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    Dr. Rebecca Kuo is Now a Certified Independent Medical Examiner

    Last updated 3 days ago

    MK Orthopaedics is proud to announce that Dr. Rebecca Kuo is now certified as an independent medical examiner by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.  ABIME is the premier organization for educating and accrediting individuals for that certification.   The certification indicates that Dr. Kuo possesses the knowledge and techniques required to perform evaluations and impairment ratings on injured or ill workers.   An impairment rating tells the degree of an injured worker's deviation away from their normal health status and functionality. These ratings are used to see if an injured worker has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) and therefore unlikely to improve their health status and functionality substantially in the next year with or without medical treatment. This helps injured workers and employers determine when additional treatment is no longer necessary.  Case managers, insurance claims adjusters, employers and other health professionals rely on Certified Independent Medical Examiners for professional and objective evaluations.

    Kuo becomes the 4th physician at MK Orthopaedics to earn the training and certification necessary to perform Independent Medical Evaluations (IME).  In addition to being highly experienced in treating orthopedic injuries, MK physicians understand the importance of returning injured workers to work as soon as possible, allowing the employer to determine if reasonable accommodations are available.  Dr. Kuo is a specialist in surgical and non-surgical treatments of the neck and spine.  Her impressive resume includes a Bachelor’s of History and Pre-Medical education from Dartmouth College, Juris Doctorate from Kent College of Law, Doctorate of Medicine from Rush Medical College and performed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center.

    MK Orthopaedics Surgery & Rehabilitation will help you get active again. Our healthcare professionals are specially trained in sports medicine as well as occupational and degenerative related injuries and conditions. Learn more at www.mkortho.com or 815-741-6900.

     

    Back to School Means Back on the Team!

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Why Your Doctor May Suggest a Meniscectomy

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Cartilage helps to absorb the stress that your joints experience each day. Though flexible and durable, the cartilage can incur damage if forces are great enough to tear it. When the cartilage in the knee, also known as the meniscus, suffers a tear, an orthopaedic doctor might recommend a meniscectomy to address the damage.

    A meniscectomy can alleviate knee pain and facilitate joint function. In cases where rest, medication, and physical therapy are not enough to encourage cartilage healing, surgery may prove the next best step to improve knee health. Depending on the severity of the tear, an orthopaedic surgeon may remove the entire meniscus or only a section of it. By removing the damaged sections of your cartilage, your doctor allows the remaining healthy tissue to heal more easily, so you can quickly return to your normal activities.

    Is getting a meniscectomy the right treatment option for you? To find out, call MK Orthopaedics today at (815) 207-8280. Our orthopaedic surgeons offer safe and effective orthopaedic solutions for residents of Bolingbrook, Shorewood, Plainfield, Joliet, and beyond.

    What Is Triggering Your Neck Pain?

    Last updated 23 days ago

    The neck supports the head with a network of vertebrae, intervertebral discs, cartilage, and muscle. When neck pain occurs, it often results from stress on the soft tissues in this region.

    This video discusses why so many people experience neck pain. While a sudden event such as a car collision can cause whiplash or a broken vertebra, neck pain can also develop from less traumatic incidents. If you use a computer on a regular basis, your sitting posture might be contributing to your discomfort. If you lean forward while you type, you could be placing added pressure on your neck. This can strain the discs and muscles, leading to chronic neck pain.

    MK Orthopaedics can help you find relief from your neck pain problems. To speak with one of our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet and learn more about neck pain and its treatment, call (815) 207-8280.

    Spotlight on Spinal Disc Problems

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Consider the stress that your back experiences on a daily basis. It supports much of the weight of your body. It twists and turns with nearly every motion you make. It also bears additional force with each item you pick up and move. The back carries out each of these functions with the help of the intervertebral discs that cushion the vertebrae in the spinal column. Though made of strong, resilient tissues, these discs can suffer injury and deterioration, resulting in the following orthopaedic problems:

    Disc Herniation

    To buffer the shock that the spinal column can suffer from both repetitive motion and sudden trauma, the intervertebral discs contain a gel-like interior within a rubbery membrane. If any one of these discs encounters strong or repetitive forces, this may cause the gel interior to push through the membrane exterior, resulting in disc herniation. Under some circumstances, mild herniation may not cause discomfort. When the protruding center presses upon nearby nerves or other tissues, though, it can lead to chronic back pain. In instances where a herniated disc places pressure on the sciatic nerve, it can cause radiating discomfort into the lower extremities as well.

    Degenerative Disc Disease

    Years of use can eventually lead to the breakdown of the intervertebral discs. Degenerative disc disease happens when the wear and tear that the intervertebral discs experience causes them to lose their volume and flexibility. When the discs can no longer cushion the vertebrae from the frequent forces they must endure, it can cause considerable pain and loss of motion in the back.

    Treatment of Disc Problems

    For individuals suffering from either disc herniation or degenerative disc disease, orthopaedic doctors can recommend several treatment options. Minor spinal disc problems may require only rest or oral medication. More advanced cases of degenerative disc disease or disc herniation might necessitate surgery to remove the damaged disc and alleviate discomfort.

     

    Let MK Orthopaedics help you gain control over your back pain. Our team of orthopaedic doctors can get to the cause of your discomfort and recommend appropriate treatment options to relieve your pain. To learn more about our orthopaedic services for the residents of Plainfield, Bolingbrook, New Lenox, and Joliet, call (815) 207-8280 or visit our website.

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