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    Use This App to Track Your Pain

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Chronic pain—whether it’s caused by an acute injury or sustained repetition—can make life very unpleasant. To conquer your pain once and for all, you should track it at all times and alert your doctor to any changes.

    The My Pain Diary app for iOS devices allows you to monitor back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, and any other conditions that could be causing or exacerbating your pain. Simply record the amount of pain you feel each day, and the app will automatically create a report that you can then send to your doctor.   

    If you’ve been suffering pain for months, contact the orthopaedic surgeons at Suburban Orthopaedics. We’re proud to provide pain management services for patients throughout the Bartlett area. Call (888) 876-0117 if you have any questions about orthopaedic surgery.

    Why Athletes Should Always Stretch Before Physical Activity

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Everyone knows that it’s important to get regular exercise. However, fewer people understand the importance of stretching before each workout. Even seasoned athletes sometimes hasten or forgo stretching in order to get to the workout. If you’re an athlete, take a look at the benefits of stretching below and try to stretch before every practice or game.    

    Better Performance

    Since stretching cold muscles can actually be harmful, experts recommend warming up for 5 minutes before stretching. After a short jog or some jumping jacks, spend 10 minutes or so stretching your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Stretching will help keep your muscles and joints warm, allowing you to move easier on the court or field. Regular stretching can also help you gain more flexibility, which is an important component of strength, speed, and agility.

    Reduced Soreness

    Every athlete experiences soreness after a particularly tough workout. If you spend some time stretching before your workout, you will experience far less soreness than if you skip stretching. Stretching before and after every workout can help increase blood flow to your muscles and joints, thus providing them with more oxygen and nutrients. This increase in blood flow can help your muscles repair themselves faster, reducing the amount of soreness in the process.  

    Reduced Risk of Injury

    Your muscles should be loose and warm as you engage in physical activity. If you try to work out with cold and stiff muscles, there’s a greater chance that you will suffer a tear, sprain, or strain. Stretching only takes a few minutes, and can make a world of difference in your performance. Unfortunately, stretching will not completely eliminate your chances of suffering an injury.

    A shoulder, spine, knee, elbow, or ankle injury is nothing to be ashamed of. If you seek the help of Suburban Orthopaedics of Bartlett, our orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists will get you back into the game as soon as possible. Call (888) 876-0117 to learn all about our pain management services.

    Suburban Orthopaedics Review!

    Last updated 6 months ago

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    Careers Where Workplace Injuries Are Common

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Workplace injuries sustained while you are on the job can affect your overall health, comfort, and ability to perform work-related tasks. While anyone is at risk for an injury during the workday, some careers are associated with a higher likelihood of injury on the job. A 2010 survey found that workers in the U.S. healthcare system were most likely to experience a workplace-related injury. Nursing assistants and nurses are at the highest risk for sustaining injuries due to agitated patients and the need to support or lift patients who have limited mobility. Other careers that feature a higher-than-average risk of workplace injuries include those in manufacturing and construction. Many of these injuries are due to accidents involving machinery or slips and falls. Other injuries in these industries are frequently caused by overuse or overextension of muscles and joints or simply by poor posture.

    Suburban Orthopaedics offers evaluation and treatment for workplace injuries. We can help you return to work quickly, safely, and pain-free by providing diagnostics and rehabilitation on-site in Bartlett. Call (888) 876-0117 or visit our website for more information about workers’ compensation, sports medicine, and pain management.

    Spotlight on Ankle Sprains

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Ankle sprains are common lower body injuries that may be caused by a trip, fall, or sudden movement that twists or stretches the foot and leg. In most cases, ankle sprains are minor injuries that require no special treatment to heal. However, severe sprains can cause chronic pain and limit mobility if orthopaedic treatment is not sought to address the injury properly.

    What Is an Ankle Sprain?

    The ankle is a complex joint that provides stability during movement. Inside the ankle is a system of four major ligaments. Sports activities or motions that twist or bend the ankle could cause one or more of these ligaments to tear, resulting in a sprain. Mild ankle sprains are characterized by only partial tears to these ligaments; more severe sprains may fully rupture the ligament.

    What Are the Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain?

    When an ankle sprain occurs, one of the first symptoms is pain in the affected joint. The ankle may be tender to the touch and painful when the foot is moved or flexed. You may not be able to support some or any of your weight on your foot without pain. More severe ankle sprains may be accompanied by a feeling of tearing or popping. Ankle sprains also frequently cause bruising and swelling of the joint.

    What Are the Treatment Options for an Ankle Sprain?

    Mild ankle sprains should be treated using the RICEM method, which incorporates ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and rest. A brace or compression bandage may be recommended to keep the ankle in place and provide support. Physical therapy for more significant sprains can help to rebuild strength and flexibility in the affected joint. Very severe sprains that cause extensive to damage to the ligaments may require surgery to repair the torn tissues and facilitate pain-free movement.

    The physicians and staff of Suburban Orthopaedics specialize in orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, and physical therapy in Bartlett, Elgin, and Elk Grove. You can contact our office today by calling (888) 876-0117 to explore your treatment options. Read through our blog for more information about orthopaedic care for injuries and pain.

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