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Exercises to Prevent Common Shoulder Pain and Injuries

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 [...]

2019-01-15T09:36:38+00:00January 15th, 2019|Blog|

Everyday Tips for a Happy and Healthy New Year

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 [...]

2019-01-04T12:27:29+00:00January 4th, 2019|Blog, OrthoHealth|

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Announces Crystal Lake Location

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 [...]

2019-01-07T08:54:45+00:00December 31st, 2018|Blog, IBJI News Room, Press Releases|

How to Reduce Winter Arthritis Pain and Inflammation

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

2018-11-05T08:29:36+00:00November 5th, 2018|IBJI News Room, Orthopedics Care|

5 Tips To Keep Your Families’ Hands Safe This Pumpkin Carving Season

Halloween is a fun time for many, especially since it can mean scary haunted houses, trick or treating, decorating, costume parties, and of course,  pumpkin carving. However, few are aware that this fun seasonal activity can result in serious hand injuries.  When the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH conducted a study examining holiday-related pediatric injuries, they found Halloween was one of the top three holidays producing ER visits, with the highest percentage of injuries being to the finger and hand. According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH),  pumpkin carving can result in serious cuts, which may cause damage to nerves, tendons, and even bones. The most common accidents associated with pumpkin [...]

2018-10-25T21:35:59+00:00October 25th, 2018|IBJI News Room, Orthopedics Care|

IBJI Announces Partnership with Health iPASS

CHICAGO, IL (September 18, 2018) With over 100 physicians covering all orthopedic specialties spread across 20 locations in the Chicago and northwest suburbs, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute (IBJI) is one of the largest orthopedic group practices in the country. IBJI offers a full range of musculoskeletal care including advanced MRI imaging, pain management care, non-surgical and surgical treatment plans, rheumatology, rehabilitation, wellness and sports training. OrthoAccess walk-in clinics provide same day immediate care. Due to the rapid growth of high deductible healthcare plans (HDHPs) and the resultant changing healthcare payer mix, IBJI realized it was time to partner with with a patient revenue cycle expert to streamline front and back office workflows and provide a more modern patient experience.  After [...]

2018-09-26T10:04:12+00:00September 26th, 2018|IBJI News Room|

How To Do the Perfect Plank

Techniques to Increase Core Stability: The Plank By Emily Sluis, PT, DPT, ATC Core stability and core strength are terms that are often used interchangeably when speaking about training the trunk musculature, whether in a rehab or performance setting. Training for these two disciplines is actually very different. Training for core stability requires resisting motion at the lumbar spine, while training for core strength allows for motions to occur through the lumbar spine in an attempt to work the abdominal musculature (often in an isolated fashion). We discussed in previous newsletters that the plank, which is a core stability exercise, is a superior exercise to the popularized crunch exercise, which is a core strengthening exercise. Now that we have [...]

2018-09-24T15:18:43+00:00September 24th, 2018|Orthopedics Care|

How to Properly Cut an Avocado Without Getting Hurt

Have you heard about accidents people are having while cutting avocados? Cutting an avocado requires a thoughtful approach if you want to avoid injury. Recently, Dr. Leon Benson, an Illinois Bone & Joint Institute hand and upper extremity surgeon, appeared on the local Fox 32 affiliate to discuss how to properly cut an avocado. Secure Cutting Board from Slipping First, you’ll need to stabilize your cutting board to prevent it from sliding around on your smooth countertop. It can sometimes help to place a dish towel underneath it to keep it in place. Some people dampen the towel first and then wring out the extra water, the goal here is to get the towel to grab the surface. Thin towels [...]

2018-08-21T16:47:33+00:00August 21st, 2018|IBJI in the News, Pain Management|

The Complete Guide to ACL Tears

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 [...]

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