Severe or chronic pain can limit your ability to complete daily tasks and may diminish your quality of life. Up to 40% of adult Americans live with chronic pain that affects their ability to live a normal life. Professional pain management offers a variety of treatment options to address the source of your pain and restore your ability to work, play, and relax in comfort.
Disruption of Daily Activities
It is normal to require a few days of rest following an injury. However, pain that continues to disrupt your everyday activities for more than four weeks should be brought to the attention of a professional. If you are having difficulty performing the normal tasks required for personal care or work because of pain, it’s time to seek a diagnosis and treatment for your condition. Pain that keeps you from getting a healthy night’s sleep, makes it impossible to sit or stand for long periods of time, or keeps you from concentrating should also prompt you to seek professional pain management.
Feelings of Depression
Numerous studies have shown that pain and depression are closely linked. Consistent pain often leads to feelings of depression because the patient cannot perform daily tasks comfortably or at all. Pain may also prevent you from taking part in sports or hobbies or enjoying time with friends and loved ones. If you have been experiencing feelings of anxiety, sadness, or depression that leave you with no energy to take part in the activities you love, it’s important to seek professional pain management to address your condition and restore your ability to enjoy each day of your life.
Dr. Dmitry Novoseletsky of Suburban Orthopaedics specializes in pain management in the Bartlett area. If you are experiencing pain, don’t wait—call us today at (888) 876-0117 to learn how we can help you live a pain-free life! You can find more information about pain management, physical therapy, and orthopaedic surgery on our website.
The spinal column is made up, in part, of bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae offer protection for the spinal cord and support for the weight of the body. Like other bones of the body, the vertebrae are susceptible to deterioration from disease or injury. Older women in particular are vulnerable to osteoporosis, which can cause the vertebrae to become brittle. When weakened vertebrae break down, they can suffer compression fractures. Since compression fractures often cause pain similar to arthritis or other spinal conditions, sufferers may not know the true source of their discomfort. Sometimes, the patient experiences no pain at all. Other symptoms, like shortened height or a hunched back, can be signs of compression fractures.
A pain management expert can identify compression fractures with several diagnostic tools. An MRI exam can reveal the presence of damaged discs caused by compression fractures. A digital X-ray can also reveal minute fractures in the vertebrae.
Suburban Orthopaedics is happy to provide the treatment you require for compression fractures. To learn more about the orthopaedic services we provide to the Bartlett community, call (888) 876-0117. You can also go online to view in greater detail our array of pain management options for orthopaedic problems.
Are you suffering from arm or leg weakness? Do you experience an uncomfortable tingling sensation in your extremities? To find out why you feel this way, an orthopaedic doctor may recommend EMG testing. EMG testing, also known as electromyography, provides pain management experts with important data they can use to determine the reason for your ailment. If you need to undergo EMG testing, you can likely expect the following:
Assessing Muscle Activity
EMG testing is done while you are alert and awake. During one segment of electromyography, a doctor may test your muscle function. To see if the muscles operate normally, he may insert a probe or needle into the skin. This probe can monitor the electrical energy generated when you move your muscles. A lack of or abnormal electrical readings may indicate muscle damage.
Testing Nerve Impulses
Electromyography can also alert your doctor to problems affecting your nerves. Both injury and disease can cause nerve damage, which may in turn affect muscle function. EMG testing can differentiate between nerve and muscle damage by applying electrical stimulation to the nerves. The response of the nerves to this stimulation can reveal the presence of a neurological problem.
Determining Nature of Condition
Upon completing the EMG testing, a doctor will evaluate the results to determine if your condition stems from an issue with the muscles or nerves. Muscle fatigue, weakness, and pain can develop from any number of causes, including sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome. After ascertaining the root cause of your pain and loss of function, your physician can recommend an appropriate course of treatment, which may include physical therapy or surgery.
Don’t let your muscle or nerve pain get in the way of your quality of life. Suburban Orthopaedics can alleviate your discomfort with our extensive diagnostic and treatment services. To schedule a consultation at our Bartlett facility, call (888) 876-0117. For more information on EMG testing, please visit our website.