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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 [...]

Are You Wearing the Correct Footwear?

2019-03-26T11:00:32-05:00March 26th, 2019|Blog|

Properly fitted shoes can help reduce the risk of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. Steven Jasonowicz, DPM, and Cathy Irwin, PT, OCS, MHS, of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, give advice on how your shoes should fit and the deformities that could arise from wearing improper fitted shoes. The fit of the shoe should be “snug without pinching,” says Irwin. You should not force your foot into a shoe that does not have a similar natural shape. Irwin says that, “a straight foot, needs a straight shoe and a curved foot, needs a curved shoe.” Irwin recommends checking the following when buying shoes: Stiffness of the sole. Shoe should not be able to bend in half or be twisted in the [...]

Athletic Trainers Stepping into New Roles

2017-11-22T10:52:01-05:00April 27th, 2017|Physical & Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine|

With the arrival of spring, IBJI’s athletic training staff is gearing up for a busy season. The Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League and the Chicago Sky of the Women’s National Basketball Association have selected IBJI as their Official Athletic Training Provider. During the upcoming 2017 seasons, IBJI’s highly skilled team of certified athletic trainers will be on-site to assist both teams during all home and away games — but that’s not all they will be doing. […]

Back on Track

2017-11-22T10:04:12-05:00August 26th, 2014|IBJI in the News|

Health Performance Institute treats injured patients’ bodies, minds, souls By Wendy Altschuler, Sun-Times Media as seen in Downtown Highland Park August 2014 When it comes to your health, fitness and well-being you deserve the best: the best resources, the best facilities, the best experts. […]

Baseline Concussion Testing

2019-02-21T14:18:23-05:00November 16th, 2017|

Baseline Concussion Testing Baseline testing is a measure of an athlete’s performance in various areas, which is then used for comparison during an injury evaluation. There are many different ways to approach baseline testing, with the most widely used being ImPACT.  IBJI Sports Neurology has taken the next step and now offer Neurological Pre-Participation Evaluations tailored to you or your athlete. ImPACT Baseline Testing ImPACT is a computerized test that assesses the following aspects of cognitive function: attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal problem solving and reaction time. It also assesses concussion symptoms and severity of those symptoms. While ImPACT testing is not diagnostic, having an understanding of your child’s [...]

Complimentary Injury Screening

2019-03-06T20:28:06-05:00November 16th, 2017|

Complimentary Injury Screenings Nagging pain in your lower back? Popping in your knee as you run? Not sure where to turn? Complimentary injury screenings are evaluations performed by a  Licensed Physical Therapist (PT) or Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in our physical therapy clinic as a means to help our patients determine what is the best treatment solution for non-emergency conditions. An IBJI clinician will explain the extent of the injury and educate the patient on an appropriate treatment protocol. Please note: The services provided by the PT or ATC shall in no way be considered a substitute for the services of a physician, and will function only under the outlines set forth by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations. [...]

Compression Bandaging

2019-02-22T08:19:29-05:00November 17th, 2017|

Compression Bandaging The Compression Bandaging program benefits orthopedic patients with acute and sub-acute post traumatic and post-operative lower extremity edema. The physical therapists involved in the program have been trained in the application of short stretch bandages for edema reduction. This may be performed in conjunction with other physical therapy services, including incision care and therapeutic exercise. In post-operative patients, compression bandaging is beneficial in promoting incision healing, preventing wound complications and assisting with pain management, by early management of swelling. Typically compression bandaging is initiated within 1-3 days post-operative or after hospital discharge. Compression bandaging is also beneficial in non-surgical patients and pre-operatively in traumatic injuries to assist with edema management. Move better. [...]

Exercising Before Knee Surgery

2017-11-22T09:15:37-05:00November 19th, 2012|Orthopedics Care|

If you’ve been diagnosed with a knee injury, like a torn ACL, and you’re preparing to undergo surgery.  Your physician may have recommended doing pre-surgery exercises. These exercises help strengthen the surrounding leg muscle, increase range of motion and flexibility. Sometimes a good routine will help reduce the time needed in rehabilitation. In most cases the stronger you can make your muscles before surgery the better your recovery. […]

Four Benefits of Working Out with a Personal Trainer

2019-03-06T13:10:09-05:00March 6th, 2019|Blog|

People of all ages and experience levels can achieve great results and live a healthier lifestyle with a personal trainer. Personal trainers will help create a unique work-out plan that focuses on achieving your goals. They can also accommodate an injury or other obstacles that may prevent you from working out. Instead of trying fad diets and extreme exercises, a personal trainer will help put you on track and find out what works best for you and your body. No more asking yourself, “Am I doing this right?” Cory Leman, MS, CSCS, general manager of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute’s Health Performance Institute (HPI), lists the following as benefits in choosing to work with a personal trainer: 1. Individualization. Personal [...]

Industrial Rehabilitation

2019-04-08T08:28:38-05:00November 16th, 2017|

Industrial Rehabilitation Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Rehabilitation Services proudly support our physicians in delivering cutting edge Industrial Rehabilitation as part of our comprehensive Physical and Occupational Therapy programs. The therapist's ability to interact with physicians on a daily basis gives us a unique advantage that is critical in Case Management, one that helps to decrease the amount of time a patient is away from work. Work Conditioning helps injured workers finalize their rehabilitation process to ensure they are capable of safely returning to work duty and not get re-injured. Our Work Conditioning clinics are located throughout the Chicagoland area and include an individualized program for each injury and job description. Work conditioning programs are [...]

Traveling Again Without Hip Pain: Jean B’s Story

2019-02-01T10:05:26-05:00October 17th, 2018|

Dr. Peter Thadani gave me back my active life! My hip discomfort began twenty years ago, and by 2017, the pain had become so severe that I had given up many many activities that I used to enjoy, especially traveling with my family and taking daily long walks with my husband. Climbing the stairs to our bedroom had become a slow and dreaded process, inactivity had caused weight gain, and my condition was affecting our family’s travel choices. I knew it was time to consider hip replacement. I made an appointment to see Dr. Thadani, an expert in “anterior approach” hip replacement surgery - a method that I heard results in a shorter hospital stay and swifter recovery. Dr. Thadani [...]

Know Your Running Technique and How to Improve It

2019-03-18T10:27:48-05:00March 18th, 2019|Blog|

Not feeling quite right after your run? Your running technique may be the cause of added foot or ankle pain after exercise. You can adjust your running form and learn how to decrease the risk of injury to improve your run. John Linden, PT, DPT, physical therapist at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, helps educate us on running form, decreasing the risk of injury, and the advantages of attending a running clinic. Is there one running form that is more effective than others? “There are a variety of ways in which people run effectively. Runners typically develop a running form that is most efficient for them from a metabolic perspective. This is great, unless they are placing undue stress [...]

From Excruciating Pain to Zumba: Lynn’s Story

2019-02-01T10:07:50-05:00October 16th, 2018|

By the last month before a total hip replacement, in order to get up from a sitting position without a cane, I had to put my weight on my hands flat on the floor until able to pull up to standing position. Pain was a 98 out of 100. Three months, to the day, post surgery, Dr. Hill cleared me for my old exercise; I was at Zumba that night! Took about a month after that to get stamina back. Pain is now a zero out of 100. Zero. Bear in mind, the first weeks post surgery are surprisingly painful, but the HUGE difference is every day brings improvement. Do exactly what your doctor and PT tell you to, and [...]

Massage Therapy

2019-02-22T08:20:54-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Massage Therapy Massage Therapy has been practiced for thousands of years as an effective technique to promote the overall health of an individual. This means of rehabilitation therapy can help reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, relax the muscles, improve range of motion and increase endorphins. Massage therapy for various conditions can also stimulate weak and inactive muscle. When a patient endures an illness or injury it can be difficult for them to stay active. This form of therapy is a great, temporary, alternative to exercise for preventing negative effects on the muscles. Our IBJI massage therapists are fully certified to relieve symptoms related to your medical conditions, without risk of exacerbating your condition. Massage Therapy [...]

HPI Allowed Me to Walk Again Without Pain: Mike E’s Story

2019-02-01T10:12:39-05:00September 26th, 2018|

Since 2016, three sets of initials have made a great positive impact on my physical health and my mental outlook: IBJI, OHP, and HPI. While I had been moderately active in sports through college, by the time I completed some professional degrees, got married, and was working, most of my leisure time was spent eating, reading, and passively watching sports on TV. Over the years my physical condition become so poor that I could not walk easily or get out of a chair without requiring assistance and feeling pain. Although I could still work at my desk, I was burden to myself and loved ones and was depressed. In 2017, I was referred to IBJI- The Illinois Bone and Joint [...]

Occupational Therapy

2019-02-22T08:22:01-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapy is a form of healthcare rehabilitation that focuses on physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities to eliminate necessary co-dependence throughout day-to-day life. Occupational Therapists generally specialize in care of the upper extremities such as the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. This type of therapeutic pain management commonly treats any bodily movement disrupted from a work-related injury or similar medical condition. When Should You Seek Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy rehabilitation helps improve fine and gross motor skills in both adults and children. Assistance from an IBJI occupational therapist will assist and address the motor and developmental impediments that are affecting the psychological, social and environmental factors of your daily life. The services that we [...]


2019-02-21T13:26:53-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Custom Orthotics Orthotic foot inserts are useful for many different lower body conditions. Orthotic inserts replace the lining of your shoes and are tailored to alleviate your specific foot pain. IBJI knows that no two feet are the same and that each patient requires their own unique solution. Our podiatrists and physical therapists can evaluate your needs and find the appropriate foot orthotics. When Are Custom Orthotics Necessary? If you experience pain in your feet, hips, knees, or back, orthotic inserts may be able to help. A great solution recommended by IBJI’s physicians and physical therapists, orthotic inserts can make standing for extended periods of time a painless task. Foot orthotics purchased at the pharmacy can [...]

Outpatient Joint Replacement

2019-04-18T17:19:43-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Outpatient Joint Replacement by IBJI Outpatient joint replacement, also known as same-day surgery, is an alternative route that patients can take to avoid an overnight stay at the hospital post-surgery. This option allows the patient to receive joint replacement surgery in an ambulatory surgical center, while being given clearance to return home in under 24 hours. Request an Appointment Why Consider Outpatient Joint Replacement? Outpatient ambulatory care and service is growing in popularity. This alternative approach to joint replacement surgery rewards the patient with many benefits previous unavailable with inpatient treatment. Not only can patients return home following surgery, it’s more cost effective as well. Outpatient surgery lowers the pricey out-of-pocket expenses one [...]

Pelvic Floor Therapy

2019-02-22T08:22:17-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Pelvic Floor Therapy IBJI’s Pelvic Therapy service focuses on the improvement of normal overall function and pain management in the pelvic region for both men and women. Patients with any orthopedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, congenital, or developmental conditions may also begin pelvic therapy to increase strength, flexibility and mobility. IBJI’s staff is trained in one-on-one interaction with patients to provide confidential and comprehensive rehabilitation treatments based on the newest research and techniques. Our therapists work directly with patients and physicians to establish clear treatment goals and a customized plan of care. When Should You Seek Pelvic Therapy at IBJI The most common reason for pelvic therapy treatment is to treat the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments. These [...]

Performing Arts Rehabilitation

2019-02-22T08:22:32-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Performing Arts Rehabilitation The performing artist is a unique individual that incorporates their voice and/or body with physical and emotional expression to convey a story. This type of athlete requires strength, stability, stamina and energy to repetitively entertain their audience therefore leading to many over use injuries. Illinois Bone and Joint Institute understands the demands of the Performing Artist by knowing: The language of dance, theatre, gymnastics, music, martial arts and skating to effectively work with the demands of each art form  The need to keep performing and the need for injury prevention The technique and terminology The specific footwear requirements The beginner to the professional and is therefore proud to offer Performing Arts Rehabilitation! Services [...]

Physical Therapy

2019-04-08T08:37:56-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Physical Therapy Physical Therapy is a healthcare specialty that focuses on the rehabilitation of a patient through manual treatments to aid impairments and promote mobility. A physical therapist will conduct physical examinations and review your recorded medical history to accurately apply the correct pain management technique. Physical therapy can relieve pain, improve limited function and regain decreased strength resulting from an accident, accessory health condition, or orthopedic surgery. Why Should You See a Physical Therapist at IBJI IBJI wants to get you back into motion. Our physical therapists will diagnose and treat your complications with the most hands-on approach. A patient seeking therapeutic care can expect our PTs to evaluate their condition through meticulous observation of [...]

Pilates Can Improve Your Strength, Movement and Flexibility this Season

2019-04-02T09:33:31-05:00April 1st, 2019|Blog|

BY YVONNE TAYLOR, MS, NASM, STOTT Pilates Instructor | Illinois Bone & Joint Institute It’s that time again... the weather is getting warmer, jackets are getting lighter and the clubs, racquets and bats are getting dusted off for use! Athletes, weekend warriors and layman participants from all walks are gearing up for their spring and summer activity seasons. With any season, minor and major injuries can occur, but what if you could decrease your chances of getting injured? Believe it or not, there is a fitness method that can help you do just that…it’s called pilates. Pilates is a great way to improve sport performance and general function. One of the best kept secrets at Illinois Bone & Joint [...]

Return to Play Phase 4

2019-02-22T09:50:10-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Return to Play-Phase 4 Return to Play - Phase 4 training is designed to ensure a safe return to sports with a reduced risk of re-injury. Phase 4 is an ideal program for patients who wish to continue advanced rehabilitation and injury treatment. The phase 4 program is designed for an active population that requires human performance beyond the activities for daily living. Ideal candidate for this program include post ACL injury High School and Collegiate athlete, industrial athlete, weekend warrior, and athletes looking for lower extremity conditioning. Phase 4 Program Details Patients can opt for group classes or one-on-one sessions with an IBJI specialist. Participants can also expect baseline and post-testing procedures to ensure a [...]

Sports Injury Prevention Screen

2019-02-22T09:49:10-05:00August 29th, 2018|

Sports Injury Prevention Screen Prepare. Prevent. Play. The Illinois Bone and Joint Institute recognizes that the best way to treat an injury is to prevent it before it occurs! Before jumping into another sports season, make sure your body is ready for action! In our Sports Injury Prevention Screen, we perform a series of simple tests to identify your personal risk factors for a lower extremity injury. A Licensed Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), or Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) will identify predispositions to injury by assessing these aspects of sports performance: Mobility and flexibility Balance Lower extremity strength Power production Core stability Dynamic control and mechanics You will have an opportunity to discuss prior [...]

Physical & Occupational Therapy

2019-04-08T08:36:00-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Physical & Occupational Therapy The Illinois Bone and Joint Institute offers a full range of therapeutic services. Our rehabilitation specialists will provide you with personalized attention and assessment to determine the optimal approach to your full recovery. We offer complimentary injury screening to ensure your level of care is consistent with your conditions. Trust IBJI as your rehabilitation and therapeutic experts and contact us today to get started on your path to recovery. Physical Therapy Physical Therapy with IBJI provides comprehensive support and a highly customized treatment plan to treat all conditions. Our dedicated therapists will work closely with you to regain confidence in physical motion and promote safety awareness to prevent future injury. Occupational Therapy [...]

Video Gait Analysis

2019-02-22T08:23:20-05:00November 17th, 2017|

Video Gait Analysis Whether you are looking to set a new personal record in racing or simply getting  started with a running program, IBJI Rehabilitation has Video Gait Analysis professionals to assist you in optimizing your running form to prevent injuries  while you prepare your body for the thrill of running.  In addition to the expertise of a highly trained physical therapist, IBJI also uses video analysis to make assessments of your running style.  The analysis allows our therapists to breakdown your running form and highlight your preferred patterns of movement that you rely on that determine your lower extremity biomechanics during running. The physical therapist will utilize the video analysis to prescribe exercise programs for [...]

What’s Your Training METHOD?

2018-05-21T13:41:22-05:00May 21st, 2018|OrthoHealth, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine|

Method Testing for Endurance Athletes At IBJI, we have an exercise assessment called “Method Testing”  which allows us to determine a unique metabolic fingerprint for each individual. The basis of metabolic testing is determining what is known as your “lactate threshold,” which is when your body begins to produce lactic acid during movement and exercise. […]

Winning Marathons After My Hip Arthroscopy and Labrum Repair: Jack’s Story

2019-04-15T10:45:58-05:00April 1st, 2019|

I am a competitive amateur marathon runner who had completed 21 marathons prior to my injury. I began having muscle pain in my stomach and groin area and I thought it was just a pulled muscle. The pain was manageable with naproxen but it progressively got worse, so I went to my GP. He thought it may be a hernia so he sent me to a surgeon. The surgeon promptly told me I did not have a hernia, but just a muscle strain and prescribed physical therapy for six weeks. The pain got a little better so I just kept running and taking naproxen. After the pain got worse with more weekly mileage, I returned to the surgeon who told me that [...]