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The spine is often thought of as being completely straight when properly aligned. In fact, the spine naturally has slight curves to improve its ability to absorb shock from physical stressors. However, some people have spine curvature disorders. Kyphosis occurs when the upper back is rounded forward to more than 50 degrees of curvature. This most often occurs in older adults who have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis weakens the bones in the spine and leads to compression fractures, causing an abnormal spinal curvature.
Lordosis, sometimes called swayback, is a condition in which the spine curves inward to an abnormal degree at the lower back. Osteoporosis, obesity, and kyphosis may contribute to lordosis. In severe cases, the patient will have pain and impaired mobility.
The orthopedic doctors of Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C. offers non-surgical pain management options for patients with spinal disorders. You can contact our clinic at (888) 610-1870 to learn more about our holistic injections and other non-surgical spine treatments.
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If you’ve visited an orthopedic specialist with shoulder pain, he or she may have diagnosed you with a rotator cuff injury. Your rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles in each shoulder that enable you to lift and manipulate your arm. Rotator cuff tears are a common orthopedic injury. They occur when the rotator cuff tendon is partially or completely torn. Depending on the severity of the injury, your symptoms may occur suddenly or they may develop gradually. It’s best to see an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible for treatment to avoid developing additional complications. Here are a few signs of a rotator cuff injury.
A rotator cuff tear can occur abruptly, such as when you lift a heavy object improperly or fall down on an arm that is outstretched. Sometimes, a rotator cuff tear occurs along with another shoulder injury, such as a broken collarbone. When the injury occurs abruptly, you’ll notice a sudden, intense pain in the area. Your upper arm will become weak immediately. If you have a full-thickness tear, rather than a partial tear, you’re likely to feel a snapping sensation.
If a rotator cuff tear is left untreated or if you experience a degenerative tear, which occurs gradually due to overuse, you’ll likely suffer additional symptoms. The pain may worsen, particularly if you try to lift your arm or if you lie on the affected shoulder during sleep. You’re also likely to notice worsening arm weakness and a crackling sensation when you move the arm in various ways. Everyday activities may become more difficult.
This orthopedic condition has the potential to cause additional complications. For example, a bursa sac may become affected. Bursae are lubricating sacs found in every joint. With a rotator cuff tear, a bursa sac may cause additional pain because of inflammation. Since a rotator cuff injury can be quite painful, you may find yourself avoiding the use of the affected arm. A lack of movement may lead to frozen shoulder over time.
Not everyone with a rotator cuff tear requires orthopedic surgery. Instead, you may be a candidate for non-surgical orthopedic treatment. Call Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C. at (888) 610-1870 to schedule a consultation with one of our experts. We’re proud to be a leader in advanced pain management techniques, serving residents throughout the Southeast.
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With the warmer weather coming in, the first thing most of us want to do is put on our tennis shoes and head outside for a walk or a quick jog. However, if you don't like training in the cold which means you've been hibernating inside all winter, going out for a long run as soon as the sun comes out could do more harm than good to your body.
In this video, certified USA triathlon coach Stephanie Coburn shares a few easy stretches to help prevent some of the injuries that come with running. Don't let the fear of pain stop you from lacing up your tennis shoes and heading outside for a jog!
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An ergonomic injury is any type of injury caused by an ergonomic problem such as repetitive stress, improper and sustained posture, and contact pressure. These injuries often develop gradually. Some examples of these types of orthopedic injuries include lower back pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Unless you seek treatment from an orthopedic specialist, ergonomic injuries may worsen and cause more severe symptoms. Common injuries include:
Lumbar pain refers to pain in the lower back area and is among the most common types of orthopedic problems caused by poor ergonomics. If you have an office chair that lacks lumbar support, for example, you could be susceptible to lower back pain. If your occupation demands heavy physical labor, you’re also at risk. Lumbar pain is often the result of improperly lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy objects, and of twisting the trunk while engaging in these actions. An orthopedic specialist can help you learn the proper ways to move to minimize your risk of lumbar pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the space within the carpal tunnel, which is a bone in the wrist, becomes narrowed and presses upon the median nerve. If you have this orthopedic injury, you’ve probably noticed pain, numbness, and tingling. You may have decreased grip strength and you may find it difficult to do everyday activities that require gripping objects. Carpal tunnel syndrome may be caused by working with your hands and wrists in an ergonomically incorrect fashion, such as by keeping the wrists in a bent fashion.
Tennis elbow isn’t always caused by the repetitive motions of tennis. Sometimes, a frequent computer user will develop it when the muscles and tendons in the arm are overused. For example, you may keep your arms in the same, tense position for too long. Tennis elbow causes pain that worsens with movements such as gripping.
At Non-Surgical Orthopaedics, P.C., we understand the extent to which orthopedic injuries can interfere with your daily activities and athletic performance. It’s our mission to provide exceptional non-surgical orthopedic treatments to help you get back to your favorite activities as soon as possible. New patients are always welcome to call us at (888) 610-1870 and ask us about our superior non-surgical pain management techniques.