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Safety at the Ole Ball Game

Baseball, hot dogs and a great summer day. What could be better? Attending a baseball game is a favorite activity for many Chicagoans. Fans enjoy cheering on their favorite team in the stands–but sitting in the stands could put you at risk for a potential injury. We are hearing more stories of fans being hit by bats or baseballs in the stands, and as this becomes more of an issue, we turn to the experts for advice on how to stay safe while attending a ball game. Mylie Leatherman, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer for the Schaumburg Boomers, runs us through fan safety in the stands. Various injuries can occur at a baseball game. Leatherman says the most common are [...]

2019-07-19T09:03:44-05:00July 19th, 2019|Blog, Sports Medicine, Wellness|

Avoid Heat Exhaustion, Stay Hydrated and Cool

Rising temperatures and humidity in the Chicagoland area can make it feel like it’s above 100 degrees this summer. With the summer days heating up, it’s important to keep an eye on your hydration and know when to take a break from the heat. Heat exhaustion can develop within a few hours of being outside. The best way to beat the heat is to stay hydrated. With the high temperatures and humidity, your body will be sweating and getting rid of the water, so you will need to replace this by drinking more water. Beat the heat with these tips: Drink water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Wear light-colored clothing. Wear sunscreen to block out the rays that will add [...]

2019-07-18T14:44:43-05:00July 18th, 2019|Blog|

Float Through Summer with Swim Safety Tips

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 [...]

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

Wauconda Physical Therapy Joins Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

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 [...]

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

Are E-Scooters Safe?

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 [...]

2019-07-16T09:46:04-05:00June 27th, 2019|Wellness|

How to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Playground

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 [...]

2019-07-16T11:51:06-05:00June 12th, 2019|Wellness|

How Does Dry Needling Differ from Acupuncture?

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 [...]

2019-07-16T11:58:00-05:00June 6th, 2019|Pain Management|

Incorporating Massage Therapy into Your Care Plan

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, [...]

2019-07-16T12:00:05-05:00May 30th, 2019|Wellness|

Treatment for Autoimmune Disease and Osteoporosis at the IBJI Infusion Center

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 [...]

2019-07-16T12:04:37-05:00May 20th, 2019|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

What are Direct Access and Manual 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 [...]

2019-07-16T12:06:08-05:00May 15th, 2019|Physical & Occupational Therapy|