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    Common Winter Sports Injuries

    Last updated 8 days ago

    For many people, cold weather means the chance to participate in winter sports such as skiing, ice skating, sledding, and snowboarding. But while these sports are fun, you should be careful about potential injuries that can keep you homebound for the rest of the season. Here are some guidelines that can help you stay safe while you are having fun this winter:

    Fractures. Shoulder and lower leg fractures are an extremely common skiing hazard. Wearing the right protective gear—including gloves, padding, and a helmet—can help you cushion yourself in the event of a fall, but caution is equally important. Avoid slippery and dangerous-looking areas while skiing, and never start skiing if you are already tired.

    Sprains. Falling down while skiing or snowboarding can result in serious ankle sprains. In many cases, spraining your ankle can be more debilitating than breaking it, and the healing time may be longer. Skiers should also be aware of the risk of skier’s thumb, a thumb ligament tear that happens when you grasp your ski pole the wrong way after losing your balance. Learning the right way to hold your ski pole—and how to brace yourself properly during a fall—can reduce your risk of suffering this injury.

    Strains. Since most people only participate in winter sports for a small part of the year, it can be easy to jump right in without the proper preparation—which can raise your likelihood of straining a muscle. To lower your risk of strains, always take the time to warm up before playing, and be careful not to overexert yourself.

    Dislocations. Dislocated shoulders are one of the most common ski injuries. If you take a spill while skiing and reach out to break your fall, you can easily cause your arm to pop out of the shoulder socket. Falling while skiing can also cause a dislocated kneecap. This is generally not difficult to treat, but it can be extremely painful.

    If you have sustained an injury, it’s time to call MK Orthopaedics. Our orthopaedic doctors specialize in providing state-of-the-art treatments for a wide range of injuries, including both adult and pediatric fractures. To find out more about our services, call (815) 741-6900. 

    Ankle Replacement Surgery and an Improved Quality of Life

    Last updated 23 days ago

    As with any joint replacement surgery, ankle joint replacement involves an extensive healing and rehabilitation process to ensure full mobility and recovery.  This video shows how one MK Orthopaedic patient went from excruciating pain that had him ‘crawling in the door’ after work to walking a 5k.  His story demonstrates how this procedure can be life transforming.   Patients that undergo ankle replacement will work with physical therapists for several weeks following surgery with bracing and padding for the first three weeks. Once healing has begun, patients will start weight bearing exercises with the new joint. From here, many patients start to return to a normal walking style after another month of working with a physical therapist.

    If you are struggling with chronic joint pain and considering your surgical treatment options, call MK Orthopaedics in Joliet at (815) 741-6900. We can help restore your joint health for a more active, pain-free lifestyle.

    Get That Bunion Fixed—NOW!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Removing a bunion is a simple procedure that can significantly enhance a person’s quality of life. If you’ve been putting off dealing with your bunion, fall is a great time to end your procrastination and call an orthopaedic surgeon to schedule a bunionectomy. Here is a quick introduction to what a bunionectomy entails and what you can expect from the recovery period.

    How a bunionectomy works. A bunion is simply an unwanted bone growth on your big toe that causes it to become deformed, usually by pushing it toward the other toes. Surgical removal of a bunion is known as a bunionectomy. The procedure is usually straightforward: Your orthopedic surgeon will simply make an incision in your large toe, remove the enlarged bone piece and rearrange the rest of the toe bones as needed, then close the incision and apply a bandage. In some cases, the surgeon will add a joint replacement or a pin or screw to keep the bones from drifting out of place. Regional anesthesia is used for the patient’s comfort.

    Recovery from a bunionectomy. Patients can go home the same day that they have the procedure, but they will need to wear a cast, splint, or surgical shoe while their foot heals. It is important to closely follow your doctor’s instructions in order to ensure a healthy and timely recovery. You should keep your foot elevated above your chest for the first three days following surgery, and elevated above your waist afterwards. To help reduce swelling, apply ice in 15-minute intervals. You can use pain medication as needed. If you experience any unexpected symptoms, contact your physician at once. After six to eight weeks, the patient should be fully recovered.

    If you have any questions about bunion removal surgery, contact MK Orthopaedics Surgery & Rehabilitation. Our capable orthopaedic doctors can provide treatment for a variety of orthopaedic issues, from knee replacement to spine conditions. For more information about our orthopaedic services, call us today at (815) 741-6900.

    What to Expect from Foot Surgery Recovery

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Foot surgery can be a life-changing event, but the surgery itself is just the beginning of the treatment. The recovery process will ensure that the work done during surgery will be effective in the long term. Keep reading to find out what to expect from foot surgery recovery.

    There are several instructions you will have to follow after your foot surgery. The first is to attend your follow-up appointment after the initial procedure. If the surgery repaired soft tissue, you will be given a fiberglass cast to wear for three weeks, during which time you cannot put weight on your foot. Throughout the following three weeks, you will use a different cast with which you can bear weight. Finally, you will spend three weeks with a removable cast. For bone procedures, each of these casts will be worn for four weeks. 

    The entire team at MK Orthopaedics Surgery & Rehabilitation will help you get active again. Our healthcare professionals specialize in the latest treatment techniques for injuries of the foot, hand, hip, knee shoulder and back. Our healthcare professionals are specially trained in sports medicine as well as occupational and degenerative related injuries and conditions. To learn more about foot surgery recovery, visit or call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900.  

    Taking a Look at Common Hip Injuries

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Your hips, which are the largest joints in your body, must support your entire weight while being able to pivot in any direction. Individuals who play contact sports and elderly individuals are particularly susceptible to hip injuries. Watch this video to take a look at common hip injuries.

    Tennis players who spring into action after standing still are very vulnerable to hip injuries. This type of injury may impair a player’s ability to walk and cause bruising on the backs of the thighs. Martial artists and cyclists may also injure their hips due to overuse or hyperextension. A slip and fall accident may lead to hip bursitis, which can cause aches, pains, and limited mobility.

    The entire team at MK Orthopaedics Surgery & Rehabilitation will help you get active again. Our healthcare professionals specialize in the latest treatment techniques for injuries of the foot, hand, hip, knee shoulder and back. Our healthcare professionals are specially trained in sports medicine as well as occupational and degenerative related injuries and conditions. To learn more about common hip injuries, visit or call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900.  

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