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IBJI, Local Schools Joining Forces to Protect, Educate Young Athletes about Head Injuries

Posted in What's New, In the News, Community Involvement, Glenview Division on Friday, 02 October 2015

A new law called the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act took effect this fall. It is designed to better protect students enrolled in Illinois public and private schools who suffer concussions. In the event of a head injury, the law requires that students be evaluated by a physician or licensed athletic trainer. Following such evaluation, students must also get written consent from a physician or from an athletic trainer working under a physician’s supervision before they can return to play or to the classroom. The new law also requires schools to establish concussion oversight teams responsible for implementing return-to-play and return-to-learn protocols and policies.

Tags Our Lady of Perpetual Help, OLPH, Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, Baseline Concussion Testing

50 Years of Scoliosis Research – What We’ve Learned

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Morton Grove Division on Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Steven M. Mardjetko, MD

When members of the Scoliosis Research Society gather this fall to observe the 50th anniversary of the renowned organization’s founding, one of IBJI’s experts will be on hand for the celebration. Steven Mardjetko, MD, is among the most highly regarded physicians in the world when it comes to scoliosis research, treatment and innovation. Dr. Mardjetko has been treating pediatric patients with spinal deformities since the 1980s. Over that time, he has witnessed and been part of some extraordinary advances in terms of how pediatric spine specialists diagnose, evaluate, and treat scoliosis and other pediatric spinal deformities. Below are some of the key developments in scoliosis knowledge from a recent interview with Dr. Mardjetko.


#1 - We now have definitive proof that bracing is effective.
The use of braces to correct abnormal spine shape has shifted in and out of favor over the past 50 years. Back in the 1970s, braces were standard treatment protocol for children and adolescents with spinal deformities like scoliosis. Questions arose, however, about the efficacy of brace treatment in the 1980s and some physicians stopped advising patients to use them, opting instead for surgical intervention. According to Dr. Mardjetko, bracing has now been rigorously researched and evaluated. Key research findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirm that bracing significantly decreases the progression of high-risk curves to the threshold for surgery in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. (Weinstein, M.D. Stuart L., et al. “Effects of Bracing in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis.” New England Journal of Medicine 369:1512-1521 (2013). Dolan, Ph.D., Lori A., et al) “Bracing works,” says Dr. Mardjetko, “and it frequently eliminates the need for surgery.”

Tags scoliosis, Scoliosis Research Society, Spinal Deformity, Dr. Steven Mardjetko, MAGEC spinal growth rod system

IBJI’s Dr. Ritesh Shah Publishes His First Book

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Morton Grove Division on Friday, 25 September 2015


Ritesh R. Shah, MD

Pocket Orthopaedic Surgery Is Comprehensive Reference Guide for Health Care Professionals

IBJI is pleased to announce that one of its own, Ritesh Shah, MD , has published his first book. The book, Pocket Orthopaedic Surgery, was released earlier this month by Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy.
Dr. Shah’s book is described by Wolters Kluwer Health as the “go-to resource for the essential orthopaedic information you need in a high-yield, easy-to-use format. Concise and well organized … this pocket-sized powerhouse delivers highly relevant orthopaedic coverage in an easily portable source, making reference quick and easy.”

The idea for the book came to Shah when he was a surgical resident at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Like many physicians, Dr. Shah was familiar with Pocket Medicine, an internal medicine handbook that is widely used by medical professionals. Dr. Shah thought that a similar book on orthopaedic surgery would be helpful for his fellow surgery residents and for a host of other health care professionals including family practice doctors, sports medicine doctors and physical therapists who see patients with orthopaedic issues.

Tags Dr. Ritesh Shah, Pocket Orthopaedic Surgery Book

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 http://www.medicareinteractive.org or download the Medicare Rights Summary Flier.

Tags Medicare, Medicare Advantage

Ankle replacement serves as life-changer for Grayslake man

Posted in What's New, In the News, Libertyville Division, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Thursday, 09 July 2015

For more than 40 years, Grayslake resident Dan Chesman, 63, struggled with residual pain from a severe ankle injury he suffered in a toboggan accident as a young man.

Thanks to advancements in medical technology, he’s now enjoying a greater quality of life after undergoing a total ankle replacement.

“To anybody who’s considering it, I would say get it done yesterday, if not sooner,” said Chesman, whose surgery was performed in Jan. 2014, by Dr. Anand Vora, an orthopedic surgeon at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, which has locations in Grayslake, Libertyville and Chicago.

The full article written by Angela Sykora was published on mySuburbanLife.com 

Tags ankle replacement, ankle replacement surgery, ankle arthroplasty, ankle pain, ankle injury, Dr. Anand Vora, Libertyville

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

Welcome Brooke Vanderby, MD, Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist

Posted in What's New, In the News, Glenview Division on Tuesday, 09 June 2015


Brooke Vanderby, MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist Brooke Vanderby, MD has joined the physician team at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. Dr. Vanderby focuses on interventional pain management, frequently working with patients suffering from neck and spinal pain related to osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease.

Dr. Vanderby has a passion for educating herself about the latest advances in minimally invasive procedures, non-narcotic medications, and holistic and integrative medicine. She also enjoys exploring emerging research on how nutrition-based approaches can complement treatments such as physical therapy, injections and medications.

An Academic All-Big Ten soccer player during her undergraduate years at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Vanderby earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. After completing her residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern University, she pursued a fellowship in pain management, also at Northwestern University.

Dr. Vanderby prefers a collaborative approach in her practice, working to get patients engaged in conversations about the range of strategies and tools for managing pain. She favors a multifaceted solution to pain management that will empower each of her patients to live a more functional, enjoyable and productive life.

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IBJI Welcomes Alejandra Rodriguez-Paez, MD

Posted in What's New, Morton Grove Division on Saturday, 30 May 2015


Alejandra C. Rodriguez-Paez, MD

Rheumatology specialist Alejandra Rodriguez-Paez, MD , has joined the team at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. Dr. Rodriguez is board-certified in rheumatology and internal medicine. She specializes in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus, gout, Sjögren’s syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoporosis, vasculitis and other connective tissue diseases.

Dr. Rodriguez works closely with her patients to develop effective, highly individualized approaches to care that may include medications, physical therapy, exercise, diet and more. With a focus on managing rheumatologic care for the long-term and customizing treatment plans for each patient, she presents options that range from conservative to aggressive, helping patients evaluate and choose treatment plans that will help them achieve their best function.

Tags Dr. Alejandra Rodriguez-Paez

OrthoAccess Now Available in Bannockburn

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Bannockburn Division on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Created to provide patients with same day care for orthopaedic injuries, IBJI’s OrthoAccess clinics provide access to bone and joint specialists who treat everything from sprains and strains to simple fractures and sports injuries. Effective immediately, IBJI’s OrthoAccess clinic in Bannockburn will provide same day care from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

IBJI rolled out the first of its walk-in clinics six years ago. Since then, IBJI has added multiple locations and seen consumer demand skyrocket. In 2014, IBJI’s OrthoAccess clinics saw more than 10,000 patients. Designed as 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.

Another key benefit for OrthoAccess patients is that a visit typically costs far less than a trip to the emergency room or an urgent care facility. The average cost for an emergency room visit for an orthopaedic injury is $1,000. That same injury, treated at IBJI’s OrthoAccess, costs around $225. Particularly for patients with high-deductible health plans and for patients who self-pay, this savings is important.

Tags OrthoAccess, Immediate Orthopaedic Care, Bannockburn

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 http://gibbons5k.com.

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

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