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    An Overview of Common Pediatric Sports Injuries

    Last updated 1 day 11 hours ago

    As children grow and develop motor skills, they often like to practice them in the form of sports. Sports are also a great way for children to practice social skills and learn how to work in teams. However, sports also provide opportunities for injuries involving joints like the hips and knees. Here is an overview of common pediatric sports injuries.

    Organized Sports

    Children who participate in organized sports are more likely to suffer injuries from overuse of muscles, joints, and ligaments because of the extensive practice that they often participate in. This is especially true when it comes to ambitious children who overexert themselves in an attempt to develop their skills. It is important for children to understand their limitations in order to avoid an increased risk of injury that can lead to developmental defects. Some injuries are specific to certain sports. For example, “little league elbow” occurs when a child’s elbow becomes injured by overuse or overextension. This typically occurs in baseball or softball pitchers who have improper form. Injuries like contusions, strains, and hematomas from contact sports such as football and hockey are also possible. Depending on the severity of the injury, the best option may be to keep the injured area still until medical treatment is possible.

    Individual Sports

    Children who play organized sports are not the only ones who are at risk for pediatric sports injuries. Those who play individual sports are also vulnerable. Child martial artists can overextend their hips and knees when practicing kicking. Dancers, gymnasts, and figure skaters tend to be more likely to develop stress fractures. Sports such as bike riding, rollerblading, and skateboarding also come with a risk of bone fractures, skin contusions, and other acute injuries. It is important to teach your children to take breaks and to wear proper safety equipment when they practice their sports in order to prevent the development of chronic or acute physical injuries.

    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 (insert subject or topic) visit www.mkortho.com or call MK Orthopaedics at 815-207-8280.  

    5 Most Commonly Broken Bones

    Last updated 1 day 12 hours ago

    Keeping active is an essential part of maintaining your overall health, whether you’re a weekend warrior or an elite athlete competing at the professional level. Though playing a sport is usually fun and healthy, there are unpredictable factors at play that can result in a broken bone. Broken bones and other orthopaedic injuries can happen to athletes at any level, and it’s important to seek treatment from an orthopaedic doctor to ensure that the injury heals properly. Recovery and rehabilitation are essential to get you back on the playing field in top form. Take a look at this infographic from the orthopaedic surgeons at MK Orthopaedics to learn what the most common broken bones are in the world of sports. Please share with your friends, coaches, and teammates!

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    Understanding Cartilage Replacement

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Replacing damaged cartilage can help you regain comfortable mobility in your joints. Although cartilage does not easily heal, cartilage replacement can be a safe and effective treatment option. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon to find out if cartilage replacement is right for you, and keep reading for a closer look at cartilage replacement.

    Cartilage Damage

    Cartilage damage may occur as a result of many different issues, such as a contact sport injury or an accidental fall. This damage may cause the surface of a joint, such as your hip or knee, to become rough, which can make it difficult to move your body in certain ways. Cartilage damage can also cause substantial pain in your joints and even lead to arthritis. If you injure a joint, you may have damaged your cartilage as well. If you think you may have cartilage damage, talk to your orthopaedic surgeon as soon as possible.

    Treatment Process

    If you have experienced joint or cartilage damage, you are presented with several options. Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend cartilage replacement surgery. If open surgery is not necessary, you can typically undergo arthroscopic treatment in which you will receive small punctures around your joint to make surgery possible. This type of procedure is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time than open surgery. In the event that your surgeon needs more straightforward access to the area, incisions will be made and open surgery will be performed.

    Recovery Period

    In order for your cartilage replacement procedure to be successful, a recovery period is necessary. You must protect your joint during the weeks following treatment. You will need to keep your weight off of the treated joint, and you may also need to participate in physical therapy in order to regain joint strength and 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 (insert subject or topic) visit www.mkortho.com or call MK Orthopaedics at 815-207-8280.  

    Dr. Rebecca Kuo is Now a Certified Independent Medical Examiner

    Last updated 15 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!

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