//Orthopedics Care

4 Common Shoulder Problems that Cause Pain

2017-11-22T09:42:00+00:00January 28th, 2014|Orthopedics Care|

Shoulder injuries are fairly common and affect millions of people a year. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and this mobility allows us to do things like scratch our own backs, throw things, make pushing movements and lift things over our head. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 [...]

Cervical Disc Replacement

2017-11-27T10:13:48+00:00September 11th, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

For many years patients with cervical radiculopathy, or “pinched nerves” in their neck, have been treated with surgery when other simpler treatments such as medications, physical therapy, or injections fail to help. […]

Do You Have Chronic Pain in Your Hands

2017-11-22T09:18:43+00:00February 5th, 2013|Orthopedics Care|

If you’ve had chronic pain in your hands you know how discomforting and inconvenient the pain can make simple every day task. Holding a cup of coffee or typing on a keyboard can cause considerable pain. But how do you know when it’s time for surgery and what exactly is hand surgery anyway? Of course only you and your orthopedic physician can decide when surgery is appropriate as the need for surgery will greatly vary from case to case. In this article will talk about hand surgery and some of the conditions that may lead to a surgery. What is hand surgery? Hand Surgery is a field in orthopedic surgery that diagnosis treats and corrects problem of the hand. The [...]

Don’t Despair A Degenerative Disc Disease Diagnosis

2017-11-22T09:01:06+00:00February 15th, 2012|Orthopedics Care|

As every person ages they will begin to damage their spinal discs but most people will never know the pain of degenerative disc disease (DDD). The name is potentially misleading though. It is actually a condition, not a disease, which usually affects either the lumbar or cervical regions in the back. It is a result of the normal movement over a lifetime that causes deterioration of the discs in the spine. […]

Exercising Before Knee Surgery

2017-11-22T09:15:37+00:00November 19th, 2012|Orthopedics Care|

If you’ve been diagnosed with a knee injury, like a torn ACL, and you’re preparing to undergo surgery.  Your physician may have recommended doing pre-surgery exercises. These exercises help strengthen the surrounding leg muscle, increase range of motion and flexibility. Sometimes a good routine will help reduce the time needed in rehabilitation. In most cases the stronger you can make your muscles before surgery the better your recovery. […]

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. […]

Hip Impingement Syndrome AKA Femoralacetabular Impingement (FAI)

2017-11-22T09:08:43+00:00April 25th, 2012|Orthopedics Care|

The Victims of Hip Impingement Syndrome’s Pain Femoralacetabular Impingement (FAI), commonly called Hip Impingement Syndrome, is a fairly common condition that can produce pain, limited motion and eventual arthritis of the hip. It occurs in both males and females who are in their teens and over fifty years of age.  It most frequently occurs in people who are fairy athletic and active. Runners, golfers, hockey players, football players, basketball players, gymnasts and many other types of athletes commonly experience the symptoms Hip Impingement Syndrome. Common Symptoms of Femoralacetabular Impingement Symptoms can develop slow and insidiously, or quick and acute, due to over-rotation or overuse of the hip. These symptoms can include groin pain, buttock or leg pain commonly occurring during [...]

Hip Surgery Recovery Time – Making A Full Recovery

2017-11-22T09:15:42+00:00November 28th, 2012|Orthopedics Care|

Hip Surgery Recovery Time A broken hip is one of the most common injuries for the elderly. If you are a patient undergoing or preparing for total hip replacement, you may want to know how long it’s going to take to recover from surgery.  Typical recovery time varies and can be anywhere from one month to a year. […]

Keinbock’s Disease

2017-11-22T09:37:47+00:00January 14th, 2014|Orthopedics Care|

Do you have pain in your wrist when turning your hand upward? Is your wrist swollen? Is it difficult to grip things? There are many conditions that could cause such symptoms, but one of the lesser known conditions is Keinbock’s Disease.   […]

Knee Pain: Causes & What You Can Do

2017-11-22T08:55:54+00:00October 20th, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

Is Knee Pain Slowing You Down? The knee is one of the most common joint pain complaints physicians see.  Unfortunately knee pain can really slow you down, sometimes more than pain in the upper body or hips. Your knee takes a lot of abuse on a daily basis. […]

Recovering from Knee Replacement Surgery

2017-11-22T09:17:05+00:00January 21st, 2013|Orthopedics Care|

For the human knee to function normally three conditions need to be fulfilled: it should be pain free, stable and have a full range of motion. Certain diseases, like osteoarthritis can lead to functional disorder in the knee, which is manifested by pain and instability. […]

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. […]

The No Spin Guide To Rotator Cuff Injuries

2017-11-22T09:01:32+00:00March 20th, 2012|Orthopedics Care|

A common misconception is that the rotator cuff is the entire shoulder joint. In actuality the rotator cuff is only a part of the shoulder joint. There are four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. These muscles and tendons help hold the upper arm in place by attaching it to the shoulder blade and holding the ball end of the bone into the socket of the joint. […]

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 [...]

Scoliosis Pain Management and Treatment

2017-11-22T08:57:09+00:00November 22nd, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

Signs & Symptoms Over 7 million people in the United States are affected by scoliosis, which is actually a descriptive term , not an actual disease. Scoliosis describes a curvature of the spine sometimes appearing to look like an S when viewed in an xray. This curvature can lead to a great deal of pain because of the added strain it places on the muscles in the back and the pressure placed on the other joints and bones in the body. The symptoms of scoliosis are varied but can include uneven muscles on tone side of the spine, hips being uneven lengths, a rib or shoulder blade that sticks out, and nerves responding slowly. How Scoliosis Is Caused Most usually [...]

Tennis Elbow? But I Don’t Play Tennis!

2017-11-22T08:57:13+00:00November 24th, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

What Is Tennis Elbow?   Lateral epicondylitis, which is more commonly known as “Tennis Elbow”, usually is first felt when the elbow becomes sore and tender.  Usually the pain is especially felt when the patient tries to extend their arm completely. Typically either repetitive motion or a sudden injury, like a hyperextension or a pull on the lower arm, can lead to tennis elbow. Either way it is caused, damage has been done to the  tendon that attaches to the lateral epicondyle, which is a bony prominence on the outside of the elbow.  The typical symptoms of tennis elbow are: Outer elbow pain Stiffness, especially early in the day Pain when grasping an item or moving the wrist Extending the [...]

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 [...]

Trigger Finger

2017-11-22T09:35:43+00:00December 5th, 2013|Orthopedics Care|

Trigger finger can be a very painful condition that limits the movement of the affected finger. The phrase “trigger finger” comes from the quick snapping or sudden popping of the finger when it unlocks from a bent position, similar to releasing a gun trigger. […]

What Is Hip Bursitis? Treatment, Causes and Diagnosis

2017-11-22T08:57:16+00:00November 28th, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

Hip Bursitis - A.K.A. Greater Trochanteric Bursitis Hip bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa, a fluid filled sack, located between the bony prominence on the outside of the hip called the greater trochanter and the tendons that pass over the top of the bone. Hip bursitis, which is known to physicians as trochanteric bursitis, is most common in middle-aged women but can occur in almost anyone. Typically someone who is experiencing hip bursitis feels pain in the outside of the hip that radiates down the outer thigh. Overtime the pain usually transforms from very sharp to more of an ache throughout the hip and thigh. It may also become worse at night or when seated for a prolonged period of [...]

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 Triceps Tendonitis?

2017-11-22T10:18:25+00:00November 27th, 2014|Orthopedics Care|

What are a triceps? Located at the back of the upper arm, originating at the shoulder and stretching down to the forearm, the triceps muscle is in charge of straightening the elbow as well as aiding in shoulder movements. […]