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7 Interesting Facts About Arthritis

2017-11-22T10:44:55-05:00August 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 [...]

Al Roker Shows Viewers How Far Knee Replacement Has Come

2017-11-22T10:49:08-05:00December 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

2017-11-22T10:44:37-05:00July 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 [...]

Basal Thumb Arthritis: Are You Suffering from Thumb Pain?

2017-11-22T10:48:11-05:00November 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 [...]

Crocodile Lovers

2016-06-27T14:25:02-05:00June 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 [...]

From Jaws of Life to Miracle of Life

2017-11-22T10:43:43-05:00May 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. [...]


2017-11-27T11:35:54-05:00September 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

2018-02-27T11:07:04-05:00September 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’s Dr. Steven Haddad Speaks Out About the Critical Need to Fund Musculoskeletal Research

2017-11-22T10:44:47-05:00August 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 [...]


2017-11-22T10:47:47-05:00September 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.

2017-11-22T10:43:57-05:00June 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


2017-11-22T10:47:58-05:00October 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 [...]

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

2017-11-22T10:45:10-05:00August 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 [...]

Perspectives on Emerging Treatments and Therapies from IBJI Specialists

2017-11-22T10:49:34-05:00February 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 [...]

Smartphones Can Take a Toll on Your Body

2017-11-22T10:48:39-05:00November 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

2018-05-11T16:05:17-05:00May 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

2017-11-22T10:48:50-05:00December 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

2017-11-27T10:07:04-05:00June 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 [...]


2017-11-27T09:05:55-05:00November 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! 

Treatment Options For Aching Knees From Osteoarthritis

2017-11-22T10:48:59-05:00December 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 [...]

What is a Concussion?

2018-02-27T11:07:22-05:00September 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 Osteoporosis? Types, Symptoms and Causes

2017-11-22T10:43:25-05:00May 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?

2018-02-27T11:06:35-05:00September 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 [...]