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

IBJI Educates Athletes

Posted in What's New, Community Involvement, Physical & Occupational Therapy on Friday, 27 March 2015

IBJI’s staff is celebrating National Athletic Training Month during March. “We Prepare - You Perfom” is 2015’s slogan for this observance, organized by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

IBJI’s athletic training staff is closely involved in educating athletes of all ages about the importance of being active and staying healthy. Earlier this year, IBJI Rehab hosted its third annual “IBJI Sports Medicine Knowledge Bowl” for students interested in sports medicine careers. The Knowledge Bowl was the brainchild of IBJI’s Annika Safstrom, ATC. Designed to help students learn about careers in sports medicine, the event invites members of high school clubs to participate in a Jeopardy-style competition to show off their knowledge and skills.

IBJI Rehab provides teams with a study guide at the beginning of the school year. The goal is to encourage students’ ambitions about their sports medicine and athletic training studies. Categories in the Knowledge Bowl included evaluation, anatomy and injury prevention.

This year’s winning team hailed from Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, which took home a $250 grant for the school’s sports medicine student club. Other participating high schools included New Trier, Neuqua Valley, Lyons Township, Wheeling, and Stagg.

IBJI wants to remind everyone this month to get out there and be active. For helpful tips and articles about staying healthy, visit

Tags IBJI Rehab, Victor J. Andrew High School, Sports Medicine Knowledge Bowl

What is a Podiatrist?

Posted in Orthopedics on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A podiatrist (DPM), also frequently referred to as a “foot doctor”, is a physician that is educated and experienced in diagnosing, treating and surgically repairing disorders and problems of the foot, ankle and lower extremity.  A certified podiatrist will complete at least 7 years of training. This training includes podiatric medical school and is then followed by a few years of residency training at a hospital.

Tags foot fracture, foot pain, Podiatrist

What is an MRI With Contrast?

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 12 March 2015


An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a medical scan similar to an x-ray or CT (computerized tomography) scan. However, unlike x-rays and CT scans, MRIs are done without any radiation. The two main kinds of MRIs are contrast and non-contrast. 

You may be wondering, “What is an MRI with contrast?” This type of MRI differs from a regular MRI because it uses a contrast dye that's injected into a patient before having the scan. If you need an MRI with contrast, here is why it is done and what to expect.

Four Common Knee Injuries

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 26 February 2015

As many components make up the knee, your knee can be susceptible to a wide range of injuries. In fact, orthopedic doctors probably see more patients for knee injuries than any other type of orthopedic problem. Here are some of the most common knee injuries, along with their causes, symptoms and treatments. 

Tags Meniscal Tears, Bursa Inflammation

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