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    Injuries that are Covered by Workers' Compensation Law

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect individuals who experience injuries or illnesses related to their line of work. Nearly all employees are covered by this law as soon as they are hired in the state of Illinois. Suburban Orthopaedics offers comprehensive treatment and long-term management of work-related injuries to restore wellness and quality of life.

    Repetitive Stress Injuries

    Repetitive motions are often a part of daily work. Painters, plumbers, construction workers, carpenters, and even office workers can suffer repetitive stress injuries related to their daily tasks. Some of the most common repetitive stress injuries reported by professionals include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back pain. These injuries range in severity from creating a mild annoyance to resulting in pain that is so extreme that work and other normal activities cannot be performed. Workers’ compensation laws cover treatment for repetitive stress injuries wholly or partially due to work-related duties.

    Trauma, Heart Attacks, and Stroke

    Acute trauma such as falls, slips, lacerations, broken bones, and concussions are also covered under workers’ compensation laws, as long as they are caused by work-related activities. Furthermore, more severe medical conditions such as heart attacks and stroke are also covered under this law if they are found to be caused by work or work-related conditions. The only instances in which these injuries are not covered are cases in which the employee was under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at the time of the injury. Self-inflicted wounds (including those suffered if a worker starts a fight) and injuries that occur while an employee is taking part in an illegal activity are also not covered by this law.

    Do you need treatment for a work-related injury in Bartlett? Suburban Orthopaedics will work with you and your employer to provide top-quality orthopaedic care for all types of work-related injuries and conditions. Please call us today at (888) 876-0117 to schedule an evaluation with one of our experienced orthopaedic specialists. You can find out more about work-related injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and other conditions we treat on our website.

    Learn More About Arthritis With This App

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Osteoarthritis affects approximately 27 million Americans. Although osteoarthritis cannot be cured, there are many treatment options and lifestyle changes that can relieve symptoms and restore quality of life.

    The Zimmer Arthritis 411 app is a leading educational tool that puts everything you need to know about osteoarthritis at your fingertips. Whether you have already met with an orthopaedic specialist or not, this app can help to determine the likely causes of your pain and the best treatment solutions. Zimmer Arthritis 411 also contains information about the surgical treatment of osteoarthritis, including knee and hip replacement procedures.

    If you have questions about osteoarthritis, the experienced orthopaedic surgeons at Suburban Orthopaedics have the answers you need for a healthier lifestyle. We offer surgical and non-surgical treatment for arthritis pain and more in Bartlett, Elk Grove, and Elgin. Check us out on the web or call (888) 876-0117 to learn more about us!

    What You Should Know About Scoliosis

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Scoliosis is a disorder that affects the curvature of the spine. Although a normal spine should have some slight curvature, patients with scoliosis display more extreme sideways curvature of the spine, often in excess of 15-30 degrees. While mild cases of scoliosis often require no treatment, more severe curvature can affect posture and reduce the amount of internal space for the organs. Your orthopaedic specialist will determine the best course of treatment to address any symptoms or complications caused by your spinal curvature.

    Signs of Scoliosis

    Because scoliosis rarely causes pain, it’s important to look for other signs that could point to abnormal curvature of the spine. Parents often notice signs of scoliosis in their young children as they begin to grow. Scoliosis can cause poor posture in which one shoulder and hip are not level with the other. The head may not sit directly above the pelvis and the legs may appear uneven. Clothes may hang awkwardly on the body and an individual affected by scoliosis may lean to one side, even while standing upright.

    Causes of Scoliosis

    In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. This condition is called idiopathic scoliosis, and accounts for up to 80% of diagnoses. Known causes of scoliosis include certain neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, and placing extreme stress on the back, such as carrying a heavy backpack on only one shoulder.

    Treatments for Scoliosis

    Mild cases of scoliosis may not require treatment. Only in cases of extreme spinal curvature does scoliosis cause pain and possible complications. Treatments include casting or bracing the back to return the spine to its normal position in young children. Older adolescents or adults may benefit from spinal fusion surgery to straighten the curvature of the spine.

    The back and neck specialists at Suburban Orthopaedics are dedicated to providing top-quality orthopaedic care and surgical treatment for scoliosis, arthritis, sports injuries, and more in the Bartlett area. Please contact us today by calling (888) 876-0117 or visit us on the web for more information about our staff and orthopaedic services.

    Looking at Ball-and-Socket Joints

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The human body has a total of 360 joints—including 10 joints inside each of your ears. Of these joints, four consist of a ball-shaped bone that fits into a socket-shaped bone. Ball-and socket-joints—also called spheroidal joints—offer a much wider range of movement than the other joints in the body.

    Your shoulder and hip joints are the only ball-and-socket joints in your body. The most mobile joint is the shoulder, though this mobility also makes it rather unstable. You’ve likely heard people complain of a dislocated shoulder, in which the ball of the humerus bone slips out of the shoulder blade socket. By contract, the hip joint is less mobile but far more stable—in fact, the ligament that binds the femur and hip bone is one of the strongest ligaments in the body.

    If you have any questions about ball-and-socket joints, or if you’re experiencing significant joint pain, call Suburban Orthopaedics at (888) 876-0117. Our orthopaedic surgeons offer our Bartlett patients sophisticated general orthopaedic surgery and pain management services.

    Are You a Candidate for Laminoplasty?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the center of your vertebrae, and it is responsible for all the feeling in your body. If you experience pain in the spinal cord itself, you should strongly consider seeing a doctor before serious complications arise. A laminoplasty is a procedure designed to remove pressure from the neck. If any of the below criteria apply to you, you could be a good candidate for a laminoplasty.   

    You Experience Neck Pain

    Chronic neck pain can make it difficult to work, sleep, and engage in some of your favorite activities. There are several potential causes of neck pain, including bone spurs, disc herniation, and arthritis. If you suffer from neck pain that doesn’t go away for a period of weeks, set up an appointment with a doctor. After a thorough evaluation, your doctor may recommend a laminoplasty.

    You Have a Compressed Spinal Cord

    One of the most common causes of neck pain is a compressed spinal cord. The pain can stem from a tumor or wayward vertebra pressing against the spinal cord or even a wayward vertebra. During a laminoplasty, the surgeon makes a small incision in the back of the neck. The surgeon then cuts open the bone covering the spinal cord and moves it slightly, giving the spinal cord a little more space.

    You Suffer from Myelopathy

    If a compressed spinal cord is left unaddressed, a patient may develop myelopathy, or a neurologic deficit in the spinal cord. Patients suffering from myelopathy may experience numbness or pain in the arms and difficulty walking. If you suspect that anything is wrong with your spinal cord, ask your doctor about undergoing a laminoplasty right away. After undergoing physical therapy, you should regain full nerve function.

    Don’t let your neck pain get out of control. If something doesn’t seem right, consult the orthopaedic surgeons at Suburban Orthopaedics right away. You can visit our website to get a better idea of our pain management services or call (888) 876-0117 to schedule an appointment with a doctor. We’re dedicated to eliminating pain throughout the Bartlett area and beyond.

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