IBJI, Local Schools Joining Forces to Protect, Educate Young Athletes about Head Injuries

Posted in What's New, In the News, Community Involvement, Glenview Division on Friday, 02 October 2015

A new law called the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act took effect this fall. It is designed to better protect students enrolled in Illinois public and private schools who suffer concussions. In the event of a head injury, the law requires that students be evaluated by a physician or licensed athletic trainer. Following such evaluation, students must also get written consent from a physician or from an athletic trainer working under a physician’s supervision before they can return to play or to the classroom. The new law also requires schools to establish concussion oversight teams responsible for implementing return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols and policies.

Tags Our Lady of Perpetual Help, OLPH, Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, Baseline Concussion Testing

50 Years of Scoliosis Research – What We’ve Learned

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Morton Grove Division on Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Steven M. Mardjetko, MD

When members of the Scoliosis Research Society gather this fall to observe the 50th anniversary of the renowned organization’s founding, one of IBJI’s experts will be on hand for the celebration. Steven Mardjetko, MD, is among the most highly regarded physicians in the world when it comes to scoliosis research, treatment and innovation. Dr. Mardjetko has been treating pediatric patients with spinal deformities since the 1980s. Over that time, he has witnessed and been part of some extraordinary advances in terms of how pediatric spine specialists diagnose, evaluate, and treat scoliosis and other pediatric spinal deformities. Below are some of the key developments in scoliosis knowledge from a recent interview with Dr. Mardjetko.


#1 - We now have definitive proof that bracing is effective.
The use of braces to correct abnormal spine shape has shifted in and out of favor over the past 50 years. Back in the 1970s, braces were standard treatment protocol for children and adolescents with spinal deformities like scoliosis. Questions arose, however, about the efficacy of brace treatment in the 1980s and some physicians stopped advising patients to use them, opting instead for surgical intervention. According to Dr. Mardjetko, bracing has now been rigorously researched and evaluated. Key research findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirm that bracing significantly decreases the progression of high-risk curves to the threshold for surgery in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. (Weinstein, M.D. Stuart L., et al. “Effects of Bracing in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis.” New England Journal of Medicine 369:1512-1521 (2013). Dolan, Ph.D., Lori A., et al) “Bracing works,” says Dr. Mardjetko, “and it frequently eliminates the need for surgery.”

Tags scoliosis, Scoliosis Research Society, Spinal Deformity, Dr. Steven Mardjetko, MAGEC spinal growth rod system

IBJI’s Dr. Ritesh Shah Publishes His First Book

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Morton Grove Division on Friday, 25 September 2015


Ritesh R. Shah, MD

Pocket Orthopaedic Surgery Is Comprehensive Reference Guide for Health Care Professionals

IBJI is pleased to announce that one of its own, Ritesh Shah, MD , has published his first book. The book, Pocket Orthopaedic Surgery, was released earlier this month by Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy.
Dr. Shah’s book is described by Wolters Kluwer Health as the “go-to resource for the essential orthopaedic information you need in a high-yield, easy-to-use format. Concise and well organized … this pocket-sized powerhouse delivers highly relevant orthopaedic coverage in an easily portable source, making reference quick and easy.”

The idea for the book came to Shah when he was a surgical resident at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Like many physicians, Dr. Shah was familiar with Pocket Medicine, an internal medicine handbook that is widely used by medical professionals. Dr. Shah thought that a similar book on orthopaedic surgery would be helpful for his fellow surgery residents and for a host of other health care professionals including family practice doctors, sports medicine doctors and physical therapists who see patients with orthopaedic issues.

Tags Dr. Ritesh Shah, Pocket Orthopaedic Surgery Book

Bulging Disc Injury Recovery: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 24 September 2015

A bulging disc or slipped disc is a common spinal column injury in the intervertebral disc due to neck/ back trauma or age related injury. It can occur in your lumbar spine (lower back), thoracic spine (upper and mid-back) or your cervical spine (neck). The intervertebral disc is weakened so much that it protrudes into the spinal canal either in the neck referred to as a cervical bulging disc, mid-back known as thoracic bulging disc or lower back identified as lumbar bulging disc. The bulge pinches nerve roots along the spinal cord to put additional pressure on the surrounding nerve tissue. Along with back pain and spasms, the signs you should watch out for are tingling and numbness that spread along the upper and lower extremities.

Tags neck pain, Bulging Disc , back pain

Choosing the Medicare Plan That’s Right for You

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Arlington Heights Division, Bannockburn Division, Chicago Division, Gurnee Division, Glenview Division, Libertyville Division, Morton Grove Division on Monday, 21 September 2015

It’s estimated that 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 and become Medicare-eligible on any given day. The rules concerning how to enroll in Medicare, however, can be confusing. People who are newly eligible typically have lots of questions. Will I need a referral to see a specialist? Is there a cap on what my annual out-of-pocket expenses may be? Can I get prescription drug coverage under my Medicare plan? It’s critical to get those questions answered and understand the differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans because the consequences can be significant if you choose the wrong kind of coverage.

The Medicare Rights Center outlines the key differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans in an easy to understand format. To learn more visit http://www.medicareinteractive.org or download the Medicare Rights Summary Flier.

Tags Medicare, Medicare Advantage

5 Common Causes Of A Stiff Neck

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 17 September 2015

A stiff neck may last a few days or even weeks but it usually heals quickly because of the durability of the cervical spine. Sometimes, something as simple as sleeping wrong can cause a stiff neck and occasionally a stiff neck can have more serious implications.  

These are the usual culprits that can lead to a stiff neck:

Tags neck pain

10 Common Causes of Hip Pain and When to Seek Treatment

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 10 September 2015

Without a fully functional hipbone, you would not be able to stand, walk, run or dance. So, when you suffer from chronic hip pain and certain day-to-day activities suddenly become troublesome, it can feel as if your entire life is being put on hold.

The ball-and-socket hip joint fits together in a way that allows for fluid, repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. Whenever you use the hip (for example, by going for a run), a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction as the hip bone moves in its socket. The hip joint isn't indestructible. With age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused. The hip bone itself can be fractured during a fall or other injury. All of the above can cause hip pain.

Symptoms of Hip Pain                                                  

Depending on the condition that's causing your hip pain, you might feel the discomfort in your:

  • Thigh
  • Inside or outside of the hip joint
  • Groin
  • Buttocks

Sometimes pain from other areas of the body, such as the back or groin can radiate to the hip. You might notice that your pain gets worse with activity, especially if it's caused by arthritis. Along with the pain, you might have reduced range of motion. Some people develop a limp from persistent hip pain.

Tags Hip Pain

What Marathon Runners Can Teach the Rest of Us

Posted in Orthopedics, Move Better Blog on Wednesday, 09 September 2015

IBJI sports medicine physicians

The Chicago Marathon is fast approaching, and while most of us are spectators rather than participants, there’s a lot we can learn from those amazing runners. Their commitment to the sport, their focus on the goal, the training they undergo—all add up to a winning formula that can turn beginners into winners, no matter what the sport. Here are some tips to consider:

Plan the work and work the plan. Every marathoner develops a training plan—a running schedule (including times, distances, speeds, etc.) and a set of activities that spans weeks and months, creating a structured workout schedule. The lesson for us: Set the goal, then create a plan to achieve it.

Start slowly. And pace yourself. There are no shortcuts—you won’t get to the finish line faster by working your body too hard or too long when you’re just beginning. And that’s even true on marathon day. When Catherine Ndereba set a world record at the 2001 Chicago she eased into it by running the first 5-K at just over a 5:40-per-mile pace. Then she picked up speed and went on to average about 5:20 per mile for the overall race. The lesson for us: You won’t win by cramming for the test—you need to do the work.

Friends make it fun. Many marathon runners are part of a running club where they work together and commit to a common goal. The lesson for us: You’ll be less tempted to sleep in if your workout partner is waiting for you at the gym.

Take care of your body. One reason marathoners train so diligently is to make sure their body is in peak condition come race day. Seasoned athletes know themselves and their bodies well enough to know when they need to seek advice about an issue that has arisen. The lesson for us: the only way to get back in the game if you’ve been injured is to get the right care.

The sports medicine physicians at IBJI understand your pain. Whether you’ve suffered an injury or have simply overused a muscle or a joint, they will diagnose your condition and get you the right combination of rehabilitation, medication, or surgery to get you back up to speed.

Best wishes for a great finish to the athletes running the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from all of us at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute!

Cervical Fusion Surgery – Types of Cervical Fusion, Procedure and Recovery

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 03 September 2015

A Cervical Fusion Surgery links together damaged segments of the vertebral column in the neck. Normally, there is a spinal disc between each vertebrae, which acts as a cushion, but also allows some movement between each vertebrae. Most often a cervical fusion is performed because the spinal disc is causing problems by pushing on a nerve (called a disc herniation). This nerve pressure can cause irritation leading to symptoms of pain, tingling, and numbness in the neck and arms.

Many neck problems are due to degenerative changes that occur in the discs of the cervical spine and the joints between each vertebra. Other problems are the result of injury to parts of the spine or complications of earlier surgeries. If conservative treatments fail to control the pain due to neck problem, then your surgeon may suggest a cervical fusion. During surgery, the disc(s) between one or more vertebrae are removed, and bone growth is stimulated to link together adjacent vertebrae. Often, a metal device is used to stabilize the fusion until the bone growth is solid.

Tags Cervical Fusion Surgery

Backpack Back Attack: Tips for Feeling Better Fast

Posted in Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Glenview Division on Friday, 28 August 2015

Have you seen kids heading back to school with backpacks almost as big as they are? Their packs are stuffed with homework and books and laptops, old lunches and things better left unexamined. These bags can weigh 15 pounds or more, and that’s too much for a 60 pound middle-schooler.

“We see kids with back and neck pain caused by hauling the contents of their school lockers around. The pain can be moderate or it can flare to an unbearable level. That’s pretty tough when you’re facing an important book report,” says Dr. Gary Shapiro, an orthopedic specialist at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute.

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