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Stages and Progression of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, and a chronic, inflammatory condition. It involves painful, debilitating symptoms of the joints and tissues throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks healthy tissues, causing inflammation and damage that can grow progressively worse over time. There’s no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but orthopaedic doctors recommend treating the disease as early as possible. Otherwise, patients run the risk of more severe, widespread damage.

Stage One

The treatment recommendations for rheumatoid arthritis can depend on the exact stage a patient is in. During this earliest stage, the joint capsule is inflamed and the synovial tissue is swollen. Patients will experience joint pain with movement, stiffness, and swelling. Upon examining X-rays, doctors will generally not notice any signs of joint destruction, although there may be some bone erosion.

Stage Two

Stage two is moderate rheumatoid arthritis. Patients are diagnosed with stage two when the inflammation of the synovial tissue begins to spread and affect the cartilage of the joint. As the cartilage is destroyed, the joint pain is accompanied by loss of range of motion and mobility in that area.

Stage Three

Stage three is severe rheumatoid arthritis. Patients in stage three will experience worsening, debilitating pain. The affected joint can be severely swollen, and patients are likely to experience a loss of mobility, and perhaps poor muscle strength. The joint may start to look physically deformed. During stage three, the inflammation starts to destroy the bone, as well as the cartilage.

Stage Four

Stage four is terminal or end-stage rheumatoid arthritis. The inflammatory process ceases. Fibrous tissue forms, and the joints no longer function due to the severe damage. Nodules, or bumps, can be visible under the skin. Patients will still suffer from pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility in this stage.

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the many conditions we can treat here at MK Orthopaedics. Our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet are committed to helping each of our patients live full, active lives without painful symptoms. Call (815) 741-6900 to request a consult with an orthopaedic doctor.


The Role of Orthopaedic Doctors on the Sidelines

For most sports teams, there is an unseen team member who rarely makes the highlight reel: the team’s orthopaedic doctor. Having an orthopaedic doctor on the sidelines is essential for many sports teams, especially professional organizations that need fast, accurate care for their players.

When orthopaedic doctors are on the sidelines of games, they are able to instantly evaluate sports injuries and consult on RTP—return to play—decisions. They can also begin treatment immediately for injuries that happen during the game and coordinate post-game care when necessary. Orthopaedic doctors can also help teams comply with any league or organizational rules for injury evaluation and treatment and provide education for the coaching and training staff about reducing the risk of sports injuries.

MK Orthopaedics is proud to have our orthopaedic doctors on the sidelines for athletes through our Sports Team Partnership. Find out how to protect your team from injuries and how to get instant access to sports medicine care by contacting our office today at (815) 741-6900.


Are You a Digital Deadwalker?

Are you constantly glued to your smartphone? If so, you could be a digital deadwalker. Smart devices can lead to a surprising number of conditions that cause people to need treatment by an orthopaedic doctor, from text neck to digital deadwalking injuries.

Watch this video to learn more.

Digital deadwalkers don’t look up from their devices when they are walking down city streets, causing them to walk into traffic and into other people. This behavior can lead to neck pain and other injuries to yourself and others.

Whether you’re a digital deadwalker yourself or you had a run-in with one that left you injured, MK Orthopaedics is here to help. Our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet offer non-invasive and surgical treatment for a wide range of injuries and conditions. To make an appointment, call (815) 741-6900.


Hip Labral Tears: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Your hip labrum is located along the outside of your hip joint socket, and it helps to hold the top of your thighbone in the socket securely . Hip labral tears can be painful and can lead to serious complications if they are not treated by your orthopaedic doctor. Here is what you need to know about this common injury, including the signs you could have a labral tear and what treatments your doctor may recommend.

What causes labral tears?

In many cases, hip labral tears are sports injuries. They occur in contact sports, including football and hockey, and in sports that require frequent twisting or pivoting of the hip, such as golf. Labral tears can also be the result of traumatic injuries, such as car accidents or falls. In some cases, congenital hip deformities can lead to labral tears. Any physical activity that involves repetitive twisting of the hips can lead to a labral tear in the long term.

What are the symptoms?

Many people don’t have any symptoms at all of a labral tear until it progresses and becomes more severe. In other cases, labral tears can cause hip pain and groin pain. Stiffness and restricted range of motion of the hip may also occur. If you have a hip labral tear, you may also notice a clicking sound when you move your hip, or it can feel like your hip is locking or catching when you walk.

What are the treatment options?

If you suspect you have a hip labral tear, see your orthopaedic doctor as soon as possible. For minor tears that are diagnosed early, over-the-counter medications, steroid injections, and physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles can all help. In some cases, patients recover in a matter of weeks with these non-invasive treatments. For severe tears or tears that don’t respond to non-invasive treatments, orthopaedic surgery to repair or remove the damaged tissues may be necessary.

Don’t let hip pain limit your activities. Make an appointment at MK Orthopaedics to determine the cause of your discomfort and to start on a treatment plan. To schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, please call (815) 741-6900.


How to Prepare for a Second Opinion Consult

No matter how confident you are in your primary orthopaedic doctor, getting a second opinion is a smart strategy for patients who get a new diagnosis or who are facing orthopaedic surgery. Getting a second opinion doesn’t mean that you don’t believe your primary doctor or that you think you are getting poor care. It is just a way for you to become more informed about your condition and your treatment options. As you prepare for a second opinion consult, keep these tips in mind.

Write Down Your Questions

When you’re in the midst of a doctor’s appointment, it can be easy to forget all of the things that you wanted to ask. Before your appointment, jot down all of your questions and concerns, so that you don’t forget anything during the consultation. Don’t be afraid to take notes during the appointment, so that you don’t forget any vital information. You may even find it helpful to record the visit so that you can listen to it later and let anyone else who is involved in making healthcare decisions with you listen to it as well. Just be sure to ask your orthopaedic doctor before you start recording.

Bring a Friend

Many people find it helpful to bring a friend or loved one to an appointment with them. The person you bring with you may help you remember things after the appointment that you might have otherwise forgotten. He or she may also be able to help you focus your thoughts and get all of the information you want to during your appointment.

Be Prepared for Medical Questions

Talking to you about your medical history will help your orthopaedic doctor make informed decisions about your care. Be prepared to answer questions about your symptoms, past surgeries, and current diagnoses and medications. Bring a list of your medications with the dosages with you so you don’t leave anything out.

Are you in need of a second opinion? Schedule a consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon in Joliet at MK Orthopaedics today. Call (815) 741-6900 to make your appointment and to learn more about all of our services, from sports medicine to knee replacement surgery.


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