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815.741.6900 Joliet | Bolingbrook | Channahon

Understanding Shoulder Arthritis

Different types of arthritis may affect the shoulder, including osteoarthritis, which is the type primarily described in this featured video. Osteoarthritis of the shoulder is indicated by symptoms such as shoulder pain, joint stiffness, and difficult movement. It’s caused by the wearing down of the protective cartilage in the joint, causing the bones to rub against each other.

Without treatment, arthritis can cause progressively worsening shoulder pain. Over time, patients may find it difficult to enjoy the activities they used to do. An orthopaedic doctor can recommend appropriate treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or surgery.

The orthopaedic doctors at MK Orthopaedics specialize in treating shoulder problems. If you’re suffering from shoulder pain and you live near Joliet, call us today at (815) 741-6900.

Injuries Commonly Diagnosed in Construction Workers

Construction is a challenging field. Workers are at a high risk of all sorts of injuries, including repetitive strain injuries and acute injuries. Knee bursitis, rotator cuff tears, and carpal tunnel syndrome are just a few of the conditions that an orthopaedic doctor may diagnose in construction workers.

Knee Bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa sac around a joint, such as the knee joint. The job of the bursae is to cushion the joints and reduce friction. When knee bursitis develops, the patient may feel knee pain, tenderness, and swelling, and it can be difficult to move the joint properly. Knee bursitis often develops gradually from repeated activities, such as kneeling on hard surfaces to install flooring. Knee bursitis is treatable with oral and injected medications, physical therapy, and aspiration.

Rotator Cuff Tear

A rotator cuff tear is an injury to one of the tendons that make up the rotator cuff in the shoulder. This injury can develop suddenly or slowly over time. If it happens suddenly, the patient can feel intense pain, weakness, and perhaps a snapping sensation in the shoulder. If the injury develops gradually, patients may notice gradually worsening pain and weakness when lifting and using the arm. An acute tear can be caused by a fall or by lifting something heavy. Repetitive activities, such as overhead lifting, can also cause rotator cuff tears. Without treatment like rest, physical therapy, or surgery, rotator cuff tears can get larger.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve that extends through the wrist and into the base of the hand. Its symptoms develop gradually, causing wrist pain, tingling, and numbness. These symptoms may also affect the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Construction workers may develop carpal tunnel syndrome because of the repetitive use of vibrating power tools or manual hand tools. Without treatment, it becomes worse, eventually causing poor grip strength and chronic pain. Treatment options include injected medication, oral anti-inflammatory drugs, splinting, activity modification, and orthopaedic surgery.

Area employers can rely on MK Orthopaedics and our workers’ compensation capabilities. Some of our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet are certified Independent Medical Examiners, and we also feature an onsite pharmaceutical dispensary. Injured construction workers and their employers can contact our office at (815) 741-6900.

Quit Smoking Before Surgery

Orthopaedic surgery can correct anatomical problems that cause symptoms like shoulder pain or hip pain. But surgery is not without its inherent risks, and smoking can contribute to those risks. Orthopaedic surgeons prefer that their patients quit smoking before having a procedure for their own safety and well-being.

The Risks of Smoking Before Surgery

Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals. Some of them affect the cardiovascular system, such as by increasing heart rate and elevating blood pressure. These chemicals can also negatively affect respiratory function, particularly when the smoker is under general anesthesia for surgery. It’s also possible for smoking to affect the metabolism of the drugs used during surgery, such as muscle relaxants.

The Risks of Smoking After Surgery

The risks of smoking don’t end after the patient comes out of general anesthesia. After surgery, smokers are at a significantly higher risk of heart attack compared to non-smokers. Another risk pertains to the healing of the surgical incision. Healthy blood circulation is essential for healing because it brings oxygen to the wound site. But smoking robs the body of oxygen. Instead, the carbon monoxide and the toxins in cigarettes can both jeopardize the ability of the tissues to heal. Plus, smokers are at a higher risk of post-surgical infections.

The Steps You Can Take to Quit

The good news is that the body begins to heal itself within hours of quitting. If a patient quits smoking as late as the day before having orthopaedic surgery, this can help manage health risks. Many people use their upcoming surgery as motivation to finally kick the habit. You don’t have to quit alone. Talk to your primary care doctor about local resources you can use, such as support groups and counselors. If you decide to try prescription medication to quit smoking, your orthopaedic surgeon will need to know about this change in your drug regimen. Always inform the anesthesiologist if you’ve had nicotine from any source—including nicotine patches or gum. Nicotine affects your cardiovascular system even in the absence of cigarette smoke.

The entire team at MK Orthopaedics is committed to upholding the highest standards of patient care and safety. Our orthopaedic surgeons near Joliet will walk you through your pre- and post-operative instructions, and are available to answer any questions about your upcoming surgery. Call (815) 741-6900.

Signs of a Hip Fracture

Hip fractures are complex injuries that can lead to a lifetime of complications if they are not treated quickly and effectively. Anyone is at risk of suffering a hip fracture, but the risk increases as you age. If you are experiencing hip pain and think you could have a fracture, see your orthopaedic doctor as soon as possible. Hip replacement surgery is usually required after this kind of injury.

Severe pain in the hip and groin is the most common sign of a hip fracture. If the fracture happens during an acute injury like a fall, you may be unable to move afterwards. You will likely be unable to put weight on the leg on the side of the fracture, and your leg may actually be shorter.

The orthopaedic surgeons at MK Orthopaedic perform hip replacement surgery in Joliet using the most advanced techniques coupled with complete post-surgical care. Find out more about our services by calling (815) 741-6900.

Introducing iFuse-3D

If your orthopaedic surgeon recommends sacroiliac joint fusion, the iFuse 3D implant could be part of your treatment plan. Watch this video to learn about the benefits of the iFuse 3D implant system and how it could assist in making your procedure more effective.

The iFuse 3D implant is created using proprietary 3D printing technology. It is designed to mimic your natural bone so that it can rely on self-harvesting technology. The shape of the implant reduces the risk of rotation, for greater comfort and reliability.

At MK Orthopaedic, we use the very latest advances to treat a wide range of orthopaedic issues, from hip pain and shoulder pain to herniated discs. To schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon in Joliet, please call (815) 741-6900.

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