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    Identifying Compression Fractures in the Spine

    Last updated 11 months ago

    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. 

    Understanding the Process of EMG Testing

    Last updated 11 months ago

    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. 

    Getting to Know Knee Replacement Surgery [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 11 months ago

    If you’re living with knee pain from a sports injury or arthritis, you know how profound the impact on your life can be. For some, non-invasive treatments like physical therapy and steroid injections can help initially, but eventually, these remedies aren’t enough to combat the pain. When your knee pain is interfering with your everyday life and doesn’t stop even when you’re at rest, it could be time to consider knee replacement surgery. During this procedure, an orthopaedic surgeon will remove your damaged knee cartilage and place a metal knee implant so you can regain your range of motion without the pain. Check out this Infographic from Bartlett’s Suburban Orthopaedics to learn more about knee replacement surgery and the individuals who undergo this surgery. Help your friends and family understand when to see an orthopaedic surgeon about their own joint pain by sharing this information with them.  

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    What Are the Most Common Types of Knee Injuries?

    Last updated 12 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.

    Suburban Orthopaedics Review!

    Last updated 12 months ago

    Dr. Freedburg has repaired my shoulder and replaced my knee, couldn't be happier. The office staff was helpful and caring. Made a bad situation better with good care and concern. Would recommend Dr. Freedburg to anyone. More
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