stretches or exercises to complete at home between your office visits.

    Who Provides Physical Therapy?

    Physical therapists practice in many settings, some of which include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, and schools or fitness centers. Your physical therapist may work closely with your physician and orthopaedic surgeon to develop a personalized treatment plan that will facilitate a healthy recovery following an injury or surgical procedure. Pursuing a career in physical therapy requires either a master’s or doctorate degree from an accredited physical therapy education program. A physical therapist must also take the National Physical Therapy Exam, administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, to obtain a license before they may practice.

    If you’d like to learn more about physical therapy in Bartlett, contact Suburban Orthopaedics by calling (888) 876-0117. Our staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality of orthopaedic care for every patient to eliminate pain and restore mobility. Check us out on the web to learn more about orthopaedic surgery and physical therapy. 

    Treating Stress Fractures

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Runners frequently incur tibial stress fractures when training for long-distance runs. If not treated properly, a stress fracture can cause progressive damage to the bone and severe pain that may limit your running.

    This video explains how tibial stress fractures occur and how they are treated. Following injury, the affected leg is encased in a supportive boot and crutches are recommended for two to six weeks. Physical therapy is used to strengthen the calf and restore flexibility to reduce the likelihood of re-injury once you resume running.

    If you are experiencing pain while running, playing sports, or performing daily activities, professional diagnosis and treatment is essential to a healthy recovery. Contact Suburban Orthopaedics of Bartlett by calling (888) 876-0117 to find out more about our sports medicine and physical therapy options. Please visit our website if you’d like to read more about stress fractures and their treatment. 

    Suburban Orthopaedics Review!

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