IBJI Welcomes Dr. Chinyoung Park

Posted in What's New, In the News, Morton Grove Division on Wednesday, 03 February 2016

 

Chinyoung Park

Des Plaines, IL – Chinyoung Park, MD, who is dual board-certified in rheumatology and internal medicine, has joined the team at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. Dr. Park treats patients with arthritis and other inflammatory, autoimmune, and pain-related disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis. She has special training in treating vasculitis.

Dr. Park earned her undergraduate degree in biology at University of Illinois, volunteering at local hospitals during summer breaks. She completed her medical degree at Loyola University Medical Center and then an internal medicine residency at Michael Reese Hospital where she became fascinated with the field of rheumatology. She went on to complete rheumatology fellowships at both University of Chicago and Cleveland Clinic.

Tags rheumatology, Dr. Chinyoung Park, Internal Medicine

Arthritis in Knee: 4 Stages of Osteoarthritis

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 28 January 2016

Doctor and patient with knee pain

 

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most commonly diagnosed type of joint arthritis disease, which can affect hands, knees and hips. Knee arthritis is known to affect joint functionality causing knee pain and even leading to disability as it progresses. There are different stages of knee osteoarthritis, with 0 assigned to a normal, healthy knee right up to the advanced stage 4 that is severe OA.


Specialist in Comprehensive Spine Surgery Joins Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Posted in What's New, In the News, Morton Grove Division on Sunday, 24 January 2016

 

Eric J. Belin, MD

Eric Belin, MD, who specializes in adult and pediatric comprehensive spine surgery, recently joined the staff of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Belin treats adults and children with a wide range of spinal issues including scoliosis, kyphosis, degenerative deformity, fractures, tumors, cervical degeneration, spondylolisthesis, disc herniation and low back pain.

A strong proponent of patient-centered care, Dr. Belin is fellowship trained in both adult and pediatric orthopedic spine surgery. Prior to joining IBJI, Dr. Belin taught complex spine surgery techniques at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He has experience performing minimally invasive procedures using very small incisions, as well as expertise in fully open revision and tumor removal surgeries. Dr. Belin places great value on working collaboratively with patients to create personalized treatment plans.

Tags Dr. Eric Belin, Adult Spine Surgery, Pediatric Spine Surgery

IBJI OrthoAccess Clinic in Glenview Relocates

Posted in Glenview Division on Monday, 18 January 2016

Facility Expands to Meet Demand for Immediate Orthopedic Care, Over 5,000 Injuries Treated in Glenview in 2015

Glenview, IL (February 8, 2016) - The flagship location for the first of the popular OrthoAccess clinics created by IBJI has moved. Designed as an alternative to the emergency room, IBJI’s OrthoAccess clinics provide faster, more affordable care for patients who need immediate orthopedic care. IBJI was the first orthopedic specialty provider in the Chicago area to offer immediate walk-in care when it opened its Glenview clinic in 2011.

IBJI’s new Glenview OrthoAccess center is located at 2401 Ravine Way and offers a full array of services under one roof, including immediate orthopedic care, access to board-certified specialists, and rehabilitation services. IBJI’s Glenview OrthoAccess clinic was previously located across the street.

Tags OrthoAccess, Immediate Orthopaedic Care, glenview

Is Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease Causing Your Neck Pain?

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 07 January 2016

As a natural part of aging, our vertebral discs dry out and lose their flexibility, resilience and shock absorbing capacity. This dehydration and shrinkage of the center of the disc can quickly lead to degeneration of the cervical discs causing pain and stiffness.

Tags degenerative disc disease, neck pain, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease

Thoracic Disc Herniation : Common Symptoms and Treatment

Posted in Orthopedic News on Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The symptoms of a thoracic disc herniation will appear depending on the location of the disc herniation either extruding in a central, sideways, or centro-lateral direction. Getting your back pain diagnosed is critical in getting the correct treatment for thoracic pain. With thoracic herniated disc there is pain which may be localized to the upper back or radiate down a single nerve root.

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Understanding and Minimizing the Impact of Osteoporosis

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Libertyville Division on Friday, 18 December 2015

IBJI’s Clinical Approach to Living Better with Bone Loss

As patients age, they face increased risk of osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. Because osteoporosis makes bones more fragile, patients with this condition are more susceptible to injuries. Having osteoporosis can lead to painful fractures, sometimes caused by simple actions like bending or twisting. For many people, it isn’t until a fracture occurs that osteoporosis is diagnosed.

Unfortunately, patients who have had a fracture due to osteoporosis face increased risk of suffering another fracture. Which is one of the reasons that IBJI is so committed to working closely with patients to educate them about the importance of diagnosing and treating osteoporosis as soon as possible.

Tags dr. stanford tack, osteoporosis, Jill Pokorny

Shining Star, Mark Mikhael, MD

Posted in What's New, In the News, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Thursday, 10 December 2015

 

Mark Mikheal, MD

As seen in the November 2015 edition of NorthShore Now, a bi-monthly publication by NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Patient Grateful for Spine Surgeon and Nursing Staff

Randi Marks of Arlington Heights is an active 39-year old who is back to her usual workout routine four days a week. She has always been healthy, so when she developed numbness in her right hand earlier this year, she assumed it was nothing serious.

Over the next several months, Marks visited specialists to diagnose her condition. Then, after undergoing an electromyogram on Aug. 30, her neurologist sent her to the Emergency Department.

“When I showed up there, the last thing on my mind was emergency spine surgery,” said Marks, “but an MRI test indicated I had a serious spinal cord injury.” Marks was transferred to Evanston Hospital to undergo spine surgery the next day with spine surgeon Mark Mikhael, MD.

“Randi had compression of her spinal cord in three places due to an arthritic process occurring in the discs,” explained Dr. Mikhael. “This condition often has vague symptoms, such as numbness, clumsiness or problems with balance, but it can be a very scary experience because it is caused by pressure on the spinal cord.”

Tags spine surgery, Dr. Mark Mikhael, Randi Marks

Bone Grafting: Bone Grafts and Substitutes

Posted in Orthopedics on Tuesday, 08 December 2015

Bone grafting is a common orthopedic procedure to promote bone healing, by providing a foundation for the patient’s body to grow new bone, and for structural support to the skeleton, by filling large gaps between bones. Bone grafting is required mainly due to injury and disease, in case of complex fractures, for spinal fusions, regeneration of bone lost to disease or infection (eg, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis) and for bone healing around implants, such as plates, screws, and joint replacements.

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Calling All Runners - January 30, 2016

Posted in What's New, Community Involvement, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Bannockburn Division on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Schedule Your Personalized Running Clinic and Evaluation at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Start your new year running program off right by treating yourself to a personalized running clinic and evaluation offered by Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI). These one-hour sessions are for runners of all levels, from beginner to elite. IBJI’s team of physical therapists has designed a multi-station program that covers everything from overall strength and flexibility to foot biomechanics. Participants receive:

  • Full body evaluation from a clinical perspective
  • Video analysis and professional advice on improving overall mechanics
  • Recommendations for a personalized home exercise program designed to improve running technique and efficiency
  • Consultations with a wellness team
  • Foot analysis and footwear recommendations

Designed with runner’s needs in mind, the clinic will conduct thorough evaluations by physical therapists who have worked with hundreds of runners, of all skill levels.  With the overwhelming positive feedback from past events, this will be the eigth time that IBJI is offering the running clinic.

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