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The Dos and Don'ts of Cast Care

Casts are hard, rigid devices that immobilize a body part such as an arm or leg. An orthopaedic doctor can apply a cast to protect an injured body part while it heals. If you’ve received a cast, it’s important to follow the directions given to you by your orthopaedic doctor to take proper care of your cast.

Do reduce the swelling in the area.

It’s common for a cast to feel exceptionally tight for the first few days, which is usually attributable to swelling. For the first few days, keep the injured body part elevated above the level of your heart as much as possible. Your orthopaedic doctor may recommend taking over-the-counter or prescription strength anti-inflammatory medicine. Cold therapy can also be helpful for reducing swelling. Place an ice pack in a sealed plastic bag and wrap the bag in a towel before placing it on the injury.

Don’t get the cast wet.

Be careful not to get the cast wet while applying an ice pack or bathing. An easy way to protect the cast is to use a water-tight cast protector. These products are often available in drugstores. Alternatively, you can wrap the cast in a double layer of plastic. For example, surround the cast with plastic wrap intended for use in the kitchen. Seal the ends of the plastic wrap with duct tape. Then, wrap the cast in another layer of thicker plastic, such as a plastic grocery bag. Seal the ends with duct tape. Even with these precautions, it’s advisable to keep the cast out of the water. Consider taking a bath instead of a shower and propping the injured body part on the edge of the tub.

Do be aware of the signs of potential complications.

Call your orthopaedic doctor promptly if you experience worsening or severe pain, or if you notice signs of a skin infection or pressure sore. These can include a foul odor and unusual drainage.

Casting and immobilization must be performed by specially trained and certified providers to avoid the possibility of health complications. At MK Orthopaedics, our certified casting staff specialists work out of a dedicated cast treatment room to give each patient the personalized care he or she needs. If you’ve suffered a broken bone or another type of sports injury, call (815) 741-6900 today to schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet.


Dealing with Chronic Hand Pain

Chronic hand pain refers to continual or intermittent pain that persists longer than 12 weeks. It may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as stiffness, swelling, or limited range of motion. Patients can consult an orthopaedic doctor to determine the underlying cause of these troublesome symptoms, which might be arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tenosynovitis, or many other orthopaedic conditions.

The treatment for chronic hand pain depends on its underlying cause. The orthopaedic doctor may recommend nonsurgical treatments such as medications, corticosteroid injections, and physical therapy. When conservative treatments aren’t sufficient to relieve the pain, some patients may be good candidates for orthopaedic surgery, such as a carpal tunnel release procedure or joint implant surgery.

At MK Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic surgeons in Bolingbrook specialize in hand and wrist procedures such as carpal tunnel release, joint implant, and arthritis reconstruction surgery. If you’ve been referred to an orthopaedic doctor, you can call our office at (815) 741-6900.


Dr. George: Connecting with Patients

At MK Orthopaedics, every orthopaedic doctor is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of patient care and safety. Upon becoming a patient here, you may meet Dr. George, a podiatric surgeon. Watch this video to hear from one of Dr. George’s patients, Darrin.

Darrin speaks candidly about his health problems, including his diagnosis with Charcot arthropathy. Darrin required two orthopaedic surgeries over the course of two years. Thanks to Dr. George’s high level of skill, Darrin was able to avoid potential complications of Charcot arthropathy, which might have included amputation. In addition to the remarkable skill of our orthopaedic doctors, Darrin speaks about the sincerity of our staff members, who genuinely care about our patients.

Every patient at MK Orthopaedics is treated with the utmost in courtesy and respect. To request an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, you can call (815) 741-6900.


When Is a Laminectomy Called For?

A laminectomy is a type of orthopaedic surgery that involves removing the lamina, which is the back of a vertebra. This surgery is also known as a decompression surgery because it creates more space in the spinal canal, which relieves pressure on the spinal nerves. Not every patient with back pain is a good candidate for a laminectomy or other spinal surgery. An orthopaedic surgeon will consider a number of factors before deciding whether to recommend that a particular patient have this type of surgery.

When the Symptoms Are Severe

Patients might consider having a laminectomy when they experience severe symptoms of spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis, bone spur formation, or disc herniation. These patients may suffer from severe, persistent back pain, reduced mobility, and perhaps numbness and pain along a leg or an arm. Other severe symptoms can include the loss of bowel or bladder control. When the symptoms are severe enough to reduce quality of life or interfere with daily activities, it might be time to consult an orthopaedic surgeon about having a laminectomy.

When Conservative Treatments Fail

Unless patients experience very severe symptoms such as incontinence, they may be advised to try nonsurgical treatments first. An orthopaedic doctor may prescribe medications, perform spinal injections, recommend activity modification, and refer patients to a physical therapist. If these medical treatments do not provide sufficient relief of pain, then patients might consider having a laminectomy.

When the Patient Fully Understands the Risks

Before having any orthopaedic surgery, it’s important that the patient is fully aware of the potential risks involved. Every surgery carries some risk of complications, such as bleeding, infection, blood clots, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. For many patients, the low risk of surgical complications is outweighed by the benefit of treating the underlying problem to resolve existing symptoms.

MK Orthopaedics provides comprehensive orthopaedic care in Joliet, including orthopaedic surgeries such as laminectomies. If you’ve been experiencing back pain, one of our orthopaedic surgeons can help you decide if a laminectomy is right for you. Call us at (815) 741-6900 with any questions you may have.


The Consequences of Knee Cartilage Injuries

Knee cartilage injuries refer to damage inflicted upon the articular cartilage of the knee joint. The articular cartilage protects the ends of the bones where they meet at the joints. It allows for the smooth motion of the joint. Since cartilage tissue does not have nerves, minor injuries might not be noticeable at first. However, if the patient fails to seek care from an orthopaedic doctor, knee cartilage injuries can result in debilitating symptoms and additional complications.

Osteoarthritis

Articular cartilage is vulnerable to degenerative changes in part because this material is made by chondrocytes. Chondrocytes are cells that multiply at a very slow rate. When the cartilage undergoes degenerative changes, the patient may develop osteoarthritis. This condition is characterized by the gradual wearing away of the cartilage, which reduces the protective effect of the cartilage on the joint. Osteoarthritis of the knee can develop when patients fail to seek appropriate treatment for knee injuries, including acute injuries and overuse problems.

Knee Instability

Knee instability is the sensation of the knee suddenly “giving way” or buckling, especially when twisting the knee, exercising, or walking on uneven ground. Knee instability is another possible complication of untreated knee cartilage injuries. Specifically, it may arise from a torn meniscus. A meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage in the knee. Every person’s knee has two menisci. When a meniscus tear occurs, the patient can develop pain, swelling, stiffness, and problems extending the leg fully. If patients fail to seek appropriate treatment from an orthopaedic doctor, they may be more likely to develop chronic knee instability.

Chondromalacia

Chondromalacia refers to the degeneration and softening of the cartilage located under the patella, which is the kneecap. Chondromalacia can cause localized pain and grinding noises when moving the knee joint. In some cases, chondromalacia may be a complication of a traumatic injury to the knee, especially if the injury is not treated properly.

If you’re in need of specialized orthopaedic care for knee problems, you can turn to MK Orthopaedics. Our orthopaedic surgeons in Joliet routinely perform complex surgeries such as knee cartilage reconstruction and knee replacement surgery. New and current patients can reach us at (815) 741-6900.


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