MK Orthopaedics
MK Orthopaedics can help you get active again. Our physicians specialize in treating injuries due to sports, age or work. See mkorthopaedics.org or Call 815 207 8280
815.741.6900 Joliet | Bolingbrook | Mokena | Channahon

Help My Low Back!

Lower back pain is a common orthopaedic complaint that may involves symptoms such as dull or sharp pain, mild or severe pain, and pain that radiates from the lower back through the buttocks and down one leg. Other possible symptoms of a lower back condition may include muscle spasms, localized soreness, and numbness and tingling down a leg. There are many possible causes of lower back symptoms. An orthopaedic doctor may diagnose a patient with a muscle strain, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, radiculopathy, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or a traumatic injury to the back such as a sports injury.

The treatment for lower back problems is dependent upon the underlying cause. Once the orthopaedic doctor diagnoses the patient, he or she is likely to recommend that the patient try conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy. If symptoms persist, the patient may consider undergoing a spinal surgery, such as discectomy, laminectomy, vertebral body replacement, or spinal fusion. Before undergoing any medical procedure, patients should fully understand the potential risks involved, which may include complications from the anesthesia, infections, and blood clots.

If you’re looking for a board-certified orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, give MK Orthopaedics a call. You can reach us at (815) 741-6900 or you can visit our website to learn more about orthopaedic surgery.


Smart Advances For Casts

Immobilization techniques have come a long way since plaster casts were the primary option for bone fracture stabilization. There are now removable, adjustable, reformable, and waterproof bracing solutions to treat patients diagnosed with fractures and other injuries that require immobilization for proper healing. An orthopaedic doctor can mold these braces directly to the body to provide the patient with ideal fit and comfort.

Reasons for Immobilization

A sports injury such as a fracture can cause severe symptoms such as debilitating pain, swelling, loss of range of motion, and loss of the ability to place weight on the affected body part. An orthopaedic doctor can apply a cast to hold the ends of the broken bone in their proper alignment while they naturally heal back together. In addition to treating fractures, other possible reasons for using a cast include providing support and protection for dislocated joints, soft tissue injuries, and surgical sites.

Advances in Immobilization

Thanks to technological advances, orthopaedic doctors can now use removable bracing systems instead of plaster casts. These removable bracing systems offer numerous advantages for patients with fractures and similar conditions. Since the application process is much more streamlined than the application of plaster casts, patients can have a better fit. Unlike rigid plaster casts, removable bracing systems offer maximum adjustability, which allows for the accommodation of swelling and muscle atrophy. Additionally, given that these bracing systems are both waterproof and removable, patients can maintain higher standards of hygiene and they may incorporate water activities into their physical therapy routine.

MK Orthopaedics uses these types of removable bracing systems to help patients recuperate in comfort, with less stress and more ease. Such advanced technology can be used alongside or as an alternative to traditional casting and splinting. Removable casts are just one of the medical advancements utilized by the bone and joint care professionals at MK Orthopaedics. Contact us at (815) 741-6900 to schedule your appointment with an orthopaedic doctor serving Bolingbrook.


Are You Suffering With Hip Pain?

Femoral acetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS), commonly called hip impingement syndrome, is a condition in which components of the hip joint improperly contact each other during movement, resulting in painful symptoms. An orthopaedic doctor may recommend conservative or surgical treatment options for patients with hip impingement syndrome.

Symptoms

The primary symptom of hip impingement syndrome is pain of the hip, which primarily affects the groin region. Patients may develop chronic pain and they may suffer from reduced range of motion of the joint. Patients may also experience difficulty completing activities that require hip flexion, such as squatting, sitting, and bending. Generally, the hip pain is decreased when patients are in a straightened position or walk on a level surface.

Causes

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The top of the thighbone, which is a ball-like structure called the femoral head, rests in the acetabulum, which is the socket within the pelvis. In a healthy joint, the femoral head glides easily within the socket. With hip impingement syndrome, this smooth motion is impaired and the friction of the two components leads to pain. There are a few different possible causes of hip impingement syndrome, including a deformity of the femoral head, which is known as cam impingement. Or, the deformity may involve the acetabulum. The front rim of the acetabulum may protrude too far outward and the femoral head may contact this area during movement.

Treatments

Initially, an orthopaedic doctor may recommend conservative treatments such as rest, activity modification, physical therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If the patient continues to suffer from symptoms, an orthopaedic surgeon may perform hip arthroscopy. During surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon may remove bone spurs and diseased cartilage, and repair or remove the labrum. By leaving hip impingement syndrome untreated or by delaying surgery unnecessarily, patients risk inflicting further damage to the joint.

Very few sports medicine practices treat hip impingement syndrome. At MK Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic doctor serving New Lenox specializes in the sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for patients with hip impingement syndrome. We also regularly perform hip replacement surgery. If you are suffering from hip pain, call (815) 741-6900 and let our joint specialists help.


Shouldering The Burden: Fully Torn Rotator Cuffs

A torn rotator cuff refers to an injury to the group of four muscles and tendons that meet at the head of the humerus, which is attached to the shoulder blade. A fully torn rotator cuff, which is also called a full-thickness or complete tear, means that one or more tendons have completely torn. This is usually caused by trauma such as a sports injury or degenerative, meaning wear and tear over time. Tell tale symptoms such as shoulder pain and weakness along with limited range of mobility are characteristic of a fully torn rotator cuff. Patients often report that the shoulder pain worsens when lifting or lowering the arm, and when resting at night if when laying on the affected side.

A fully torn rotator cuff will worsen if left untreated. The pain and weakness can make every day life difficult to manage. Self care tasks, such as bathing and dressing or doing those for others, like caring for children, become challenging and painful. Early treatment may include nonsurgical options such as pain medication, rest, avoidance of certain activities, and physical therapy. Many people with a rotator cuff tear may eventually opt for orthopaedic surgery.

If you’re looking for an orthopaedic doctor in Bolingbrook, contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Our physicians have extensive experience treating rotator cuff injuries.


Elbow Pain: What is Tommy John Surgery?

An orthopaedic surgeon can perform Tommy John surgery, which involves the reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). The UCL is also known as the medial collateral ligament because the ligament is located on the side of the elbow that’s closest to the body, which is the medial side. Baseball fans are likely to associate Tommy John surgery with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John. He underwent the first UCL reconstruction in 1974, which was devised by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe.

Reasons for Tommy John Surgery

A stretched or torn UCL can lead to symptoms such as pain, swelling, and bruising on the inside of the elbow. Sometimes, a UCL tear can lead to some loss of elbow movement. Uneven joint surfaces or loose fragments may cause a popping, grinding, or “catching” sensation. Most often, UCL tears affect pitchers and other athletes who use throwing motions frequently. These repetitive movements can gradually lead to the development of tiny tears in the UCL. Eventually, if left untreated, the UCL may rupture.

Steps of Tommy John Surgery

If it is not possible to repair the ligament or reattach it to the bone and the joint is unstable, an orthopaedic surgeon can replace it with a tendon taken from elsewhere in the patient’s body. Most commonly, UCL reconstruction is performed using a tendon from the wrist, toe, hamstring, foot, or other areas. The orthopaedic surgeon drills tunnels in the humerus and the ulna, through which the tendon is passed. Then, the tendon is carefully positioned to take the place of the ligament. Remaining tissue from the original ligament may be attached to the tendon to provide additional strength. After the orthopaedic surgery, the patient can expect an intensive rehabilitation period, which may sometimes take one to two years.

At MK Orthopaedics, Tommy John surgery and rehabilitation are among our specialties. Our sports medicine specialist in Joliet stays abreast of the latest advances in medical technology to provide our patients with exceptional care. If you’ve suffered a sports injury, call (815) 741-6900 today to begin the process to recovery.


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