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What Are Spinal Bone Spurs?

When it comes to spine health, bone spurs are a common problem seen by orthopaedic doctors. Bone spurs become more likely with age, and this type of problem can reduce the available space in the spinal canal. Read on to learn more about spinal bone spurs.

Understanding Spinal Bone Spurs

A bone spur (osteophyte) is a projection of bone. These growths develop along the edges of bones, typically where 2 bones meet at a joint or on the bones of the spine. The average spinal bone spur does not cause symptoms, can go undetected and does not require treatment. However, some spinal bone spurs can cause problems that affect a person’s comfort and health.

Symptoms of Spinal Bone Spurs

When bone spurs occur on the vertebrae of the spine, this can cause a narrowing of the spinal canal, which contains your spinal cord. The bone spurs can then pinch or press against your spinal cord or its nerve roots. When this occurs, you may experience stiffness, back pain, or numbness or weakness in your legs or arms.

Causes of Spinal Bone Spurs

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes damage to the cartilage, which is responsible for cushioning the ends of bones where they meet at a joint, and the resulting joint damage is the most common cause of bone spurs. As the cartilage breaks down and the joint loses stability, the body attempts to repair the loss, and this results in bone spurs.

Treatments for Spinal Bone Spurs

For most patients, non-surgical treatment options for bone spurs, such as medications, rest, steroid injections, and physical therapy, are enough to manage their symptoms. If these options fail to provide you with relief, then your orthopaedic surgeon may advise spine surgery to remove the bone spurs.

At MK Orthopaedics, our Board Certified physicians specialize in providing the highest quality of care for patients. Are you experiencing symptoms of spinal bone spurs? If so, then please contact us at (815) 741-6900 to meet with one of our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet.


Treatment Options for De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a condition that can develop as a sports injury for individuals who participate in racquetball, golf, or other athletics that involve repetitive hand or wrist movements. Activities that require repetitive hand or wrist movements, like gardening or lifting a baby, can also result in this condition. Continue reading to learn what treatment options your orthopaedic doctor may suggest for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.

Therapy

When treating De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, the primary goal is to reduce inflammation. For this reason, your doctor may recommend several therapy options to improve your symptoms and help preserve movement in your thumb. You will probably be advised to apply ice to the affected area, immobilize your wrist and thumb, and avoid repetitive thumb movements. Also, you may be referred to an occupational or physical therapist who can examine how you use your wrist, teach you exercises to strengthen your muscles, and offer strategies for reducing stress on your wrist to help limit tendon irritation and lessen your pain.

Medication

To help reduce the pain and inflammation in the area, your orthopaedic doctor may advise you to take over-the-counter pain relievers like naproxen or ibuprofen. Also, he may recommend corticosteroid medication injections to reduce swelling in the tendon. Commonly, patients completely recover from this condition following treatment with corticosteroids.

Surgery

In more serious cases of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis or if your condition does not respond well to medication and therapy, then outpatient surgery may be advised. Surgery for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis involves inspecting and then opening the sheath that surrounds the problematic tendon or tendons. Opening the sheath relieves pressure and allows the tendons to move more freely. Your doctor will instruct you on how to rest and rehabilitate your body following the surgical procedure, and you may meet with an occupational or physical therapist who can teach you strengthening exercises and offer advice for adjusting your daily routine to avoid a recurrence of the condition.

If you’re suffering from De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, then call MK Orthopaedics today at (815) 741-6900 to schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet.


Why You Should Choose Us for Your Orthopaedic Surgery

If you need orthopaedic surgery, find out why patients across the Joliet area trust MK Orthopaedics for their care for yourself by making an appointment. Our entire team has one goal: to provide you with the best possible care and help you live a life free of back, neck, hip, and ankle pain.

From your first appointment at MK Orthopaedics, you’ll notice how committed our doctors are to answer all of your questions and spend as much with you as necessary to help you feel comfortable about your procedure. No question is too small for our staff to answer. During your surgery, we use the very latest advances in orthopaedic care so you’ll have the safest and most effective procedure possible.

If you are living with orthopaedic pain, get on the road to recovery by making an appointment at MK Orthopaedics. From hip replacement surgery to surgery for a herniated disc, we’re here to help. Call (815) 741-6900 for more information.


Should You Get a Second Opinion?

If you find out that you need orthopaedic surgery, should you get a second opinion from another orthopaedic doctor? Watch this video to find out.

A second opinion can make a dramatic different in your overall medical care. Second opinions aren’t necessarily about your first doctor being wrong but are more about gathering more information about the right care for you. Even if your orthopaedic doctors agree on the diagnosis, they may both be able to provide useful insight into the right treatment plan for you.

Don’t let neck pain and hip pain slow you down. Make an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet at MK Orthopaedics whether you need an initial diagnosis or a second opinion. To make an appointment, call (815) 741-6900.


Understanding Steroid Injections

Steroid injections can be a helpful way of controlling persistent orthopaedic pain without surgery. Your orthopaedic doctor may recommend injections to delay the need for surgery, or he or she may use injections in hopes of preventing the need for surgery completely. Could you be a candidate for steroid injections? Here is what you need to know.

What are steroid injections?

Steroid injections involve the use of a needle to inject steroid medications into an area that is causing pain. They help to calm inflammation in affected joints and the tendons that surround them. The injection may be placed directly into a joint or in an area around a joint that has become inflamed.

Why do doctors use injections instead of oral steroids?

Orthopaedic doctors may also use oral steroids to ease inflammation in some cases, but injections have some advantages. Because they can be placed directly in the affected area, the site of the pain receives a larger dose of medication than when steroids are taken orally. Patients are usually able to tolerate larger doses of steroids when they take them in the form of injections than they are with oral steroids. There are possible side effects to injections, however, including local bleeding, skin discoloration, and infections. Your orthopaedic doctor will determine if the risks outweigh the benefits for you. Injections are usually limited to no more than once every three to four months.

What should I expect with steroid injection treatment?

Steroid injections typically take effect within 48 hours of treatment, though some patients experience almost immediate relief if a local anesthetic is given with the shot. For most people, steroid injections are part of a broader treatment plan. For instance, if you are experiencing back pain, your orthopaedic doctor may recommend a steroid injection to alleviate the pain enough to allow you to exercise to reduce the pain from recurring. In other cases, steroid injections may only delay the eventual need for surgery.

Steroid injections are part of the nonsurgical treatment options we provide at MK Orthopaedics. To find out if injections could ease your sports injury or other pain, make an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet by calling (815) 741-6900.


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