/Patient Stories/

Ashlee’s Story

2017-11-08T16:34:46+00:00 August 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+00:00 November 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. […]

Cynthia’s Story

2017-11-08T16:16:52+00:00 June 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

2017-11-03T16:03:09+00:00 July 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 March 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. […]

Gregg’s Story

2017-11-03T15:10:59+00:00 March 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+00:00 August 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.  […]

Howard’s Story

2017-11-07T20:19:58+00:00 June 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+00:00 August 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 March 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. […]

Joe’s Story

2017-11-03T15:41:36+00:00 April 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. […]

Lonnie’s Story

2017-11-03T14:24:32+00:00 April 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+00:00 May 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. […]

Paula’s Story

2017-11-07T20:25:37+00:00 April 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. […]

Stella’s Story

2017-11-07T20:20:06+00:00 April 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+00:00 January 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 August 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. […]