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

Back in Action after Anterior Hip Replacement

Posted in What's New, Libertyville Division, Patient Stories on Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Lonnie Smith, 71, is a man of action. For 22 years, he’d worked as a paramedic and fireman. He enjoyed outdoor activities and liked to build and repair homes, work that often found him climbing on roofs and doing heavy lifting.

But in his early sixties, he began experiencing some pain in his hip – pain that grew progressively worse over the next ten years.

“I started feeling unstable, afraid my hip would give out on me unexpectedly,” he says. “The pain was on and off, but when I had a hard time walking up and downstairs and started waking up at night in pain, I knew it was time to do something.”

Lonnie met Dr. Peter Thadani, IBJI/Libertyville, when his younger brother had a total hip replacement in 2013.

Tags anterior hip replacement, Dr. Peter Thadani, Lonnie Smith

Hip Replacement Ends Years of Pain

Posted in What's New, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Tuesday, 21 April 2015

For years, Stella Housakos, 86, and her husband split their time between sunny Florida and a home in north suburban Chicago. Stella loved the mile-long boardwalk strolls they took each day from their Naples condo to the beach. But in 2003, when the heel of Stella’s shoe caught in the walkway, she fractured the femoral neck of her left hip.

The bone break was repaired with plates and screws in Florida, but upon returning home a month later, pain in Stella’s left thigh and hip drove her to seek care at IBJI.

Says her daughter, Paula Gilbert, “We knew IBJI was the place to go. I’d been there with my husband and sons several times. My mom met with Dr. Van Stamos and within minutes, they discovered a mutual friend connection – they’re both Greek. We knew he was great doctor, but that sealed it.”

“I could see from her X-rays that she had degeneration on both the left and right hip though the pain was primarily on the left side,” says Dr. Stamos, orthopaedic surgeon at IBJI-Glenview.

Dr. Stamos recommended physical therapy and injections to relieve pain, a conservative approach that worked for Stella for years.

By May 2013, however, the hip pain had worsened and Stella had pain in both knees.

Tags Van Stamos MD, Stella Housakos, Hip Replacement

‘I’ve seen it all, and this was one of the worst’

Posted in What's New, In the News, Morton Grove Division on Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Feature story in The Winnetka Current
April 15, 2015

On March 21, ABC aired “In An Instant,” a two-hour program that told the story of a woman who 11 years ago was beaten beyond recognition by her ex-husband, kidnapped, then left to die in a garbage bin locked in sub-freezing temperatures inside a Wheeling storage facility.

Amazingly, Teri Jendusa-Nicolai survived the 26-hour ordeal and underwent a dramatic recovery, in major part due to the efforts of Dr. Matthew Jimenez, a Winnetka resident and one of the doctors who treated her.

Dr. Jimenez, an orthopedic surgeon and partner with the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, gathered with his wife Leah and their 21-year-old daughter to watch the show in its entirety. Due to the intensely graphic nature of most of the content, their 9-year-old triplets were allowed to watch only those portions of the program in their which father was interviewed.

Jimenez sat down with The Winnetka Current to talk about the crime and Teri’s remarkable recovery.

Tags Dr. Matthew Jimenez, Teri Jendusa-Nicolai, Winnetka Current, ABC In An Instant

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Recognized with Angie’s List Super Service Award for Third Consecutive Year

Posted in What's New, Glenview Division on Monday, 06 April 2015

Chicago, IL – April 6, 2015 – Illinois Bone & Joint Institute has been recognized by Angie’s List®, a leading online review and rating service for healthcare providers, to receive a  Super Service Award for the third consecutive year.

The Angie's List Super Service Award is a very exclusive achievement that honors only industry leaders who maintain a superior service record.  Each year, less than 5% out of thousands of businesses in Illinois earn this achievement.

In 2012, IBJI Glenview was recognized for superior service in four categories in the Chicago market: Overall Orthopedics, Orthopedics – Foot and Ankle, Orthopedics – Hip, and Orthopedics – Knee and Leg.

 In 2013 they were again recognized for superior service in three categories: Overall Orthopedics, Orthopedics – Hand and Wrist, and Orthopedics – Knee and Leg.

This year they have been recognized for those same three areas plus Orthopedics – Hips.

“We are very humbled and proud of our entire team at Glenview,” Dr. Leon Benson, a lead orthopedic physician at IBJI Glenview said. “Our goal has always been focused on service and providing the best care we can for our patients. This award represents positive feedback from the people that mean the most, our patients.”

IBJI continues to offer patients increasingly innovative and alternative methods of care. For example, IBJI Glenview OrthoAccess Clinic provides immediate-care orthopedic services on a walk-in basis for patients with minor injuries. This allows patients to receive treatment from a leading orthopedic specialist without a visit to a traditional emergency room.

Tags Angie’s List, Super Service Award

“I Got My Life Back”

Posted in What's New, Libertyville Division, Patient Stories on Tuesday, 31 March 2015

I Got My Life Back

The full-blown pain Jesse Manarang lived with for two years began gradually. It started in his early 40’s, with tingling and numbness in the index, middle and ring fingers of both hands. Then the pain began and spread, moving to his elbow, then shoulder, then neck.

As a dialysis tech at a north suburban hospital, Jesse had a physical job. After lifting patients for twelve hours, he came home exhausted and in pain.

His wife, Mildred, recalls, “Work, really everything, was so hard for him. He was getting depressed. He’d always been an athlete and loved basketball and lifting weights, but he couldn’t do his job or things he used to enjoy. He couldn’t drive our kids, both active in sports, to events. He couldn’t mow the lawn. He had to give up coaching our son’s football team. I was doing what he couldn’t and it was tough on all of us.”

Jesse finally made an appointment with IBJI-Libertyville orthopaedic specialist, Dr. Peter Thadani for elbow and shoulder pain. Dr. Thadani treated him conservatively using cortisone injections and epidurals, but when those failed to relieve the pain and Xrays of the shoulder showed narrowing of the spine’s cervical discs, he referred Jesse to his Libertyville colleague, spine specialist, Dr. Stanford Tack .

After an MRI, Dr. Tack diagnosed Jesse with a degenerative joint disorder of the cervical spine.

Says Dr. Tack, “Jesse’s condition was the result of genetics and weak disc structure. It wasn’t caused by trauma or injury, but there was clear early degeneration or herniation of several discs.”

Tags dr. stanford tack, spine surgery, Jesse Manaarang

Matthew Jimenez, MD Featured on ABC's "In An Instant" Show

Posted in What's New, In the News, Morton Grove Division, Patient Stories on Monday, 30 March 2015


Matthew Jimenez, MD

March 21, 2015, ABC’s “In An Instant” told the story of a local woman who was savagely attacked by her ex-husband. Teri Jendusa-Nicolai was beaten beyond recognition, kidnapped then left to die in a garbage bin locked inside a Wheeling storage facility.

The show featured interviews with first responders who rescued Teri and doctors who treated her following her 26-hour ordeal. One of those local doctors is IBJI's Dr. Matthew Jimenez who lived in Wheeling at the time and drove right past that storage facility where Teri had been left on his way to work that day.

Dr. Jimenez describes Teri as “one of the most amazing patients I’ve ever cared for.” An orthopaedic trauma surgeon, Dr. Jimenez has seen more than his share of gruesome injuries in the emergency room. “Teri has such an incredible spirit. She never gave up,” says Jimenez. Teri survived and now serves as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. “She taught us all a lot about courage and positive attitude,” says Dr. Jimenez, who has stayed in contact with Teri over the years.

To watch the Teri's full story and hear about her amazing recovery visit,

Tags Dr. Matthew Jimenez, ABC In An Instant Left for Dead, Teri Jendusa-Nicolai

How Do You Choose an MRI Provider?

Posted in What's New, Imaging & Diagnostics on Monday, 30 March 2015

With so many MRI providers to choose from, it is important to ask yourself, or the provider, the following questions before scheduling your scan:

  • Does the organization you are being referred to provide “low cost, high value” services? 
  • Does the site you are being referred to offer both a High-Field or a High-Field Open MRI system? 
  • Are you able to make an appointment on the same day or next? 
  • Are there early morning, late evening, Saturday, and Sunday appointments available? 
  • Is the site you are being referred to an accredited facility? 
  • Are your images easily accessible by your physician (through the web or on CD)? 
Tags IBJI MRI, Optimal Imaging

Latest Generation of Ankle Implant Proves Life-Changing

Posted in What's New, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Friday, 27 March 2015

Gregg Rappe was on his way to high school football practice back in 1973 when a car ran a stop sign and broadsided the motorcycle he was riding. He suffered multiple injuries, the most severe one being his left ankle, which was virtually shattered. His doctors at The Mayo Clinic did the best they could to put him back together, but the traumatic ankle injury was a constant reminder of the accident.

When he “hobbled” into Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, as he describes it, Rappe had just about given up. His ankle had deteriorated badly over the years and arthritis had set in. By 2013, his range of motion was less than 25 percent. He was living with constant pain and taking large amounts of pain medication. He’d had enough. Rappe told Dr. Steven Haddad he wanted an amputation and a prosthetic device.

Tags Illinois Bone & Joint Institute , Dr. Steven L. Haddad, Gregg Rappe

IBJI Expands Hours at OrthoAccess Center in Glenview

Posted in What's New, In the News, Glenview Division on Friday, 27 March 2015

IBJI-Glenview has just announced that its OrthoAccess facility has expanded its service hours by 15 hours each week. OrthoAccess offers patients immediate care for orthopaedic injuries, everything from sprains and strains to simple fractures and sports injuries. Effective immediately, IBJI’s OrthoAccess facility in Glenview will now serve patients from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays, and from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute rolled out the first of its walk-in clinics six years ago. Since then, they’ve added multiple locations and seen consumer demand skyrocket. In 2014, IBJI’s OrthoAccess clinics saw more than 10,000 patients.

Designed to provide patients with 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.

Tags OrthoAccess

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