//Spine and Back Care

50 Years of Scoliosis Research – What We’ve Learned

2017-11-22T10:36:40+00:00 September 29th, 2015|IBJI News Room|

When members of the Scoliosis Research Society gather this fall to observe the 50th anniversary of the renowned organization’s founding, one of IBJI’s experts will be on hand for the celebration. Steven Mardjetko, MD, is among the most highly regarded physicians in the world when it comes to scoliosis research, treatment and innovation. […]

Back to Life Clinic

2017-11-27T08:49:09+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

The Back to Life Clinic at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Back pain is a life-altering and often debilitating ailment that afflicts millions of people every day. Back health is essential for leading a full and active life, yet, many people are kept from simple daily tasks due to chronic pain and immobility. The Back to Life Clinic at IBJI is dedicated to helping you develop a comprehensive treatment plan from proper diagnosis to treatment and maintenance. A leading staff of highly-trained Illinois physicians, pain management specialists, and physical therapists work with you to offer individualized care. Treatment plans aim to help restore mobility, reduce pain, build strength, and improve overall quality of life. The IBJI [...]

Alfonso Bello, MD

2017-12-07T13:57:25+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

Dr. Alfonso Bello is a board-certified rheumatologist with an additional board certification in pain medicine. He provides care for arthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory diseases. Dr. Bello provides advanced treatments, including the latest forms of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and biologic therapies. He puts particular emphasis on strategies to control patients’ pain, whatever the cause may be. He takes a holistic approach that combines medication with physical therapy, nutritional therapy and other treatments. His goal is to put patients’ illnesses into remission and to restore their quality of life. Dr. Bello is the director of rheumatologic research at IBJI. He and his fellow IBJI rheumatologists are conducting multiple clinical trials of new medications, providing patients with the opportunity to take part in these [...]

Gregory Brebach, MD

2017-12-07T12:56:57+00:00 October 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 Replacement

2017-11-27T10:13:48+00:00 September 11th, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

For many years patients with cervical radiculopathy, or “pinched nerves” in their neck, have been treated with surgery when other simpler treatments such as medications, physical therapy, or injections fail to help. […]

Brian Clay, MD

2017-12-07T13:31:00+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Brian Clay is a physiatrist and interventional pain management specialist, fellowship trained in anesthesia pain medicine. As a physiatrist, Dr. Clay is a nerve, muscle and bone expert who treats injuries and illnesses that impact how the human body moves. Many of Dr. Clay’s patients rely on him to manage painful arthritic conditions affecting peripheral joints and pain due to disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine. He also works with individuals who have suffered traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries. Another key area of expertise is outpatient sports medicine. Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Clay has been fascinated by science since childhood. After earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and completing medical school, he concentrated his focus [...]

Don’t Despair A Degenerative Disc Disease Diagnosis

2017-11-22T09:01:06+00:00 February 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

2017-12-08T14:28:19+00:00 October 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

2017-12-07T12:41:02+00:00 October 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. [...]

Rajeev Garapti, MD

2017-12-07T13:44:44+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Rajeev Garapati, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating broken bones and other traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, including fractures that haven’t healed properly. In addition, he provides care for foot and ankle conditions. He offers patients advanced treatment options, including minimally invasive fracture fixation, ankle arthroscopy, and the use of biologic and molecular therapies to enhance bone healing. He is the orthopedic trauma director at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Garapati also is an assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Garapati comes from a family of physicians, including his father, an anesthesiologist, and aunts and uncles. Seeing the satisfaction they [...]

Thomas Gleason, MD

2017-12-07T13:37:01+00:00 October 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 [...]

Mark Gross, MD

2017-12-07T12:57:24+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|

Dr. Mark Gross is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has been in practice at Lake Cook Orthopedics, a division of IBJI, since 1985. His clinical interests include the treatment of spinal disorders, arthritis, sports medicine, fractures, pediatric orthopedics, hand problems and neurologic abnormalities. He specializes in comprehensive, conservative and surgical interventions within these areas. Dr. Gross is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and of the North American Spine Society. As well, he has given numerous community presentations in the areas of sports medicine, arthritis management, joint arthroplasty, and the treatment of spinal disorders. Currently, Dr. Gross is an Attending Physician at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington and is [...]

Matthew L. Jimenez, MD

2017-12-12T13:30:29+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Jimenez 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 holds leadership roles with Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. He is a past Board of Councilor for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is the Past President of the Illinois Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is Founder and Chairman of the non-profit Foundation for Education and Musculoskeletal Research. As well, Dr. Jimenez has extensive research and academic experience. He is Chairman and Founder of the [...]

Michael Kornblatt, MD

2017-12-07T13:37:31+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Dr. Michael Kornblatt is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating disorders of the spine, including herniated disks and spinal stenosis. Dr. Kornblatt has extensive experience in microscopic surgery, a form of minimally invasive surgery that uses advanced microscopes to view the surgical area. This technique allows him to perform delicate spine surgery using small incisions, decreasing pain and speeding recoverytimes. Dr. Kornblatt also is experienced in providing injection therapy to treat degenerative disorders of the spine. Like his brother Ira, also a physician, Dr. Kornblatt was inspired to enter the medical profession by his late uncle, an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Kornblatt emphasizes a positive attitude in his treatment and encourages the same attitude in patients, recognizing that it can [...]

Steven M. Mardjetko, MD

2017-12-07T13:45:27+00:00 October 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

2017-12-07T14:02:52+00:00 October 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 [...]

David Norbeck, MD

2017-12-07T12:58:12+00:00 October 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 [...]

Rhutav Parikh, MD

2017-12-07T14:28:11+00:00 October 19th, 2017|

Dr. Rhutav Parikh is a board-certified physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He provides diagnosis and non-operative treatment and management of orthopaedic conditions, especially back and neck pain, musculoskeletal and sports related injuries, work injuries and arthritis and rheumatologic conditions. In addition, Dr. Parikh provides pain management care, including joint injections, electrodiagnostic medicine/EMG and nerve conduction studies. In providing care, Dr. Parikh works to build strong relationships with his patients and provide them with compassionate support. He aims to provide the most comprehensive, conscientious and innovative rehabilitation care in order to maximize function for patients so that they can return to the activities they enjoy. Dr. Parikh serves as a team physician at the College of Lake County in [...]

Jack Perlmutter, MD

2017-12-07T12:58:48+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Jack Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon at Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute where he has worked since 1997. He is trained in the latest minimally invasive technologies used to treat the spine, his area of specialty. Dr. Perlmutter is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society. He is also a member of the American Medical Association and the Illinois State Medical Society. He takes the time to perform a thorough evaluation of every patient and their problem(s).  Not all spine problems require surgery.  We have at our disposal the most advanced diagnostic technologies.  If appropriate, non-operative treatments will be attempted.  These may include medications, [...]

E. Quinn Regan, MD

2017-12-07T11:52:55+00:00 October 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

2017-12-07T12:59:00+00:00 October 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 [...]

Scoliosis Pain Management and Treatment

2017-11-22T08:57:09+00:00 November 22nd, 2011|Orthopedics Care|

Signs & Symptoms Over 7 million people in the United States are affected by scoliosis, which is actually a descriptive term , not an actual disease. Scoliosis describes a curvature of the spine sometimes appearing to look like an S when viewed in an xray. This curvature can lead to a great deal of pain because of the added strain it places on the muscles in the back and the pressure placed on the other joints and bones in the body. The symptoms of scoliosis are varied but can include uneven muscles on tone side of the spine, hips being uneven lengths, a rib or shoulder blade that sticks out, and nerves responding slowly. How Scoliosis Is Caused Most usually [...]

Scoliosis Treatment

2017-11-17T19:38:39+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Scoliosis Treatments in IL Scoliosis is an irregular curvature of the spine that often appears before the onset of puberty. While many may go through life unaffected by this abnormality, others suffer from complications, such as chronic pain or difficulty breathing. At IBJI, expert physicians and staff work closely with you to find the best treatment plan possible. With one of the largest orthopedic practices in Illinois, IBJI has 20 locations in and around the Chicago area. Find the orthopedic location nearest you for consultation and treatment.   Scoliosis Symptoms and Signs In more severe instances of scoliosis, the spine may curve beyond 20-25 degrees and symptoms may become noticeable. As the degree of the curve [...]

Gary Shapiro, MD

2017-12-07T14:06:29+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Gary Shapiro is a board-certified orthopaedic 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

2017-12-07T12:43:53+00:00 October 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

2017-12-07T15:29:28+00:00 August 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 [...]

Spine Surgery

2017-11-17T19:37:33+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Back and Spine Surgery in IL The thought of surgery can be quite intimidating. Luckily, back and spine surgery is typically considered only when other options have been exhausted. In many cases, the back and spine can be rehabilitated without the need for surgery. Pain management, physical therapy and other treatments, such as those implemented at IBJI’s Back to Life Clinic, can help to restore full functionality and relieve pain in the majority of patients. When surgery is necessary, IBJI is equipped with highly-trained staff and surgeons, up-to-date technologies, and the most comfortable facilities to guide you through the process with ease. IBJI has 20 locations in and around greater Chicago, IL for ultimate convenience. Find [...]

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.

Stanford Tack, MD

2017-12-07T14:39:57+00:00 October 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 [...]

Test News Story One

2017-10-25T18:56:54+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

Testing news story one. This is one amazing story. Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do. Once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"