OrthoAccess Now Available in Bannockburn

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Bannockburn Division on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Created to provide patients with same day care for orthopaedic injuries, IBJI’s OrthoAccess clinics provide access to bone and joint specialists who treat everything from sprains and strains to simple fractures and sports injuries. Effective immediately, IBJI’s OrthoAccess clinic in Bannockburn will provide same day care from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

IBJI rolled out the first of its walk-in clinics six years ago. Since then, IBJI has added multiple locations and seen consumer demand skyrocket. In 2014, IBJI’s OrthoAccess clinics saw more than 10,000 patients. Designed as an alternative to the emergency room, OrthoAccess provides faster, more affordable care. Patients appreciate the fact that OrthoAccess offers a much shorter wait time than emergency rooms. Since OrthoAccess facilities are staffed by orthopaedic specialists, patients are seen more quickly by the type of specialist their injury requires. Treating the average injury in the OrthoAccess environment usually takes just 60 to 90 minutes.

Another key benefit for OrthoAccess patients is that a visit typically costs far less than a trip to the emergency room or an urgent care facility. The average cost for an emergency room visit for an orthopaedic injury is $1,000. That same injury, treated at IBJI’s OrthoAccess, costs around $225. Particularly for patients with high-deductible health plans and for patients who self-pay, this savings is important.

Tags OrthoAccess, Immediate Orthopaedic Care, Bannockburn

IBJI Supports ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run & 3K Walk

Posted in What's New, In the News, Community Involvement, Arlington Heights Division, Bannockburn Division, Chicago Division, Gurnee Division, Glenview Division, Libertyville Division, Morton Grove Division on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute is proud to sponsor the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run & 3K Walk on June 18, 2015.

For 21 years, the ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run & 3K Walk has proven itself as a landmark event in the Chicagoland area and is a major fundraiser for the Leukemia Research Foundation. Each June, more than 2,500 people gather along Chicago's lakefront to run, walk and raise funds in search of a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and all blood cancers in memory of Jim Gibbons. Jim was a highly-respected 25-year veteran investigative reporter at ABC 7 when he succumbed to leukemia in 1994.

This years' 21st annual celebration will be held in Chicago's Grant Park. Janet Davies and Frank Mathie have been the honorary co-chairs since the event's inceptions and will lead many on-air personalities with event coverage.

For more information or to register to run or walk, visit http://gibbons5k.com.

Tags Leukemia Research Foundation, ABC 7 Gibbons 5K Run & 3K Walk

Dr. Leahy Featured in Fox News "When You Should Never, Ever Wear Flip-Flops"

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Chicago Division on Wednesday, 13 May 2015

As seen in Fox News Health, May 5, 2015

It doesn’t take a whole lot to get psyched for summer—especially after the winter most of the country has just had. But maybe one of the best reasons to welcome the warm days ahead is being able to release our feet from the bondage of bulky boots and toe-cramming stilettos and slide into summer’s go-to shoe: flip-flops.

But hedonists, beware: Those laid-back little numbers can play havoc on your feet. And, for that matter, your face.

In this Fox News Health article, Dr. Corinne Kauderer, a board-certified podiatrist and Dr. Megan Leahy, DPM, from the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, weigh in on when you should never, ever wear flip-flops and why. Read the full article.

Tags flip flops, Dr. Megan Leahy, Summer Footwear

Common Injury, Uncommon Treatment

Posted in What's New, Morton Grove Division, Patient Stories on Tuesday, 12 May 2015

High School Athlete Braces Up – and Wins

In 2013, Tom Sora was headed for a distinguished college football career. The high school senior was defensive captain of his team at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles and college scouts had their eyes on him.

But just minutes into the team’s first game of the season, Tom’s rosy prospects seemed to vanish. In one damaging play, his right arm was pushed back - hard.

“It was a scary moment,” remembers his mom, Linda. “Tom dropped to one knee and waved for help with his other arm. The whole place was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.”

Tom says, “I felt something in my shoulder slide and it didn’t go back. I tried moving my arm and couldn’t. It just felt like the joint was outside where it was supposed to be.”

Dr. Marc Breslow, Notre Dame’s team physician and an orthopaedic surgeon at IBJI-Morton Grove, ran onto the field with Tom’s coach.

He recalls, “After asking Tom a couple questions, we laid him down on the ground. Under his shoulder pads, I could feel the ball of the shoulder out in the front of the socket.”

Dr. Breslow expertly popped it back in.

“Tom felt me pop it back in, that really hurts, but after that, there’s little or no pain,” he says. “Kids think they can go right back into the game, but of course, that’s not what we do.”

Dr. Breslow and trainers took Tom out, got his pads off, and iced and immobilized the injury and Dr. Breslow told the Sora’s to come to IBJI on Monday for an MRI.”

Tags Dr. Marc Breslow, Notre Dame College Prep, Tom Sora, Bankart tear

The Benefits of a Quality Functional Capacity Evaluation – What to Look For?

Posted in Physical & Occupational Therapy on Wednesday, 06 May 2015

In recent months, I have participated in multiple conversations regarding Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) and how the results have weakened the defense’s case. Several defense attorneys have suggested that a FCE generally causes further problems in litigation, and they prefer to work with just the physical therapy notes and reports. Often, they feel the patient performs at a lower level during the FCE than they do in therapy, and yet the test comes out valid. As a seasoned physical therapist and a veteran of over 500 FCEs, I concur with this observation. In my capacity as an expert witness, I have seen first hand how a subpar FCE has labeled a capable human being, who can cast a fishing pole and launch his boat, to total and permanent disability and entitled to a lifelong pension.  However, a quality FCE can be beneficial to all parties. So, what to look for when finding a quality FCE and when should a client be referred for a FCE?

Tags Functional Capacity Evaluations, occupational therapy, Joe Castronovo

Hip Resurfacing Restores a Chicago Firefighter’s “Fire”

Posted in What's New, Morton Grove Division, Patient Stories on Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Joe Simz, 45, feels he “won the lottery” becoming a Chicago firefighter/EMT.

After taking the qualifying exam in the mid-90’s and hearing nothing back, he ended up working for a local utility company. Then one day out of the blue, the call came.

“It took them ten years,” says Joe, “but when they finally called, I jumped at the chance to join the Chicago Fire Department.”

In the meantime, Joe had built a full and busy life. He had married a police officer and they had two children, both competing on travelling hockey, baseball and football teams. Joe and his wife managed to keep all the plates spinning, despite crazy schedules - and physically demanding jobs.

Says Joe, “As a firefighter, it’s not unusual to carry up to 100 pounds in gear up several flights of stairs, then carry someone down.”

Unfortunately, in late 2012, pain began to impact Joe’s ability to keep up with work and life. As a runner logging eight to ten miles regularly for many years, Joe was familiar with normal aches and pain, but the groin pain he felt was different – and debilitating.

Tags Hip Resurfacing, Joe Simz, Dr. Ritesh Shah

Osteoporosis Prevention – Can simple Lifestyle Changes Decrease Risk of Osteoporosis?

Posted in Orthopedics on Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Osteoporosis causes bodily changes like the loss of bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to bone fragility and increased susceptibility to fractures of the spine, hip, and wrist. Osteoporosis affects more than 25 million Americans each year and contributes to more than 1.5 million fractures. The National Osteoporosis Foundation has estimated that roughly 10 million Americans over the age of 50 already have the disease.

Tags Osteoporosis

Back on “Course and Courts” with Double Hip Replacement

Posted in What's New, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Saturday, 25 April 2015

Paula Gilbert, 60, exudes unstoppable energy.

The Hoffman Estates resident plays competitive tennis several times a week. She hits the slopes with her family every winter and spring on visits with her grown children in Colorado. And summer? Golf, of course.

But in 2012, pain got in her way.

“At first, I couldn’t bend over to pick up a tennis ball,” she remembers. “One doctor said it was muscle strain and told me to rest. Another put me in physical therapy thinking it was a back issue.”

By fall, pain radiated down the entire right side of her leg and her knee hurt.

“It felt like I was falling apart, but there I was, putting on capri leggings to hold on the heat patches I’d stuck up and down my leg so I could keep playing tennis. I was really in denial.”

Then Paula’s mom, Stella, 86, had a hip replacement at IBJI. Stella was thrilled with her care and more mobile than ever.

Says Paula, “I certainly wasn’t thinking my situation was as bad as my Mom’s, but I did know I needed better care, so I gathered up my medical records and went to IBJI in Glenview.”

Paula, her husband and three kids, had visited the IBJI Glenview team several times before. The active and athletic family had sustained a few injuries, from shoulder dislocations to ACL/MCL tears. Despite the distance – they lived in Barrington – they felt the drive well worth it for the great care they got.

Tags Van Stamos MD, Double Hip Replacement, Paula Gilbert

10 Common Causes of Hip Pain

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 23 April 2015

The ball-and-socket hip joint fit together in a way that allows for fluid, repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. Whenever you use the hip, a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction as the hip bone moves in its socket. With age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged, muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused or the hip bone itself can be fractured.

Tags osteoarthritis, Hip Fracture, Trochanteric Bursitis , Snapping Hip Syndrome, Hip Labral Tear

Calling All Runners - April 25, 2015

Posted in What's New, Community Involvement, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Chicago Division on Wednesday, 22 April 2015

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

Start your spring 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

“We designed this clinic with the runner’s needs in mind,” according to Annika Safstrom, certified athletic trainer at IBJI. “Thorough evaluations are done by physical therapists who have worked with thousands of runners,” explained Safstrom. This is the seventh time that IBJI is offering the running clinic. “We got fantastic feedback from people who participated in our January running clinic,” said Safstrom. At the end of the session, one runner told Safstrom “I had no idea how much I could improve.”

Tags Running Clinic

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