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Arlington Heights Division

Choosing the Medicare Plan That’s Right for You

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Arlington Heights Division, Bannockburn Division, Chicago Division, Gurnee Division, Glenview Division, Libertyville Division, Morton Grove Division on Monday, 21 September 2015

It’s estimated that 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 and become Medicare-eligible on any given day. The rules concerning how to enroll in Medicare, however, can be confusing. People who are newly eligible typically have lots of questions. Will I need a referral to see a specialist? Is there a cap on what my annual out-of-pocket expenses may be? Can I get prescription drug coverage under my Medicare plan? It’s critical to get those questions answered and understand the differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans because the consequences can be significant if you choose the wrong kind of coverage.

The Medicare Rights Center outlines the key differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans in an easy to understand format. To learn more visit or download the Medicare Rights Summary Flier.

Tags Medicare, Medicare Advantage

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

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

Kevin Hilton, MD Joins Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Posted in What's New, Arlington Heights Division on Friday, 20 February 2015

Orthopedic surgeon with sports medicine expertise treats patients with complex hip, knee and shoulder problems.

Fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Hilton has joined the team at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. Dr. Hilton specializes in primary and revision total hip and knee replacement. He utilizes the anterior approach for his hip replacements. By integrating this approach, patients experience less muscle damage with a quicker return to normal activities as compared to traditional hip replacement surgery.

Dr. Hilton utilizes a technique known as MAKOplasty for many of his partial knee and hip replacements. This procedure utilizes a robot which aids in the preparation and implantation of the hip and knee components. By increasing the precision during the procedure, use of the MAKO robot may lower the risk of postoperative total hip dislocation and may also improve the longevity of the replacement. In addition to primary and revision total hip and knee procedures, Dr. Hilton treats a wide variety of fractures along with sports and work related injuries. He utilizes arthroscopic techniques for knee arthroscopy, meniscal repair, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy, and rotator cuff repairs.

Tags Kevin Hilton MD

Workers' Compensation Services Now Available in Arlington Heights

Posted in What's New, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Arlington Heights Division on Thursday, 05 February 2015

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute is proud to offer specialized Workers' Compensation rehabilitation services in Arlington Heights, at 1300 E. Central Road. A full service location, IBJI Arlington Heights offers orthopedic specialty care, MRI and CT services and a complete offering of rehabilitation services.

IBJI is dedicated to the unique needs of Workers' Compensation patients and employers. Our administrative teams meet employers' needs for regular reporting and fast turnaround. Our medical and rehabilitation professionals work collaboratively to return patients to work as quickly and safely as possibly.

Tags Arlington Heights, Workers Compensation, Work Conditioning, Industrial Rehab, Functional Capacity Evaluations, FCE, Injury Prevention

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Salutes "High School Athlete of the Month" with Live Radio Interview and Donation to Hersey High School

Posted in What's New, Community Involvement, Arlington Heights Division on Sunday, 15 June 2014

Dr. Brian Donahue

June, 2014

The physicians and staff at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) are passionate about helping athletes all over Chicagoland move better and live better. To demonstrate that commitment, IBJI is partnering with the Chicago Tribune on the “TribLocal High School Athlete of the Month” program, which highlights the achievements of young athletes and benefits local schools.

Morgan Harris of Hersey High School, who was named TribLocal High School Athlete of the Month for April

IBJI’s Dr. Brian Donahue was interviewed recently on WGN-720 AM Radio by host Pete McMurray, along with star student athlete Morgan Harris of Hersey High School, who was named TribLocal High School Athlete of the Month for April. Dr. Donahue, an orthopedic surgeon at IBJI-Arlington Heights, serves as the orthopedic team physician for Morgan’s basketball team. Morgan, who plans to study medicine in college, spoke of her dream to one day travel to Africa to provide medical care to people in underserved communities. Dr. Donahue, who recently returned from his fourth trip to Haiti as a volunteer physician, encouraged Morgan to follow that dream.

IBJI is donating $500 to Hersey’s athletic department in recognition of Morgan’s achievement. IBJI will continue its sponsorship of the Athlete of the Month program throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Listen to the full interview »


Tags Dr. Brian Donahue, TribLocal High School Athlete of the Month, Pete McMurray, WGN-720 AM

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Enters Partnership for CMS Bundled Payment Initiative

Posted in What's New, In the News, Arlington Heights Division, Bannockburn Division, Chicago Division, Gurnee Division, Glenview Division, Libertyville Division, Morton Grove Division on Friday, 08 November 2013

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute has partnered with Girling Health Care to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative. Read full article.

Join Us: "A Seminar for Female Athletes" - August 27, 2013

Posted in What's New, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Arlington Heights Division, Bannockburn Division, Chicago Division, Gurnee Division, Glenview Division, Libertyville Division, Morton Grove Division on Thursday, 01 August 2013

IBJI invites you to join us for a complimentary evening with Athletes and sports medicine experts to discuss on-field performance.

The focus is on the female athlete, providing expertise one common injuries, injury prevention, sport-specific training and the impact of hormonal change and nutrition on performance.


When:   Thursday, August 27, 2013
Where:   IMPACT Sports Performance
1919 Skokie Valley Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
RSVP:   224.765.5550 by August 23


Event Speakers:

Swin CashSwin Cash is a WNBA player playing for the Chicago Sky. Swin helped lead the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team to national titles in 2000 and 2002. In her second WNBA season, she led the Detroit Shock to their first ever WNBA title.


Ella MasarElla Masar is a soccer forward who currently plays for Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League. Previously, she played for Paris Saint-Germain of France’s Division 1 Féminine, magicJack in the WPS and the United States women’s national soccer team.

Roger Chams, MDRoger Chams, MD is a Sports Medicine physician with Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI). He has treated many professional, NCAA and amateur athletes and has served as team physician for the USA Soccer Federation Men and Women’s National Teams.


Corey Leman, MS, CSCSCory Leman, MS, CSCS is Head Performance Coach for IBJI IMPACT Sports Performance and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has competed in football, basketball, track, and wrestling and earned bachelors and master’s degrees in exercise science.

Chris ChodosChris Chodos is a Certified Health Counselor specializing in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health.


Andrea StaleyAndrea Staley is a Physical Therapist with IBJI specializing in orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Athletic giveaways provided by Chicago Sky, food & beverage provided by DonJoy.

Dr. Brian Donahue Provides Medical Care to Haitian Residents

Posted in Community Involvement, Arlington Heights Division on Saturday, 15 June 2013

The remote, impoverished Haitian mountain town of Duchity has a lone physician, and the nearest hospital is a two hour drive away. If someone in Duchity breaks a bone, it’s fixed with a stick wrapped in cloth.

In April, while the town’s physician was on maternity leave, IBJI – Arlington Heights physician Brian Donahue traveled to Duchity as part of a team of volunteers who provided medical care to the town’s residents. Donahue previously had traveled to Haiti to volunteer his help in January, 2010, shortly after a massive earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation, and he returned in 2011.

Donahue made his trip this year as part of a group of volunteers from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville, which is a twin parish to one in Duchity. The members of the group, all of whom paid their own way for the trip, also included internists, a pediatric physician assistant, nurses and pharmacy technicians. The team flew into Port Au Prince, the Haitian capital, then drove seven hours into the mountains to reach Duchity.

During his five days in Duchity, Donahue saw between 120 and 150 patients. About half of them were general medicine patients with problems such as hypertension, and the other half were orthopedic patients, for some of whom Donahue performed small procedures.

He provided casts and splints for patients with supplies he brought himself, removed a benign, year-old growth from the foot of a young girl, and removed an external fixator that had been screwed into the leg of another girl for three years. “Now she can walk around without this thing on the front of her legs. She was very happy,” Donahue says.

Donahue plans to return to Haiti at least once a year to continue his volunteer work. “It’s a very rewarding experience. Even though it’s very basic medicine, you’re really helping them out,” he says. “In that sense, it’s medicine at its finest.”

IBJI Observes & Celebrates Scoliosis Awareness Month

Posted in Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Arlington Heights Division, Bannockburn Division, Chicago Division, Gurnee Division, Glenview Division, Libertyville Division, Morton Grove Division on Thursday, 14 June 2012

June is the National Scoliosis Awareness Month in the United States. This month’s effort is to raise awareness of scoliosis and its effects on an estimated 6,000,000 people in the United States alone. Scoliosis is a condition that can affect anyone from the rich to the poor, of any gender or race. Usually first seen in adolescents from 10 to 15 years old, scoliosis is curvature in the spine that causes it to bend abnormally. About 20% of the time scoliosis is caused by a separate condition like cerebral palsy or spina bifida, but in a majority of cases there is no associated cause.  Due to the prevalence of scoliosis being passed down in families, there does appear to be some hereditary factors. Sex also seems to play a roll due to a higher occurrence of scoliosis in girls.


Early Detection Is Essential

One of the reasons that awareness of scoliosis is so important is due to the need to identify scoliosis as early as possible. A child's bones have not completely hardened, which makes treating scoliosis in children and teens much easier and usually less invasive. This means it is vital for parents to learn to recognize the signs of scoliosis. Your child may notice that they have pain in the lower back or that there spine feels tired after they have been standing or sitting for an extended amount of time. Some kids are amazingly adaptable to chronic issues, offering little or no complaint about minor pain and discomfort they consider normal. They may never tell you about a problem unless you specifically ask. Thankfully there are a few visual clues that you can look for.

Tags scoliosis treatment

Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month

Posted in Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics, Arlington Heights Division, Bannockburn Division, Chicago Division, Gurnee Division, Glenview Division, Libertyville Division, Morton Grove Division on Monday, 03 October 2011

This month we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM), where we celebrate how physical therapy aides in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, and physical therapy professionals work to educate the public on the role of physical therapy in healing and healthy living.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, the focus for 2011 is sports injury prevention across the lifespan. One of the many reasons people require physical therapy are sports related injuries, so the next month is dedicated to educating the public on how to prevent such injuries, and at IBJI we’re doing our part.

How to Prevent a Sports Injury

If you’re playing a sport, you run the risk of incurring an injury…from a pulled muscle to a torn ligament to a broken bone. No matter what sport you play, the risk is present. Here are things to make sure you implement to help reduce the need for physical therapy due to sports related injury.

  1. Make sure you’re in proper physical condition to play your sport.
  2. Set aside time for both warm up and cool down.
  3. Be sure to wear the appropriate protective gear.
  4. Know and obey the rules of the game.
  5. Watch out for others during play.
  6. Make sure to get appropriate rest.
  7. Don’t “play through” your injury.
Tags physical therapy, sports injuries, national physical therapy month, prevent sports injury

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