//Neck and Cervical Spine

Gregory Brebach, MD

2018-12-14T08:50:09+00:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Greg Brebach is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon, fellowship-trained in spinal surgery. His practice is limited to disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Originally from the Barrington area, he graduated from Barrington High School. He joined Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in 2003 after finishing first in his class at Rush Medical College and completing his Spine Fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital near Detroit, Michigan. Since 2007, Dr. Brebach has been on the Board of Directors of Wellness Place, a cancer recovery and education center. He lives in the Barrington area with his wife Elissa and their children, Nina and Henry.

Cervical Disc Arthroplasty

2018-11-19T11:23:27+00:00April 3rd, 2018|

Cervical Disc Arthroplasty Overview Cervical Disc Arthroplasty (Replacement) relieves pain caused by the diseased discs between the upper seven vertebrae of the spine (aka the neck area) by removing the problematic disc and replacing it with an artificial disc. Some patients who have more than one disc that needs replacing may require multi-level disc replacement surgery (which can be performed on adjacent or non-adjacent discs). What Symptoms Does Cervical Disc Arthroplasty Treat? Patients typically complain of neck pain or stiffness, pain that radiates from shoulder to arm and hand, weakness in shoulders, arms or legs, or numbness and or tingling in the arms and fingers. Cervical Disc Arthroplasty vs. Spinal Fusion Prior to the availability of cervical [...]

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. […]

Jonathan Erulkar, MD

2018-01-02T15:11:06+00:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Jonathan Erulkar is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in non-operative and operative management of cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), and lumbar (lower back) conditions. In providing care, Dr. Erulkar tailors his treatments to the individual patient by correlating and considering medical history, physical examination, diagnostic imaging as well as work/social circumstances. He strives to guide and educate his patients through non-operative treatments as well as considering their surgical options. He is experienced in performing microdiscectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion and instrumentation surgeries. In many cases, these can be performed using minimally invasive techniques which can reduce post- operative strain on the patient and minimize recovery times. Dr. Erulkar completed a combined Spine Surgery Fellowship at the New England Baptist [...]

Theodore Fisher, MD

2018-06-25T10:50:52+00:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Theodore Fisher is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back) and lumbar (lower back) spine problems in adults and children. He provides care across the spectrum of spinal disorders, including scoliosis (curvature of the spine) degenerative diseases such as arthritis, disc herniation and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), tumors, and fractures. In many cases, Dr. Fisher is able to treat patients with non-surgical methods. When surgery is needed, he often is able to perform minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. They include disc replacements, spinal fusions (joining bones of the spine), microdisectomy, laminectomy and kyphoplasty (a minimally invasive treatment for spine fractures caused by osteoporosis). In providing care, Dr. [...]

Thomas Gleason, MD

2018-09-06T08:49:51+00:00October 20th, 2017|

A founding member of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Dr. Thomas F. Gleason is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating spinal problems in adults and performing hip and knee joint replacements. He offers patients an array of treatment options for spine conditions, including cervical and lumbar disk replacements, laminectomy, spinal fusion, microendoscopic discectomy, intradiscal electrothermal therapy and kyphoplasty. Dr. Gleason also performs other procedures including arthroscopy, total knee replacement and total hip replacement. The son of an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gleason was inspired by the difference his father made in patients’ lives and the satisfaction it gave him. He keeps informed of the latest developments in his field through his work as a reviewer of articles submitted for publication [...]

Matthew L. Jimenez, MD

2018-11-20T11:16:53+00:00October 23rd, 2017|

Matthew L. Jimenez, M.D., FACS is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in joint and pelvis reconstruction, specializing in orthopedic fracture care and joint reconstruction. His patient-centered focus is on soft-tissue preservation and rapid recovery. He has a special interest and expertise in the Direct Anterior Approach for total hip arthroplasty. Dr. Jimenez received his M.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1989 after completing his undergraduate training at the University of Utah. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Jimenez completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University. He then completed a one-year post graduate fellowship in orthopaedic trauma and joint reconstruction at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Medical Center, under the direction of Dr. Marvin Tile. [...]

Steven M. Mardjetko, MD

2018-01-03T15:19:10+00:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Steven Mardjetko is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating spine conditions, with an emphasis on pediatric spinal deformities, including early onset spinal deformity. He provides the gamut of treatment options for very young children all the way to adults, including advanced techniques not widely available. Because he treats adults as well as children and has been in practice for more than two decades, Dr. Mardjetko is able to understand how a spinal condition will affect a child later in life and to provide treatment that keeps long-term outcomes in mind. He was drawn to the challenge of pediatric orthopedics. He honed his abilities caring for children with rare conditions for 17 years at Shriners Hospital for Children in [...]

Mark Mikhael, MD

2018-12-05T07:57:46+00:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Mark Mikhael is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgical treatment of spine disorders such as disc herniations, stenosis, fractures, instability and degeneration (arthritis). His special interest is in complex cervical spine surgery. Whenever possible, he offers minimally invasive surgical techniques, which help avoid complications and reduce patient recovery times. He also has extensive experience in nerve decompression surgery and complex spinal reconstruction. Dr. Mikhael works with each patient to explore conservative treatment options before pursuing surgery. His goal for each patient is to increase their ability to engage in the activities they enjoy while reducing their pain and discomfort. He keeps informed of the latest developments in his field through his work as a manuscript reviewer for the journal [...]

E. Quinn Regan, MD

2018-01-04T13:17:56+00:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. E. Quinn Regan is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating cervical and lumbar degenerative disease such as spinal tumors, spinal stenosis, herniated disks, sciatica and cervical radiculopathy. Taking advantage of advances in the field that have produced treatments unavailable even ten years ago, Dr. Regan offers patients the latest treatments, including minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Regan originally studied engineering in college, but discovered he wanted a career that would help people directly. Spinal surgery allows him to apply his engineering background to the treatment of the human body. He has suffered from back pain himself for 25 years. He brings to his patients a compassion for their conditions based on his own experience. His goal as a [...]

David Schneider, DO

2018-12-14T08:59:14+00:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. David Schneider grew up outside Detroit, Michigan. After completing his medical education and serving as an Undersea Medical Officer in the Navy, he finished his residency and fellowship. He joined Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in 1998. Currently, Dr. Schneider sees a variety of patients with bone, tendon, muscle, joint, and brain diseases. As a physiatrist, he works in partnership with the orthopedic surgeons at Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute to meet the diverse needs of patients. His special interests include treating patients with sports and spine problems. He is a member of various organizations, including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Association [...]

Gary Shapiro, MD

2018-02-23T11:21:49+00:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Gary Shapiro is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating spine problems in adults and children. He has particular interest in sports related spinal injuries and has treated professional athletes from around the world, including serving for three years as the official spine surgeon for the Chicago Bears. In many cases, Dr. Shapiro is able to treat patients with non-surgical methods. When surgery is needed, he often is able to perform minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. The combination of his interest in science and his desire to help people led Dr. Shapiro to become a doctor. His care is marked by his empathy for patients and true commitment to their best interests. [...]

Charles Slack, MD

2018-01-04T13:47:30+00:00October 17th, 2017|

Dr. Charles Slack is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in treating disorders of the spine, including herniated (ruptured) disks and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal). He provides non-surgical treatment for the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) spine and surgical treatment of the lumbar spine. When medically advisable, Dr. Slack offers patients microscopic surgery, a form of minimally invasive surgery that uses advanced microscopes to view the surgical area, which decreases pain and speeds recovery times. He also provides the latest forms of injection therapy to treat degenerative disorders of the spine. Since he was young, Dr. Slack wanted to become a doctor and was inspired in part by his own family doctor, who was thoroughly dedicated to [...]

Spine and Back Care

2018-11-14T16:59:01+00:00August 25th, 2017|

Spine and Back Pain Relief in IL IBJI is home to one of the largest, most experienced teams of orthopedic back and spine specialists in Illinois. Back pain has a debilitating reputation, and for good reason. A nagging back condition can affect every element of your daily life, whether it’s carrying laundry, walking your dog, or even just driving to the store. IBJI’s specialized back and spine orthopedists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of the region’s bone and joint disorders, including sports injuries, arthritis, spinal disorders, and physical trauma. Many of our doctors will sub-specialize in a specific region of the spine and back, ensuring that no matter what your condition, it will be [...]

Stanford Tack, MD

2018-01-04T14:14:39+00:00October 17th, 2017|

Dr. Stanford Tack is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in treating disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine in adults. He provides care for stenosis, herniated disks and spondylolisthesis. Dr. Tack has extensive experience in performing cervical disk replacement in patients who previously have been treated with cervical fusion. He performs most of his procedures using minimally invasive techniques that reduce patients’ pain and speed their recovery times. Dr. Tack usually is able to perform surgery as an outpatient procedure, and patients typically do not require physical therapy or other post-operative care. The son of a nurse, Dr. Tack inherited his mother’s aptitude for caring for others, which combined with his interest in science led him to become a [...]

Jeffrey Visotsky, MD

2018-06-25T20:30:10+00:00October 16th, 2017|

A founding member of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, Dr. Jeffrey L. Visotsky is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in hand surgery. He specializes in hand, elbow and shoulder reconstruction procedures. Dr. Visotsky performs rotator cuff repairs, shoulder instability reconstruction, primary and reverse shoulder replacement, tennis elbow surgery, and all hand procedures, including reconstruction, reimplementation and carpal tunnel surgery. When medically appropriate, Dr. Visotsky provides advanced treatments including arthroscopy and the use of platelet-rich plasma injections to stimulate tissue healing. In many cases, Dr. Visotsky is able to treat patients successfully using non-surgical methods. His goal is to restore each patient back to the normal function in their activities of daily living and sports. Dr. Visotsky has been [...]