/Patient Stories/

Ashlee’s Story

2017-11-08T16:34:46+00:00August 19th, 2013|

Ashlee, 37, has to be able to run – fast – on dirt, grass, and artificial turf, even if it’s wet and slippery. She has to start in quick bursts, pivot and stop on a dime. She runs dashes often and trains frequently. But Ashlee isn’t your typical athlete. […]

Cathy’s Story

2017-11-08T16:33:44+00:00November 5th, 2015|

In early 1964, Cathy Smithers was an aspiring Olympian, skiing the slopes of Vermont with a close-knit group of friends who trained together. Her specialties were slalom, giant slalom and downhill. […]

Christopher’s Story

2017-11-08T16:22:39+00:00June 22nd, 2017|

One evening in early February, my wife and I were headed to our seats in Welsh-Ryan Arena at Northwestern University to watch a basketball game. […]

Cynthia’s Story

2018-05-29T05:00:43+00:00June 12th, 2017|

I had terrible shoulder pain and could no longer ignore it. X-rays and an MRI revealed advanced osteoarthritis in my shoulder that would require the replacement of the ball and socket of that joint. […]

Dan’s Story

2018-05-17T14:15:28+00:00July 9th, 2015|

For more than 40 years, Grayslake resident Dan Chesman, 63, struggled with residual pain from a severe ankle injury he suffered in a toboggan accident as a young man. […]

David’s Story

2017-11-07T21:22:57+00:00November 23rd, 2016|

From the age of 10 I have literally been playing tennis, training and working on my legs to prepare me for a lifetime of professional sports. […]

Debra’s Story

2017-11-08T14:35:17+00:00June 21st, 2017|

Like many people, Debra Stewart had lived with back pain for years. Several of her vertebrae were starting to compress, causing occasional discomfort in her lower back and one of her legs. […]

Dominque’s Story

2017-11-03T16:45:46+00:00March 28th, 2017|

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. […]

Erich’s Story

2017-11-08T16:24:36+00:00July 30th, 2017|

I ruptured my Achillies in mid January (mid-substance tear). Dr Vora repaired the rupture with sutures within a week. […]

Gregg’s Story

2017-11-03T15:10:59+00:00March 27th, 2015|

Gregg Rappe was on his way to high school football practice back in 1973 when a car ran a stop sign and broadsided the motorcycle he was riding. He suffered multiple injuries, the most severe one being his left ankle, which was virtually shattered. […]

Gretchen’s Story

2017-11-03T15:07:26+00:00August 19th, 2013|

Gretchen Jacobs, 55, was starting over. She had two kids in college and had just moved to Chicago from the suburbs. Gretchen knew the bone and joint care she needed was long overdue.  […]

Hannah’s Story

2018-08-13T08:47:23+00:00August 13th, 2018|

Dr. Vora is a spectacular doctor who wants to do what is right by the patient, not the practice. I had two previous ankle surgeries at RUSH, however, the damage of my ankle was so much worse that RUSH’s two operations would’ve never worked because I needed an entire ‪ankle allograft. Before my surgery with Vora I couldn’t even walk a mile without my ankle swelling like a balloon, which was not ideal being an elite 20-year-old athlete; but now, a year later, I am able to do any activity without any pain what-so-ever. It’s such a night and day difference. Lastly, Vora cares so much about the patient at hand and uses surgery as a last resort, plus he's [...]

Howard’s Story

2017-11-07T20:19:58+00:00June 9th, 2017|

Howard Weil was hitting tennis balls with a friend when the shoulder pain that had been bothering him grew so intense that tears started streaming down his face. […]

Jade’s Story

2017-11-03T14:45:06+00:00August 19th, 2013|

Jade Ortiz, 17, has been dancing as long as she remembers. She performed in the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker Suite at age 12 and competes all over the country each month. […]

Jeffery’s Story

2017-11-07T21:44:18+00:00November 23rd, 2016|

Simple story, I was young and dumb running 18 marathons since 1991 until 2004 finishing 15 of them. The knee pain started long before the last marathon. […]

Jesse’s Story

2017-11-07T20:25:03+00:00March 31st, 2015|

 The full-blown pain Jesse Manarang lived with for two years began gradually. It started in his early 40’s, with tingling and numbness in the index, middle and ring fingers of both hands. […]

Jim’s Story

2018-07-27T14:03:43+00:00July 27th, 2018|

Recently I hurt my back for the first time.  Waking up the next morning, I was in great pain, and almost unable to move.  This was also 3 days before my wife and I were taking a 3 week bicycle trip celebrating her recent retirement.  I was eventually able to get myself to the IBIJ Ortho Access facility in Glenview.  Fantastically, they got me in within minutes, gathering my information and getting an initial set of x-rays as quickly and easily as I could imagine.  Once back in the examination room and after only a short wait, I met with Dr. Gary Shapiro, a spine specialist.  After reviewing the x-rays, Dr. Shapiro very patiently listened to the story, asked great [...]

Joe’s Story

2017-11-03T15:41:36+00:00April 29th, 2015|

Joe Simz, 45, feels he “won the lottery” becoming a Chicago firefighter/EMT. After taking the qualifying exam in the mid-90’s and hearing nothing back, he ended up working for a local utility company. Then one day out of the blue, the call came. […]

Kim’s Story

2018-07-27T13:57:00+00:00July 27th, 2018|

My name is Kim Davila, patient for Dr. Joseph D’Silva, MD. I have been under his care for over five years for my knee. I am now able to exercise, take long walks, attend Zumba, salsa, and belly dancing classes. I am 63 years old and a retired government employee of 33 years. I am now able to enjoy my retirement due to my knee care from Dr. D’Silva. I am so grateful to him, I have also lost 50 pounds during his care.

Lonnie’s Story

2017-11-03T14:24:32+00:00April 21st, 2015|

Lonnie Smith, 71, is a man of action. For 22 years, he’d worked as a paramedic and fireman. He enjoyed outdoor activities and liked to build and repair homes, work that often found him climbing on roofs and doing heavy lifting. […]

Mandi’s Story

2017-11-07T20:21:59+00:00May 13th, 2016|

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. […]

Margaret’s Story

2018-07-27T14:00:07+00:00July 27th, 2018|

Last March 2017 had knee replaced. For over a year I have suffered with chronic pain/ swelling of my leg & burning. I had 3 other surgeries & even a nerve block. The original surgeon never ordered a CT scan as recommended by the consulting physician he recommended. Finally March 2018 had the CT done & it was noted the cement of the device was not holding. I could actually feel the device mobile in my leg. Because I was crying daily in pain, one doctor deferred me to go to the Mayo clinic for treatment. He also missed diagnosed me as having chronic pain syndrome, even though I had told him I was assessed for that & I did [...]

Mary’s Story

2017-11-07T21:53:39+00:00November 23rd, 2016|

Dear Dr. Beigler; This Thanksgiving Season I count you and your extended team among my many blessings. […]

Ned’s Story

2017-11-03T14:14:41+00:00May 7th, 2013|

These are the words of a grateful mother for the exceptional orthopedic care received for her son Ned Bryant. […]

Paula’s Story

2017-11-07T20:25:37+00:00April 25th, 2015|

The Hoffman Estates resident plays competitive tennis several times a week. She hits the slopes with her family every winter and spring on visits with her grown children in Colorado. And summer? Golf, of course. […]

Sarah’s Story

2017-11-07T21:51:37+00:00November 23rd, 2013|

After dealing with severe sciatic pain down my left leg for about a month, I decided to visit Dr. Regan. […]

Stella’s Story

2017-11-07T20:20:06+00:00April 21st, 2015|

For years, Stella Housakos, 86, and her husband split their time between sunny Florida and a home in north suburban Chicago. […]

Susan’s Story

2017-11-17T14:15:48+00:00January 8th, 2017|

I could barely walk and I was crying when I walked in IBJI. Asked to see a doctor and Dr. Brian Clay treated me over a period of several months. He was fabulous. I had several things going on besides a pinched nerve. I had three injections and therapy. I am 70 years old and very active. I occasionally do the exercises I learned in therapy, I am careful about certain movements concerning my back, but I have been totally free from that excruciating sciatica pain. Thank you Dr. Brian Clay.

Tom’s Story

2017-11-03T15:53:21+00:00May 12th, 2015|

In 2013, Tom Sora was headed for a distinguished college football career. The high school senior was defensive captain of his team at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles and college scouts had their eyes on him. […]

Vija’s Story

2017-11-03T14:35:08+00:00August 19th, 2013|

Vija Navarro, 65, is singing the praises of her doctor and his team. Vija has a new right hip and knee thanks to IBJI and her surgeon, Peter Thadani, MD. […]