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Are E-Scooters Safe?

2019-06-27T09:36:39-05:00June 27th, 2019|Blog|

The use of transportation apps has made it easier to get from point A to point B. Whether you’re traveling short or long distances, apps have made it easy to find the perfect method of transportation. Chicago is testing electric scooters (e-scooters) this summer to see how they will perform and add to the transportation experience. E-scooters are used by tourists and locals alike as a fun way to travel around the city. The rise in traffic and some regulatory risks have made accidents and injuries more common among riders. There were increased ER visits for head and neck injuries and broken bones caused by e-scooter use. Whether you’re using an e-scooter to get to work or taking a [...]

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

2019-06-20T15:45:43-05:00February 13th, 2019|Blog|

Donna Taylor, LMT Certified Integrative Health Coach Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Health coaches are often asked, “How much sleep should I be getting a night?” To answer this, we need to not only look at what the recommended number of hours are for your health, but also what lifestyle factors may be contributing to the quality and quantity of your sleep. The National Sleep Association (NSA) recommends 7–9 hours for ages 26–64; and 7–8 hours for those 65 and older. According to the NSA, this recommendation is supported by extensive research to determine the best duration of sleep for our health. While it may be important to know the recommended hours of sleep, it is just as important to [...]

Are You Wearing the Correct Footwear?

2019-06-10T10:42:15-05:00March 26th, 2019|Blog|

Properly fitted shoes can help reduce the risk of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. Steven Jasonowicz, DPM, and Cathy Irwin, PT, OCS, MHS, of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, give advice on how your shoes should fit and the deformities that could arise from wearing improper fitted shoes. The fit of the shoe should be “snug without pinching,” says Irwin. You should not force your foot into a shoe that does not have a similar natural shape. Irwin says that, “a straight foot, needs a straight shoe and a curved foot, needs a curved shoe.” Irwin recommends checking the following when buying shoes: Stiffness of the sole. Shoe should not be able to bend in half or be twisted in the [...]

Benefits of Dry Needling for Pain Relief

2019-07-01T16:23:05-05:00May 7th, 2019|Blog, Pain Management|

Trigger point dry needling is a technique that patients can use to try and relieve their pain. It is used in conjunction with manual therapy and therapeutic exercises, to retrain tissue and improve overall flexibility and function. Pain or dysfunction that has not improved with standard treatment–which also prevents a patient from returning to their previous activity level or sport without restrictions–may benefit from trigger point dry needling. Muscle stiffness can occur after surgery, due to pain and post-operative restrictions. Muscles in this state will not develop the appropriate force required for normal function. With the decrease in pain and restoration of normal tone from trigger point dry needling, the patient’s range of motion limitations, faulty movement patterns, and [...]

Benefits of Outpatient Joint Replacement

2019-06-20T15:38:46-05:00March 12th, 2019|Blog|

Joint replacement surgery has traditionally been performed in a hospital setting, requiring a hospital stay and lengthy rehabilitation. As a regional leader in outpatient joint replacement surgery, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) offers an outpatient surgical approach that allows you to get back to your every-day life sooner. Outpatient joint replacement allows you to leave the facility within a few hours after surgery and recover from the comfort of your own home. Alexander Gordon, MD, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in outpatient hip and knee replacement at IBJI, provides great insight on outpatient joint replacement. “The evolution of joint replacement surgery has included the adoption of less invasive surgical techniques, as well as significant improvement in anesthesia and pain [...]

Everyday Tips for a Happy and Healthy New Year

2019-07-08T14:31:31-05:00January 4th, 2019|Blog, OrthoHealth, Wellness|

Are you having trouble thinking of a New Year’s resolution? Instead of choosing an intimidating resolution, pick smaller achievable goals to incorporate into your everyday life. Choosing to complete smaller goals throughout your day will help you feel accomplished. Implement simple practices into your daily routine that will help you stay happy and healthy in the New Year. Here are IBJI’s seven tips to help you: Breathing practices to reduce stress – Help reduce stress with the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise. Repeat 1-2 times a day! Annual physical – Did you remember to complete your annual physical? If not, the New Year is a great time to schedule it! Here are 11 things that annual exams usually [...]

Exercises to Prevent Common Shoulder Pain and Injuries

2019-01-30T11:09:19-05:00January 15th, 2019|Blog|

Common shoulder pain and injuries are frequently caused by athletic activities involving excessive repetitive overhead motion. They can be the result of constant weightlifting and everyday movement, such as hanging up curtains and scratching your back. Most shoulder injuries involve the muscles, ligaments and tendons, rather than the bones. The following are common problems associated with shoulder pain and injury: Tendon inflammation or tendon tears – This includes bursitis, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears and impingement. Instability – Instability occurs when the head of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket. This can result from a sudden injury or from overuse. Arthritis – The most common type of arthritis in the shoulder is osteoarthritis. Fracture (broken [...]

Float Through Summer with Swim Safety Tips

2019-07-11T13:50:08-05:00July 11th, 2019|Wellness|

Summer is a great time to enjoy the pool, beach or waterpark. No matter where you’re headed, it’s a good idea to learn about swimming safety and share it with your family before going near the water. Following a few of these safety tips can help keep you and your family safe. Adult supervision can help to prevent accidents from happening. An adult should always be within arm’s reach of a child in case of an emergency. When an adult is present, they can monitor the way that children are playing around water. If children are running near a pool, the adult can tell them to slow down and if a child happens to be struggling to swim, an [...]

Foods That Fight Inflammation

2019-06-20T15:42:57-05:00February 25th, 2019|Blog|

Exercise and a well-balanced diet can keep your joints moving freely. IBJI’s OrthoHealth program recommends trying an anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce joint inflammation. An anti-inflammatory diet includes omega-3 fats, antioxidant-rich foods, foods high in fiber, and spices that will help reduce inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the production of molecules and substances linked to inflammation. Foods that have omega-3 fats include cold water fish (salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, herring, trout), chia seeds, ground Flaxseed/flaxseed oil, walnuts and omega-3 eggs. Antioxidant-rich foods: Brightly colored fruits and veggies are rich in antioxidants and have been shown to aid in decreasing inflammation in the body and protect our cells from free radicals which cause damage. Antioxidants, like vitamin C, help [...]

Four Benefits of Working Out with a Personal Trainer

2019-06-20T15:39:59-05:00March 6th, 2019|Blog|

People of all ages and experience levels can achieve great results and live a healthier lifestyle with a personal trainer. Personal trainers will help create a unique work-out plan that focuses on achieving your goals. They can also accommodate an injury or other obstacles that may prevent you from working out. Instead of trying fad diets and extreme exercises, a personal trainer will help put you on track and find out what works best for you and your body. No more asking yourself, “Am I doing this right?” Cory Leman, MS, CSCS, general manager of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute’s Health Performance Institute (HPI), lists the following as benefits in choosing to work with a personal trainer: 1. Individualization. Personal [...]

Four Tips to Prevent Trampoline Injuries and Stay Safe

2019-06-10T13:47:50-05:00April 17th, 2019|Blog|

The weightless feeling from a trampoline can be a thrilling experience. Children enjoy jumping on a trampoline and love to see how much height they can get with every jump. Although jumping on a trampoline is fun, it can be dangerous and cause injury. Jumping on a trampoline poses a high risk of injury for children. Injuries that can result include sprains, fractures, and head and neck injuries. Andrea Kramer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatric orthopedics at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, sees a lot of trampoline injuries during the summer months. She says, “At least 10 a week and then in the winter all of these new indoor trampoline parks keep me busy. I see a [...]

How Does Dry Needling Differ from Acupuncture?

2019-06-10T13:27:49-05:00June 6th, 2019|Blog|

If you have been to a physical therapy clinic lately, chances are that you have seen or heard about physical therapists using needles as part of their treatment approach. Your initial thought was likely something along the lines of, “Physical therapists are doing acupuncture now?” This is the common assumption, but it is incorrect. Physical therapists use an intervention known as dry needling. So, what is all the hype? What is dry needling, and how is it different from acupuncture? Well, now that I have you on pins and needles, let’s clear up some of the confusion. Is Dry Needling similar to Acupuncture? Dry needling and acupuncture both involve puncturing the skin with tiny needles for the purpose of [...]

How to Avoid Winter Wrist Sprains

2019-06-20T15:49:56-05:00January 25th, 2019|Blog|

Wrist sprains are a common upper extremity injury. This sprain commonly occurs from falling in sports, outdoor activities, and in wet or slippery conditions. When we fall, our first reaction is to outstretch our hands, which can cause further injury. Avoiding this response to falling can prevent wrist sprains. If you fall, make sure to protect your head, bend your arms and knees, and fall on the most padded part of your body. Try to redistribute your weight to a padded body part, like the side of your thigh. If you are able to do this, your thigh will brace the fall–instead of your hands–which puts you at less risk for further injury. A sprain occurs when the wrist is [...]

How to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Playground

2019-07-01T16:11:49-05:00June 12th, 2019|Blog|

The warm summer weather means more time outside and taking your children to the playground. While playgrounds are a great way for children to stay healthy and active, they can also cause injuries. One wrong move when jumping, sliding, or swinging on playground equipment can lead to a sprain, fracture or concussion. When arriving at the playground, there are a few easy steps that you can take to manage the risk that your children may encounter. Ensure that the playground has safe surfacing around and beneath equipment. Avoid playgrounds with non-impact absorbing surfaces, such as asphalt, concrete, grass, dirt and gravel. Sand, pea gravel, wood chips, mulch and shredded rubber are better surface options because they help to absorb [...]

How to Reduce Winter Arthritis Pain and Inflammation

2019-07-01T16:22:45-05:00December 17th, 2018|IBJI News Room, Orthopedics Care, Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

With the holiday season underway, feelings of joy and happiness may be replaced with pain and stiffness for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients. The pain and inflammation from RA, can dampen your holiday spirit and get in the way of winter festivities. Symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, and fatigue can increase in the winter. But luckily there are steps to alleviate these symptoms. Illinois Bone & Joint Institute rheumatologist Dr. Ami Kothari, MD, explains why symptoms of RA feel worse in the winter. Dr. Kothari states that “one theory regarding why cold or damp weather causes joint pain is related to barometric pressure.” Barometric pressure is the weight of air molecules pressing down on you. Cooler [...]

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Announces Crystal Lake Location

2019-07-02T09:18:47-05:00December 31st, 2018|Blog, IBJI News Room, Press Releases|

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI), one of the largest independent, physician-owned orthopedic practices in the U.S., announced today the opening of the Crystal Lake Physician and Rehab Clinic. The rehab clinic opens on January 7, 2019 and the physician clinic opens on January 14, 2019 and is located at 815 Cog Circle, Suite 1, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. This location houses IBJI’s 22nd rehabilitation clinic. Crystal Lake Services include: Ankle Reconstruction Elbow Foot and Ankle Hand Hip Knee Neck and Cervical Spine Pain Management Pediatric Orthopedics Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Podiatry Shoulder Spine and Back Sports Medicine Worker Compensation Wrist To schedule an appointment at your convenience please call the Physician clinic at (847) 381-0388 or Rehab clinic [...]

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Announces Opening of Downtown Palatine Physical Therapy Clinic

2019-07-02T09:04:58-05:00April 8th, 2019|Blog, IBJI News Room, Press Releases|

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI), one of the largest independent, physician-owned orthopedic practices in the United States, announced today the opening of the Palatine Physical Therapy Clinic. The clinic is located at 25 W. Wilson Street, Palatine, IL 60067. Services offered at this location include: Complimentary Injury Screening Manual Therapy OrthoHealth Post-Surgical Care Sports Medicine Worker's Compensation and Work Conditioning With integrated care and a convenient location in downtown Palatine, this clinic is an extension of the IBJI brand that you know and love. As with our other IBJI locations, Palatine can help patients address any orthopedic issues that they may have. Whether it’s your knee, back or shoulder, Sports [...]

Incorporating Massage Therapy into Your Care Plan

2019-06-10T09:40:30-05:00May 30th, 2019|Blog|

To some, receiving a massage may be seen as a luxury, something that you only get for a special occasion. Not only do massages feel great, but they also offer a therapeutic value for pain management and can help speed up the healing process after an injury or surgery. If you are someone who takes an active role in health maintenance and injury prevention, massage therapy can be an integrative part of your health care. Yvonne Gonzalez, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI), answers questions about massage therapy and when to incorporate it into your care plan. Studies of the benefits of massage therapy indicate it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, [...]

Know Your Running Technique and How to Improve It

2019-07-12T13:53:15-05:00March 18th, 2019|Blog|

Not feeling quite right after your run? Your running technique may be the cause of added foot or ankle pain after exercise. You can adjust your running form and learn how to decrease the risk of injury to improve your run. John Linden, PT, DPT, physical therapist at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, helps educate us on running form, decreasing the risk of injury, and the advantages of attending a running clinic. Is there one running form that is more effective than others? “There are a variety of ways in which people run effectively. Runners typically develop a running form that is most efficient for them from a metabolic perspective. This is great, unless they are placing undue stress [...]

Pilates Can Improve Your Strength, Movement and Flexibility this Season

2019-07-08T16:37:49-05:00April 1st, 2019|Blog, IBJI News Room|

BY YVONNE TAYLOR, MS, NASM, STOTT Pilates Instructor | Illinois Bone & Joint Institute It’s that time again... the weather is getting warmer, jackets are getting lighter and the clubs, racquets and bats are getting dusted off for use! Athletes, weekend warriors and layman participants from all walks are gearing up for their spring and summer activity seasons. With any season, minor and major injuries can occur, but what if you could decrease your chances of getting injured? Believe it or not, there is a fitness method that can help you do just that…it’s called pilates. Pilates is a great way to improve sport performance and general function. One of the best kept secrets at Illinois Bone & Joint [...]

Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Joint Replacement Surgery

2019-06-10T13:48:21-05:00April 29th, 2019|Blog|

Joint replacement surgery can be a step toward a more active lifestyle. The process of planning a surgery with your doctor may cause stress and anxiety. Bringing a list of questions to your appointment before surgery can help to bring peace of mind. Asking questions and learning more about the surgery and recovery process can also help to reduce stress and provide more clarity. With the help of Jill Branson, BSN, RN, ACM, OrthoSync® Nurse Case Manager at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI), we have created a list of questions to ask your physician before going into surgery. Branson suggests to ask the following questions: What improvements in my pain and function can I expect after surgery? What [...]

Stress Management Techniques That Fit Into Your Lifestyle

2019-07-01T16:17:00-05:00February 4th, 2019|Blog|

Laura Mayer, NBC-HWC National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Stress can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. It can also interfere with your energy, focus and judgement. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump start on managing them. When we are able to manage our stress, our body thanks us for it. Managing stress can improve your mood, boost immune function, promote longevity and reduce chronic conditions. Some stress management techniques that you can fit into your lifestyle are: Practice Positive Self-Talk Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that runs through your head. Positive self-talk that comes along with optimism [...]

Treatment for Autoimmune Disease and Osteoporosis at the IBJI Infusion Center

2019-06-10T09:52:12-05:00May 20th, 2019|Blog|

IBJI’s infusion center treats autoimmune disease and osteoporosis by use of injection or infusion. Our injections and infusion medications are given by a healthcare team with a board-certified rheumatologist on-site. An autoimmune disease is when the body attacks itself by mistake. Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis can cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion in joints. Our infusion center can also treat osteoporosis, which is the weakening of bones. The most common conditions we treat at our infusion center are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. We treat: Rheumatoid arthritis Psoriatic arthritis Ankylosing spondylitis Osteoporosis Lupus Various other autoimmune diseases What is the goal of an infusion? The goal of an infusion for [...]

Wauconda Physical Therapy Joins Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

2019-07-01T16:10:17-05:00June 28th, 2019|IBJI News Room|

WAUCONDA, Ill., — Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI), one of the largest independent, physician-owned orthopedic practices in the United States, is happy to announce today that Wauconda Physical Therapy will be joining our practice. As of August 1, 2019, Wauconda Physical Therapy will join IBJI. The clinic is located at 363 N. Main Street, Suite A, Wauconda, IL 60084. By joining IBJI, this location will have support, resources and expertise of IBJI physicians to further serve the Wauconda area and focus on patients’ rehabilitation goals. With this new partnership, IBJI’s Wauconda physical therapy clinic will be able to offer expanded schedules and new services. IBJI’s Director of Rehabilitation, Cathy Irwin, PT, OCS, MHS exclaimed, “We are happy to join [...]

What are Direct Access and Manual Therapy?

2019-07-02T09:32:47-05:00May 15th, 2019|Blog, Physical & Occupational Therapy|

Direct Access allows for patients to see a physical therapist without a referral. So, if you wake up one morning with a stiff neck or lower back pain from lifting heavy objects the day before, you can go right to seeing a physical therapist at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI). Physical therapists can evaluate your pain, provide non-pharmacological treatment to decrease your pain, and improve your functional mobility. If the assessment reveals a problem that needs to be seen by a physician, we can help facilitate a referral to one of IBJI’s orthopedic or pain management physicians for further assessment. Manual therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy, delivered with the hands, as opposed to a device [...]