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Four Benefits of Working Out with a Personal Trainer

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 [...]

2019-03-06T13:10:09-05:00March 6th, 2019|Blog|

Foods That Fight Inflammation

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 [...]

2019-02-25T10:22:14-05:00February 25th, 2019|Blog|

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

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 [...]

2019-02-13T10:49:29-05:00February 13th, 2019|Blog|

Stress Management Techniques That Fit Into Your Lifestyle

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 [...]

2019-02-05T09:47:59-05:00February 4th, 2019|Blog|

How to Avoid Winter Wrist Sprains

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 [...]

2019-01-25T10:24:58-05:00January 25th, 2019|Blog|

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 [...]

2019-01-30T11:09:19-05:00January 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 [...]

2019-01-30T11:29:50-05:00January 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 [...]

2019-01-30T11:13:01-05:00December 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 [...]

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