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Fit Your Backpack to Avoid Back and Neck Pain

A telltale sign that summer is coming to an end are the promotional ads for back-to-school supplies. Pens, calculators, and folders will begin to fill shopping carts across the country. A new backpack may even be on your list, and if so, you’ll need to know how it should fit and how much you can pack in it before it negatively affects the body. Gary Shapiro, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating spine problems in adults and children at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI), gives advice on how to fit and wear a backpack to avoid neck, shoulder and back pain. Backpacks are a great option to carry supplies, but incorrect fitting, overpacking, and prolonged carrying [...]

2019-08-22T08:27:41-05:00August 22nd, 2019|Blog, Wellness|

How to Help Prevent Baseball Injuries

Baseball injuries can dampen your season. Learn about common injuries and how you can help to prevent them in a Q&A with Schaumburg Boomers Head Athletic Trainer Mylie Leatherman, ATC. Let’s start by finding out what a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) does. Leatherman says, “ATCs do a great deal in helping athletes recover in their sports. There are many different treatments that they use in order to help their athletes return to play at the highest level. ATCs are unique in that they are the only clinician to be with an athlete from the time they are injured to their return to play. Athletic trainers are vital in ensuring that athletes are given the best care and return to play [...]

2019-08-16T13:34:46-05:00August 16th, 2019|Blog, Sports Medicine|

How Does Pilates Factor into Low Back Pain?

Numerous research studies have found that prolonged periods of sitting can trigger low back pain. It has also been said that “sitting is the new heart attack,” and while this adage may be a bit exaggerated, the truth is that prolonged sitting with little to no activity produces muscular weakness and imbalances. This combination alone can and often does lead to low back pain. So, what happens when we sit? With the advent and progress of technology when we are seated, we find ourselves in a kyphotic posture–a forward-leaning posture, resulting in a forward head, shoulders that are rounded forward, and short, strong, tight hip flexors and inactive core muscles. Basically, muscles at the front of the body can [...]

2019-08-08T11:41:56-05:00August 8th, 2019|Blog, Wellness|

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Child’s Physical This School Year

It’s that time again, back-to-school time! With the start of the new school year, this might mean that you need to schedule a back-to-school physical. If your child is participating in school sports, they will need a physical every year. The annual physical exam is a great way to measure growth and the year-over-year health of your child. Back-to-school physicals typically take the same types of measurements and tests, regardless of the provider you visit. Keep in mind that your child’s assessment will change depending on your child’s age. Providers will typically: Record your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and body mass index (BMI) Check your child’s heart, lungs, lymph nodes, abdomen, skin, eyes, ears, nose and throat [...]

2019-08-13T03:08:34-05:00July 19th, 2019|Blog, Wellness|

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 [...]

2019-08-13T03:08:25-05:00July 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 [...]

2019-08-13T03:07:52-05:00July 18th, 2019|Blog, Wellness|

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 [...]

2019-08-13T03:08:00-05:00July 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 [...]

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 [...]

2019-08-13T03:08:10-05:00June 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 [...]

2019-08-13T03:08:22-05:00June 12th, 2019|Wellness|