What IBJI Sports Medicine Specialists Want Parents to Know About Contact Sports and the Risk of Brain Injuries

Posted in In the News, Orthopedic News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics on Monday, 11 April 2016


A recent story in the Chicago Tribune drew attention to a growing body of research suggesting that young soccer players may be at risk for brain injuries, especially concussions. IBJI’s Dr. Gregory Portland and Dr. David Garelick contacted the Tribune after this important story ran to share additional information for parents and young players.

Tags Soccer injury, soccer injury treatment, physical therapy, concussion

When Hospitals Acquire Medical Practices, Costs Go Up for Patients

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News on Thursday, 17 March 2016

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The healthcare landscape has shifted dramatically in recent years. One of the biggest changes is the rapid growth of hospital-owned physician practices. Increasingly, independent physician groups have been merging with and being acquired by large hospital systems. For consumers, this can have significant implications, especially when it comes to price. Outpatient care can cost more when that care is obtained at a medical practice that is owned by a hospital.

Tags Orthopedics Costs, affordability, quality care

Bone Grafting: What is Bone Grafting?

Posted in Orthopedic News on Tuesday, 08 March 2016

A bone graft is a surgical procedure to transplant bone tissue. Surgeons use bone grafts to fix problems with bones or joints, to repair and rebuild diseased bones in your hips, knees, spine, and sometimes other bones and joints. Bone grafting or transplanting of bone tissue is beneficial in fixing bones after trauma, some fractures, problem joints, or growing bone around implanted devices, such as total knee replacement (TKR).

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Shin Bone Pain: Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

Posted in Orthopedic News on Thursday, 25 February 2016

Many people have heard of the injury referred to as “shin splints” which frequently affect people who engage in moderate-to-heavy physical activity.  However the term shin splint is used to describe various overuse injuries affecting both the soft tissue and bone. One specific type of shin splint, Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), is limited to the lower third of the inside of the tibia (lower leg).

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Types of Rheumatoid Arthritis - Seropositive or Seronegative RA

Posted in Orthopedic News on Thursday, 11 February 2016

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease wherein the immune system attacks parts of the body leading to inflammation of the joints. While the exact cause of RA is still a mystery, it is believed that an infection can confuse the immune system causing it to start attacking the joints. Scientists think that two chemicals in our body, specifically the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and interleukin-1 trigger the immune system in rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms such as pain, stiffness and swelling in multiple joints of the hands, wrists, knees, feet, shoulders, can develop gradually or come on suddenly.  RA symptoms are very similar to a number of other diseases, and therefore correct diagnosis even through clinical examination, x-rays, and lab tests can prove difficult. Without early treatment, the disease can damage the fibrous connective joint's tissues, which eventually damages the bones.

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Surgical Treatment Options for Back Pain

Posted in Orthopedic News on Thursday, 04 February 2016

man with back pain

Back pain is known to arise from nerve root compression or pressure on the dura sac surrounding the spinal cord. Back pain can stem from muscle spasm or mechanical pain. Episodes of low back pain can affect anyone at any point in his or her life and they can cause extreme pain. Despite the disruption acute back pain causes, it usually gets better with time and conservative non-surgical care, especially if it is just a case of muscle spasm from a pulled muscle or charley horse. Mechanical acute pain which worsens with activity is different to muscle spasms. It potentially may be a problem of instability or nerve pinching from anatomical complications, which requires surgery. Patients with low back pain should consult their primary physician for prescribed medicines, physical therapy and chiropractor to help alleviate the back pain, before consulting an orthopedic spine surgeon.

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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.

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