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    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.

    How to Stretch Before Physical Activity

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Stretching before engaging in any kind of physical activity can improve your performance and reduce your chances of suffering an injury. To get the most out of stretching, try the dynamic stretches demonstrated in this video.

    Hit play to see Daniel Shapiro, the strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento Kings, discuss and demonstrate several key stretches. These stretches can help warm up your quads, glutes, hamstrings, and other muscles before you begin your workout. Dynamic stretching can help you prepare for physical activity better than any static stretching routine.

    Though these tips can help reduce your chances of suffering an injury, they can’t eliminate your risk altogether. If you suffer a knee, elbow, ankle, shoulder, or spine injury that is causing you a great deal of pain, call Suburban Orthopaedics at (888) 876-0117. Our Bartlett orthopaedic surgeons will take good care of you.  

    Suburban Orthopaedics Review!

    Last updated 7 months ago

    I was in a car accident in May of 2013. I suffered lots of neck and back pain in effect of the accident. I was referred to start physical therapy. After a few months of physical therapy, the pain did not go away. I was then referred to Dr. Novoseletsky at Suburban Orthopaedics. He examined my areas of pain and suggested injections. The injections... More
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    A Look at the Relationship Between Arthritis and Back Pain

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic back pain, and most people suffer from some sort of back pain at some point in their lives. However, there’s a difference between minor back pain caused by the stresses of daily life and back pain caused by arthritis in the spine. Read on to learn more about the relationship between back pain and arthritis.  

    Arthritis Basics

    Arthritis occurs when the body’s joints start to break down, causing bones to rub up against each other. Though arthritis usually develops in the joints of the hands and feet, it can also develop in the neck and even the lower back. After all, the spine is just a serious of bones that are connected by joints. As with other parts of the body, arthritis can cause significant back pain when it affects the spine.   

    Symptoms

    Initially, it can be difficult to identify back pain that is caused by arthritis of the spine. However, there are a few kinds of pain that are unique to back arthritis. For example, those with arthritis usually experience pain that comes on gradually as the joint cartilage wears down. Arthritis of the back may also lead to stiffness, a limited range of motion, and pain or numbness in the buttocks and legs.    

    Treatment

    If you catch your back arthritis early, you may be able to reduce pain through non-invasive means. You’ll find that medication, physical therapy, exercise, and a healthy diet can all help you feel like normal again. In severe cases, however, an orthopaedic surgeon may need to treat the arthritis through surgery. If you’re feeling any kind of pain or numbness in your back, it’s a good idea to have an orthopaedic expert perform some tests.

    The orthopaedic surgeons at Suburban Orthopaedics have plenty of experience treating individuals with chronic and acute back pain. We also offer physical therapy and other non-invasive pain management techniques. Call (888) 876-0117 or visit our website if you have any questions.

    Suburban Orthopaedics Review!

    Last updated 7 months ago

    I have been a patient at Suburban Orthopaedics for many years, and have been a patient of Dr. Freedberg for almost as long. During that time, I had the physicians at Suburban Orthopaedics do surgical work on my elbow, and the procedure was an unqualified success. Not only was the surgery itself successful, the pre- and post-operative care was... More
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