December 2015 - Orthopaedics Plus

Surgery vs. Therapy for Spinal Stenosis

Many individuals with spinal stenosis may think surgery is the best and only option. Their doctor may have told them it is the only option, or a friend had the “same” condition, and it was the only thing that helped. (more…)

‘Prehabilitation’ Improves Post-Op Rehab

The better your strength and range of motion are before orthopedic surgery (e.g., joint replacement surgery), the better off you’ll be after. That’s the philosophy behind prehabilitation, says physical therapist Gopal T. Raghunath, PT MS, DPT, CSCS, of Buffalo Grove Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation, P.C. (more…)

Physical Therapy Just as Effective as Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Hands hurt from long days at work? If your doctor recommends surgery, you may want to get a second opinion. Physical therapy can be just as effective as surgery at relieving the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, suggests new research published in The Journal of Pain. (more…)

How to Protect and Strengthen the Knee, Foot

Knee and foot injuries are common for people of all ages. They tend to occur during day-to-day activities such as walking, climbing stairs and running. In most cases, people tend to ignore the pain and just carry-on, leading to more injury and pain. Rest and medication help reduce pain. However, the residual effects of knee and foot injuries—loss of strength and mobility—are best treated with physical therapy. (more…)