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Physical & Occupational Therapy

Smartphones Can Take a Toll on Your Body

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Community Involvement, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics on Tuesday, 29 November 2016

IBJI Doctors Want You to Understand the Impact, Know How to Prevent Injuries

It seems that almost every teen and young adult these days has a smartphone. In fact, a recent study by Pew Research Center reveals that 86 percent of young adults aged 18 to 29 own a smartphone. These amazing devices put incredible power into our hands, but they also pose risks that IBJI doctors want you to know about. Young people can be especially vulnerable to the dangers of smartphones, given the high rate of usage. Here are a few tips on staying safe and preventing physical strain and damage.

Tags orthopedics, Injury Prevention, Smartphone Injuries

IBJI Sports Medicine: Moving Better, Playing Better.

Posted in What's New, In the News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Monday, 06 June 2016

There’s no greater reward for the team at IBJI than to see our patients recover quickly and return to the activities they love. Two of our younger patients were recently featured in the Chicago Tribune following successful shoulder injury treatment at IBJI. Read more about the comeback stories of Zach Shutan, a Deerfield pitcher, and Harry Larson, a Lake Forest football and lacrosse star, by clicking on the links below:

Tags sports medicine, Health Performance Institute, HPI, IBJI Rehab, sports recovery, top sports medicine doctors

From Jaws of Life to Miracle of Life

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics, Imaging & Diagnostics, Morton Grove Division, Patient Stories on Friday, 13 May 2016

Mandi Fier Shares Her Journey from a Near Death, Fatal Accident to Living and Loving Life Again

Mandi Fier was 23 years old when she and her fiancé were in a near fatal car accident. First responders on the scene used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate Mandi from the wreckage. She suffered severe multiple injuries and most critically, she broke her right hip and shattered her pelvis in four places.

Tags Hip Replacement, Pelvic Reconstruction, Pelvis, joint replacement, trauma, best trauma surgeon

What IBJI Sports Medicine Specialists Want Parents to Know About Contact Sports and the Risk of Brain Injuries

Posted in In the News, Orthopedic News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics on Monday, 11 April 2016

soccer

A recent story in the Chicago Tribune drew attention to a growing body of research suggesting that young soccer players may be at risk for brain injuries, especially concussions. IBJI’s Dr. Gregory Portland and Dr. David Garelick contacted the Tribune after this important story ran to share additional information for parents and young players.

Tags Soccer injury, soccer injury treatment, physical therapy, concussion

Calling All Runners - January 30, 2016

Posted in What's New, Community Involvement, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Bannockburn Division on Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Schedule Your Personalized Running Clinic and Evaluation at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Start your new year running program off right by treating yourself to a personalized running clinic and evaluation offered by Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI). These one-hour sessions are for runners of all levels, from beginner to elite. IBJI’s team of physical therapists has designed a multi-station program that covers everything from overall strength and flexibility to foot biomechanics. Participants receive:

  • Full body evaluation from a clinical perspective
  • Video analysis and professional advice on improving overall mechanics
  • Recommendations for a personalized home exercise program designed to improve running technique and efficiency
  • Consultations with a wellness team
  • Foot analysis and footwear recommendations

Designed with runner’s needs in mind, the clinic will conduct thorough evaluations by physical therapists who have worked with hundreds of runners, of all skill levels.  With the overwhelming positive feedback from past events, this will be the eigth time that IBJI is offering the running clinic.

Tags Running Clinic

IBJI Libertyville Rehab Clinic Moves to New Location, Expands Service Offerings

Posted in What's New, In the News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Libertyville Division on Wednesday, 01 July 2015

IBJI is proud to announce its Libertyville rehabilitation clinic will be moving from 716 Florsheim Drive to a nearby, newly renovated building at 724 Florsheim Drive.  The new facility will be open and see patients as of Thursday, July 2, 2015.

The new clinic will be significantly larger, providing more equipment, and more flexible appointment scheduling.

Tags physical therapy, IBJI Rehab, Libertyville

The Benefits of a Quality Functional Capacity Evaluation – What to Look For?

Posted in Physical & Occupational Therapy on Wednesday, 06 May 2015

In recent months, I have participated in multiple conversations regarding Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) and how the results have weakened the defense’s case. Several defense attorneys have suggested that a FCE generally causes further problems in litigation, and they prefer to work with just the physical therapy notes and reports. Often, they feel the patient performs at a lower level during the FCE than they do in therapy, and yet the test comes out valid. As a seasoned physical therapist and a veteran of over 500 FCEs, I concur with this observation. In my capacity as an expert witness, I have seen first hand how a subpar FCE has labeled a capable human being, who can cast a fishing pole and launch his boat, to total and permanent disability and entitled to a lifelong pension.  However, a quality FCE can be beneficial to all parties. So, what to look for when finding a quality FCE and when should a client be referred for a FCE?

Tags Functional Capacity Evaluations, occupational therapy, Joe Castronovo

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 https://www.facebook.com/ibjirehab.

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

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

It’s a Team Effort at IBJI/HPI to Help Basketball Star Dominate in the WNBA Playoffs

Posted in What's New, In the News, Community Involvement, Physical & Occupational Therapy on Thursday, 28 August 2014

 

Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles

The Chicago Sky won a playoff series for the first time in franchise history on Tuesday night. The Sky staged a 17-point fourth quarter comeback, knocking the top-seeded Atlanta Dream out of the WNBA playoffs.

For the Sky, it’s been a season of ups and downs due to injuries and illness. So the professionals at IBJI’s Health Performance Institute (HPI) have been cheering loudly for Sky center Sylvia Fowles because they played a major role in helping her return to the game she loves.

Fowles, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, had major hip surgery in the off season. She returned to the Chicago area and did most of her post-surgery rehabilitation at HPI, a collaborative care orthopaedic rehabilitation, sports performance and wellness facility.

Five days a week, Fowles was at HPI, frequently working with physical therapist Andrea Staley. Fortunately for Fowles, Staley had been through the same hip surgery. At 6’6”, Fowles is the Sky’s tallest player. She towers over Staley, who is just 5’3,” but that wasn’t a problem for the two. “Andrea is little, but she packs a lot of power,” says Fowles. At HPI, Fowles also worked closely with physical therapist Paul Schmidt and massage therapist Puja Halvadia.

Fowles, who was named the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, was determined not to miss the entire 2014 season. Initial reports were that she would return to the basketball court in four to six months. Thanks in part to her intensive rehabilitation work with her team at HPI, Fowles was back on the court in just over three months.

During her rehabilitation, Fowles also took advantage of some of the super high-tech equipment available at HPI, like the AlterG treadmill. The AlterG reduces gravity’s impact on the body by “unweighting” patients, allowing them to rehab and train without subjecting their bodies to the pounding on joints that a regular workout would entail. “The AlterG is awesome,” says Fowles. “It’s like walking and running on air.”

Fowles is back in top form and has been putting up big numbers for the Sky. In Tuesday’s contest, she added 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. She gives her HPI team a lot of the credit for helping her return to play much earlier than expected. “They helped me get back so much faster than anyone expected,” says Fowles. “It’s so great to be back out on the floor with the other girls instead of watching from the sidelines,” according to Fowles. Fowles and the Sky will open the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday against the Indiana Fever. Go Sky!

 

Tags Health Performance Institute, HPI, Chicago Sky, Sylvia Fowles

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