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    What Are the Most Common Types of Knee Injuries?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The knee is central to movement. Its ability to support the weight of the body and facilitate motion makes it integral to any type of activity. That is why knee injuries are both so common and disruptive to everyday life. Though conditions such as arthritis can wear down the knee, physical activity can also result in the following types of injury:

    Cartilage Deterioration

    Many joints of the body rely on cartilage to reduce trauma and damage by providing cushioning and lubrication. Cartilage is a durable yet elastic material that alleviates excessive force on the joint. The knee in particular requires cartilage to mitigate the extreme pressure that it experiences when engaged in a strenuous activity. However, sports that exert a tremendous amount of stress on knee cartilage can damage it, which may lead to knee stiffness, pain, and reduced range of motion.

    MCL Damage

    The knee joint houses several bands of ligaments that provide stability and strength. The MCL, or medial collateral ligament, resides on the outer part of the knee and connects the tibia to the femur. Though the MCL is strong and flexible, trauma can cause it to tear partially or rip completely. Individuals who participate in full-contact activities during which they may be kicked or tackled are at risk for MCL damage.

    ACL Tear

    Another ligament imperative to knee function is the ACL. The anterior cruciate ligament resides inside the central portion of the knee. It aids in maintaining the steadiness of the knee and lower leg. The ACL becomes vulnerable to injury, though, when individuals engage in sudden, forceful motions involving the knees. Actions that require abrupt changes in direction or movement can cause the ACL to tear or rip. A damaged ACL typically requires physical therapy, and in some cases, it may also necessitate surgery.

    Have you sustained a knee injury? To get the swift and effective treatment you need, call Suburban Orthopaedics at (888) 876-0117 for an appointment. The diagnostic testing services at our Bartlett orthopaedic center can quickly determine the nature of your injury, and our extensive treatment options can remedy your condition with minimal downtime and discomfort.

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    Causes behind Your Hip Pain

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Hip discomfort does not always result from traumatic injury. As this video explains, lack of activity can also lead to hip pain.

    The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that depends heavily on surrounding muscles and connective tissues to keep it stable. When the structures supporting the hip do not stretch as often as they should, they can create hip pain. Long, uninterrupted hours of sitting at a desk or driving in a car can produce stiffness in the hip. Inadequate stretching prior to working out can also bring about discomfort in the hip joint. Regular activity and frequent stretching can alleviate this problem.

    Are you suffering from chronic hip pain? Call Suburban Orthopaedics in Bartlett at (888) 876-0117 to set up an appointment with a pain management specialist.

    How Is Scoliosis Treated?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Scoliosis is a condition characterized by an atypical curve of the spine. Depending on the cause and severity of the curve, scoliosis can produce both cosmetic and clinical problems. Some individuals with scoliosis may appear to have a crooked or stooped back; others may experience pain because of their condition. Extreme forms of scoliosis can lead to cardiovascular and pulmonary complications.

    In many cases, an orthopaedic specialist can address these issues with noninvasive treatment. When worn as directed, a back brace can bring the spinal column back into proper alignment. If this form of treatment cannot remedy the condition as needed, a spine specialist may determine that orthopaedic surgery is necessary.

    If you or a loved one suffers from scoliosis, Suburban Orthopaedics can help. To speak with a spine specialist about your condition, call (888) 876-0117. Our orthopaedic center offers comprehensive back and joint help for individuals who reside in the greater Bartlett area. 

    A Look at the Anatomy of the Shoulder

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Like the hip, the shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, which allows it to perform extensive range of motion. Its anatomy permits such diverse actions such as throwing a ball, executing a pushup, and performing a backstroke. The complexity of the structures that comprise the shoulder also makes it prone to orthopaedic injury.

    Tissues

    Muscles, ligaments, and tendons surround and support joints so that they can stay in place. Because the shoulder has widespread range of motion, it needs several supportive tissues that can facilitate motion as they keep the joint steady. The subscapularis, infraspinatus, suprasinatus, and teres minor are the four muscles of the shoulder. Together with the tendons that connect these muscles to nearby bones, they make up the rotator cuff.

    Bones

    The shoulder contains three primary bones: the humerus, the clavicle, and the scapula. Each reside in different parts of the body but come together at the shoulder joint. The humerus is the bone of the upper arm. The clavicle (collarbone) is the bone that sits at the top of the chest below the neck. The scapula is more commonly known as the shoulder blade. Each bone is necessary to provide the extensive movement that the shoulder can perform under a variety of circumstances.

    Joints

    The places where the humerus, clavicle, and scapula come together are known as joints. Though the shoulder itself is called a ball-and-socket joint, it contains three smaller joints. The junction of the clavicle and scapula creates the acromioclavicular joint. The connection of the scapula and humerus makes the glenohumeral joint. Lastly, the sternoclavicular joint is the joint formed by the clavicle and chest bone.

    Shoulder pain is a common yet treatable ailment. If you are suffering from shoulder discomfort, let Suburban Orthopaedics address your condition. For your comfort, we offer pain medication, physical therapy, and general orthopaedic surgery. To learn more about the services that we provide to residents of Bartlett and the surrounding areas, call (888) 876-0117.

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