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7 Interesting Facts About Arthritis

2017-11-22T10:44:55+00:00August 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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

2017-11-27T11:36:42+00:00March 1st, 2017|Orthopedics 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

2017-11-22T10:49:08+00:00December 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|

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

2017-11-22T10:44:37+00:00July 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Are ACL Injuries More Common in Women?

2017-11-22T09:49:32+00:00March 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. […]

Athletic Trainers Stepping into New Roles

2017-11-22T10:52:01+00:00April 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

2017-11-22T10:50:38+00:00March 28th, 2017|IBJI in the News, Orthopedics 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. […]

Back on Track

2017-11-22T10:04:12+00:00August 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. […]

Basal Thumb Arthritis: Are You Suffering from Thumb Pain?

2017-11-22T10:48:11+00:00November 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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

2017-11-22T10:49:49+00:00February 1st, 2017|Orthopedics 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 caught [...]

Calling All Runners – January 30, 2016

2017-11-22T10:37:41+00:00December 1st, 2015|IBJI News Room|

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. […]

Clavicle Fractures: Not just for Athletes

2017-11-22T10:54:03+00:00October 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

2016-06-27T14:25:02+00:00June 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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, to [...]

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

2017-11-22T09:34:59+00:00November 20th, 2013|IBJI in the News|

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. […]

Fashion, Style, and Foot Health

2017-11-22T08:44:51+00:00October 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.

Four Common Knee Injuries

2017-11-22T10:24:11+00:00February 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. […]

From Jaws of Life to Miracle of Life

2017-11-22T10:43:43+00:00May 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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. ​Doctors at the local hospital in Indiana weren’t sure Mandi would ever walk again. They were so concerned about her pelvic injuries that they were reluctant to operate on her. Instead, they sent Mandi by ambulance to Illinois and into the care of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute’s Dr. [...]

From the Field: What Parents Should Know about Single-Sport Focus and How it May Impact Your Child

2017-11-22T10:50:30+00:00March 24th, 2017|Sports Medicine|

What Parents Should Know about Single-Sport Focus and How it May Impact Your Child As just about any parent today can tell you, the world of youth sports looks a lot different than it did a generation ago. Young children – boys and girls alike – are signing up in droves for team sports like soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Increasingly, these young athletes are being encouraged to commit to a club sport, meaning they may be training in a single sport as many as five days a week. […]

Guidance on Summer Footwear

2017-11-22T08:50:43+00:00August 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 [...]

IBJI AND LAKE COOK ORTHOPEDICS TO MERGE

2017-11-27T11:35:54+00:00September 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

IBJI is pleased to announce that it will be merging with Lake Cook Orthopedics, effective October 1, 2016. Once the merger is complete, the combined team will include more than 100 physicians and 22 clinic locations. “Lake Cook Orthopedics and IBJI have a long history of providing superior care to patients throughout the northwest suburbs and Chicago metropolitan area respectively,” said Lake Cook Orthopedics managing partner Gregory T. Brebach, MD. “We share the belief that the most cost effective and innovation-driven care model for our patients is one in which physicians are responsible for practice leadership. As physician leaders, we place the highest priority on ensuring that our patients have access to the latest clinical expertise, treatments and technologies.” ​ [...]

IBJI Concussion Safety Tips

2018-02-27T11:07:04+00:00September 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|

If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he/she should be immediately removed from all play, whether it be a game or practice. Continuing to participate in physical activity after a concussion can lead to worsening symptoms, increased risk for further injury, and even death. While risk of injury, including concussion, may never be completely eliminated from youth sports, there are proactive measures that may be taken to help reduce head injury risks,including the following: Concussions and head injuries should be taken seriously. One of the most important concussion safety measures is being knowledgeable of concussion signs/symptoms and capable of recognizing injury.   Possible signs/symptoms of concussion: Headache Nausea Dizziness Visual problems Balance problems Fatigue Lethargy   Nervousness Drowsiness Difficulty [...]

IBJI Physician Named Team Physician for Olympic Team

2017-11-22T08:48:08+00:00May 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. Steven Haddad Speaks Out About the Critical Need to Fund Musculoskeletal Research

2017-11-22T10:44:47+00:00August 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

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. “There’s a critical need to raise awareness about the widespread impact of these diseases,” according to Dr. Haddad. Which is why he recently participated in Research Capitol Hill Days, organized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Orthopaedic surgeons like Dr. Haddad joined researchers and patients for the event. They visited legislators on Capitol Hill to raise awareness about musculoskeletal [...]

IBJI’S LATEST INNOVATION IMPROVES THE HIP REPLACEMENT EXPERIENCE

2017-11-22T10:47:47+00:00September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Is hip replacement surgery on the horizon for you or a family member? If so, the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) wants to help ensure you understand the options available for your hip replacement surgery and recovery. IBJI is now offering programs designed to make the recovery process not only better, but faster. Surgeons at IBJI perform more than 2,000 hip replacements every year, helping to refine surgical techniques and recovery protocols. IBJI’s team has also created an innovative care coordination program called OrthoSync. This innovative program creates a customized care plan individually tailored for each patient. Dr. William Robb is an orthopaedic surgeon and orthopaedic director for the OrthoSync program. “The OrthoSync program improves communication for all members [...]

IBJI Sports Medicine: Moving Better, Playing Better.

2017-11-22T10:43:57+00:00June 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|

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: Zach’s story: http://trib.in/1UjZBB9 Harry’s story: http://trib.in/1sQ1Oy2

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

2017-11-22T08:50:36+00:00March 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 [...]

ILLINOIS BONE & JOINT INSTITUTE ACQUIRES SMART SCAN MRI OF GURNEE, EXPANDS IMAGING CAPABILITIES

2017-11-22T10:47:58+00:00October 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Smart Scan MRI of Gurnee, IL. The acquisition expands IBJI’s team of imaging specialists and its range of imaging capabilities. IBJI and Smart Scan MRI technologists and receptionists have joined forces at 350 Greenleaf in Gurnee, IL, effective September 1st. IBJI’s new imaging center in Gurnee will offer a wider combined range of imaging options, according to Aaron Sangha, communications manager for IBJI’s MRI & CT Services/Optimal Imaging. This will include the 3T High-Field Wide-Bore MRI, the highest strength MRI offered in an outpatient setting. The acquisition of this 3T MRI system will allow IBJI to perform routine musculoskeletal scans, as well as high-end neurological and [...]

Injuries of the Overused

2017-11-22T09:24:14+00:00August 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 […]

Majority of young athletes sustain fractures to their long bones such as the femur and tibia by developing stress fractures.

2017-11-22T10:52:10+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Orthopedics Care|

Last week, forward Kevin Fiala for the Nashville Predators was checked into the boards by Robert Bortuzzo of the St. Louis Blues during the first game of their NHL series. The force of this blow combined with the position of his leg unfortunately caused Mr. Fiala’s femur, or thigh bone, to break. It is a testament to how strong and fast these players are that this injury occurred. Mr. Fiala underwent emergent rodding of the fracture; rodding involves placing a long metal rod in the middle of the hollow femur acting as an internal splint. […]

New Bone-Forming Growth Factor and its Effect on Osteoporosis

2017-11-22T10:49:21+00:00January 30th, 2017|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care, Uncategorized|

Recently, a scientific discovery has been made that is believed to have huge implications for regenerative medicine. The scientists involved have uncovered a new bone-forming growth factor, which may reverse the bone loss associated with osteoporosis.   What is Osteoporosis? Meaning “porous bone,” osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when your body loses too much bone, produces too little bone, or a combination of the two. Because of this, your bones lose density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. Depending on the severity of your osteoporosis, your bones may be more susceptible to break from a fall, or in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.   Who is at Risk for Developing Osteoporosis? According to the National [...]

New Foundation Promotes Bone-Friendly Education and Research

2017-11-22T08:48:58+00:00December 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, [...]

Occupational Therapy – How Does It Help in Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis?

2017-11-22T10:45:10+00:00August 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Occupational therapy helps people live better and more productive lives by enabling them to do activities that enrich life. When patients develop stiff and painful joints, or are recovering from a recent surgery, occupational therapy may be used to help recover or maintain cognitive or physical skills needed to participate in meaningful pursuits. Occupational therapists (OTs) are trained to assist and address the pain or lack of mobility, which makes performing certain tasks difficult.  For some people even simple activities like getting dressed, opening a door or typing may prove to be painful. Through the therapeutic use of daily activities an OT will help recover and adapt to any physical limitations whether at home or work.   Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid [...]

Star Trek Technology Enabling Better Orthopedic Surgical Recovery Information

2017-11-22T09:08:38+00:00April 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+00:00October 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. […]

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

2017-11-22T09:25:33+00:00September 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. […]

Perspectives on Emerging Treatments and Therapies from IBJI Specialists

2017-11-22T10:49:34+00:00February 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

In this post, IBJI’s Dr. Eric Chehab discusses the topic of stem cell therapy for patients living with knee pain. Dr. Chehab sees tremendous potential in this therapy, but suggests that patients “proceed with caution” based on the current scientific research. This is the first in IBJI’s “Perspectives on emerging treatments and therapies” blog series. IBJI is committed to educating patients about emerging treatments and techniques, while ensuring that they understand the pros and cons of these procedures and approaches. This knowledge is especially important in cases where the science remains inconclusive. Stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis – a word of caution By Eric L. Chehab, MD I get the question nearly every day from patients seeking pain relief from [...]

Promoting Public Brain Health and Concussion Prevention

2018-07-18T14:59:31+00:00July 18th, 2018|Sports Medicine, Sports Neurology|

The Best Concussion Treatment is Brain Safety Our brains are our most valuable resource, and we should take care of them. With all of the news circulating in the media on the topic of athlete brain health, being extra conscious of how we are treating our brains is key. To ensure the best chance of living a happy and healthy life for as long as possible, we must take precaution. Brain Health for the General Public There are several ways to optimize brain health. Most of these tactics are actually very similar to how we try to stay healthy in other ways. This includes eating healthy, getting regular exercise, and avoiding substances that are toxic to our brains such as [...]

Rebuilding Man

2018-05-17T14:15:54+00:00August 18th, 2015|IBJI in the News|

Ankle replacements give patients more viability By Brett Dworski As seen in Chicago Health Magazine, Fall 2015 Dan Chesman, a former ROTC Naval Officer, shattered his ankle in 1972. Though a fusion procedure was recommended, Chesman knew it would limit his mobility and decided to wait, opting to stabilize the ankle with a series of pins. […]

Smartphones Can Take a Toll on Your Body

2017-11-22T10:48:39+00:00November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

IBJI Doctors Want You to Understand the Impact, Know How to Prevent Injuries It seems that almost every teen and young adult these days has a smartphone. In fact, a recent study by Pew Research Center reveals that 86 percent of young adults aged 18 to 29 own a smartphone. These amazing devices put incredible power into our hands, but they also pose risks that IBJI doctors want you to know about. Young people can be especially vulnerable to the dangers of smartphones, given the high rate of usage. Here are a few tips on staying safe and preventing physical strain and damage. ​Don’t use your smart phone in traffic, whether you’re a pedestrian or driver. Smartphones can distract our [...]

Spine Surgeon Dr. Mark M. Mikhael Talks Pain Management With Becker’s

2018-05-11T16:05:17+00:00May 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Recently, IBJI's Dr. Mark Mikhael participated in a question and answer session with Becker's Spine Review for it's weekly feature, Ask Spine Surgeons. Dr. Mikhael was asked about key trends in pain management he highlighted several, including an enhanced recovery after surgery program and patient "treatment agreements." Here's what Dr. Mikhael had to say about the latter: ...Patient "treatment agreements" are being used by pain management physicians, facilitating patients to enter into a mutual understanding that their treatment program will be under the direction of a particular pain management physician. This physician will control the prescribing of all types of medications related to pain management in the preop, periop and postop setting. These agreements help patients understand who to turn to for [...]

Stay Safe This Holiday Season by Following Doctor’s Advice

2017-11-22T10:48:50+00:00December 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

During the holidays, there never seems to be enough time to get all your shopping, decorating, entertaining and celebrating done. All of that rushing around, especially once the snow and ice arrive, can lead to distraction … which can lead to serious injury. Illinois Bone & Joint Institute’s Dr. Leon Benson was featured in a recent Daily Herald article about preventing injuries during the holidays. Dr. Benson is an orthopaedic hand surgeon in IBJI’s Glenview office. Read his smart advice on how to enjoy your holidays from Thanksgiving through the winter and avoid injuries during this busy time of year below: Holiday prep: A second of carelessness can lead to a lifetime of regret By Dr. Leon Benson Special to [...]

Study of Hand and Shoulder Surgery Outcomes Returns Excellent Safety Record

2017-11-27T10:07:04+00:00June 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A new analysis of outpatient hand and shoulder surgeries reveals an impressive safety record. The study, published in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, examined the surgical outcomes of hand and shoulder procedures performed at an ambulatory surgical center over more than a decade and found few complications. Researchers reviewed cases to identify adverse events including post-operative infection, return to the operating room or transfer to a hospital, blood clot or other complication related to surgery. ​Among the 28,737 procedures performed from 2001 and 2012 at a freestanding outpatient center, researchers found just 58 reportable adverse events for an overall complication rate of 0.2 percent. As lead study author Kanu S. Goyal, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at The Ohio State [...]

The 7 Worst Health Habits Ever

2017-11-22T09:49:41+00:00March 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 […]

The Complete Guide to ACL Tears

2018-08-15T16:41:49+00:00August 15th, 2018|Orthopedics Care, Pain Management|

The ACL – what is it and how is it repaired? Below, you will find a comprehensive guide detailing the specifics of ACL tears – how to identify a potential ACL injury, proper treatment, and recommended rehabilitation of the overall knee joint. What Does the ACL Do? The ACL, or Anterior Cruciate Ligament, is vital to knee stabilization. This strong band of tissue located in the center of the knee and it connects the femur to the tibia, and is responsible for helping you run, jump, walk and play. A ligament tear can significantly impact your everyday life, so if there is suspicion of a tear, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible so that a physician can [...]

THE RUGBY WEEKEND

2017-11-27T09:05:55+00:00November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

A few of our physician's and therapy staff had a great time at The Rugby Weekend that took place this November! What an awesome experience working with USA Rugby, AIG, and everyone else who attended and was involved with this incredible event! 

To make it to the next level, strength training is a must! Click here to uncover common myths about strength training in endurance athletes. Learn how strength training can increase performance and the best types of strengthening exercises for endurance athletes.

2018-08-13T09:10:38+00:00August 13th, 2018|Sports Medicine|

Strength Training for Endurance Athletes: By Emily Sluis, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS Despite the advancements in our understanding of the role strength training plays in the development and performance of endurance athletes, there are still some myths about the best way to approach improving running-specific strength. Like most longstanding myths, the misunderstandings about strength training come from outdated information that has been passed down throughout the years. One common misconception amongst endurance athletes is that resistance training will cause increased weight gain, resulting in a decrease in running performance. Running - and the optimal balance of volume, intensity, and pace-specific work - will always be the primary focus of a distance runner's training program. Strength training, however, presents a different [...]

Top 4 Treatments for Arthritis

2017-11-22T10:49:55+00:00February 1st, 2017|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

What is Arthritis? Arthritis is not a single disease; rather, it is a way of referring to joint pain or disease. In fact, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, with the two most common types being osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is a very common condition; about 1 in 5 adults in the United States are affected by it. […]

Treatment Options For Aching Knees From Osteoarthritis

2017-11-22T10:48:59+00:00December 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that is known to affect the joints in your body. This disease gradually wears away the cushion layer between the bones, otherwise referred to as the cartilage. Cartilage plays a vital role in helping your joints move smoothly, without which the bones would rub together causing pain, stiffness and limiting movement.  According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, osteoarthritis of the knee is a common form of knee arthritis, which gradually gets worse over time if it is not dealt with. The early indicators of knee OA include tenderness, swelling or warmth in the knee joint, dull pain when walking or exercising and stiffness in the joints early morning. Pain may occur [...]

Triathletes don’t overlook this important link to having a successful race. Click here to find out how calf strengthening can help push your performance to the next level.

2018-08-13T09:09:30+00:00August 13th, 2018|Podiatry|

Calf Strengthening for Triathletes: By John Linden, PT, DPT 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 [...]

What IBJI Sports Medicine Specialists Want Parents to Know About Contact Sports and the Risk of Brain Injuries

2017-11-22T10:42:56+00:00April 11th, 2016|IBJI in the News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine|

A recent story in the Chicago Tribune drew attention to a growing body of research suggesting that young soccer players may be at risk for brain injuries, especially concussions. IBJI’s Dr. Gregory Portland and Dr. David Garelick contacted the Tribune after this important story ran to share additional information for parents and young players. […]

What is a Concussion?

2018-02-27T11:07:22+00:00September 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A concussion is a brain injury which results in temporary disruption of normal brain function. This occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body. A person does not have to lose consciousness (“be knocked-out”) to suffer a concussion.   SYMPTOMS YOUR ATHLETE MAY REPORT: SIGNS YOU MAY OBSERVE: Headache or “pressure” in head Appears dazed or stunned Nausea or vomiting Confusion about a task Balance problems or dizziness Forgets an instruction Sensitivity to light and/or noise Unsure of game, score or opponent Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy Moves clumsily Concentration or memory problems Answers questions slower than normal Confusion Loss of [...]

What is a Podiatrist?

2017-11-22T10:24:26+00:00March 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+00:00December 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 [...]

What is Osteoporosis? Types, Symptoms and Causes

2017-11-22T10:43:25+00:00May 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|

As we age, a bone-thinning condition known as osteoporosis may develop, causing a loss of bone mass. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Osteoporosis affects approximately 10 million people in the United States and over 200 million people worldwide. One of the dangerous of such a common and widespread condition is that osteoporosis often goes undetected do to a lack of symptoms. What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a condition that causes a loss of bone density that results in bones being fragile and more vulnerable to fractures. What Causes Osteoporosis? Bone is continually regenerating to replace old bone, thereby increasing the bone mass. But with age bone mass depletes faster than it’s created. As a result, more [...]

What To Do If You Suspect A Concussion?

2018-02-27T11:06:35+00:00September 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he/she should be immediately removed from all play, whether it be a game or practice. Continuing to participate in physical activity after a concussion can lead to worsening symptoms, increased risk for further injury, and even death. Possible signs/symptoms resulting from a concussion: Headache Nausea Dizziness Visual problems Balance problems Fatigue Lethargy   Nervousness Drowsiness Difficulty remembering Sleeping more than usual Vomiting Feeling slowed down Confusion   Sensitivity to light Sensitivity to noise Numbness/tingling Sleeping less than usual Difficulty with/slurred speech Loss of consciousness Feeling mentally foggy   Irritability Difficulty concentrating Unequal/dilated pupils Sadness Feeling more emotional Amnesia Trouble falling asleep What to do next: Your child should refrain from physical [...]