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10 Common Causes of Hip Pain and When to Seek Treatment

2019-08-01T13:33:51-05:00September 10th, 2015|Orthopedic Care|

Without a fully functional hipbone, you would not be able to stand, walk, run or dance. So, when you suffer from chronic hip pain and certain day-to-day activities suddenly become troublesome, it can feel as if your entire life is being put on hold. […]

3 Reasons Why Walk-In Orthopedic Care Should Be Your Go-To Treatment

2019-08-13T02:03:38-05:00November 5th, 2018|IBJI News Room, Orthopedic Care|

Injuries happen even though we try our best to avoid them, and when they happen, it can be stressful and overwhelming to try to decide where to go for treatment. With major injuries, a trip to the hospital will be in order, but for other orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, sprains, strains, concussions, and more, you have another option. Illinois Bone and Joint Institute’s OrthoAccess immediate care clinics are here to provide you with quick, affordable, and comprehensive orthopedic injury care, so read on to learn more about why walk-in orthopedic care should be your go-to treatment. Sports and Work Injuries Need Quick Care For the athletes in your life, injuries are sometimes unavoidable. Whether it’s a baseball player’s sprained [...]

3 Ways to Reduce Risk of Injury This School Year

2019-08-11T18:46:45-05:00September 6th, 2017|Sports Medicine|

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. There are new classes, visits with friends you’ve not seen all summer, and upcoming sports seasons to enjoy! But rather quickly, the school year can become pretty stressful with sports activities, part-time jobs, cramming for exams, and all sorts of extra-curricular activities. […]

5 Foods That Help Fight Inflammation & Arthritis Pain

2019-08-13T02:30:04-05:00May 4th, 2017|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Arthritis is a disease that is often characterized by the pain and inflammation that comes along with it. Many people living with arthritis often feel powerless to the aches they feel and think there is nothing they can do to fight it. Luckily, there are many ways to reduce arthritis inflammation, beginning with food. […]

50 Years of Scoliosis Research – What We’ve Learned

2017-11-22T10:36:40-05:00September 29th, 2015|IBJI News Room|

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. […]

6 Natural Pain Relievers to Reduce Chronic Pain

2019-08-13T02:22:30-05:00February 1st, 2017|Orthopedic Care, Physical & Occupational Therapy|

Whether you’re experiencing chronic pain as result from a serious injury or from an illness, it is a frustrating and debilitating condition that effects your entire life. But thankfully, with the help of various treatment options, you can experience real relief from the endless aches. […]

7 Interesting Facts About Arthritis

2019-07-16T10:25:04-05:00August 4th, 2016|Orthopedic Care|

Arthritis is a common form of joint disorder causing pain and stiffness. According to arthritis.org, more than 50 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. While arthritis is a broad description covering common disorders of the joint, most people (even those that have been diagnosed with arthritis) are unaware of the following:   1. There Are Multiple Types of Arthritis Arthritis is not a single disease as there are many different types of joint disorders with its own unique symptoms.  There are over 100 variants of rheumatic diseases and arthritis. Some of the most well known types of arthritis are: rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus, gout, and lyme. There are many other conditions that fall under arthritis, some with an autoimmune [...]

After Devastating Accident, IBJI Surgeon Helps Musical Conductor Return to the Stage

2019-08-11T16:37:58-05:00March 1st, 2017|Orthopedic Care|

Paul Caldwell was returning home one evening last spring when a reckless driver nearly ended his life. As Paul crossed Sheridan Road on Chicago’s far north side, the motorist ran a red light. Paul remembers the sound of tires screeching just before the car hit him. His injuries were severe. One ankle was badly damaged, as were both arms. […]

Al Roker Shows Viewers How Far Knee Replacement Has Come

2019-08-11T16:09:18-05:00December 31st, 2016|IBJI News Room|

If you’re someone who is living with severe joint problems, you know how much impact that pain can have on your everyday life. At IBJI, our motto is “Move Better. Live Better.” And that’s just what television personality Al Roker decided he needed to do recently. Roker, who is the weather anchor for NBC’s “TODAY Show,” had lived with knee problems for many years. […]

Ankle Arthroscopy – Surgery Recovery and Conditions Treated

2019-07-16T10:29:28-05:00July 28th, 2016|Orthopedic Care|

Most people have heard of a knee or shoulder arthroscopy but are not aware of an ankle arthroscopic procedure, which may be used to evaluate and treat some common ailments of the ankle. Surgical arthroscopy may be useful in diagnosing and treating disorders of the ankle joint in order to help you get back on your feet and get on with your life. Ankle Conditions Treated by Ankle Arthroscopy There are many ankle related problems that can be treated with arthroscopic technology, including:  Ankle Arthritis: Ankle arthroscopy is used to perform a fusion surgery for many patients with end-stage ankle arthritis, with results better than open surgery.  Ankle Fractures: Fracture repair to realign bone and cartilage uses ankle arthroscopic procedure [...]

Arthritis Discussion with Dr. Baxamusa

2019-08-01T12:52:23-05:00November 3rd, 2013|IBJI in the News, IBJI News Room|

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. […]

Athletic Trainers Stepping into New Roles

2019-08-13T02:22:13-05:00April 27th, 2017|Physical & Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine|

With the arrival of spring, IBJI’s athletic training staff is gearing up for a busy season. The Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League and the Chicago Sky of the Women’s National Basketball Association have selected IBJI as their Official Athletic Training Provider. During the upcoming 2017 seasons, IBJI’s highly skilled team of certified athletic trainers will be on-site to assist both teams during all home and away games — but that’s not all they will be doing. […]

Baby Girl Born with Four Legs, Two Spines is Thriving, Thanks to Extraordinary Surgical Effort

2019-08-11T16:08:40-05:00March 28th, 2017|IBJI in the News, IBJI News Room, Orthopedic Care|

IBJI spine surgeon Dr. Eric Belin describes the life-changing procedure that’s making headlines A 10-month-old girl who was born with four legs and two spines is doing remarkably well following a complex surgery that took place on March 8. IBJI’s Eric Belin, M.D., was the orthopedic surgeon on the surgical team assembled to operate on Dominique, an infant born in west Africa with an exceptionally rare condition. […]

Basal Thumb Arthritis: Are You Suffering from Thumb Pain?

2019-07-16T10:53:57-05:00November 11th, 2016|Orthopedic Care|

Arthritis broadly refers to inflammation of the joint and the most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease wherein the smooth cartilage inside the joint wears out causing pain. In advanced cases of arthritis, the bone grinds on bone inside the arthritic joint. When arthritis develops at the small joint at the thumb base it is diagnosed as "Basal Joint Arthritis." So what causes arthritis of the thumb and how do you treat it? The base of the thumb joins with the wrist and the main joint involved is the basilar joint of the thumb, or carpometacarpal (CMC) joint, which provides mobility and stability. This joint comprises of the metacarpal bone in the thumb and [...]

Benefits of Rheumatologists and Orthopedics Working at the Same Practice

2019-08-13T02:30:26-05:00February 1st, 2017|Orthopedic Care, Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Although orthopedists and rheumatologists both focus on a patient’s joints, muscles and bones, rheumatologists focus more on joint disorders that can be treated medically while orthopedists specialize in surgical treatments and managing fractures. To help improve patients’ access to care and to ensure they get the best treatment possible, many orthopedic practices have expanded to include rheumatology services. The Difference Between a Rheumatologist and an Orthopedist When suffering from debilitating joint pain, it can be confusing for patients to know whether they should schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist or an orthopedist. Typically, unless you have experienced a trauma to the body that requires a surgical treatment, you will want to schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist first. If [...]

Calf Strengthening for Triathletes

2019-08-13T02:26:49-05:00August 13th, 2018|Podiatry|

Calf musculature (gastrocnemius and soleus) is responsible for the majority of propulsion and support during the stance phase of the gait cycle (Source 1). Additionally, injuries to the lower limb make up the bulk of all injuries in triathletes during both preseason and competition season (Source 2). Therefore, from both a performance and injury prevention standpoint, it is important that triathletes target this muscle group in their training. In endurance athletes, most injury is the result of training error. Usually, inadequate rest and training above the recommended workload lead to injury. To combat this, implementation of strength training is vital in increasing muscular capacity and training workload. The most effective method in targeting the calf muscles is the simple [...]

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

2019-07-09T12:04:53-05:00October 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. […]

Cervical Laminoplasty: An alternative to fusion for the right patients

2019-08-11T16:38:11-05:00April 10th, 2017|Orthopedic Care|

Mark M. Mikhael, M.D. Advanced arthritic changes in the cervical spine can lead to narrowing of the spinal canal at multiple levels throughout the neck. When the narrowing becomes severe, it can lead to compression of the spinal cord, referred to as “myelopathy.” […]

Clavicle Fractures: Not just for Athletes

2019-08-13T03:02:06-05:00October 17th, 2017|Sports Medicine|

By Djuro Petkovic, MD The NFL had some unfortunate news this week when one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers, broke his collarbone and will undergo surgery. I know this news will not make the Bears’ faithful lose any sleep, but in the end no one wants to see any person, let alone a high caliber athlete, get injured and lose their ability to work. […]

Crocodile Lovers

2019-08-13T02:26:19-05:00June 27th, 2016|Podiatry|

Crocs-lovers beware: your most comfortable shoes are not that great for your feet. Dr. Megan Leahy of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute was recently featured in The Huffington Post for her insight into those distinctive kicks. In a piece titled, “Here’s What Podiatrists Think of Your Crocs,” Dr. Leahy explains, “although Crocs offer nice arch support,” they fail to adequately secure the heel which can cause our toes to grip. Dr. Leahy says this can lead to “tendinitis, worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses. The same thing can happen with flip flops or any backless shoe as the heel is not secured.” Podiatrists across the board say Crocs are okay for short periods of time but, [...]

Are Your Throbbing Legs Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

2019-08-01T14:00:49-05:00April 9th, 2012|Orthopedic Care|

Deep Vein Thrombosis Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can occur almost anywhere in the body, but is very common in the legs.  DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein somewhere in the body. In general people who are forced to sit still for extended periods of time, […]

Dr. Baxamusa Discusses Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

2019-08-01T12:54:16-05:00October 21st, 2013|IBJI in the News, IBJI News Room|

In the second segment of neuro.RAPT’s three part film series dedicated to Our Hands, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Taizoon Baxamusa covers topics about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome including symptoms, causes, predisposition, genetics, and treatment options. […]

Dr. Haddad Named One of the Top 26 Top Foot & Ankle Surgeons in North America: 2013

2019-07-09T12:37:14-05:00November 20th, 2013|IBJI in the News, IBJI News Room|

Orthopedics This Week • Fri, November 15th, 2013 If an orthopedic surgeon has suffered a calcaneous fracture or a needs an ankle replacement, to whom do they turn? Othopedics This Week asked! Leaders in the foot and ankle realm let them know their thoughts on the top North American orthopedic surgeons in their subspecialty. […]

Evanston Woman Feels “Bionic” After Successful Spine Surgery

2019-08-11T16:38:57-05:00June 21st, 2017|Orthopedic Care|

Like many people, Debra Stewart had lived with back pain for years. Several of her vertebrae were starting to compress, causing occasional discomfort in her lower back and one of her legs. In spite of her back issues, Debra was determined to stay active and fit. […]