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Gurnee 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

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Expands Service to Wisconsin

Posted in What's New, In the News, Gurnee Division, Libertyville Division on Thursday, 04 December 2014


Gurnee, IL (December 3, 2014) — Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) has expanded its services across the border and into Wisconsin. IBJI, a well-known orthopaedic specialty care provider with offices throughout downtown Chicago and Chicago’s north and northwest suburbs, is now offering its full spectrum of care to residents of southeast Wisconsin.

Tags Dr. Anand Vora, United Hospital System, St.Catherine's Medical Center, Kenosha Medical Center, Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha, Dr. Tomas Nemickas, Dr. Bruce Summerville, Dr. David Hamming

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.


Tags Dr. Mark Hamming

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.

Keeping Student Athletes Safe

Posted in In the News, Orthopedic News, Gurnee Division, Move Better Blog on Thursday, 29 August 2013

School is back in session, and that means a return to sports for student athletes. Keeping kids safe has become a major concern, as serious injuries to student athletes are reported across the nation. Strides are being made, and new guidelines for high school sports have recently been issued.

Dr. Dugan

In a recent interview Dr. Robert Dugan, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, said that “Changes in pediatric sports medicine involve more aggressively treated major knee ligament surgery, increased numbers of "over use" injuries, and most recently, head trauma/concussions in the contact sports.”

Dr. Dugan notes that “overuse injuries have become more prevalent as a consequence of the yearlong commitments required of the student athlete. And major knee ligament injuries have increased due to faster playing surfaces, longer seasons, and the increased use of synthetic turf fields.”

New consensus guidelines for high school athletes were recently created by a group of sports doctors, athletic trainers and school officials and published in the August issue of the Journal of Athletic Training. Key guidelines include:

Sports doctor tending to a football player

  1. Making sure that a certified athletic trainer is available during practices and games to monitor and treat injuries, and make appropriate medical referrals.

  2. Keeping an AED (automated external defibrillator) near the playing field so that if heart failure occurs it can be addressed immediately.

  3. Going slowly at the beginning of the season and making sure athletes stay hydrated. Heatstroke can easily happen during the hot weather of early fall.

Probably the greatest change in pediatric sports medicine, according to Dr. Dugan, is the increased awareness of concussions. “Concussions have been under reported historically, he says. “Pressures placed on the athlete by the coaches, teammates and family members can influence mental status evaluations and potentially lead to lasting neurologic consequences.”

Perhaps the most important thing that parents can do is to stay alert and involved in the athletic endeavors of their kids. Pay attention to issues if they arise, but make space in the schedule for family time, too.

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Coordinated Care in Orthopedics & Sports Medicine: Q&A with Dr. Robert Dugan of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Posted in In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Gurnee Division on Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Robert Dugan, MD

Robert Dugan, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Gurnee. He has an interest in sports medicine, trauma, adult reconstruction and pediatric orthopedics. He is one of the team physicians for the Chicago Wolves professional hockey team, In addition, he serves as a faculty member of the University of Illinois at Chicago in the division of specialized care for children, as well as team physician for several local high school teams. He also serves as the director of Lake County Children's Orthopaedic Clinic. He remains active with the Boys and Girls Club of Lake County.

Read his discussion in Becker's Orthopedic Review on how electronic health records have helped streamline patient care, the growing importance of coordinated care and how pediatric sports medicine has changed over the years.

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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.

IBJI Awarded Accreditation In Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Posted in In the News, Imaging & Diagnostics, Bannockburn Division, Chicago Division, Gurnee Division, Glenview Division, Libertyville Division, Morton Grove Division on Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Illinois Bone and Joint Institute is awarded accreditation in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

The Ultrasound Practice accreditation Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) is pleased to announce that the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound practice of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute (IBJI) has been awarded accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. The AIUM is a multidisciplinary association of more than 8,900 physicians, sonographers, and scientists dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines and accreditation.

IBJI achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the practice were assessed, including the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers; ultrasound equipment and maintenance; documentation, storage and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures to protect patients and staff; quality assurance methods; and the thoroughness, technical quality and interpretation of the sonograms the practice performs.

The Physician Director of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, William J. Arnold, M.D. FACP, MACR and Associate Director, Erin L. Arnold, M.D. FACR are AIUM members who have over 10 years experience in performing diagnostic and interventional ultrasound procedures for patients with arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases. Drs. Arnold are both pleased and proud that IBJI is only the 4th practice in the USA to receive accreditation in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound from the AIUM. “The accreditation of our ultrasound practice at IBJI sends a clear message to insurance companies, government and regulators that we are committed to providing the highest quality of musculoskeletal ultrasound services to our patients. We are excited for IBJI to be a leader in the development and implementation of this valuable technology for patients with arthritis” said Dr. William Arnold.

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

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