MK Orthopaedics
MK Orthopaedics can help you get active again. Our physicians specialize in treating hip, shoulder, spine, foot & ankle injuries or conditions. Call 815 207 8280 today!
815.741.6900 Joliet | Bolingbrook | Channahon | Plainfield

MI-Eye from MK Orthopaedics

MRI has revolutionized Orthopaedics. But there are still things we can't see. Sometimes the MRI is negative but the patient has pain. Before a high-level athlete returns to sport it would be nice to confirm their cartilage transplant is healed. An athletic mother with limited time wants certainty before having surgery and down-time and the best the MRI can provide her is 80% accuracy.

MK Orthopaedics is happy to introduce you to the next revolution, MI-Eye. High definition cameras shrunk down to the size of a needle allows in office arthroscopy allows us to be what patients want and need- to be SURE. Ever had a shaky MRI that had everyone in the room guessing? This easy to perform procedure under local anesthesia can be done while sitting on the edge of an exam table and takes less than 10 minutes.

So for those of you who are tired of not knowing, what are you waiting for?? Let's be certain. Did you have a meniscal repair and it still hurts? MI-Eye it! Slow healing rotator cuff repair? MI-Eye it! Did you have an ACL reconstruction and are worried you restore it right before your football season? MI-Eye it! Are you the starting quarterback in your senior year of high school and want to finish your season but are worried a recent injury to your throwing shoulder could be serious?? MI-Eye it! Spent years qualifying for the Chicago Marathon and you hurt your knee while training? How do you know you can risk running this once in a lifetime event safely for sure? MI-Eye it!


Noninvasive and Surgical Treatments for Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine develops abnormal curves. The spine naturally has curves that point toward the front and back of the person. But for people with scoliosis, the spine curves in an abnormal fashion from side to side. Scoliosis is typically diagnosed in childhood, although adults may develop scoliosis later in life. Depending on the degree of curvature and the presence of symptoms, an orthopaedic doctor may recommend either nonsurgical treatments or surgical interventions for patients with scoliosis.

Observation

After diagnosing a patient with scoliosis, the orthopaedic doctor will measure the degree of curvature and monitor its progression. If the abnormal curvature is mild and further progression is not anticipated, the doctor may recommend watchful waiting. No treatment will be administered, but the curve will be closely monitored to determine if treatment is needed at a later date.

Bracing

Even when scoliosis does require treatment, surgery isn’t always the first option. Patients can be custom-fitted with specialized back braces. These braces cannot reverse the abnormalities, but they can halt the progression of the curve. Scoliosis braces are only used for pediatric patients who are still growing, since skeletal maturity is unlikely to support the worsening of an already existing curve.

Physical Therapy

Like back braces, physical therapy cannot reverse the abnormal curvature. It also cannot halt the further progression of the condition, but physical therapy can strengthen the back muscles. Physical therapy may be helpful for patients who experience pain or other symptoms arising from the spinal abnormalities.

Orthopaedic Surgery

In severe cases, orthopaedic surgery may be recommended for scoliosis patients. Most often, surgeons use spinal fusion. This involves fusing two or more vertebrae together to prevent movement between them. If the patient is a particularly young child, the surgeon may insert a “growing” rod, which connects to the top and bottom areas of the curvature. This rod is adjustable to allow for the child’s growth over time.

At MK Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet treat a range of spinal problems, including scoliosis. If you or your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis, call us today at (815) 741-6900 to request a consult with an orthopaedic doctor. Our practice also sees patients with sports injuries.


Getting the Most Out of Physical Therapy Sessions

Physical therapy is a commonly recommended treatment for patients with orthopaedic conditions or injuries. An orthopaedic doctor may recommend physical therapy as an alternative to surgery or as a means of recovering from surgery. It’s helpful for healing sports injuries and managing chronic conditions. To get the most out of your physical therapy sessions, you should arrive prepared. Dress in comfortable, athletic clothing, wear athletic shoes, and bring a list of any questions or concerns you might have.

Listen carefully while your physical therapist explains your recommended therapy plan, which will include stretches, therapeutic exercises, and possibly manual therapy. Communicate freely with your physical therapist; let him or her know when you experience symptoms. Your physical therapist will give you “homework” to do between appointments. Performing your at-home stretches and exercises faithfully will significantly support your progress.

MK Orthopaedics provides comprehensive sports medicine care in Plainfield, including physical therapy in our state-of-the-art treatment center. Call (815) 741-6900 to request an appointment.


How Can Spinal Stenosis Affect Me?

Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal, which results in the painful compression of the nerves. If you have a suspected spinal condition, inform your orthopaedic doctor of all of the symptoms you’re experiencing. The compression of the nerve due to spinal stenosis can cause pain and weakness that extends into the legs. The symptoms will likely dissipate during rest and worsen during activity and prolonged periods of standing.

Watch this video for more information about spinal stenosis, including the possible causes such as herniated discs. You’ll also learn about your treatment options, which may include physical therapy or spinal decompression surgery.

Spinal stenosis is one of the many conditions that orthopaedic doctors in Bolingbrook can treat at MK Orthopaedics. Call us at (815) 741-6900 with any questions you may have about our specialized healthcare services.


How Leg Pain Can Originate in the Spine

If you’ve been experiencing pain that extends down the back of your leg, you may have a back problem called sciatica. Sciatica is actually a group of symptoms, rather than a specific medical condition. These symptoms occur when the sciatic nerve is compressed. An orthopaedic doctor can conduct a thorough examination to confirm this diagnosis.

Symptoms and Causes

The symptoms of sciatica typically affect just one leg. The pain originates in the lower back and extends through one buttock and down the back of the leg. Patients usually describe the pain as being a sharp, burning, tingling, or searing sensation. The pain may be accompanied by numbness, weakness, and difficulty using the affected leg and foot. The severity of the symptoms can range from being moderately irritating to debilitating and the pain often worsens while the patient is seated. These symptoms indicate an underlying medical problem: The compression of the sciatic nerve. This is the largest and longest nerve in the body. There are multiple problems that may cause compression of the sciatic nerve, including bone spurs and herniated discs.

Treatments and Complications

Orthopaedic doctors typically recommend nonsurgical treatment for patients with sciatica. Physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and activity modification are some examples. It’s generally recommended that patients rest for a day or two, but do not stay inactive longer than this. A prolonged period of inactivity can worsen the symptoms. During the first one to two days, patients may apply a cold pack for up to 20 minutes at a time. After this initial period, it’s best to use a heating pad. Additionally, some patients may benefit from medicated injections. If the symptoms persist for three months or longer, it may be time to consider orthopaedic surgery to relieve the compression on the sciatic nerve. Surgery may be an option sooner than this if the patient experiences severe complications of sciatica, including the loss of bowel or bladder control.

MK Orthopaedics is your source for high-quality sports medicine services in Joliet. Our orthopaedic doctors and surgeons handle all types of orthopedic problems, including back pain such as sciatica. Call us at (815) 741-6900 to request an appointment today.


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