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“I Got My Life Back”

Posted in What's New, Libertyville Division, Patient Stories on Tuesday, 31 March 2015

I Got My Life Back

The full-blown pain Jesse Manarang lived with for two years began gradually. It started in his early 40’s, with tingling and numbness in the index, middle and ring fingers of both hands. Then the pain began and spread, moving to his elbow, then shoulder, then neck.

As a dialysis tech at a north suburban hospital, Jesse had a physical job. After lifting patients for twelve hours, he came home exhausted and in pain.

His wife, Mildred, recalls, “Work, really everything, was so hard for him. He was getting depressed. He’d always been an athlete and loved basketball and lifting weights, but he couldn’t do his job or things he used to enjoy. He couldn’t drive our kids, both active in sports, to events. He couldn’t mow the lawn. He had to give up coaching our son’s football team. I was doing what he couldn’t and it was tough on all of us.”

Jesse finally made an appointment with IBJI-Libertyville orthopaedic specialist, Dr. Peter Thadani for elbow and shoulder pain. Dr. Thadani treated him conservatively using cortisone injections and epidurals, but when those failed to relieve the pain and Xrays of the shoulder showed narrowing of the spine’s cervical discs, he referred Jesse to his Libertyville colleague, spine specialist, Dr. Stanford Tack .

After an MRI, Dr. Tack diagnosed Jesse with a degenerative joint disorder of the cervical spine.

Says Dr. Tack, “Jesse’s condition was the result of genetics and weak disc structure. It wasn’t caused by trauma or injury, but there was clear early degeneration or herniation of several discs.”

Tags dr. stanford tack, spine surgery, Jesse Manaarang

Matthew Jimenez, MD Featured on ABC's "In An Instant" Show

Posted in What's New, In the News, Morton Grove Division, Patient Stories on Monday, 30 March 2015

 

Matthew Jimenez, MD

March 21, 2015, ABC’s “In An Instant” told the story of a local woman who was savagely attacked by her ex-husband. Teri Jendusa-Nicolai was beaten beyond recognition, kidnapped then left to die in a garbage bin locked inside a Wheeling storage facility.

The show featured interviews with first responders who rescued Teri and doctors who treated her following her 26-hour ordeal. One of those local doctors is IBJI's Dr. Matthew Jimenez who lived in Wheeling at the time and drove right past that storage facility where Teri had been left on his way to work that day.

Dr. Jimenez describes Teri as “one of the most amazing patients I’ve ever cared for.” An orthopaedic trauma surgeon, Dr. Jimenez has seen more than his share of gruesome injuries in the emergency room. “Teri has such an incredible spirit. She never gave up,” says Jimenez. Teri survived and now serves as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. “She taught us all a lot about courage and positive attitude,” says Dr. Jimenez, who has stayed in contact with Teri over the years.

To watch the Teri's full story and hear about her amazing recovery visit, http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/woman-left-dead-trash-reveals-survival-story-29807225

Tags Dr. Matthew Jimenez, ABC In An Instant Left for Dead, Teri Jendusa-Nicolai

How Do You Choose an MRI Provider?

Posted in What's New, Imaging & Diagnostics on Monday, 30 March 2015

With so many MRI providers to choose from, it is important to ask yourself, or the provider, the following questions before scheduling your scan:

  • Does the organization you are being referred to provide “low cost, high value” services? 
  • Does the site you are being referred to offer both a High-Field or a High-Field Open MRI system? 
  • Are you able to make an appointment on the same day or next? 
  • Are there early morning, late evening, Saturday, and Sunday appointments available? 
  • Is the site you are being referred to an accredited facility? 
  • Are your images easily accessible by your physician (through the web or on CD)? 
Tags IBJI MRI, Optimal Imaging

Latest Generation of Ankle Implant Proves Life-Changing

Posted in What's New, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Friday, 27 March 2015

Gregg Rappe was on his way to high school football practice back in 1973 when a car ran a stop sign and broadsided the motorcycle he was riding. He suffered multiple injuries, the most severe one being his left ankle, which was virtually shattered. His doctors at The Mayo Clinic did the best they could to put him back together, but the traumatic ankle injury was a constant reminder of the accident.

When he “hobbled” into Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, as he describes it, Rappe had just about given up. His ankle had deteriorated badly over the years and arthritis had set in. By 2013, his range of motion was less than 25 percent. He was living with constant pain and taking large amounts of pain medication. He’d had enough. Rappe told Dr. Steven Haddad he wanted an amputation and a prosthetic device.

Tags Illinois Bone & Joint Institute , Dr. Steven L. Haddad, Gregg Rappe

IBJI Expands Hours at OrthoAccess Center in Glenview

Posted in What's New, In the News, Glenview Division on Friday, 27 March 2015

IBJI-Glenview has just announced that its OrthoAccess facility has expanded its service hours by 15 hours each week. OrthoAccess offers patients immediate care for orthopaedic injuries, everything from sprains and strains to simple fractures and sports injuries. Effective immediately, IBJI’s OrthoAccess facility in Glenview will now serve patients from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays, and from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute rolled out the first of its walk-in clinics six years ago. Since then, they’ve added multiple locations and seen consumer demand skyrocket. In 2014, IBJI’s OrthoAccess clinics saw more than 10,000 patients.

Designed to provide patients with 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.

Tags OrthoAccess

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

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

It’s Winter: Take Your Workout Outside

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Glenview Division on Thursday, 19 February 2015

By Kate Silver
As seen in Chicago Health Magazine, February 2015

Frigid Chicago winters often make us cower inside, afraid of venturing outdoors, especially for exercising. But the truth is, the bitter cold doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Last year, I learned to embrace the cold. Granted, it took a trip to polar territory—Marquette, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula—to do so. But there, I was amazed to find that even in -15 degrees, the lakefront trail was filled with runners, hoarfrost dangling from their beards. Dedicated cyclists rode through the snow-filled streets on fat bikes with 3.8-inch tires. Wind chills of -30 didn’t stop snowshoe devotees from hitting the white trails.

Tags Chicago Health Magazine, Winter Fitness, Dr. Eric Chehab

Dr. James L. Fox, Jr. Named ASC Physician Leader To Know

Posted in What's New, In the News, Glenview Division on Thursday, 19 February 2015

 

James L. Fox Jr., MD

Chicago — Becker's ASC Review recognized Illinois Bone & Joint Institute's James L. Fox, Jr., MD as part of its recently released "156 ASC Industry Physician Leaders to Know," list for 2015. The list is comprised of ambulatory surgery center physician owners, operators and corporate leaders who have distinguished themselves in the ambulatory surgery center industry.

The physicians named in this list are pioneers in the ambulatory surgery center industry and have spent tireless hours promoting the growth and reputation of ASCs on a local and national level. The physicians are highlighted not only for their clinical expertise but also vision and leadership in providing a high quality, low cost option for healthcare.

This list was devised after public solicitation for recommendations by the Becker's ASC Review editorial team and developed based on internal research.

*Becker's ASC Review is a Chicago-based publication focused on providing the most relevant business and legal news and analysis for ambulatory surgery center owners, operators, administrators and decision-makers. The publication includes weekly electronic newsletters, extra online content and bi-monthly print publications sent to ASC leaders across the country.

Tags Dr. James L. Fox, ASC Leaders, Becker's Review

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

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