Avoiding The Pain of Osteoarthritis – Prevention Tips

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

2017-12-07T13:36:17+00:00 October 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 [...]

Kevin Chen, MD

2017-12-07T12:39:18+00:00 October 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 [...]

Serafin DeLeon, MD

2017-12-07T14:26:28+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Serafin DeLeon is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in hand surgery. He specializes in treating conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder such as arthritis, fractures and other traumatic injuries, nerve compression, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. DeLeon also has advanced training and experience in the care of sports injuries and treats athletes of all ages, including college and professional athletes. In most cases ,Dr. DeLeon is able to offer arthroscopy or other minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times. He also offers patients injections with platelet- rich plasma to stimulate tissue healing. In providing care, Dr. DeLeon looks at the patient as a whole, treating the person, not merely the [...]

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 [...]

Hand

2017-12-07T15:27:31+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Orthopedic Hand Specialists in IL No matter your profession, you need your hands for just about every daily action. The use of the hand is so commonplace and natural, we tend to under appreciate its function until injury. Without the efficient second-nature use of your hands, objects become difficult to grab, grip and hold. Our experienced orthopedic hand specialists and surgeons at IBJI are aware of the complex anatomy of the hand and will analyze your hand from finger to palm to find exactly what suits your diagnosis. When to Address Your Hand Pain with a Doctor Similar to that of the wrist, these movements are commonly restricted from diagnoses that include carpal tunnel, tendon injuries [...]

Peter Hoepfner, MD

2017-12-07T14:37:57+00:00 October 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. [...]

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 [...]

Keinbock’s Disease

2017-11-22T09:37:47+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Orthopedics Care|

Do you have pain in your wrist when turning your hand upward? Is your wrist swollen? Is it difficult to grip things? There are many conditions that could cause such symptoms, but one of the lesser known conditions is Keinbock’s Disease.   […]

Surbhi Panchal, MD

2017-12-07T12:58:34+00:00 October 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 [...]

Craig Phillips, MD

2017-12-07T14:03:38+00:00 October 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 [...]

Scott Rubinstein, MD

2017-12-07T12:43:40+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Dr. Scott Rubinstein is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who provides general orthopedic care, with an emphasis on hip resurfacing, hip and knee joint replacement, and treating hand conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and fractures. In most cases he is able to offer arthroscopy or other minimally invasive procedures, including hip resurfacing, a bone conserving treatment for arthritis and dysplasia. In providing care, Dr. Rubinstein focuses on the entire patient, not just the injured joint. He takes time to get to know patients and understand their condition thoroughly. He usually begins with conservative measures, such as change in diet, exercise, physical therapy and medications, before proceeding with surgery if needed. He makes sure that patients are well-informed about [...]

Christian Skjong, MD

2017-12-07T14:06:44+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

Dr. Christian Skjong is an orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in hand and upper extremity surgery. Treating adults, adolescents and children, Dr. Skjong sees many patients with sports-related injuries to the hand, wrist, arm or elbow. Among his specialties are microvascular surgery and small joint replacement. He also treats patients with carpel tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren’s Contracture. A native of Minnesota, Dr. Skjong earned his bachelor of arts in biology at Carleton College before moving to Chicago to study at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at University of Chicago Medical Center and his fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, [...]

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 [...]

Jeffery Visotsky, MD

2017-12-07T13:32:04+00:00 October 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 [...]

Craig S. Williams, MD

2017-12-07T13:40:52+00:00 October 13th, 2017|

Dr. Craig Williams is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty certification in hand surgery. He provides care for traumatic, degenerative, arthritic, and pediatric conditions of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. Dr. Williams also treats compressive neuropathies and performs post-traumatic reconstruction. He provides advanced treatments, including arthroscopy of the wrist, the use of platelet rich plasma to treat tennis elbow and the use of the medication Xiaflex as a non-surgical alternative for treatment of Dupuytren’s disease. Dr. Williams is an instructor of clinical surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the New Millennium Hand Study Group. He is a cyclist and plays hockey weekly. [...]

Wrist

2017-12-07T15:29:54+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Wrist Pain Treatment in IL The wrist is one of the most heavily incorporated body parts in daily activities. This essential connection of the arm to the hand allows us to perform necessary actions such as: typing on the computer, writing down notes at work, texting friends and drinking from your favorite coffee mug in the morning. Unfortunately, a sore wrist can negatively affect these simple day-to-day activities, so IBJI wants to help you get back into your daily routine with ease. Contact IBJI to get the professional advice you need for wrist treatment. Our orthopedic doctors will find the most accurate solution to subsidize and rid you of your chronic wrist pain. When to Consult [...]