Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Celebrates Local "Athlete of the Month" with Donation to Lake Forest High School

Posted in What's New, In the News, Libertyville Division on Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Dr. Tack presented a donation check for $500 from IBJI

The physicians and staff at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) are passionate about helping athletes all over Chicagoland move better and live better. To demonstrate that commitment, IBJI recently partnered with the Chicago Tribune’s TribLocal division on a program that highlights the achievements of young athletes and benefits local schools.

IBJI’s Dr. Stanford Tack and athletic trainer Megan Hutchins took the stage on February 21 to recognize Lake Forest field hockey star Emily Cavalaris as one of TribLocal’s “Athlete of the Month” winners. As captain of the Lake Forest Scouts field hockey team, Cavalaris was the leading scorer on her team and helped the Scouts win back to back state championships. Cavalaris, an All State, All Academic student athlete, was cheered on by the crowd as she accepted her Athlete of the Month award.

A longtime resident of Lake Forest, Dr. Tack is an orthopedic surgeon in IBJI’s Libertyville division. He is a specialist in spine surgery and works frequently with high school athletes and their families. IBJI’s Megan Hutchins serves as one of Lake Forest High School’s athletic trainers, helping to develop sport-specific conditioning programs and ensure the safety of students participating in school athletics.

Dr. Tack presented a donation check for $500 from IBJI to athletic director Tim Burkhalter, who accepted on behalf of the school’s athletic department. IBJI will continue its sponsorship of the Athlete of the Month program throughout the 2013-2014 school year.


Tags Megan Hutchins, Emily Cavalaris, TribLocal High School Athlete of the Month, Lake Forest High School, Dr. Standford Tack

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Supports Active Lives, Healthy Aging

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Glenview Division on Thursday, 03 April 2014

As seen in Glenview Lantern, March 2014
"Advances in Treatments, Technology, Immediate Care Boost Quality of Life for Patients"

GLENVIEW, Ill., March 14, 2014 — Research shows that Americans are living longer, healthier lives, and Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) is doing its part to make sure that North Shore residents have access to the latest and greatest techniques and technology to improve quality of life.

"People are living to older ages and we are adding healthy years, not debilitated ones,” Harvard researcher David Cutler wrote in his findings. Health care professionals at IBJI are witnessing that trend firsthand, according to Melody Winter-Jabeck, Administrator at IBJI’s Glenview location. “People are taking a more proactive role in their health,” said Winter-Jabeck. “They are seeking out the newest IBJI has to offer in terms of innovative surgical techniques, cutting edge technology, and access to specialized care that can greatly improve outcomes and quickly get patients back to enjoying their lives.”


Tags OrthoAccess, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Joint Replacement Innovations

Ending a Lifetime of Back Pain

Posted in What's New, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Thursday, 03 April 2014

When Cathy Gregory, 58, was 12, she did something most kids do without thinking. She lined her back up against the gym wall and slid down to sit. Unfortunately, her leather soled shoes slipped on the floor and she landed hard.

Cathy remembers, “I saw stars it was so painful. I couldn’t walk right for days after.”

Her mom took her to an orthopaedic doctor who thought she was exaggerating the pain. For two years, he recommended back braces, casts and bed rest. Cathy was in and out of hospitals until finally, a myelogram, a diagnostic test using injected dye, showed she had two large herniated discs, a problem that had only grown worse during the two years of ineffective treatments.

Tags Dr. Mark Mikhael, Cathy Gregory

Painting With Arthritis: A Healing Art

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Morton Grove Division on Monday, 31 March 2014

Dr. Amanda K. Myers

By Madeline Vann, MPH | Everyday Health, March 2014

For artist Rita O'Hara, the joint-crippling potential of rheumatoid arthritis hasn't dampened her creative spirit. In fact, along with her medication, it's her art — which she describes as life-giving — that's enabled her to thrive with RA. Read Rita's story and how her doctor, Amanda K. Myers, MD, a rheumatologist at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in Des Plaines and Morton Grove helped improve the mechanics of Rita's joints and helped restore function. Read the article »


Tags rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Amanda Myers, Everday Health, Rita Ohara

The 7 Worst Health Habits Ever

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Chicago Division on Monday, 31 March 2014

Megan Leahy, DPM

By Lauren Tumas Schumacher | Fitness Magazine, March Issue

It may surprise you that one of the worst health crimes you're committing is wearing flats to work and then changing into heels. In this recent article appearing in Fitness Magazine, Megan Leahy, DPM, a podiatrist at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute discusses the common misconception that flat shoes are good for your feet and offers smart footwear recommendations. Read the article »


Tags Dr. Megan Leahy, Fitness Magazine

Are ACL Injuries More Common in Women?

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Glenview Division on Friday, 21 March 2014

Dr. Eric Chehab

RadioMD, Staying Well – Interview with Eric L. Chehab, MD

Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments that are located in your knee to provide stability. When a quick change of direction or if part of your knee comes in contact with a hard object, or a pivot happens in your knee, your ACL can be torn.

You will know for sure if you've torn your ACL when your knee pops, swells and you feel excruciating pain. When your ACL is torn, your knee can become unstable. Surgery is an option, since there is a way to reconstructing your ACL from other tissue. This gives your knee back the stability it lost during the injury.

Is there any way to you can prevent an ACL injury from happening?

There are ACL prevention programs that teach athletes certain positions that are helpful in changing directions, positions to avoid and exercises that can be done.

Orthopedic surgeon with Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, Dr. Eric Chehab joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss ACL injuries, prevention and treatment options for female and male athletes. Listen to the interview »


Tags acl, Dr. Eric Chehab, anterior cruciate ligament

Dr. David Raab, Fellow Athlete & Orthopedic Surgeon Specializing in Sports Medicine

Posted in Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Morton Grove Division on Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Dr. David Raab

If you're an athlete with an injury, you want the best care you can find. If that exceptional care is from a fellow athlete, you've found someone who understands your pain - and your passion.

Dr. David J. Raab is that kind of caregiver. He is an avid athlete who played competitive basketball and now plays competitive tennis and paddle. He's a founder of IBJI and a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. Dr. Raab understands sports injuries and works closely with athletes of all ages - children and adults.

"Sports are a big part of my life. I enjoy maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle with my wife and four children. I know what it feels like to be sidelined by an injury; it's painful and frustrating and you wonder if you'll ever regain your prior level of play,” explains Dr. Raab, “Fortunately, we have many treatment options to restore people to the activities and sports they love after an injury.”

Dr. Raab treats multiple sports injuries of the knee and shoulder including ACL and meniscal pathology, rotator cuff and labrum tears using state-of-the-art techniques. He also performs total knee and hip replacements using minimally invasive procedures to speed recovery times and reduce discomfort.

"I rely on evidence based medicine to make sound and ethical treatment recommendations. I pursue non-surgical options including medications, physical therapy and other modalities before discussing possible surgical intervention," says Dr. Raab.

Dr. Raab sees patients at IBJI's Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Highland Park and Morton Grove locations. To make an appointment, please call 847-375-3000.


Tags sports medicine, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Dr. David Raab

Megan Leahy, DPM Discusses the Perils of High Heeled Fashion

Posted in In the News, Orthopedic News, Chicago Division on Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Dr. Megan Leahy

In this recent Sarah Brown article appearing in Vogue entitled "High-Heel Hiatus," IBJI's Megan Leahy, DPM addresses the consequences of frequently wearing high-heeled shoes and the physiological damage they can cause. Read the article »


Tags Vogue, Dr. Megan Leahy

Mark Mikhael, MD Addresses Technology, Research, Minimally Invasive Technique: What Concerns Spine Surgeons Most?

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Glenview Division on Thursday, 13 March 2014

Dr. Mark Mikhael

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 13 March 2014

Becker's Spine Review conducted interviews with various spine surgeons to discuss aspects of the spine surgery industry that concerns them the most. IBJI's Dr. Mikhael explains that with all advances, we must continue to scrutinize our efforts in order to ensure patient safety and the efficacy of progress. Read the article »

Ask Spine Surgeons is a weekly series of questions posed to spine surgeons around the country about clinical, business and policy issues affecting spine care.


Tags spine surgery, Dr. Mark Mikhael

Physical Fitness and Orthopedic Health: Clues That Your Intuition Is Right

Posted in In the News, Orthopedic News, Glenview Division on Thursday, 06 March 2014

Dr. Leon Benson

March 5, 2014

Leon Benson, MD provides his commentary on an article by Young Jae Cho, MD, et al.: “Evaluation of Physical Performance Level as a Fall Risk Factor in Women with a Distal Radial Fracture.” Read Dr. Benson's perspective and article titled "Physical Fitness and Orthopedic Health: Clues That Your Intuition Is Right" from The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Read the article »


Tags Dr. Leon Benson

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