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815.741.6900 Joliet | Bolingbrook | Channahon | Plainfield

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Tips for Coping with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed. Mild pain and weakness associated with carpal tunnel syndrome can benefit from conservative treatments. If you have advanced carpal tunnel syndrome, an orthopaedic surgeon may recommend a carpal tunnel release surgery. While you’re awaiting your appointment with the orthopaedic doctor, you can manage your pain at home.

Take a break from activities that require repetitive wrist and hand movements. When you do use your hands, keep your wrists in a neutral position. Consider getting an ergonomic computer mouse designed for people with carpal tunnel syndrome. Apply a heating pad several times per day, and wear a wrist splint for extra support.

The orthopaedic doctors at the Joliet location of MK Orthopaedics specialize in treating patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Call (815) 741-6900 to request an appointment to discuss the nonsurgical and surgical treatment options that might be right for you.

Exercises for Shoulder Instability

Physical therapy is often helpful for shoulder pain, particularly if it’s caused by joint instability. Strengthening the muscles around the joint will help stabilize the shoulder. When you watch this video, a physical therapist will walk you through some easy exercises to rehab your injured shoulders.

She demonstrates the proper technique for shoulder external rotations, internal rotations, and shoulder flexion motions. Remember to keep your wrists neutral and your elbows by your side. Start with the lowest resistance band, and gradually work your way up to a higher resistance level. This physical therapist recommends starting out with 10 to 15 repetitions for each exercise.

MK Orthopaedics is a team of sports medicine specialists in Joliet. If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, give us a call at (815) 741-6900.

Learn More About Elbow Pain Causes and Treatments

Elbow pain can arise from problems of the bones, muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the elbow area. It might feel like sharp or aching, or constant or intermittent discomfort. Acute sports injuries can cause a sudden onset of elbow pain, whereas many other elbow-related problems develop gradually, and may progressively become worse. To start the diagnostic process, your orthopaedic doctor will ask you to be specific when describing your elbow pain and associated symptoms.

Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow is an informal name for medial epicondylitis. Golfer’s elbow causes pain on the inside of the elbow. The pain may extend into the forearm and wrist. This condition occurs when the tendons in the area sustain damage caused by repetitive stress. Specifically, bending and straightening the elbow joint repeatedly can cause strain over time. The treatments for golfer’s elbow include:

  • Rest
  • Cold therapy
  • Bracing
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections

Surgery usually isn’t necessary for golfer’s elbow, but you may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon if your symptoms linger or are severe.

Elbow Dislocation

A joint dislocation occurs when the bones that meet at the joint are forced out of place. Your elbow might become dislocated if you fall and land with your hand outstretched. A dislocated elbow typically causes intense pain and visible deformity of the elbow. An orthopaedic doctor will treat an elbow dislocation by administering medications to manage the pain and relax the muscles. Then, a maneuver called a reduction will put the bones back in place.


Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition in which the cartilage in the joint is worn away. It can develop in the elbow after a fracture or dislocation, or it may be the result of damage due to wear and tear over the years. The initial treatment for osteoarthritis typically includes medications, activity modification, and physical therapy. Severe cases may call for arthroscopy—a type of orthopaedic surgery.

You’ll find exceptional care and sophisticated medical treatments at MK Orthopaedics. Our orthopaedic doctors in Bolingbrook provide a continuum of care, and will walk you through every step from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up. You can get in touch today at (815) 741-6900.

5 Need to Know Facts About Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis is another term for a bone infection. Osteomyelitis typically affects the bones in the arms or legs when children develop it. In adults, the most commonly infected bones are the feet, hips, and vertebrae. Osteomyelitis can be very serious when left untreated, so consult an orthopaedic doctor right away if you have any possible symptoms of it.

Osteomyelitis symptoms can be systemic.

The symptoms of osteomyelitis can be localized to the area of the infection, such as pain, swelling, and skin ulcers. They can also be systemic, which means the symptoms affect the whole body. The systemic symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Malaise

It may be caused by different types of germs.

Bone infections are usually caused by staphylococcus bacteria. However, they can also be caused by other germs, such as fungi. The germs may enter the body and reach the bone after a patient is affected by:

  • A deep puncture wound
  • An open fracture
  • An orthopaedic surgery
  • An infection elsewhere in the body that travels to the bone

Diabetics are at a higher risk of osteomyelitis.

Some people have a harder time fighting off the germs that cause osteomyelitis. Diabetics, for example, may have impaired blood circulation, and this places them at a higher risk of infections. Other patients may be at a higher risk if they are affected by:

  • Hemodialysis
  • Urinary catheter use
  • Long-term corticosteroid use
  • Chemotherapy

Surgery is the standard treatment.

Orthopaedic doctors usually prefer to try conservative treatments first, but surgery is typically required for osteomyelitis. Surgery is performed to accomplish the following goals:

  • Drainage of pus and fluids
  • Removal of diseased tissue and bone
  • Restoration of blood flow to the bone

The complications can include bone death.

Very severe, sometimes life-threatening complications can develop if osteomyelitis isn’t treated promptly. These complications include osteonecrosis, or bone death, which might require amputation. Septic arthritis is another possible complication.

Patients with bone infections can find the prompt, attentive care they need at MK Orthopaedics. Our team of orthopaedic doctors and surgeons in Shorewood are all highly trained providers who are dedicated to our patients’ well-being and safety. You can reach us at (815) 741-6900.

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