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10 Common Causes of Hip Pain

2017-11-22T10:25:52+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Orthopedics Care|

The ball-and-socket hip joint fit together in a way that allows for fluid, repeated motion and a fair amount of wear and tear. Whenever you use the hip, a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction as the hip bone moves in its socket. […]

Are ACL Injuries More Common in Women?

2017-11-22T09:49:32+00:00 March 21st, 2014|IBJI in the News|

RadioMD, Staying Well – Interview with Eric L. Chehab, MD Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments that are located in your knee to provide stability. When a quick change of direction or if part of your knee comes in contact with a hard object, or a pivot happens in your knee, your ACL can be torn. […]

Arthritis Discussion with Dr. Baxamusa

2017-11-22T09:33:19+00:00 November 3rd, 2013|IBJI in the News|

In the third and final segment of neuro.RAPT’s three part series dedicated to Our Hands, IBJI’s Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Taizoon Baxamusa covers the topic of arthritis – how it interferes with our daily lives, the correlation between x-ray imaging and severity, basilar joint arthritis, and treatments. […]

Back on Track

2017-11-22T10:04:12+00:00 August 26th, 2014|IBJI in the News|

Health Performance Institute treats injured patients’ bodies, minds, souls By Wendy Altschuler, Sun-Times Media as seen in Downtown Highland Park August 2014 When it comes to your health, fitness and well-being you deserve the best: the best resources, the best facilities, the best experts. […]

In Celebration of the life of Robert M. Patek, M.D.

2017-11-27T10:07:18+00:00 October 2nd, 2012|IBJI News Room|

In Celebration of the Life of Robert M. Patek (March 1, 1957 to September 28, 2012) On Friday morning Dr. Robert Patek one of the founders of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute passed away. For those of us who knew Dr. Patek… he was a great husband, father, friend, and physician. Bob was a man who knew how to love, forgive, inspire and lead. […]

Corporate Challenge 2008!!!

2017-11-22T08:48:17+00:00 May 22nd, 2008|IBJI News Room|

It was cool on the evening of May 22nd, but that didn’t stop IBJI’s Rehab team from participating in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. The race was a 5k (3.5 miles) race starting at the intersection of Balbo and Columbus in Grant Park, Chicago, IL. […]

Why Do I Have Elbow Pain?

2017-11-22T08:56:05+00:00 November 1st, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

The Elbow Joint Explained Like the joints in your fingers the elbow is considered a hinge joint, which means that it allows for motion forward and back (flexion and extension) with very minimal twisting. The elbow joins together three bones, […]

Fashion, Style, and Foot Health

2017-11-22T08:44:51+00:00 October 12th, 2009|Orthopedics Care|

IBJI  foot and ankle specialist Dr. Amy Jo Ptaszek, who sees patients in Glenview and Wilmette, was interviewed for the “Fashion and Style” section of  Make It Better , a North Shore publication and e-mail newsletter aimed at women.  The resulting article, titled "Happy Feet", gives solid advice on choosing stylish footwear. View complete article.

Five Simple Steps to Healthier Feet

2017-11-27T10:23:17+00:00 September 11th, 2013|Orthopedics Care|

Nothing saps your energy more quickly than sore feet. Whether from over exertion or from an injury, the doctors at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute know that when your feet hurt it’s not just your feet—you feel the hurt from top to bottom. […]

Foot Pain: From Annoying To Debilitating

2017-11-22T08:57:02+00:00 November 7th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Why Do Your Feet Hurt? While your feet are a small part of your body, they are required to support your entire body weight and allow you to move freely. Not only are your feet incredibly strong, they are also a very complicated structure of 33 joints comprised […]

Four Common Knee Injuries

2017-11-22T10:24:11+00:00 February 26th, 2015|Orthopedics Care|

As many components make up the knee, your knee can be susceptible to a wide range of injuries. In fact, orthopedic doctors probably see more patients for knee injuries than any other type of orthopedic problem. Here are some of the most common knee injuries, along with their causes, symptoms and treatments. […]

Guidance on Summer Footwear

2017-11-22T08:50:43+00:00 August 11th, 2009|Podiatry|

In the June 2009 issue of Fitness Magazine, IBJI podiatrist Megan Leahy provided guidance on summertime footwear. In the magazine’s “Health Q&A” column, she answers the question “Can flip-flops damage my feet?”  According to Dr. Leahy, the answer is yes. “Any shoe that makes the telltale flip, flip, flip sound is letting you know that injury is almost inevitable.  Flip-flops don’t properly support your arches, and they strain your toes by keeping them in constant grip mode.  ‘Even a slight misstep can lead to a fracture or sprain, and if you wear them for more than two hours a day, tendinitis, fasciitis and myositis – all painful foot injuries – are a real possibility,’ says Megan Leahy, D.P.M, a podiatrist [...]

Hand Surgery Explained

2017-11-22T08:56:00+00:00 October 23rd, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

What Does Hand Surgery Fix? Hand surgery is a hybrid of many of many types of techniques usually performed by a wide range of specialists like orthopaedic, plastic, vascular, and neurosurgeons.  […]

Hip Fracture Symptoms and Recovery

2017-11-22T10:04:01+00:00 August 12th, 2014|Orthopedics Care|

Hip Fracture Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery A hip fracture is a serious injury that can affect an individual’s life in a variety of ways. When a hip is broken, the fracture typically occurs near where the thighbone fits into the hip joint. […]

IBJI Boosts the Fun at Buffalo Grove Days

2017-11-22T09:29:11+00:00 September 14th, 2013|Community Involvement|

The IBJI shuttle helped physically challenged festival-goers experience complete mobility over the Labor Day weekend. Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce volunteers drove.Illinois Bone & Joint Institute helped make navigating Buffalo Grove Days effortless for hundreds of walking-challenged attendees over the Labor Day holiday. […]

IBJI Physician Named Team Physician for Olympic Team

2017-11-22T08:48:08+00:00 May 30th, 2007|IBJI News Room|

The United States Olympic Committee has named Dr. Andrew Hunt, MD as one of the Team Physicians who will cover the United States Olympic teams in the upcoming Pan American Games to be held in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil from July 9th -29th 2007. As part of the medical team, Dr. Hunt will be providing medical care to all of the Olympic athletes during the three week games in addition to specific team coverage for the triathlon, soccer, and futsal (indoor soccer) teams. Having served his volunteer rotation at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 2005, Dr. Hunt is now progressing to team coverage for the USOC on the international scene. This will build on his already extensive [...]

IBJI’s Dr. Stanford Tack Pioneers New Surgical Approach To Herniated Disc Disease

2017-11-22T08:50:36+00:00 March 17th, 2009|IBJI in the News|

Until recently, the preferred surgical approach for patients with herniated discs in the cervical region of the spine (the uppermost section extending into the neck) was a Cervical Discectomy and Fusion.  That treatment, which fuses the damaged disc is still widely used, and offers very good outcomes for most people. Today there is a new technology that offers patients another treatment option.  Performed in Europe for more than a decade, it involves actually replacing the damaged disk with an artificial one.  Cervical Disc Replacement is being performed by a few American orthopaedic surgeons, among them Dr. Stanford Tack of IBJI-Libertyville. Not all patients with herniated cervical discs are candidates for a disc replacement.  Age, activity level, overall spine health and [...]

Injuries of the Overused

2017-11-22T09:24:14+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Sports Medicine|

As seen in Chicago Health – Summer/Fall 2013 Edition By specializing in a single sport year-round, young athletes are at risk for injury By Eve Becker The three-sport athlete—someone who played soccer in fall, basketball in winter and baseball in spring—used to be the star of youth sports. But […]

New Foundation Promotes Bone-Friendly Education and Research

2017-11-22T08:48:58+00:00 December 30th, 2008|IBJI in the News|

(IBJI-Morton Grove, IL) -  Dr. Matthew L. Jimenez is passionate about philanthropy.  Not content to just write a check in support of his orthopaedic profession, Dr. Jimenez decided last year to roll up his sleeves and build from scratch a brand new Foundation designed to combat fragility fractures caused by low-impact falls. Incorporated in December 2008, the Foundation for Education and Musculoskeletal Research (FEMR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity serving Chicago-area residents. FEMR's mission is to become a community resource to increase osteoporosis awareness and prevent disabilities related to bone trauma.  As you may know, each year in the U.S. more than 11 million senior citizens fall—that’s one out of every three people older than 65 years of age, [...]

Star Trek Technology Enabling Better Orthopedic Surgical Recovery Information

2017-11-22T09:08:38+00:00 April 17th, 2012|Orthopedics Care|

Traditional Recovery Methods Don’t Involve a Triccorder Orthopedic surgeons have always monitored a patient’s recovery following a procedure. Unfortunately, technology hasn’t existed to allow a doctor to scan a patient with a Tricorder, like those in Star Trek. These usually involve follow-up visits to the orthopedic physician. During the visits the doctor evaluates a number of things including the type and amount of pain, range of motion, any numbness or tingling, the presence of weakness in the surgical area, medications you are taking, and the stability of any replaced joint. Of course some of the things that are evaluated during a follow-up visits can be subjective to the patient. Occasionally a problem that is not causing any symptoms, or is [...]

Osteoporosis: Are You at Risk?

2017-11-22T09:31:41+00:00 October 23rd, 2013|Imaging & Diagnostics|

A woman’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF).If you’re a woman over the age of 50, the answer unfortunately is yes. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), 80% of the people in this country with the disease are women. […]

Painting With Arthritis: A Healing Art

2017-11-22T09:49:35+00:00 March 31st, 2014|IBJI in the News|

By Madeline Vann, MPH | Everyday Health, March 2014 For artist Rita O’Hara, the joint-crippling potential of rheumatoid arthritis hasn’t dampened her creative spirit. In fact, along with her medication, it’s her art — which she describes as life-giving — that’s enabled her to thrive with RA. […]

PATIENT ALERT: Access to Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery via Medicare is Threatened

2017-11-22T09:25:33+00:00 September 11th, 2013|IBJI News Room|

In 2014, Hip and Knee Replacement for Medicare Recipients May Change – What Should You Know? What Can You Do? We understand how important it is to have the freedom to choose your own physicians when you need joint replacement care. Knowing that you’ve chosen the best doctor is essential to feeling comfortable and confident about a procedure that can dramatically change your life. […]

Share Your Soles for Haiti

2017-11-27T10:25:54+00:00 April 12th, 2010|Community Involvement|

After Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake in January, IBJI therapists, physicians, and staff were eager to help the victims in a practical way.  We decided to team up with Share Your Soles, Inc., a Chicago-based non-profit organization that donates shoes to the needy. […]

Shin Bone Pain: Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

2017-11-22T10:42:27+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Podiatry|

Many people have heard of the injury referred to as “shin splints” which frequently affect people who engage in moderate-to-heavy physical activity. However the term shin splint is used to describe various overuse injuries affecting both the soft tissue and bone. […]

Talking ACL Injuries with Dr. Gordon

2017-11-22T09:30:26+00:00 October 7th, 2013|IBJI in the News, Sports Medicine|

Alexander Gordon, MD on 97.9 WLUP – The Loop – discusses ACL injuries and how it may affect an athlete’s ability to move and cut. Learn about the commonly occurring ACL tear, where it is in the knee, what happens, what the reconstruction procedure entails and the recovery process. Listen to the interview. […]

The 7 Worst Health Habits Ever

2017-11-22T09:49:41+00:00 March 31st, 2014|IBJI in the News|

By Lauren Tumas Schumacher | Fitness Magazine, March Issue It may surprise you that one of the worst health crimes you’re committing is wearing flats to work and then changing into heels. In this recent article appearing in Fitness Magazine, Megan Leahy, DPM, a podiatrist at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute discusses the common misconception that flat shoes are good for your feet […]

Pull The Trigger On Your Trigger Finger

2017-11-22T09:08:18+00:00 March 28th, 2012|Orthopedics Care|

Trigger Finger Disease Isn’t What Clint Eastwood Thinks It Is Stenosing tenosynovitis is the medical name of a fairly common condition that is widely known as trigger finger. This condition causes one or more fingers to get locked into a curled position and suddenly release, almost snapping back.  […]

What is a Podiatrist?

2017-11-22T10:24:26+00:00 March 24th, 2015|Podiatry|

A podiatrist (DPM), also frequently referred to as a “foot doctor”, is a physician that is educated and experienced in diagnosing, treating and surgically repairing disorders and problems of the foot, ankle and lower extremity. […]

Orthopedic Doctors: When should I see an orthopedic physician?

2017-11-27T10:15:39+00:00 December 8th, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

Orthopedics Defined: In a nutshell, the study and research of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, nerves, etc.) is known as orthopedics. Orthopedics was first developed to treat children who had crippling or debilitating diseases. In fact the word “orthopedic” is derived from the Greek words “ortho,” meaning straight, and “pais,” meaning children or pediatric. Modern orthopedic physicians treat everyone, no matter their age. In general chronic pain, rheumatic diseases, musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis all are part of the large umbrella orthopedics. While there are many general orthopedists, quite a few physicians specialize in specific parts of the anatomy or certain diseases. Inside the big umbrella of orthopedics there are a number of specialties including: Arthritis and osteoarthritis Injury care including [...]