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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.   


    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.    


    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.

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    Signs That You Should Have an EMG Test

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Under normal circumstances, your nerves should work in harmony with your muscles, allowing you to move and experience basic sensations. An electromyography, or EMG, is a special test that evaluates how well your nerves control your muscles. If you experience any of the following symptoms, your doctor will likely recommend that you undergo an EMG.

    Persistent Pain

    If you feel pain in any part of your body, you shouldn’t ignore it. This pain likely signifies some sort of malfunction in the way your muscles and nerves interact. Burning pain, shooting pain, and aching pain are all causes for alarm that warrant the administration of an EMG. During the EMG, a technician will place a stimulator probe on the affected area and send minor electrical impulses into your nerves. The electrical activity should shed some light into what is causing your pain.    


    The sensation of numbness occurs when a nerve becomes damaged or compressed. Most of the time, numb parts of the body regain normal feeling within a few minutes. If you feel numbness, tingling, pins and needles, or a loss of sensation that either doesn’t go away or comes and goes, schedule an appointment with a doctor. An EMG may identify the disorder or injury that is causing your discomfort.    

    Loss of Muscle Control

    A nerve injury or disorder may also affect the way your muscles move. For instance, you might experience spasms, during which your muscles flex rapidly of their own volition. Some people experience sudden muscle weakness and have difficulty walking. It you’re having trouble with your fine motor movements, consider scheduling an EMG with an experienced doctor.

    An EMG is a quick and simple procedure that can help medical professionals diagnose your condition and put you on the correct treatment. If your nerves aren’t behaving the way they should, call Suburban Orthopaedics pain management experts at (888) 876-0117. In addition to EMG testing, our Bartlett office offers effective orthopaedic surgery and physical therapy.     


    Use This App to Track Your Pain

    Last updated 7 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 7 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.

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