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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

2017-11-22T09:01:19-05:00March 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

2019-04-30T14:08:30-05:00October 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

2019-05-01T07:30:42-05:00October 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

2019-03-13T12:50:06-05:00March 12th, 2019|Blog|

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

2019-04-30T14:28:32-05:00October 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

2019-06-10T07:14:27-05:00October 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

2019-04-30T14:37:30-05:00October 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

2019-04-30T14:39:06-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Chiu is an expert in sports medicine, specializing 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 enhancement and orthoBiologic therapy, to arthroscopic [...]

Clavicle Fractures: Not just for Athletes

2017-11-22T10:54:03-05:00October 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

2019-04-30T14:57:25-05:00October 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

2019-06-10T13:03:18-05:00October 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 [...]

Crystal Lake Physician Offices

2019-05-23T20:13:42-05:00December 13th, 2018|

You're invited to our Crystal Lake Open House! Join us Thursday, May 30 at 5 p.m. Meet the team, tour our new space and learn about our services. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Brian Donahue, MD

2019-04-30T15:11:33-05:00October 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

2019-01-30T11:09:19-05:00January 15th, 2019|Blog|

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

2019-04-30T15:56:01-05:00October 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

2019-04-30T16:05:56-05:00October 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

2019-04-30T16:09:40-05:00October 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

2019-04-30T16:11:11-05:00October 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

2019-04-30T16:11:58-05:00October 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. [...]

Richard Kang, MD

2019-06-10T13:08:39-05:00October 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

2019-04-30T18:14:50-05:00October 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

2019-05-22T10:07:24-05:00October 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

2019-04-30T14:06:40-05:00August 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 [...]

Nathan G. Wetters, MD

2019-04-30T18:10:32-05:00August 31st, 2018|

Dr. Nathan Wetters is a fellowship-trained physician specializing in Sports Medicine, with special focus on minimally invasive treatment of the knee and shoulder including cartilage transplant and restoration. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Wetters obtained both his undergraduate degree and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois. He went on to complete his Orthopaedic training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago before further specializing in Sports Medicine and Shoulder & Elbow surgery at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has served as a Team Physician for both the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and Chicago White Sox (MLB). He has [...]

Tomas Nemickas, MD

2019-04-30T16:45:03-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Tomas Nemickas provides care for conditions such as rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability and tears of the labrum, meniscus, anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament. In most cases, he is able to offer arthroscopy or other minimally invasive procedures, which increase patient comfort and speed recovery times. These procedures also include anterior total hip replacement. Dr. Nemickas also has expertise in computer-assisted minimally invasive knee replacement surgery. In addition, he offers Carticel implants, autologous cultured chondrocyte and DeNovo cartilage implants and injections with platelet-rich plasma. Dr. Nemickas grew up in a medical family – his father and uncle were cardiologists, and his mother and aunt were nurses. Watching them help patients get well and seeing the patients’ gratitude [...]

Daniel Newman, MD

2019-04-30T16:46:20-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Daniel Newman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who provides general orthopedic care for adults, with an emphasis on sports medicine and treating conditions of the knees and shoulder. He provides care for conditions such as tears of the rotator cuff, labrum, meniscus, and anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament. In most cases, Dr. Newman is able to offer arthroscopy or other minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. He became a doctor because the profession combined his interest in science and his desire to work with people and help them. Dr. Newman chose orthopedics as a specialty because he enjoys the challenge of working with damaged joints and finding a way to make them [...]

The No Spin Guide To Rotator Cuff Injuries

2017-11-22T09:01:32-05:00March 20th, 2012|Orthopedics Care|

A common misconception is that the rotator cuff is the entire shoulder joint. In actuality the rotator cuff is only a part of the shoulder joint. There are four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. These muscles and tendons help hold the upper arm in place by attaching it to the shoulder blade and holding the ball end of the bone into the socket of the joint. […]

David Norbeck, MD

2019-06-10T13:17:57-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. David Norbeck joined Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in 1989 as a general orthopedist treating all orthopedic problems. After performing orthopedic surgery for 25 years, Dr. Norbeck now works to treat orthopedic problems non-operatively. He maintains full medical staff privileges at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois and is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Norbeck is a native of the western suburbs of Chicago. He is married with two children and enjoys reading non-fiction. He went back to school in 2012 for a Masters in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and now serves in [...]

Surbhi Panchal, MD

2019-06-10T13:13:19-05:00October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Surbhi Panchal is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship trained in Hand & Upper extremity surgery. Specializing in disorders and treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow and arm, she supports a balance of conservative and surgical measures to achieve optimal results for each patient. “Achieving this balance means a unique discussion and treatment plan for each patient to ensure the best possible outcome,” she notes. In 2013, after completing hand and upper extremity fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth Medical Center, Dr. Panchal joined Lake Cook Orthopedics, a division of IBJI. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Ruth Jackson Society and the [...]

Christ Pavlatos, MD

2019-04-30T17:22:46-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Christ Pavlatos is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. He treats knee and shoulder problems, including rotator cuff tears, torn labrum, and knee ligament injuries. His practice includes high school, college and adult recreational athletes. Dr. Pavlatos has extensive experience in arthroscopic surgery, which reduces pain and speeds recovery times. Drawn to medicine by the combination of his interest in science and desire to help people, Dr. Pavlatos wanted to be a physician ever since he was five years old. His approach to care stresses aggressive physical therapy as an alternative to surgery and as a means of speeding recovery when surgery is needed. Recognizing that patients do better when they are empowered to play an active [...]

Djuro Petkovic, MD

2019-04-30T17:24:42-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Djuro Petkovic is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and Sports Medicine. In his practice he addresses primary and revision shoulder arthroplasty including the reverse shoulder arthroplasty, a relatively new procedure that is useful in cases of irreparable rotator cuff tears, severe deformity, and fracture. He also specializes in shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff disease, shoulder instability, elbow pathology and knee injuries. “Every patient in my clinic is an active participant in their health, and with their input I create a customized treatment plan for their musculoskeletal problem,” he notes. Having grown up in the Chicago area, Dr. Petkovic did not always know he was going to be a physician. He went to the east coast [...]

Craig Phillips, MD

2019-04-30T17:27:58-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Craig Phillips is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in hand and upper extremity surgery, who specializes in treating the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. His practice focuses on all conditions affecting the arms with common conditions such as hand and wrist fractures, wrist arthritis, nerve problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, shoulder arthritis and shoulder replacements. He offers all current treatments but prefers minimally invasive surgery such as the use of the medication Xiaflex for treatment of Dupuytren’s disease. Dr. Phillips takes a conservative approach that utilizes surgery as a last resort only after options such as braces and injections have been exhausted. In each case, he seeks to provide empathetic care and [...]

Gregory Portland, MD

2019-04-30T17:27:15-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Gregory Portland is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with an additional certification in sports medicine. He specializes in arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery, including repair of dislocated shoulders; injuries to the rotator cuff, shoulder tendons, and knee ligaments; and meniscus (knee disk) tears. Depending on what is medically appropriate, he offers patients the most advanced arthroscopic and open incision surgical techniques. Dr. Portland sustained injuries while playing college rugby, and the pleasure his doctor took in his work and the physician’s ability to repair the injuries and enable him to return to the same level of competitiveness inspired him to become an orthopaedic surgeon himself. He sees his first role in providing care as being to educate patients to make [...]

David Raab, MD

2019-05-28T14:06:00-05:00October 18th, 2017|

Dr. David Raab is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and one of the founding physicians of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. His practice is based on a comprehensive team approach to patient education and care. Dr. Raab utilizes advanced, state-of-the-art techniques in combination with ethical decision making to ensure exceptional orthopedic care for his patients. His strong commitment to patient safety and his warm and friendly interaction with his patients make them feel like family. Dr. Raab specializes in sports medicine in both adult and pediatric patients and provides treatment for injuries involving the rotator cuff, labrum, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus, and knee ligament reconstruction. He also performs total knee replacements and total hip replacements. He performs arthroscopic (minimally [...]

Shoulder Surgery

2019-04-26T10:14:43-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Shoulder Replacement Surgery The shoulder is a necessary component to everyday activities. Without effective use of the shoulder, nothing from the shoulder joint down to the hands would be easy to use. IBJI’s shoulder replacement surgeons will perform your surgery with the utmost care. Let us be your guide back to a fully functioning shoulder.   Am I a Candidate for Shoulder Replacement Surgery? IBJI’s physicians and surgeons will recommend a total shoulder replacement when pain becomes so unbearable that it begins to restrict your range of motion and affects your daily life. If pain does not seem to be subsiding with any non-surgical treatments then surgery may be the best option. The most common reason [...]

Rotator Cuff Injuries

2019-04-08T08:11:23-05:00November 11th, 2017|

Rotator Cuff Injury When to Receive Rotator Cuff Treatment Injuries to the rotator cuff limit basic everyday functions and you should address your shoulder pain no matter the severity. It’s not wise to fight through pain because these cumbersome restrictions of motion will only get worse if ignored. Your dull pain could be significant, such as a loss of function from a rotator cuff tear or strain. Speaking with a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis is key to ensure your recovery. Often a rotator cuff injury can be treated with physical therapy exercises to improve strength and flexibility in the muscles, however surgery is occasionally a common choice to quickly fix the issue. Our doctors [...]

Shoulder

2019-06-10T15:01:24-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Orthopedic Shoulder Shoulder Pain can limit even the most simple tasks. Shoulder pain can prevent you from being able to scratch your back, wave to a friend or raise your arm in any upward motion. Ignoring these aches and pains will only lead to prolonged issues or new shoulder injuries within the soft tissue or bone structure. IBJI acknowledges that all pain, even temporary, should not be brushed aside. Your shoulder is needed in just about all performances of the arm and we want to make sure you shoulder maintains full strength, mobility and comfort. When to Address Your Shoulder Pain with a Doctor Common shoulder pain usually involves the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the [...]

Getting Back to Normal After Shoulder Surgery: Steve & Evangeline’s Story

2019-02-01T14:59:17-05:00January 2nd, 2018|

Life was never easy especially if you have a congenital shoulder dislocation. My husband went through this multiple times. He needed surgery. We heard about IBJI and it was a tough decision to make who is the right surgeon to choose. I personally know 4 patients who used the institution and was a terrific success. We prayed for guidance, wisdom and direction. A clear, warm feeling touched our hearts. We chose Dr. Gregory Portland for the job. Equipped with a sea of knowledge, latest technology, an unparalleled execution of his medical equipment, the surgery was a success. Life was back to normal. The intermitent worries, exceeding pains and suffering during dislocation were gone. This was possible because of the stellar [...]

Bruce Summerville, MD

2019-04-30T17:53:48-05:00October 17th, 2017|

Dr. Bruce Summerville is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in treating conditions of the hip, knee, and shoulder. He provides care for conditions such as arthritis, trauma and fractures, tears of the shoulder ligaments, cartilage and tendons (rotator cuff, bicep, and labrum). Knee surgeries include arthroscopy for meniscal cartilage and ACL tears. He performs primary and revision hip, knee, and shoulder joint replacement including partial knee replacement and ASI (anterior) hip replacement. Partial knee replacement allows for a faster recovery with fewer risks or complications. Anterior hip replacement may result in faster rehabilitation and reduces the risk of dislocation after surgery. Dr. Summerville still performs traditional total knee and hip replacement in appropriate cases. Ever since his Fellowship in [...]

Jeffrey Visotsky, MD

2019-04-30T18:07:08-05:00October 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 [...]