Cervical Laminoplasty: An alternative to fusion for the right patients

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics on Monday, 10 April 2017

 

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Mark M. Mikhael, M.D.

 

Advanced arthritic changes in the cervical spine can lead to narrowing of the spinal canal at multiple levels throughout the neck. When the narrowing becomes severe, it can lead to compression of the spinal cord, referred to as “myelopathy.” Symptoms of myelopathy can include difficulty with walking and balance, trouble with handwriting and other fine motor skills, or shooting pains with numbness in tingling in the arms or hands. The most severe consequences of myelopathy include progressive weakness or even paralysis. To treat this condition and prevent any further decline, several types of surgical procedures have been utilized with good results.


Baby Girl Born with Four Legs, Two Spines is Thriving, Thanks to Extraordinary Surgical Effort

Posted in What's New, In the News, Community Involvement, Orthopedics, Patient Stories on Tuesday, 28 March 2017

IBJI spine surgeon Dr. Eric Belin describes the life-changing procedure that’s making headlines

A 10-month-old girl who was born with four legs and two spines is doing remarkably well following a complex surgery that took place on March 8. IBJI’s Eric Belin, M.D., was the orthopedic surgeon on the surgical team assembled to operate on Dominique, an infant born in west Africa with an exceptionally rare condition.

Tags Advocate Children's Hospital, Dr. Belin, Children's Medical Mission West, Orthopedic surgery

From the Field: What Parents Should Know about Single-Sport Focus and How it May Impact Your Child

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics on Friday, 24 March 2017

What Parents Should Know about Single-Sport Focus and How it May Impact Your Child

As just about any parent today can tell you, the world of youth sports looks a lot different than it did a generation ago. Young children – boys and girls alike - are signing up in droves for team sports like soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Increasingly, these young athletes are being encouraged to commit to a club sport, meaning they may be training in a single sport as many as five days a week.

Tags sports medicine, injuries

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Physical Therapist

Posted in Orthopedic News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics, Pain Management on Thursday, 16 March 2017

If you are suffering from an injury or illness that results in a loss of functional mobility, physical therapy can help you return to your daily activities. But before scheduling your physical therapy evaluation, it is important to speak with your potential clinic and therapist to make sure they are the right choice for you. Be sure to ask our 5 questions below to ensure you are receiving the best care possible! 

Tags ibji physician, physical activity, physical therapy

What to Expect During Your MRI Scan

Posted in Imaging & Diagnostics on Thursday, 16 March 2017

If you have never had an MRI scan, it’s normal for you to be a bit nervous before the procedure. But there is no reason to be nervous! An MRI scan is a painless and completely safe procedure that can help diagnose your condition or injury. Learn more about the procedure and what it entails below!

Tags MRI and Osteoarthritis, mri, mri machines, Illinois mri, IBJI MRI

After Devastating Accident, IBJI Surgeon Helps Musical Conductor Return to the Stage

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Chicago Division, Patient Stories on Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Patient Story– Paul Caldwell/Dr. Chen

Paul Caldwell was returning home one evening last spring when a reckless driver nearly ended his life. As Paul crossed Sheridan Road on Chicago’s far north side, the motorist ran a red light. Paul remembers the sound of tires screeching just before the car hit him. His injuries were severe. One ankle was badly damaged, as were both arms.

Tags orthopedics, elbow surgery, ankle surgery, Recovery

3rd Annual Primary Care Orthopaedic Seminar

Posted in What's New on Tuesday, 28 February 2017

IBJI is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Primary Care Orthopaedic seminar focused exclusively on disorders of the Upper-Extremity (shoulder to fingertips). The seminar will be held on March 9th 2017 and is chaired by Dr. Craig Phillips with an expert subspecialty faculty. The seminar will focus on educating primary care and emergency room physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants on how to initiate appropriate treatment of acute and subacute upper-extremity problems and also when to refer to a subspecialist.


6 Natural Pain Relievers to Reduce Chronic Pain

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

Whether you’re experiencing chronic pain as result from a serious injury or from an illness, it is a frustrating and debilitating condition that effects your entire life. But thankfully, with the help of various treatment options, you can experience real relief from the endless aches. In addition to seeing a physician regularly, there are many natural pain relievers to have help reduce your chronic pain in between treatment. Utilize these simple, healthy and safe solutions to help pinpoint and reduce your pain.


Top 4 Treatments for Arthritis

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Pain Management on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is not a single disease; rather, it is a way of referring to joint pain or disease. In fact, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, with the two most common types being osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is a very common condition; about 1 in 5 adults in the United States are affected by it.


Benefits of Rheumatologists and Orthopedics Working at the Same Practice

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

Although orthopedists and rheumatologists both focus on a patient’s joints, muscles and bones, rheumatologists focus more on joint disorders that can be treated medically while orthopedists specialize in surgical treatments and managing fractures. To help improve patients’ access to care and to ensure they get the best treatment possible, many orthopedic practices have expanded to include rheumatology services.

 


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