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Common Back Injuries and Treatment

Lower back pain

Few ailments are as painful or debilitating as back injuries. With hundreds of muscles, bones, tendons, and moving parts, the human back supports the body and bears enormous loads.  Back pain is a complaint that will affect 80% of Americans at some time in their lives, and its causes are numerous. Fortunately, a wide array of treatments is available to alleviate symptoms of upper, lower, and middle back pain caused by injury or degenerative disease.

Explore the following overview of common sources of back pain and ask your orthopaedic surgeon about appropriate treatment for your specific symptoms.

  • Osteoarthritis
    Arthritis affects millions of Americans and can strike any joint in the body, including the joints of the spine. Older people are at the greatest risk of osteoarthritis. Over time, the cartilage between vertebrae starts to become thin and dehydrated, causing pain and tenderness in the back. Arthritis can be managed with anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication; but in severe cases, orthopaedic back surgery may be necessary. Spinal fusion surgery fuses two degenerated vertebrae together to prevent them from moving and causing pain.
  • Lumbar Strain
    The lumbar vertebrae are the five large bones in the lower part of the back, between the chest and the hips. Heavy lifting can injure the muscles and tendons that support the lumbar vertebrae and leave a person in pain, even to the extent that he or she is unable to move. When medications are not enough, physical therapy under the guidance of a trained therapist may help improve range of motion and reduce pain.

To learn more about ways to alleviate back pain through minimally invasive surgery, contact our office. MK Orthopaedics offers a range of rehabilitation services for trauma and sports injuries for residents of the Joliet, IL area. Call (815) 741-6900 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

Personal Fitness: How to Prevent Knee Injury

When the knee is not properly supported by the surrounding muscles, it is more prone to damage and injury. By strengthening muscle groups like the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves, you can reduce your risk of hurting the knee during intense exercise.

In this video, a personal trainer demonstrates several exercises that work the leg muscles. If you do injure your knee, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Orthopaedic surgery may be necessary if you’ve torn a ligament in the knee.

To learn more about types of knee injuries and how they can be treated, call us today. MK Orthopaedicsc is a sports injury clinic serving Joliet, IL, specializing in orthopaedic surgery, physical therapy, and knee joint replacement. Our office can be reached by calling (815) 741-6900 or by visiting our website. 

Tips for Preventing Knee Strain and Injury

Physical Therapist Working a Female Knee

Knee pain can be particularly devastating if it interferes with a person’s ability to walk. To understand what can go wrong inside the knee, ask your orthopaedic doctor and explore the following overview of its anatomy. The knees are called hinge joints because they move back and forth in one direction, much like the hinges of a door. A series of fibrous ligaments connects the femur with the tibia—the large bones of the thigh and lower leg—and at the center of the knee lays the patella, or kneecap.

When the ligaments in the knee become stretched, torn, or otherwise damaged, it can lead to sharp pain and difficulty moving the affected area. These injuries can be caused by traumatic blows to the knee, twisting or hyperextension of the joint, or overuse from repetitive activity.  In severe cases, tears may need to be repaired by an orthopaedic surgeon. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a miniature telescoping camera and a small incision to repair damaged parts of the knee.

Here are a few tips to keep your knees healthy and pain-free:

  • Do some light stretches before and after exercising, running, or playing sports. Don’t push yourself too hard while stretching or you could hurt yourself.
  • Yoga is a terrific way to increase your flexibility and may have other positive benefits like reducing stress and lowering blood pressure.
  • After a knee injury, rest the affected leg and keep it elevated. Ice packs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen may help with pain and swelling.
  • If pain persists for several days following an injury, see a doctor to have your knee evaluated. Knee injuries need to be treated promptly or they may worsen.

If you’ve suffered a knee injury and would like to know which treatments are available, contact our office to set up an appointment. MK Orthopaedics serves the Joliet, IL area and offers a wide array of rehabilitation services, including orthopaedic surgery and physical therapy. Give us a call at (815) 741-6900 or visit our website.

MK Orthopaedics Wants to Wish YOU Happy Holidays!!!

Christmas Gifts

We want to know some of your favorite traditions for the holidays!

  • What's your favorite thing to eat during the holidays?
  • What are some traditions that you and your family have?
  • What's your favorite Christmas movie?

We wish you the best and hope that everyone has a Merry Holiday!!

Learn More About What to Expect When Injuring Joints

Elderly Hands

Our recent blogs discussed rotator cuff injuries and what to expect during an arthroscopy. If you would like more information about these topics, then take a look at the links below.

To schedule a consultation for your joint pain, call MK Orthopaedics today at (815) 741-6900.

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