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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

2019-02-13T10:49:29-05:00February 13th, 2019|Blog|

Donna Taylor, LMT Certified Integrative Health Coach Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Health coaches are often asked, “How much sleep should I be getting a night?” To answer this, we need to not only look at what the recommended number of hours are for your health, but also what lifestyle factors may be contributing to the quality and quantity of your sleep. The National Sleep Association (NSA) recommends 7–9 hours for ages 26–64; and 7–8 hours for those 65 and older. According to the NSA, this recommendation is supported by extensive research to determine the best duration of sleep for our health. While it may be important to know the recommended hours of sleep, it is just as important to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Foods That Fight Inflammation

2019-02-25T10:22:14-05:00February 25th, 2019|Blog|

Exercise and a well-balanced diet can keep your joints moving freely. IBJI’s OrthoHealth program recommends trying an anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce joint inflammation. An anti-inflammatory diet includes omega-3 fats, antioxidant-rich foods, foods high in fiber, and spices that will help reduce inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the production of molecules and substances linked to inflammation. Foods that have omega-3 fats include cold water fish (salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, herring, trout), chia seeds, ground Flaxseed/flaxseed oil, walnuts and omega-3 eggs. Antioxidant-rich foods: Brightly colored fruits and veggies are rich in antioxidants and have been shown to aid in decreasing inflammation in the body and protect our cells from free radicals which cause damage. Antioxidants, like vitamin C, help [...]

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 [...]

Four Tips to Prevent Trampoline Injuries and Stay Safe

2019-04-18T10:11:06-05:00April 17th, 2019|Blog|

The weightless feeling from a trampoline can be a thrilling experience. Children enjoy jumping on a trampoline and love to see how much height they can get with every jump. Although jumping on a trampoline is fun, it can be dangerous and cause injury. Jumping on a trampoline poses a high risk of injury for children. Injuries that can result include sprains, fractures, and head and neck injuries. Andrea Kramer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in pediatric orthopedics at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, sees a lot of trampoline injuries during the summer months. She says, “At least 10 a week and then in the winter all of these new indoor trampoline parks keep me busy. I see a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Wellness Services

2019-02-22T09:51:54-05:00August 25th, 2017|

Wellness Services At IBJI physicians, nurses, staff and specialists seek to provide care that makes a lasting impression on a patient’s life. Our expert team works cooperatively with each person to create comprehensive treatment plans tailored to everyone’s needs. This approach includes providing access to beneficial treatments and services often overlooked in orthopedic care. The wellness services at IBJI help each patient go beyond the doctor’s office in their journey to recovery. IBJI has 20 locations in and around Chicago Illinois. For more information on the wellness services at IBJI contact a location near you. Massage Therapy Message therapy is proven to be extremely beneficial for those suffering from orthopedic injuries and illnesses. For those suffering [...]