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4 Common Shoulder Problems that Cause Pain

2019-07-09T11:00:12-05:00January 28th, 2014|Orthopedic Care|

Shoulder injuries are fairly common and affect millions of people a year. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and this mobility allows us to do things like scratch our own backs, throw things, make pushing movements and lift things over our head. […]

Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis

2019-02-22T08:29:54-05:00November 11th, 2017|

Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis Overview Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis, also called AC joint arthrosis, is a degeneration of the joint at the top of the shoulder where the acromion meets the clavicle. Causes This shoulder condition often affects middle-aged people and is generally caused by overuse. Degeneration may occur through occupations such as painting or construction, which require repetitive overhead motions. Injury to the shoulder, along with the previous culprits listed, can lead to the development of AC joint arthritis. Symptoms The symptoms of AC joint arthritis are easily recognizable when a patient experiences pain in the front of the shoulder just over the joint. You may also experience a limited range of motion and [...]

Avoiding The Pain of Osteoarthritis – Prevention Tips

2019-07-08T13:57:51-05:00March 8th, 2012|Rheumatology & Autoimmune Care|

Arthritis can take many forms, but the most commonly diagnosed is osteoarthritis (OA). (1) Caused by the gradual breakdown of cartilage in almost any joint it can result in arthritis related pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, a feeling of grating in the affected joint, and point tenderness. Worldwide, millions of people are affected by OA; in the US almost 27 million people live with its effects. […]

Taizoon Baxamusa, MD

2019-07-31T13:01:44-05:00October 16th, 2017|

Dr. Taizoon H. Baxamusa, FACS, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in hand surgery. He specializes in the treatment of hand conditions, including arthritis, nerve compression, fractures and lacerations. He also treats shoulder and elbow conditions, including diseases of the tendon such as tennis elbow and rotator cuff tears. He provides joint replacement surgery and offers minimally invasive surgery, including small joint arthroscopy. He seeks to make sure his patients understand their condition so they can be part of the treatment process. He is mindful that his job is not finished upon completing a patient’s surgery, but extends through recovery. He chose to specialize in orthopedics because of the satisfaction he receives from returning patients to normal [...]

David Beigler, MD

2019-07-31T13:31:45-05:00October 16th, 2017|

Dr. David Beigler is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in anterior total hip replacement, total knee replacement, hip arthroscopy and the treatment of trauma, particularly severe and atypical injuries. He offers patients advanced techniques, including minimally invasive fracture surgery and patient-specific knee replacement, which minimizes the amount of tissue that must be cut during surgery. Anterior hip replacement also spares tissue, reducing post-operative pain and speeding recovery. In providing care, Dr. Beigler takes the time to understand not only the patient’s medical condition but also the patient as a person. Whatever the condition, he seeks the least invasive form of effective treatment possible. Dr. Beigler is the head of orthopedic trauma for North Shore University HealthSystem. He also is [...]

Benefits of Outpatient Joint Replacement

2019-08-13T02:14:44-05:00March 12th, 2019|Orthopedic Care|

Joint replacement surgery has traditionally been performed in a hospital setting, requiring a hospital stay and lengthy rehabilitation. As a regional leader in outpatient joint replacement surgery, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) offers an outpatient surgical approach that allows you to get back to your every-day life sooner. Outpatient joint replacement allows you to leave the facility within a few hours after surgery and recover from the comfort of your own home. Alexander Gordon, MD, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in outpatient hip and knee replacement at IBJI, provides great insight on outpatient joint replacement. “The evolution of joint replacement surgery has included the adoption of less invasive surgical techniques, as well as significant improvement in anesthesia and pain [...]

Biceps Tendonitis

2019-02-22T08:32:41-05:00November 11th, 2017|

Biceps Tendonitis Overview Bicep tendonitis is a problem with a tendon in your shoulder. Most often, it’s the “long head of the biceps” tendon that travels from the front of your upper arm to the top of your shoulder socket. The tendon can become painfully inflamed or irritated when this condition worsens. Causes Biceps tendonitis is usually caused by normal wear and tear. It can be a problem for people who perform repetitive shoulder movements such as athletes participating in tennis, baseball or swimming. These activities can damage your shoulder’s tendon and can become red and swollen over time. Symptoms Biceps tendonitis causes varying levels of pain in the front of the shoulder. [...]

Marc Breslow, MD

2019-07-31T14:47:45-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Marc Breslow is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He treats athletes of all ages, from children to the elderly and specializes in treating knee and shoulder problems, although he also treats other injuries caused by sports, hobbies or work. The most common shoulder problems he cares for are rotator cuff tears, fractures, dislocations and separations, and he commonly treats knee injuries involving the anterior cruciate ligament, meniscus, cartilage, and tendons. In most cases, he is able to treat patients with non-surgical methods. When surgery is needed, Dr. Breslow is able to offer most patients minimally invasive/arthroscopic procedures which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. Dr. Breslow stresses communication with his patients and [...]

Eric Chehab, MD

2019-07-31T15:14:48-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Eric Chehab is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine. He provides general fracture care and specializes in the treatment of sports related injuries, in particular to the knee and shoulder. Dr. Chehab provides advanced treatments for anterior cruciate ligament injuries, shoulder injuries including rotator cuff tears and shoulder instability, and soft tissue and bone trauma. A graduate of Harvard and Stanford, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City - recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the nation’s #1 hospital for orthopedics. He completed his advanced training in sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, where he apprenticed with the head [...]

Kevin Chen, MD

2019-07-31T15:51:19-05:00October 18th, 2017|

“It’s gratifying to see someone benefit from our care, to return from injury to the things they enjoy in life.” Dr. Kevin Chen is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist and upper extremity surgery of the shoulder and elbow. He completed his fellowship training at a major trauma center in Milwaukee and offers a full range of care for both common and complex conditions. He treats arthritic and chronic conditions as well as rotator cuff tears, shoulder and elbow instability, tennis and golfers elbow, repetitive motion injuries including carpal tunnel syndrome and sports injuries. Dr. Chen is among a small percentage of surgeons trained in complex elbow replacement surgery, a technique that has improved dramatically in recent years. He [...]

Michael Chiu, MD

2019-08-22T10:37:53-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Michael Chiu is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and expert in sports medicine. He specializes in advanced, minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures of the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow, using cutting edge techniques in cartilage repair and restoration, complex ligament reconstruction, and joint preservation. He has served as faculty teaching other orthopedic surgeons at national courses, presented at numerous academic meetings, conducted research, authored articles, published in peer reviewed journals, and written book chapters on various topics and advanced surgical techniques. As a sports team physician and in working with elite international and professional athletes, Dr. Chiu has the experience to treat adult and pediatric athletes at all levels and draws on a full armamentarium- from injury prevention and rehabilitation, performance [...]

Clavicle Fractures: Not just for Athletes

2019-08-13T03:02:06-05:00October 17th, 2017|Sports Medicine|

By Djuro Petkovic, MD The NFL had some unfortunate news this week when one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers, broke his collarbone and will undergo surgery. I know this news will not make the Bears’ faithful lose any sleep, but in the end no one wants to see any person, let alone a high caliber athlete, get injured and lose their ability to work. […]

James Cohen, MD

2019-07-31T16:00:08-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. James C. Cohen is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of shoulder, knee and hip conditions, including arthritis, shoulder and knee instability, rotator cuff tears, labral (shoulder joint) tears, meniscal (knee cartilage) tears and ACL (knee ligament) tears. He has extensive experience in joint replacement of the hip and knee and arthroscopy. Drawn to medicine by his fascination with how the body works, Dr. Cohen chose orthopedics as a specialty because it allows him to produce concrete results that significantly improve patients’ lives. In many cases he takes a conservative (non-surgical) approach to make patients better. He is vice chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is an [...]

Craig Cummins, MD

2019-07-31T16:02:18-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Cummins joined Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in August of 2001 and has developed an orthopedic practice with a primary focus on the management of shoulder disorders and sports-related issues. Since 2001, Dr. Cummins has functioned as a team physician for Barrington High School and previously was a team physician for Lake Zurich High School, from 2002-2016. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and is one of less than 5% of orthopedic surgeons with an additional board certification in sports medicine.  Dr. Cummins is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He has served as an instructor [...]

Brian Donahue, MD

2019-07-31T16:16:59-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Brian Donahue is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in sports medicine who specializes in treating knee, shoulder, and patellofemoral conditions. In most cases, Dr. Donahue is able to successfully treat patients with a program of physical therapy. When needed, Dr. Donahue provides such advanced treatments as arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, meniscus surgery, and kneecap realignment. He also offers platelet-rich plasma injections to stimulate tissue healing and, in select cases, biocartilage injections to enhance cartilage restoration. Dr. Donahue’s approach to care emphasizes listening to his patients carefully in order to understand what they want to achieve with their treatment and to provide individualized care aimed at meeting those goals. He places a priority [...]

Exercises to Prevent Common Shoulder Pain and Injuries

2019-08-07T14:18:01-05:00January 15th, 2019|Wellness|

Common shoulder pain and injuries are frequently caused by athletic activities involving excessive repetitive overhead motion. They can be the result of constant weightlifting and everyday movement, such as hanging up curtains and scratching your back. Most shoulder injuries involve the muscles, ligaments and tendons, rather than the bones. The following are common problems associated with shoulder pain and injury: Tendon inflammation or tendon tears – This includes bursitis, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears and impingement. Instability – Instability occurs when the head of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket. This can result from a sudden injury or from overuse. Arthritis – The most common type of arthritis in the shoulder is osteoarthritis. Fracture (broken [...]

David H. Garelick, MD

2019-07-31T16:34:57-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. David Garelick is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He provides excellent comprehensive care for shoulder and knee conditions. In the shoulder, his expertise includes caring for rotator cuff injuries, labral tears, and degenerative arthritis. For the knee, Dr. Garelick provides a wide spectrum of care ranging from ligament injuries and meniscal tears to total knee replacement. He performs most of his surgeries arthroscopically and with other minimally invasive techniques which accelerate healing and help to diminish pain. Dr. Garelick is active in resident and fellowship education, serving as a faculty member of the University of Illinois Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellowship as well as the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship through Presence Resurrection Medical Center. He has also [...]

Steven Gross, MD

2019-07-31T20:49:36-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Steven Gross is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Lake Cook Orthopedics, a division of IBJI. His primary areas of interest include fracture care, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, management of arthritic conditions of the joints, and joint replacement. Dr. Gross pursued his medical education in the Midwest and on the East Coast, attending medical school at the University of Michigan, then completing his residency at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, NY. During his residency he was also educated at two of the busiest Level I trauma centers in New York City, obtaining exposure to all aspects of orthopedic care, including operative and non-operative management of a variety of conditions. His training included one- on-one mentoring [...]

David Hamming, MD

2019-07-31T21:01:15-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

A second generation orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hamming is the son of Dr. Edward Hamming, a retired IBJI physician. Seeing the satisfaction his father took from helping people and the gratitude and respect patients felt for him inspired him Dr. Hamming to follow in his father’s footsteps. Dr. Hamming offers arthroscopy or other minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. He customizes care to each patient individually to address any unique concerns or issues the patient may have. His goal is to eliminate patients’ pain and restore their function. These activities give him an added appreciation of the importance of healthy joints and help fuel his determination to to improve his patients’ conditions.

James M. Hill, MD

2019-07-31T21:05:55-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. James Hill is a fellowship-trained, board-certified member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is committed to the highest quality of care in the treatment of joint disease, sports injuries and trauma to the musculoskeletal system. He is particularly interested in problems involving the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. Dr. Hill believes in personalized, individual treatment plans for his patients, incorporating all forms of proven, non-operative treatment into patient care before considering surgical options. He completed a fellowship specializing in complex shoulder and elbow reconstruction at the prestigious California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California. There, he helped develop innovative surgical treatment for rotator cuff injuries as well as shoulder and elbow instability problems, arthroscopic techniques, joint replacement [...]

Peter Hoepfner, MD

2019-07-31T21:11:26-05:00October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Hoepfner is dual board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and in hand and upper extremity surgery. He has published numerous articles in leading medical journals and serves as an instructor of hand injuries for the national hand surgery organization where he teaches the most current techniques in treating complex wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries. Dr. Hoepfner was on the Northwestern University Medical School faculty and holds a patent for an implant in thumb arthritis. Whether using a surgical or nonsurgical approach, the appropriate treatment is tailored to each patient. As an expert in open and arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Hoepfner also specializes in carpal tunnel release, cubital tunnel release, sports injuries, fractures, dislocations, arthritis, tennis elbow, and complex elbow and wrist reconstruction. [...]

IBJI Steps In When Patient’s Surgeon Bows Out

2019-08-11T16:38:42-05:00June 9th, 2017|Orthopedic Care|

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. Howard had always been a physically active person. In addition to playing racquet sports, he enjoyed spinning and had run several marathons. […]

Richard Kang, MD

2019-08-05T13:33:32-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Richard Kang is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery.  He performs arthroscopic and other minimally invasive procedures of the hip, shoulder, knee, and elbow.  “My objective is to delay or prevent the onset of arthritis and the need for a joint replacement.  I do this by utilizing modern techniques to preserve the natural joint”. He treats a variety of conditions including athletic hip injuries, hip femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), hip labral tears, rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, biceps tendon injuries, meniscus tears, and complex ligamentous tears of the knee.  He also has expertise in cartilage restorative procedures of the hip, knee, and shoulder. Prior to joining IBJI, Dr. Kang was an attending surgeon in orthopedic [...]

Charles L. Lettvin, MD

2019-08-05T13:55:54-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Charles Lettvin is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices general orthopedics. He sees patients of all ages, from children to older adults, for the range of musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Lettvin has extensive experience in knee and shoulder arthroscopy, ankle arthroscopy, hip and knee replacements and fracture repairs in both the arms and legs. A high school and college basketball player, Dr. Lettvin experienced orthopedic injuries himself as a teenager. His admiration for the doctors who provided care for him and enabled him to resume playing sports led him to want to become an orthopedic surgeon. In providing care, Dr. Lettvin sets out to solve patients’ problems in the least invasive fashion possible. He combines excellent diagnostic abilities with strong [...]

Edward J. Logue, MD

2019-08-05T14:03:41-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Edward (“Scott”) Logue is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating shoulder and knee conditions and general trauma care. He has particular expertise in treating endurance athletes. In most cases he is able to offer arthroscopy or other minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. He also performs unicondylar knee surgery and the OATS procedure (also known as mosaicplasty). In addition, he offers Carticel knee cartilage implantation; injections with platelet-rich plasma to stimulate tissue healing; and viscosupplement injections to lubricate knee joints. A middle-distance runner in high school and college, Dr. Logue suffered stress fractures repeatedly. The care he received for these injuries, which enabled him to keep running, prompted his interest in pursuing medicine [...]

Marc Angerame, MD

2019-08-01T07:51:19-05:00August 22nd, 2018|

Dr. Marc Angerame is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in direct anterior approach total hip replacement, total and partial knee replacement, as well as shoulder replacements, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, and arthroscopic knee surgery. His areas of focus include direct anterior approach hip and knee replacement, complex, revision hip and knee replacement, shoulder replacement, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, arthroscopic knee surgery, rotator cuff surgery, ACL reconstruction, and meniscal surgery. He is also interested in shoulder, hip, and knee research. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He then pursued his medical degree at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine where he graduated Cum Laude with honors in research. For his orthopedic residency, Dr. Angerame spent five years [...]