What’s a Rheumatologist?

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedics on Monday, 14 August 2017

“At IBJI, the full spectrum of care for all of your musculoskeletal concerns and problems is available in one setting. One type of physician specialist available to help is a rheumatologist,” explains Gerald Eisenberg, MD, director of Rheumatology at IBJI. All of the rheumatologists at IBJI are MDs, having spent 4 years in medical school, 3 years completing an Internal Medicine residency, and an additional 2-3 years of fellowship training in Rheumatology, learning about the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and systemic inflammatory disorders categorized as autoimmune disorders.

3 Common Summer Injuries

Posted in Uncategorised, What's New, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics on Friday, 28 July 2017

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With longer days and plenty of sunshine, most people more actively enjoy the outdoors during the summer months than during any other season. But with this increase in physical activity there is often an increase in injuries, which can put an abrupt end to your summer fun.

At Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, we have a veteran team of skilled physicians who know the precautions and protocols needed to keep you safe this summer. Here are three common injuries that occur during the summer months.


1. Water Sport Injuries

It’s an exhilarating feeling to rip through the water at 60mph with the wind in your hair and the water soaking your face. While the adrenaline rush is energizing, it’s easy to forget that you are a long way from help if something is to happen to you, so be sure to exercise caution when in the water.


While water sports are exciting, they can lead to serious injuries if you are not careful. Especially on windy days when the water can be rough, you may be thrown off and possibly suffer from a knee, ankle, and even back injury. In fact, many are not aware that the water can feel like concrete if you hit it at a high enough speed. If you have any sort of whiplash or discomfort after taking a hard fall in the water, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible before an injury worsens.


Orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Ackerman, MD, fellowship-trained in Adult Reconstruction, Joint Preservation and Resurfacing, points out “a fall while water skiing or wakeboarding can cause significant lower extremity injuries at the hip, knee, and ankle because of the forceful twisting of the leg that can occur when your foot is secured in the binding.”


Dr. Ackerman recommends that while ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can calm down minor contusions or sprains; inability to bear weight on a lower extremity or pain lasting more than 48 hours should be addressed by an Orthopedic physician.  “I have seen multiple fractures and ligamentous injuries this summer from these exhilarating high-energy activities.” 


2. Running Injuries

Summer is also a great time to take to the streets or lakefront and enjoy a good run. While there is no fear of slipping on the ice during 90-degree heat, there are other possible risks. The avid runner can suffer from Runner’s Knee when overuse causes the kneecap to become out of alignment. Stress fractures of the foot are also common, as are ankle sprains and inflammatory conditions such as Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis.


In an effort to prevent such injuries, Ari Kaz, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon fellowship-trained in Foot and Ankle Orthopedics, states "I encourage runners to wear good supportive running shoes, to warm up and cool down appropriately, and to gradually increase their mileage. It's also important to take a day off between runs, and if you develop knee, ankle, or foot pain that does not resolve after a few days of rest, it may be prudent to have it checked out by your local IBJI orthopedic surgeon,"



3. Bicycle Injuries

While cycling is a great summer activity, it can cause a lot of strain to different areas of your body. For cyclists, it is important that your feet are properly fastened or the result will be a sharp lingering pain in the knees, and make sure the bottoms of your footwear are tightly attached to the pedals.


“Biking in the city can be especially dangerous,” notes David Garelick, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine. “In addition to the stress and strain from a long ride, watch out for an unexpected opening of a car door. Getting ‘doored’ is probably the most frequent bike injury I see which can lead to severe upper extremity injuries.”


If you’re planning a long bike ride, you will spend an extended period of time in the same position, putting stress on your lower back and spine. To help avoid this, adjust your bicycle to fit your body and be mindful of your posture on your ride.


Pain Management after an Injury

With expertise in orthopedics along with complete and extensive diagnostic and rehab services, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute is here to help you with any summertime injuries and a variety of other ailments.


Educate yourself on our website to keep yourself safe no matter where you are! If you think you may have suffered an injury, please be sure to contact your nearest Illinois Bone & Joint Institute location immediately for further assistance. 

What is Cervical Arthroplasty?

Posted in What's New, Physical & Occupational Therapy on Friday, 14 July 2017

After years of spinal injections to alleviate chronic neck pain, Laura Luker’s physician, Stanford Tack, M.D., recommended she seriously consider a cervical arthroplasty, also known as artificial disc replacement surgery.

Laura is a regular patient of Dr. Tack’s.  In fact ten years prior, she trusted him to perform a lumbar laminectomy to remove bone spurs that were putting pressure on her spinal nerves.  This condition made walking and standing very painful. She was so pleased with the results that she credited Dr. Tack with returning quality to her life, enabling her to walk again pain free. So Laura took his advice to heart and gave serious consideration to disc replacement.

Evanston Woman Feels “Bionic” After Successful Spine Surgery

Posted in Orthopedic News, Glenview Division, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Like many people, Debra Stewart had lived with back pain for years. Several of her vertebrae were starting to compress, causing occasional discomfort in her lower back and one of her legs. In spite of her back issues, Debra was determined to stay active and fit. She enjoyed her workouts on the treadmill and with weights. When the pain flared up, she knew exactly what to do. She would pull out a floor mat and do the simple stretches she had learned to alleviate the pain. “Back pain was just a part of my life. And it was easily solved with exercise,” she explained recently.

Tags spinal surgery

Insight into What’s Causing Your Hip Pain

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Glenview Division, Move Better Blog on Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Hip problems are commonplace, especially among active teenagers and adults. These problems can be both debilitating and extremely painful. “When hip pain starts to inhibit your lifestyle,” says sports medicine surgeon Jay Deimel, MD, “it’s time to see a specialist.”

“Hip pain can be both sore and sharp,” according to Dr. Deimel. “People who are physically active often experience a popping sensation in their hip as they move,” he explains. “This popping is typically normal, unless associated with pain.” Identifying the real source of the pain is the first step towards treating it. “Finding the source, however, can be tricky because hip problems can mask as back pain and vice-versa,” Dr. Deimel says. “That’s why the office physical exam performed by a specialist is so important to starting the treatment plan.”

Tags mri, Hip Arthroscopy

IBJI Steps In When Patient's Surgeon Bows Out

Posted in What's New, Orthopedics, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Friday, 09 June 2017

Howard Weil was hitting tennis balls with a friend when the shoulder pain that had been bothering him grew so intense that tears started streaming down his face. Howard had always been a physically active person. In addition to playing racquet sports, he enjoyed spinning and had run several marathons.

Howard wasn’t ready to slow down, although he realized that he probably would need shoulder surgery if he was going to continue to do the things that he loved. He already had seen several orthopedic specialists for his shoulder pain. In fact, he thought he had found the right surgeon. He felt confident that someone who had performed upwards of 3,000 shoulder surgeries could get him back on the tennis court.

Tags shoulder surgery, University of Chicago, Arthritis

Lupus Awareness Month

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedics on Wednesday, 24 May 2017

May is Lupus Awareness Month, but if you are like most people you’re not really sure what lupus is. In fact, a person may experience headaches, fatigue, joint pain or any number of symptoms associated with the disease and never realize that lupus may be the explanation.

According to the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Resource Center, lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can inflame and damage any part of the body (joints, skin and/or vital organs).

IBJI Surgeon Wins National Award for Leadership in Orthopedics

Posted in What's New, In the News, Community Involvement, Orthopedics, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Sunday, 14 May 2017

William J. Robb, III, MD, Recognized by his Peers with Highest Honor

IBJI is pleased to announce that William J. Robb, III, MD, has been selected as the 2017 winner of the William W. Tipton Jr., MD, Leadership Award. The Tipton Leadership Award is a high honor, which is bestowed annually by The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). Winning the Tipton Leadership Award elevates Dr. Robb into an elite group of orthopedic specialists. He is one of only 12 physicians ever to have earned this distinction.

Tags Orthopedic surgery, Tipton Leadership Award, AAOS

The Top 5 Reasons Everyone Should Bike to Work

Posted in Move Better Blog on Thursday, 04 May 2017

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Picture this: The wind blowing through your hair, fresh air all around you, and all of the city traffic behind you left in your dust. If you rode a bike to work, this would be your daily commute, free from the stress of bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Riding a bike can be extremely beneficial not only for your health, but for the environment as well. In addition to replacing a car on the road that adds to air pollution, biking gives you the opportunity to work muscles that may not get any attention during your work day. If you’re not convinced yet, here are the top five reasons you should bike to work.

Tags exercise, orthopedic exercise, orthopedic health, Bone & Joint Health National Awareness

MRI Tips to Keep You Calm During Your Next Scan

Posted in Imaging & Diagnostics on Thursday, 04 May 2017

Getting an MRI can be an anxiety-inducing experience for many patients. It can cause feelings of claustrophobia even in those who have never been claustrophobic. Some patients might even stress themselves out wondering what happens during an MRI.

During an MRI, a patient might have a lot on his or her mind, making it hard to relax and keep a clear mind during the procedure. Whether this is your first MRI scan or you’ve experienced one before, here are a few tips to help you stay relaxed and still during the procedure.  

Tags MRI and Osteoarthritis, mri, magnetic resonance imaging, mri machines, Chicago mri, Illinois mri, IBJI MRI

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