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Thu, 23 Sep 2021

What you need to know about rotator cuff injuries

Shoulder Rotator Cuff Pain

 

A common cause of pain the shoulder is a rotator cuff tear. A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons around the shoulder joint. When it is injured, it can weaken your shoulder and ache with pain. This type of injury is not only painful, but often inconvenient and makes daily activities difficult.

A torn rotator cuff can happen from an injury or degenerative issues. When it happens from an injury, it is commonly through repeated movements while playing sports, performing a job function or doing common household chores. Degenerative tears occur from the wearing down of the tendon that occurs slowly over time and naturally happens as we age.

Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear may include:

  • A dull ache in your shoulder
  • Pain with certain movements
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain gets worse when you try to sleep on the injured side
  • Muscle weakness in the arm
  • Shoulder pain the worsens over time
  • Crackling sensation when your shoulder moves in certain directions

Ways to help prevent a rotator cuff tear include:

  • Exercise with focus on both the front muscles of the chest, shoulder, upper arm and back of the shoulder
  • Stretch and warm up prior to activity
  • Use proper form and safe lifting techniques
  • Take frequent breaks

Treatment options for a rotator cuff tear:

Conservative treatments for a torn rotator cuff including rest, joint immobilization and physical therapy are sometimes all that is needed to find relief. Regenerative medicine is another non-invasive treatment option to talk with your doctor about. If the injury is severe, surgery may need to be considered.

Shoulder injuries such as a torn rotator cuff should be treated immediately to prevent further damage and to begin the healing process as soon as possible. See a physician right away if you have a sudden loss of motion after an injury, as you could have a substantial rotator cuff tear. If you have pain lasting longer than a few weeks or you’ve been formally diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear, you should see a shoulder specialist.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

 

Tue, 08 Jun 2021

5 Common Foot Problems

Woman rubbing foot due to foot pain.

Your foot is made up of 26 bones, which connect tendons, ligaments, and muscles that experience significant pressure and stress every single day. It’s important to make sure they remain healthy and be aware of symptoms that may cause common foot pains.

Bunions

bunion is a bony bump on the joint at the base of your big toe. They develop slowly when your big toe pushes against your second toe, ultimately leading to the joint getting larger and protruding from your foot. Some of the symptoms may include pain, soreness, numbness, burning, swelling, and redness.

There are several options for bunion treatment. Some patients find pain relief with treatments that reduces pressure on the big toe, such as padding, splinting, medication, wearing wider shoes, or using pads in shoes. If these measures do not help, your podiatrist may recommend surgical correction.

Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are painful hard areas found on your feet. They happen from wearing poorly fitted shoes that cause friction and pressure. A callus is an area typically found on the bottom of your foot that thickens after friction. A corn is a type of callus that is found on top of and between the toes.

Some common symptoms of corns and calluses include bumps or patches on the skin, tenderness, burning, and pain with touch and pressure. You should not try to cut corns or calluses at home to avoid a potential infection. Most corns and calluses will go away when the friction or pressure that is causing them stops, along with doing some home treatments.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is caused by an inflammation in the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. This tissue is found in the area that connects your heel bone to your toes. The pain is usually found near the heel, but it can actually be felt anywhere along the plantar fascia ligament.

There are many reasons why one might develop plantar fasciitis. Some of these factors include being overweight, being on your feet for extended periods, wearing shoes with inadequate support, and high-impact sporting activities. Also, flat feet or high arches, excessive pronation (when the foot rolls severely inward when walking), or wearing high heels regularly can be aggravating factors.

Stretching is the single most important thing to do to eliminate and prevent pain. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and the use of ice and massage can be used to reduce inflammation and pain.  If pain continues, it is important to see a podiatrist for a more comprehensive treatment plan.

Bone Spurs

A bone spur is an abnormal bone growth that can develop in any bone, but most frequently they occur in high-impact areas such as your feet. Bone spurs develop over long periods of time, usually near joints. Heel spurs are found at the back of the heel or under the heel, beneath the arch of the foot, and described as a bony, pointed growth. While there are many causes, they often do occur from plantar fasciitis.

Heels spurs may cause the most pain early in the morning after rest. It can appear as a sharp pain on the bottom of your foot, but may also be a mild and dull pain throughout the day. If it’s from plantar fasciitis, there may be symptoms of inflammation and tenderness on the bottom of the foot too. Keep in mind that not all heel spurs cause any pain or discomfort.

If you have heel spurs, talk with your doctor about treatment and you may find recommendations for comfortable shoes, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatories, exercises, injections, or surgical procedures for more severe cases.

Hammertoes

A hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third, or fourth toes where the toe is bent at its middle joint and looks like a hammer. The causes of hammertoe can include arthritis, tight shoes, high heels, pointy shoes, toe injuries, high foot arch, and bunion pressure. Some of the mild symptoms of hammertoe include the toe bending downward, pain, corns, calluses, inability to straighten your toe, claw-like toes, difficulty walking, swelling, redness, or burning.

Treating hammertoes early on during mild symptoms involves simple treatments such as changing the type of shoes you wear, exercises, and using cushions to help relieve pain. You should not pop any blisters on your toes, as it could cause additional pain and infection. If mild treatments do not work, surgery may need to be considered.

Are you having pain in your feet? Our Podiatrist, Dr. Panesar, can help you with a diagnosis and a treatment plan to get you back to your activities. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Thu, 29 Apr 2021

Patient Success Story: One Happy Camper

Outpatient Hip Replacement Surgery by Miller Orthopedic Specialists

Condition: Osteoarthritis of the left and right hip

Treatment: Same-Day Outpatient Total Left and Right Hip Replacements

Results: Improved mobility, pain relief, and quality of life regained

Tammie Stoneking of Grant, Iowa came to Dr. Boese at Miller Orthopedic Specialists for hip pain in both her left and right hip, requiring a total hip replacement on both. Tammie says, “I’m so glad I had a hip replacement done! I couldn’t be more pleased with my results. I was able to camp this past summer and climbed the steps repeatedly in and out of my camper, which I couldn’t do before surgery.”

Dr. Boese explains, “Tammie is a pretty typical patient coming in for a consultation because she was in pain. That first step is the most important in order to determine and make a plan for treatment. We did x-rays and a complete exam, which led to her diagnosis of severe osteoarthritis. I knew right away that I could help her and provided my recommendation for total hip replacement.”  

MOS: What prompted you to make an appointment with Dr. Boese initially?

Tammie: “I knew it was time to discuss surgery when the pain began to interfere with my daily activities. I couldn’t go camping, which I love to do! It was too painful to climb the stairs in and out of my camper. I chose Dr. Boese based on his reputation and he also replaced my father’s hips.”

MOS: Did you have any concerns before your surgery? 

Tammie: “I’ll admit I was a little scared before my first hip replacement surgery. I didn’t know what to expect but I felt secure being in Dr. Boese’s capable hands.”

MOS: What advice would you give others who may be considering a same-day outpatient hip replacement?

Tammie: “If you are having a lot of hip pain and are unable to comfortably go about daily activities like I was, don’t put it off! I have absolutely no regrets. If it’s at all possible to have your surgery on an outpatient basis — that’s the way to go. I didn’t have to spend a single moment in the hospital and that was awesome.

One important thing that I learned is you should definitely follow the instructions you’re given for your recovery. I didn’t listen well with my first hip replacement surgery, as I thought I’m only 57 and I don’t need to take it easy like an ‘old’ person. I thought I was invincible but I was wrong. For my second hip replacement surgery, I followed the rules to the letter which resulted in a much more comfortable recovery.”

Tammie is just over two years post-op on her left hip and over a year on her right hip. Dr. Boese shares on Tammie’s recovery, “Tammie recovered as expected and received great results with her surgery that relieved her pain. In just three months post-surgery, Tammie was released to doing full activities without any restrictions. Her new hips are expected to last her for another 20-30 years!”   

For more information, visit our Same-Day Outpatient Total Joint Replacement page.
Dr. Boese is a highly regarded surgeon, fellowship-trained at John Hopkins University, and is a recognized leader specializing in total joint replacements. Schedule your appointment to learn if you are an eligible candidate for outpatient total hip replacement by calling Miller Orthopedic Specialists at 712-323-5333 or online.

Fri, 12 Mar 2021

Six Common Reasons for Back Pain

See Miller Ortho's spine doctors for your back pain.

Most of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. Here are just a few of the common conditions that can be contributing to the pain:

1. Sprains and Strains

A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, and a sprain is the stretching or tearing of a ligament. These types of injuries usually happen from lifting a heavy object incorrectly, lifting and twisting, poor posture, accidents, or from sports injuries.

You may experience muscle spasms, lower back pain radiating into the buttocks, stiffness, and pain that intensifies with movement.  

2. Spinal Stenosis

Normal wear-and-tear as we age can lead to the narrowing of the spinal canal. Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the lower back and the neck. It puts pressure on the spinal nerves and cord which causes the pain. Most often, the symptoms include neck or back pain, cramps or weakness in the arm or leg, and pain going down the leg.

3. Disc Degeneration

Degenerative disc disease is the breakdown of the spinal discs that cushion the bones in the spine. Spinal discs are found between your vertebrae and over time they can deteriorate, shrink, or tear.  It’s technically not a disease, but a progressive condition that happens from aging, normal wear and tear, or from an injury.

Degenerative disc disease can cause back or neck pain, but many people do not experience pain. A disc in the neck area might cause neck or arm pain, while a disc located in the lower back might lead to pain in the back, buttocks, or leg. The pain may become more intense during movements such as bending over, reaching, or twisting.

4. Herniated Discs

A herniated disk is sometimes called a “slipped” or “ruptured” disc and can occur in the back or the neck leading to pain in these areas. The discs are shock absorbers and located in between the vertebrae. The disc becomes herniated when the soft (nucleus) center of it pushes through a tear in the rubbery exterior (annulus) of the disc. When the herniated disc bulges out toward the spinal canal, that pressure on those sensitive nerves causes pain. The most common symptoms include arm and leg pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness.

5. Sacroiliac Joint Pain

There are two Sacroiliac (SI) joints in your lower back, sitting on each side of your spine. They carry the weight of your upper body when you stand or walk and shift that load to your legs. Like any other joint in the body, the SI joint can be injured and/or become degenerative. When this happens, you can feel pain in your buttock and sometimes in the lower back and legs. This is especially true while lifting, running, walking or even sleeping on the involved side. SI joint problem symptoms include lower back pain, pelvis or buttock pain, hip or groin pain, leg instability, or pain when you go from sitting to standing.

6. Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition where a protruding, or herniated, disc in your spine is pressing on nerves. This pinching creates inflammation and irritation, which leads to symptoms such as prickling, numbness, pain, and possibly weakness of the leg and foot. You may feel pain suddenly in your lower back or hip that goes to the back of your thigh and into your leg. Sometimes your feet and toes feel tingly and numb. You may even feel shooting, electrical pains up and down the back or the outside of your thighs and calves.

Address the Pain

These are just a few of the common reasons for back pain. Many back condition symptoms can be similar and it’s important to see a spine specialist if pain is keeping from enjoying your day-to-day life.

A spine specialist, like Dr. Ricart, can create a custom treatment plan for you to diagnose the issue, find methods to reduce your pain, and provide guidance on ways to prevent future back pain.

Contact us at 712-323-5333 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ricart and get back to doing the things you enjoy!

Tue, 26 Jan 2021

Should I have my hip or knee surgery during COVID-19?

outpatient total joint replacement | Miller Orthopedic Specialists

This is a question and concern for many patients right now. First and foremost, your safety and wellbeing is our primary concern. Deciding to have surgery is a big decision in itself, but when you are in pain and missing out on your quality of life, it’s not necessary to delay it because of COVID-19.

It is still the perfect time to move forward with your joint replacement. If you delay, there is the possibility of increasing your symptoms and pain and perhaps further deterioration of the joints or weakened muscles that surround them. One of the ways to move forward more safely is with an outpatient joint replacement. Dr. Boese explains, “Staying out of the hospital is now more important than ever. Protect yourself and have your surgery in a facility where you don’t have to worry about COVID-19 or infections.”

Outpatient Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Outpatient total joint replacement surgery is now more common and is often preferred for a minimally invasive alternative. At Miller Orthopedic Specialists, our physicians provide same-day total joint replacement surgeries at the Advanced Surgery Center. This facility does not treat those sick with COVID-19, and every precaution is taken to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure the facility remains a safe environment for patients and staff. Click here to read more about their specific safety measures.

What are the advantages of outpatient total joint replacements?
  • Avoid patients sick with Covid-19
  • Recovery is quicker
  • You can go home the day of your procedure
  • You can recover comfortably and safely in your own home
  • You’ll save money
  • Your risk of infection is reduced

Outpatient Same-Day Total Joint Replacement is what we do, and we’ve been successfully leading the way for several years in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area. Dr. Boese is a highly regarded surgeon, fellowship-trained at John Hopkins University, and is a recognized leader specializing in total joint replacements, specifically outpatient and minimally invasive hip and knee surgeries.

Schedule your appointment at one of our clinic locations to see if you are a candidate for outpatient total hip replacement surgery or total knee replacement surgery.

Fri, 04 Dec 2020

Winter Sports Injury Prevention Tips

Sports Medicine Physician | Miller Orthopedic Specialists

The weather may be getting colder, but many athletes are warmed up for winter sports. Injuries don’t have seasons, so it’s important to understand how to take care of your body to prevent them.

Skiing & Snowboarding

When you are speeding down a hill, there are all kinds of hazards. Your head, knees and arms are all at risk of injury during this activity. To help reduce your risks, follow safety tips including:

  • Make sure you have learned the proper form and technique
  • Ensure your gear is properly fit
  • Choose ski runs that match your ability
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated
  • Don’t push yourself if you are tired
  • Wear a helmet
  • Stretch before skiing
  • If you do begin to fall, go with the momentum of your fall and avoid using your arms to break your fall

Sledding

As with skiing, sledding dangers are related to going at a high rate of speed down a hill. Most of the injuries that happen from sledding are from running into objects and falling off the sled. Concussion is the most common injury along with contusions and broken bones. A few sledding safety tips include:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Make sure your path is clear
  • Be sensible with your speed and the sledding location
  • Sit in a forward-facing position to control the steering – sledding head first is not a safe choice
  • In the evening, only sled in well-lit areas
  • Dress in layers for extra protection and warmth

Ice Hockey

Hockey is considered a collision sport. Injuries can happen from contact with other players, the stick, the puck and the boards. Injuries that can occur include sprains, strains, tears, fractures, dislocations, concussions, muscle pulls, broken teeth and spine injuries. With an extensive list of potential injuries, it is imperative to take precautions. Here are a few tips:

  • Ice hockey requires protective equipment, be sure that it fits properly and is not damaged
  • Have basic ice-skating skills mastered such as skating both forward and backward
  • Be in good physical condition at the start of hockey season
  • Always take the time to warm up and stretch
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
  • Understand the rules of ice hockey and play safe
  • Injuries should be assessed and treated as soon as possible
  • Avoid leading with your head if you are about to collide
  • Cool down and stretch after a game or practice to help reduce the risk of muscle pulls

Ice Skating

Ice skating is enjoyed by many in neighborhood rink outings to competitive figure skating. Ankle sprains and fractures, wrist injuries, head injuries and ACL tears are some of the frequently reported injuries in this sport. You can help increase your safety while ice skating by:

  • Making sure your skates fit properly
  • Stretch and warm up your muscles
  • Learn the correct form and pay attention to your balance and posture
  • Don’t attempt difficult tricks if you haven’t been trained
  • Be careful of chips in the ice and other hazards
  • Avoid putting your hands out when you’re falling to protect your hands and wrists
  • If you are not a strong ice skater, wear a helmet to protect your head

Although winter sports injuries are common, they are also preventable. Following safety principles like these will help you to prevent injuries and still have fun. Speak with a sports medicine physician if you’re injured or have any concerns about injuries or preventing them. Request an appointment online or call us at 712-323-5333.

Mon, 26 Oct 2020

The Benefits of a Partial Knee Replacement

Partial Orthopedic Knee Replacement Surger by Miller Orthopedic Specialists

Arthritis in the knee can cause pain and make everyday activities more difficult. There are a range of treatment options, but if the arthritis is limited to just one area of the knee, a partial knee replacement is a minimally invasive option to consider. Partial knee replacement is also called a unicompartmental knee replacement and essentially means that only a portion of the knee is replaced or resurfaced.

Partial knee replacement is a surgery that replaces only one of the parts of the knee. Your knee is divided into three major compartments:

  • Medial (the inside part)
  • Lateral (the outside part)
  • Patellofemoral (the front of the knee)

This procedure uses smaller incisions to remove the damaged tissue and bone in the knee joint. The areas are replaced with a prosthetic or resurfaced, which leaves healthy parts of the joint preserved. Because only the damaged compartment is replaced, the healthy cartilage and bone in the rest of the knee are left alone. This means that a patient will usually spend less time recovering and return to normal activities sooner than with a total knee replacement.

If your knee pain continues after taking anti-inflammatories, maintaining a healthy weight, and trying other non-surgical treatments, you may want to consider a partial knee replacement. What are some of the benefits of a partial knee replacement over total knee replacement?

  • Recovering more quickly
  • Less pain during recovery
  • Can feel more natural than a total knee replacement
  • Less blood and bone loss
  • Smaller scar

A few of the important considerations for whether you may be a good candidate include having an intact ACL, a sufficient range of knee motion, damage to only one compartment, and a stable knee. The minimally invasive partial knee replacement is ideal for patients with severe arthritis of the knee that have not found relief with standard non-surgical treatments. A thorough evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon will ultimately determine whether you are a good candidate for a partial knee replacement.

Recovery from a partial knee replacement takes approximately six weeks, including rehabilitation exercises to help maintain your range of motion and restore your strength. You will begin putting weight on your knee immediately after surgery and may need a walker, cane, or crutches until you become comfortable enough to walk. During this time, you will also continue to see your orthopedic surgeon for follow-up visits.

If you have joint pain or arthritis and want to return to your active lifestyle, we are here to help. Our specialists work with you to diagnose, treat, and answer your questions and get you back doing the things you love. It’s quality of life! Request an appointment online or call us at 712-323-5333.

Thu, 01 Oct 2020

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative Medicine by Miller Orthopedic Doctors

Regenerative medicine is an emerging procedure that promotes healing at the cellular level. Our bodies can do incredible things and this treatment encourages faster healing, repairs tissue, reduces pain and speeds recovery time after injury or surgery. The process involves replacing or regenerating cells, tissues and organs for treating medical conditions.

Regenerative medicine stimulates the patient’s body to repair and heal. Stem cell therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that can grow and develop many different types of cells in your body. With a stem cell injection, the area treated can receive healing properties for damaged tissue, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone. Let’s explore more about this newer medical therapy.

Stem cells are used for treating all kinds of conditions, but just some of the orthopedic conditions include:

What are some of the benefits of this type of treatment?

A Less Painful Treatment Option

Regenerative medicine targets tissue in the exact place to provide the greatest help. During healing, you will feel far less pain than you would from an injury and surgery. The risk of complications from this procedure is low. The pain typically subsides in three days or less, and is usually well tolerated. The risk of infection is very low, but is not non-existent.

Faster Healing Time

The growth factors used in regenerative medicine help kickstart the process, leading to faster healing. Healing is boosted by concentrating and precisely targeting cells to where they’re needed most. Orthopedic Doctors, like Dr. Larose and Dr. Atteberry, perform these injections directly into the area of injury or damage. While recovery time varies by person, many patients start to feel better and see improvement within 1-3 months. Every patient is different and the amount of damage before the procedure can impact how quickly one recovers.

Other benefits include:

  • Customized treatments to fit your needs
  • Supports long term healing
  • Prolongs the need for potential surgery
  • Simple and quick procedure
  • Safe for your body

What are the treatment types and how do they work?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) – PRP is a concentration of platelets and growth factors created from a small amount of your own blood. Platelets are concentrated down to a cellular level. Outside of the bloodstream these platelets become activated and release important proteins to help increase growth levels and improved signaling of recruitment cells. This procedure is usually done in less than half an hour.

Autologous Conditioned Plasma (ACP) – A small amount of your blood is collected and goes through a rapid spinning process that separates and concentrates platelets. The main difference between this and PRP is that the platelets get spun down and concentrated further with ACP using the Arthex Angel System. The process takes place in less than an hour.

Amniotic Fluid (AF) – AF is a protein-rich fluid with proven regenerative potential. Amnion contains growth factors and proteins essential to healing that reduce scar formation, reduce inflammation, and support soft tissue regeneration. This fluid has a complex range of growth factors and anti-inflammatory properties that are injected into your body. 

Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) – BMC is a concentration of stem cells, platelets and growth factors created from your own bone marrow. Increased levels of growth factors can improve signaling and recruitment of cells for faster healing. Local anesthesia is applied and some bone marrow is removed. It is then filtered down to retrieve the stem cells. Then, the stem cells get injected in or around the location of the injured joint or tissue.

To find out if regenerative medicine treatments are right for you, make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Miller Orthopedic today.

Mon, 31 Aug 2020

Have You Been Shrugging Off Your Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can make everyday activities challenging and unbearable. The shoulder is made up of several joints, tendons and muscles that allow a wide range of movement. Because of this, it can be hurt by a variety of conditions.

Here are some common reasons for shoulder pain:

Rotator Cuff Injuries 
The Rotator Cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. A rotator cuff injury can cause a dull ache in the shoulder, which often worsens when you try to sleep on the involved side. A torn rotator cuff is a common shoulder injury that can be caused from repeated movements while playing sports, performing a job function or doing common household chores, such as yard work.

Shoulder Arthritis
The most common type of shoulder arthritis is Osteoarthritis. It is also known as “wear-and-tear” arthritis and damages the smooth outer covering of bone. As the cartilage wears away, the protective space between the bones is reduced. The bones of the joint rub against each other causing pain. Other less common forms of shoulder arthritis include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Posttraumatic Arthritis and Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy.

Shoulder Bursitis
Bursae are tiny, fluid filled sacs found inside each of your shoulders. They provide cushion and reduce friction between muscles and the bone. When a bursa sac is inflamed or irritated, it can cause bursitis. It usually happens from repeated pressure or using the joint too much. The most common symptom of this condition is pain, but the joint may also be stiff and swollen.

Shoulder Dislocation
The shoulder joint is the body’s most mobile joint. It can turn in many directions, but this also makes the shoulder an easy joint to dislocate.

A dislocation happens when the ball pops out of your socket. A dislocation can be partial, or a complete dislocation means it is all the way out of the socket. A common type of shoulder dislocation is when the shoulder slips forward, when the upper arm bone is moved forward and out of its socket.

Shoulder Separation
A shoulder separation involves the AC joint (acromioclavicular joint). The AC joint is where the collarbone meets the highest point of the shoulder blade. The most common cause for a separation of the AC joint is from a fall directly onto the shoulder, injuring the ligaments surrounding the AC joint. If the force is severe, the ligaments attaching to the underside of the clavicle are torn and causes the separation of the collarbone and the shoulder blade.

Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder happens when the connective tissue lining the shoulder joint thickens and becomes inflamed. It causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder and the shoulder may become more difficult to move. The risk of developing frozen shoulder increases when recovering from a medical condition or procedure that prevents you from moving your arm.

Fracture
A shoulder fracture is a partial or total crack to one of the shoulder’s main bones, clavicle, scapula, or humerus. A fracture of any of these shoulder bones can greatly impair your mobility and cause severe pain. Shoulder fractures happen as a result of trauma or injury to the shoulder from a fall, sports, car accident or any direct blow to the shoulder.

Contact Us

Shoulder pain can occur from a variety of issues, but arthritis, injury, and repetitive motion are leading causes of many of these conditions. Keeping your shoulders healthy and getting a proper diagnosis is important. Our highly experienced orthopedic physicians are experts at diagnosing and treating the full range of shoulder issues. Contact us today with any shoulder trouble you are having. 

 

Wed, 29 Jul 2020

Did You Throw Your Back Out? Understanding Lower Back Pain

Tips to decrease back pain from orthopedic doctor

 

It is estimated that 80 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. “Throwing your back out” is a phrase that’s used to describe pain and discomfort in the lower back. It can refer to many conditions but is often used to describe back spasms and muscle sprains from overexertion or incorrect form while lifting heaving objects. Less commonly, it can refer to a herniated disc or broken vertebrae.

What are some of the symptoms experienced by “throwing out your back?”

  • Back stiffness
  • Difficulty moving and limited range of motion in your back
  • Intense and sharp back pain
  • Muscle spasms

When you experience these symptoms, there are simple things you can do to help relieve your pain:  

  • Get some rest, but not for too long.
    • Sitting still for too long can make the problem worse.
    • Don’t lie down for more than a few hours at a time.
    • Try to return to your normal daily activities as soon as you are able.
  • Cold and heat therapies can provide some relief.
    • An ice pack on your back for short periods of time can aid in reducing pain and swelling.
    • Applying heat to the area with a shower, bath, or heating pad can help relax the tense muscles and reduce inflammation.
  • Try pain relievers.
    • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen should provide some relief.
  • If the injury or pain persists it’s time to see a spine specialist like Dr. Pedro Ricart.

What else can you do to prevent future back injuries and treat your spine better?

  • You can lower your chances of throwing your back out by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
    • Maintain a healthy weight. Carrying extra weight can put a strain on your back.
    • Having a strong back and core muscles can help reduce the likelihood you’ll throw out your back.
    • Quit smoking. Smoking cigarettes is linked to back pain.
  • When lifting heavy objects, bend at your knees and lift with your legs.
  • Wear protective equipment like a weightlifting belt or back brace that provides extra support.
  • Warm-up before exercising.
  • Try to avoid high heels, as they can cause back problems.
  • Maintain good posture. Sit upright and stand straight. Hunching over will strain your back and put you at risk for further injury.

Spine specialists create a customized treatment plan for diagnosing the issue, finding methods to reduce pain, and giving suggestions on other ways to prevent some future back pain. If back pain is causing you problems, contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ricart and get back to doing the things you enjoy! 

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