Bulging Disc Injury Recovery: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 24 September 2015

A bulging disc or slipped disc is a common spinal column injury in the intervertebral disc due to neck/ back trauma or age related injury. It can occur in your lumbar spine (lower back), thoracic spine (upper and mid-back) or your cervical spine (neck). The intervertebral disc is weakened so much that it protrudes into the spinal canal either in the neck referred to as a cervical bulging disc, mid-back known as thoracic bulging disc or lower back identified as lumbar bulging disc. The bulge pinches nerve roots along the spinal cord to put additional pressure on the surrounding nerve tissue. Along with back pain and spasms, the signs you should watch out for are tingling and numbness that spread along the upper and lower extremities.

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5 Common Causes Of A Stiff Neck

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 17 September 2015

A stiff neck may last a few days or even weeks but it usually heals quickly because of the durability of the cervical spine. Sometimes, something as simple as sleeping wrong can cause a stiff neck and occasionally a stiff neck can have more serious implications.  

These are the usual culprits that can lead to a stiff neck:

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10 Common Causes of Hip Pain and When to Seek Treatment

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 10 September 2015

Without a fully functional hipbone, you would not be able to stand, walk, run or dance. So, when you suffer from chronic hip pain and certain day-to-day activities suddenly become troublesome, it can feel as if your entire life is being put on hold.

The ball-and-socket hip joint fits together in a way that allows for fluid, repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. Whenever you use the hip (for example, by going for a run), a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction as the hip bone moves in its socket. The hip joint isn't indestructible. With age and use, the cartilage can wear down or become damaged. Muscles and tendons in the hip can get overused. The hip bone itself can be fractured during a fall or other injury. All of the above can cause hip pain.

Symptoms of Hip Pain                                                  

Depending on the condition that's causing your hip pain, you might feel the discomfort in your:

  • Thigh
  • Inside or outside of the hip joint
  • Groin
  • Buttocks

Sometimes pain from other areas of the body, such as the back or groin can radiate to the hip. You might notice that your pain gets worse with activity, especially if it's caused by arthritis. Along with the pain, you might have reduced range of motion. Some people develop a limp from persistent hip pain.

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What Marathon Runners Can Teach the Rest of Us

Posted in Orthopedics, Move Better Blog on Wednesday, 09 September 2015

IBJI sports medicine physicians

The Chicago Marathon is fast approaching, and while most of us are spectators rather than participants, there’s a lot we can learn from those amazing runners. Their commitment to the sport, their focus on the goal, the training they undergo—all add up to a winning formula that can turn beginners into winners, no matter what the sport. Here are some tips to consider:

Plan the work and work the plan. Every marathoner develops a training plan—a running schedule (including times, distances, speeds, etc.) and a set of activities that spans weeks and months, creating a structured workout schedule. The lesson for us: Set the goal, then create a plan to achieve it.

Start slowly. And pace yourself. There are no shortcuts—you won’t get to the finish line faster by working your body too hard or too long when you’re just beginning. And that’s even true on marathon day. When Catherine Ndereba set a world record at the 2001 Chicago she eased into it by running the first 5-K at just over a 5:40-per-mile pace. Then she picked up speed and went on to average about 5:20 per mile for the overall race. The lesson for us: You won’t win by cramming for the test—you need to do the work.

Friends make it fun. Many marathon runners are part of a running club where they work together and commit to a common goal. The lesson for us: You’ll be less tempted to sleep in if your workout partner is waiting for you at the gym.

Take care of your body. One reason marathoners train so diligently is to make sure their body is in peak condition come race day. Seasoned athletes know themselves and their bodies well enough to know when they need to seek advice about an issue that has arisen. The lesson for us: the only way to get back in the game if you’ve been injured is to get the right care.

The sports medicine physicians at IBJI understand your pain. Whether you’ve suffered an injury or have simply overused a muscle or a joint, they will diagnose your condition and get you the right combination of rehabilitation, medication, or surgery to get you back up to speed.

Best wishes for a great finish to the athletes running the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from all of us at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute!

Cervical Fusion Surgery – Types of Cervical Fusion, Procedure and Recovery

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 03 September 2015

A Cervical Fusion Surgery links together damaged segments of the vertebral column in the neck. Normally, there is a spinal disc between each vertebrae, which acts as a cushion, but also allows some movement between each vertebrae. Most often a cervical fusion is performed because the spinal disc is causing problems by pushing on a nerve (called a disc herniation). This nerve pressure can cause irritation leading to symptoms of pain, tingling, and numbness in the neck and arms.

Many neck problems are due to degenerative changes that occur in the discs of the cervical spine and the joints between each vertebra. Other problems are the result of injury to parts of the spine or complications of earlier surgeries. If conservative treatments fail to control the pain due to neck problem, then your surgeon may suggest a cervical fusion. During surgery, the disc(s) between one or more vertebrae are removed, and bone growth is stimulated to link together adjacent vertebrae. Often, a metal device is used to stabilize the fusion until the bone growth is solid.

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Backpack Back Attack: Tips for Feeling Better Fast

Posted in Orthopedic News, Orthopedics, Glenview Division on Friday, 28 August 2015

Have you seen kids heading back to school with backpacks almost as big as they are? Their packs are stuffed with homework and books and laptops, old lunches and things better left unexamined. These bags can weigh 15 pounds or more, and that’s too much for a 60 pound middle-schooler.

“We see kids with back and neck pain caused by hauling the contents of their school lockers around. The pain can be moderate or it can flare to an unbearable level. That’s pretty tough when you’re facing an important book report,” says Dr. Gary Shapiro, an orthopedic specialist at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute.

Overcoming Shoulder Pain and Injuries: Diagnosis, Symptoms and Treatment

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 27 August 2015

Trauma injuries to the shoulder are common and can range from fractures, dislocations, to soft tissue tears. The scenarios for such traumatic injuries can vary from a midfield collision in the football field which may dislocate the collar bone, to a high speed car accident that can fracture the ball or the socket of the shoulder joint. While most shoulder injuries can be treated conservatively with a good, long-term result, some high impact trauma fractures are unlikely to heal by themselves. They are better treated with surgery because they carry a high risk of arthritis if left unattended.

Tags shoulder injury, dislocated shoulder, orthopedic shoulder physician, shoulder pain

Is Neck Pain Causing A Headache?

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 16 July 2015

Have you ever heard of a Cervicogenic headache?

A Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is a type of secondary headache disorder brought on by the dysfunction of any neck joints. These headaches usually start off from upper three neck joints, neurovascular structures or neck muscles. When the neck joints become stressed they trigger pain signals that travel to the brainstem and is then interpreted as a neck headache.

Tags neck pain, Cervicogenic headache

Reduce Your Pain – Simple Chronic Pain Management Tips

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 25 June 2015

Millions of Americans who have some form of arthritis or a related disease suffer from pain that is chronic. Pain is treated as chronic when it persist three to six months or longer, but chronic pain can be considered its own disease.

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Treating Tennis Elbow Pain

Posted in Orthopedics on Thursday, 18 June 2015

Tennis elbow is not exclusive to active tennis players, in fact it’s possible for people who are not very active to develop inflammation in the elbow area. The inflammation affects the elbow joint that is held together by muscles, ligaments, as well as tendons and is accompanied by acute burning pain.

Work or recreational activities that involve repeating the same action may strain the muscles and tendons of your forearm, which help extend your wrist and fingers. Tennis elbow usually damages the tendons that attach on the lateral epicondyle, called the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB).

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