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IBJI’s Dr. Steven Haddad Speaks Out About the Critical Need to Fund Musculoskeletal Research

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News, Orthopedics on Monday, 01 August 2016

Ask the average person to identify the #1 most common health condition for Americans and most will be stumped. According to IBJI’s Dr. Steven L. Haddad, “The correct answer is musculoskeletal disease, which impacts the greatest number of Americans, more than any other condition.” Nearly one in three Americans has a musculoskeletal condition requiring medical attention, explains Dr. Haddad.

Tags Foot and Ankle, Orthopedic surgeon, musculoskeletal disease

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

When Hospitals Acquire Medical Practices, Costs Go Up for Patients

Posted in What's New, In the News, Orthopedic News on Thursday, 17 March 2016

man with back pain

The healthcare landscape has shifted dramatically in recent years. One of the biggest changes is the rapid growth of hospital-owned physician practices. Increasingly, independent physician groups have been merging with and being acquired by large hospital systems. For consumers, this can have significant implications, especially when it comes to price. Outpatient care can cost more when that care is obtained at a medical practice that is owned by a hospital.

Tags Orthopedics Costs, affordability, quality care

IBJI Welcomes Dr. Chinyoung Park

Posted in What's New, In the News, Morton Grove Division on Wednesday, 03 February 2016

 

Chinyoung Park

Des Plaines, IL – Chinyoung Park, MD, who is dual board-certified in rheumatology and internal medicine, has joined the team at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. Dr. Park treats patients with arthritis and other inflammatory, autoimmune, and pain-related disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and osteoarthritis. She has special training in treating vasculitis.

Dr. Park earned her undergraduate degree in biology at University of Illinois, volunteering at local hospitals during summer breaks. She completed her medical degree at Loyola University Medical Center and then an internal medicine residency at Michael Reese Hospital where she became fascinated with the field of rheumatology. She went on to complete rheumatology fellowships at both University of Chicago and Cleveland Clinic.

Tags rheumatology, Dr. Chinyoung Park, Internal Medicine

Specialist in Comprehensive Spine Surgery Joins Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Posted in What's New, In the News, Morton Grove Division on Sunday, 24 January 2016

 

Eric J. Belin, MD

Eric Belin, MD, who specializes in adult and pediatric comprehensive spine surgery, recently joined the staff of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Belin treats adults and children with a wide range of spinal issues including scoliosis, kyphosis, degenerative deformity, fractures, tumors, cervical degeneration, spondylolisthesis, disc herniation and low back pain.

A strong proponent of patient-centered care, Dr. Belin is fellowship trained in both adult and pediatric orthopedic spine surgery. Prior to joining IBJI, Dr. Belin taught complex spine surgery techniques at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He has experience performing minimally invasive procedures using very small incisions, as well as expertise in fully open revision and tumor removal surgeries. Dr. Belin places great value on working collaboratively with patients to create personalized treatment plans.

Tags Dr. Eric Belin, Adult Spine Surgery, Pediatric Spine Surgery

Understanding and Minimizing the Impact of Osteoporosis

Posted in What's New, Orthopedic News, Libertyville Division on Friday, 18 December 2015

IBJI’s Clinical Approach to Living Better with Bone Loss

As patients age, they face increased risk of osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. Because osteoporosis makes bones more fragile, patients with this condition are more susceptible to injuries. Having osteoporosis can lead to painful fractures, sometimes caused by simple actions like bending or twisting. For many people, it isn’t until a fracture occurs that osteoporosis is diagnosed.

Unfortunately, patients who have had a fracture due to osteoporosis face increased risk of suffering another fracture. Which is one of the reasons that IBJI is so committed to working closely with patients to educate them about the importance of diagnosing and treating osteoporosis as soon as possible.

Tags dr. stanford tack, osteoporosis, Jill Pokorny

Shining Star, Mark Mikhael, MD

Posted in What's New, In the News, Glenview Division, Patient Stories on Thursday, 10 December 2015

 

Mark Mikheal, MD

As seen in the November 2015 edition of NorthShore Now, a bi-monthly publication by NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Patient Grateful for Spine Surgeon and Nursing Staff

Randi Marks of Arlington Heights is an active 39-year old who is back to her usual workout routine four days a week. She has always been healthy, so when she developed numbness in her right hand earlier this year, she assumed it was nothing serious.

Over the next several months, Marks visited specialists to diagnose her condition. Then, after undergoing an electromyogram on Aug. 30, her neurologist sent her to the Emergency Department.

“When I showed up there, the last thing on my mind was emergency spine surgery,” said Marks, “but an MRI test indicated I had a serious spinal cord injury.” Marks was transferred to Evanston Hospital to undergo spine surgery the next day with spine surgeon Mark Mikhael, MD.

“Randi had compression of her spinal cord in three places due to an arthritic process occurring in the discs,” explained Dr. Mikhael. “This condition often has vague symptoms, such as numbness, clumsiness or problems with balance, but it can be a very scary experience because it is caused by pressure on the spinal cord.”

Tags spine surgery, Dr. Mark Mikhael, Randi Marks

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

Foot & Ankle Reconstruction Returns Skier to the Slopes Decades After Devastating Injury

Posted in What's New, Glenview Division, Patient Stories, Move Better Blog on Thursday, 05 November 2015

In early 1964, Cathy Smithers was an aspiring Olympian, skiing the slopes of Vermont with a close-knit group of friends who trained together. Her specialties were slalom, giant slalom and downhill. “I had a reputation of being the girl that everybody wanted to beat, including the boys, and it was really fun when I beat them!” Cathy recalls. On a practice run that February, she straddled the last gate of a slalom course and went down hard. She shattered both the tibia and fibula of her right leg.

After six weeks in traction, she was released from the hospital. The accident and subsequent skeletal traction and casting left her with tendon and ligament damage and a claw foot. Never one to back down from a challenge, Cathy was determined to ski again. A few years later, she joined her Olympics-bound friends in New Hampshire and skied a couple of runs. Not realizing she was skiing off balance due to her earlier injury, she fell again and re-fractured both bones. At the age of 19, she was told by her doctors that if she ever broke her leg again, she would never walk again. She was forced to give up skiing and her Olympic dreams.

Tags Dr. Steven L. Haddad, Cathy Smithers, Foot & Ankle Reconstruction

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