Osteoarthritis Hip Pain: Symptoms and Treatment

Posted in Orthopedics on Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is also termed as ‘degenerative joint disorder’ or age related arthritis, as it develops when people age. The cartilage functions as ‘shock absorbers’ that gives a cushion effect to the end of the bones and prevents the bones from directly rubbing against each other, thereby reducing the friction within joints.

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IBJI Kicks Off Bone & Joint Health National Awareness Month

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Move Better Blog on Sunday, 28 September 2014

It’s an exciting time of year when we join in celebrating Bone & Joint Health National Awareness Month during the month of October - an annual global event.

Throughout the world, there are events planned by individuals and organizations, all designed to raise awareness of prevention, disease management, treatments and advances in several areas of bone and joint health. Here at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, we will take the opportunity throughout the month to highlight several key areas of bone and joint disorders affecting millions of people including arthritis, spinal health, trauma injuries, pediatric bone and joint health, and osteoporosis, among others.

Nearly half of the adult population in America is affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions and these conditions are the most widespread cause of severe long-term pain and disability. Even with the large number of people affected, research funding for bone and joint conditions is currently less than 2% of the National Institutes of Health annual budget, according to the Bone and Joint Initiative. In addition, the aging boomer generation - which consists of people aged 45 to 64 - has seen a sharp increase in musculoskeletal disease treatment costs and lost wages, a trend that is predicted to continue for the next several decades.

Bone & Joint Health National Awareness Month is an important event that allows IBJI to help further educate and empower our patients in taking an active role in their decisions of care and treatment. Bone and joints, along with muscles and ligaments, create function and movement in the body. When they work together in a state of health, it allows for a quality of life that is active and healthy!

Look to our future posts as we take an in-depth look at key bone and joint health issues and the treatment and prevention associated with each.


Gout - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Posted in Orthopedics on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Excruciating pain can come to patients fighting gout. Gout is a condition that occurs when uric acid accumulates in the blood and leads to inflammation in one or more joints. Pain from gout can be severe enough to wake you in the middle of the night.

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IBJI Welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein

Posted in What's New, Morton Grove Division on Wednesday, 17 September 2014


Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein

IBJI is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein, a specialist in adult hip and knee reconstruction and replacement. Dr. Goldstein offers patients the most advanced, proven hip and knee surgery techniques including complex revision surgery which addresses complications from previous surgery such as instability and implant loosening as well as infection and fractures.

In fellowship training, Dr. Goldstein worked closely with some of the country’s most renowned hip and knee surgeons. He believes good communication with his patients is an essential element of great care and it's an important part of the care he provides.

Dr. Goldstein’s interest in orthopaedics began early – his father Dr. Wayne Goldstein is also an orthopaedic surgeon at IBJI. He shares IBJI's commitment to excellence and team-based care and works closely with IBJI’s skilled nurses, therapists, pain management specialists, rheumatologists and others to assure the best outcome for every patient.

Dr. Goldstein, a dedicated Chicago sports fanatic, is married with a young daughter and is looking forward to meeting you! Dr. Goldstein sees patients at IBJI's Morton Grove office and will see patients in the new IBJI Lincolnwood location. For an appointment, please call 847.375.3000.


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Ronak Patel, MD Joins IBJI

Posted in What's New, Morton Grove Division on Tuesday, 16 September 2014


Dr. Ronak Patel

Sports medicine specialist, Dr. Ronak Patel is a great addition to the IBJI team. He treats the full spectrum of sports injuries for adolescents and offers special expertise in shoulder and knee disorders.

Dr. Patel is among the few physicians in Chicago performing advanced cartilage restoration and meniscal transplantation. His other areas of focus include anatomic ACL reconstruction, patellar stabilizations and minimally invasive procedures for knee arthritis as well as arthroscopic management of shoulder problems.

Dr. Patel practices evidence-based medicine and favors non-surgical interventions whenever possible, working closely with IBJI therapists to restore patients to optimal function. He offers cartilage restoration, osteotomies to reduce stress on the joint, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy and other orthobiologic techniques to preserve native joints as long as possible and promote healing.

The Naperville native completed his residency at Northwestern University, followed by a prestigious Sports Medicine fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Patel will see patients in Des Plaines and IBJI's new Lincolnwood location, opening late September. For an appointment, please call 847.375.3000.


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IBJI Welcomes Dr. Kevin Chen

Posted in What's New, Chicago Division, Morton Grove Division on Tuesday, 09 September 2014


Dr. Mark G. Hamming

IBJI is pleased to welcome Dr. Kevin Chen. Dr. Chen specializes in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. He completed his fellowship training at a busy trauma center in Milwaukee and is looking forward to working with patients here.

Dr. Chen treats arthritic and chronic conditions as well as rotator cuff tears, shoulder and elbow instability, tennis and golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive motion sports injuries. He is among the few surgeons trained in complex elbow replacement surgery, a technique that is now achieving excellent results for many patients.

Dr. Chen believes surgery is a last resort. He performs minimally invasive arthroscopy to treat many problems and works closely with therapists, pain management specialists and others to restore patients to their best function, non-surgically.

Dr. Chen builds strong relationships with his patients and believes in educating patients about all their options so they can make well-informed decisions about their care. Dr. Chen is very active and likes to swim, hike, play tennis and compete in ultimate Frisbee. He sees patients in Chicago, Morton Grove and IBJI's new Lincolnwood location, to make an appointment please call 773.777.9900 (Chicago) or 847.375.3000 (Morton Grove & Lincolnwood).


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What Causes Osteomyelitis?

Posted in Orthopedics on Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Osteomyelitis is a bone infection that is normally caused by bacteria. It is seen most frequently in children and typically affects the long leg bones, the long arm, and vertebrae. The bacterial infection may enter the body through a skin cut or an infection somewhere else in the body. When diagnosed early, osteomyelitis can successfully be treated with antibiotics, however if not diagnosed in time it can lead to more serious complications.

IBJI Welcomes Mark Hamming, MD

Posted in What's New, Gurnee Division on Tuesday, 02 September 2014


Dr. Mark G. Hamming

IBJI-Gurnee welcomes Dr. Mark Hamming, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, joining IBJI on September 8, 2014. Dr. Hamming offers special expertise in sports medicine, including hip arthroscopy and complex multi-ligament knee surgery.

Using minimally invasive techniques that speed recovery and reduce complications, Dr. Hamming treats hip impingement problems, meniscus (knee cartilage) tears, ligament and multi-ligament tears (ACL, FCL, MCL, PCL), rotator cuff and labral tears of the shoulder, and shoulder instability.

Dr. Hamming completed his fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Clinic in Vail. He was a team physician for the US Ski Team training for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and has served as team physician for Duke University as well as several other college and high school basketball, football, lacrosse and soccer teams.

Dr. Hamming integrates rehab therapy as a key component of healing and collaborates closely with the expert IBJI team of therapists, pain management specialists, and many others. He seeks to provide personalized care that helps patients regain full function and performance in the work and sports they enjoy as quickly and safely as possible.

A former athlete, Dr. Hamming understands the expectations and challenges of injured athletes. Today, he enjoys swimming, golf and spending time with his wife and young son. He is pleased to join his brother and father, both orthopaedic physicians at IBJI.

Dr. Hamming will see patients in Gurnee and Lake Forest, to make an appointment, please call 847.336.3335.


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Meniscus Tears – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 28 August 2014

One of the most common knee injuries is a torn meniscus. The meniscus is a c-shaped disc that cushions and stabilizes the bones of the knee. There are two menisci lying opposite each other on the inside and the outside of the joint. Tears can be caused by a number of issues, and are more likely as we age. Meniscus tears range from a minor, short-term inconvenience to a serious injury that requires significant recuperation and physical therapy or even surgery. 

It’s a Team Effort at IBJI/HPI to Help Basketball Star Dominate in the WNBA Playoffs

Posted in What's New, In the News, Community Involvement, Physical & Occupational Therapy on Thursday, 28 August 2014


Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles

The Chicago Sky won a playoff series for the first time in franchise history on Tuesday night. The Sky staged a 17-point fourth quarter comeback, knocking the top-seeded Atlanta Dream out of the WNBA playoffs.

For the Sky, it’s been a season of ups and downs due to injuries and illness. So the professionals at IBJI’s Health Performance Institute (HPI) have been cheering loudly for Sky center Sylvia Fowles because they played a major role in helping her return to the game she loves.

Fowles, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, had major hip surgery in the off season. She returned to the Chicago area and did most of her post-surgery rehabilitation at HPI, a collaborative care orthopaedic rehabilitation, sports performance and wellness facility.

Five days a week, Fowles was at HPI, frequently working with physical therapist Andrea Staley. Fortunately for Fowles, Staley had been through the same hip surgery. At 6’6”, Fowles is the Sky’s tallest player. She towers over Staley, who is just 5’3,” but that wasn’t a problem for the two. “Andrea is little, but she packs a lot of power,” says Fowles. At HPI, Fowles also worked closely with physical therapist Paul Schmidt and massage therapist Puja Halvadia.

Fowles, who was named the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, was determined not to miss the entire 2014 season. Initial reports were that she would return to the basketball court in four to six months. Thanks in part to her intensive rehabilitation work with her team at HPI, Fowles was back on the court in just over three months.

During her rehabilitation, Fowles also took advantage of some of the super high-tech equipment available at HPI, like the AlterG treadmill. The AlterG reduces gravity’s impact on the body by “unweighting” patients, allowing them to rehab and train without subjecting their bodies to the pounding on joints that a regular workout would entail. “The AlterG is awesome,” says Fowles. “It’s like walking and running on air.”

Fowles is back in top form and has been putting up big numbers for the Sky. In Tuesday’s contest, she added 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. She gives her HPI team a lot of the credit for helping her return to play much earlier than expected. “They helped me get back so much faster than anyone expected,” says Fowles. “It’s so great to be back out on the floor with the other girls instead of watching from the sidelines,” according to Fowles. Fowles and the Sky will open the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday against the Indiana Fever. Go Sky!


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