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How to Help Prevent Neck Pain at Work

Although injuries from auto accidents and sports can cause neck pain, work is one of the most common causes of this nagging symptom. People who work at desks are especially prone to neck pain, but fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent it from starting. Follow these strategies to reduce the risk of experiencing neck pain at work.

Start by adjusting your workstation. Your computer should be set up so that you’re looking at the center of the screen when your head is in a neutral position, so you don’t have to move your head up or down to see your work. You should be able to reach your keyboard and mouse with your elbows at 90 degrees, so you don’t have to hunch your shoulders to work. Try to avoid using your cellphone to write emails so you reduce the amount of time your head is tipped downward to look at it.

If neck pain is interfering with your day, the orthopaedic doctors in Joliet at MK Orthopaedics are here to help. Schedule your appointment today by calling (815) 741-6900.

Why Is My Pinkie Going Numb When I Lay Down?

Have you noticed that your pinkie gets numb every time you lay down? If so, you may need to make an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor to treat your discomfort and restore feeling in your finger.

Watch this video to find out more about this puzzling symptom. Often, numbness in the pinkie is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve, which runs through the elbow. After a few weeks of trying to avoid laying on your elbow and treating the numbness with over-the-counter medicine, see an orthopaedic doctor if symptoms persist.

Get the treatment you need for persistent orthopaedic pain from the team at MK Orthopaedics. To make an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, please call (815) 741-6900.

What Are Some Common Causes of Knee Pain?

Knee pain is one of the most common reasons people visit an orthopaedic doctor. Because your knees are responsible for so much movement and are under so much pressure each day, they are particularly prone to painful injuries that can cause both acute and chronic discomfort. Although many different things can cause knee pain, here is a look at some of the most common causes.

Meniscal Tears

In some cases, a piece of cartilage in the knee—called the meniscus—will tear as the result of an injury. Part of the meniscus can then get caught between the joints in the knee and cause pain. Meniscal tears often happen when your feet are planted but you quickly turn your knee, such as when you’re lifting something heavy or while you’re playing a sport. If this occurs, in addition to knee pain, you may feel like your knee isn’t stable or that your joint is catching when you move.


Osteoarthritis occurs are the result of wear and tear on the joints in the knee. It is most common in people over 50, although obesity can cause it to appear earlier in life. With osteoarthritis, the knee may swell and become painful with activity. Stiffness may also occur. Weight loss can dramatically improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis. In some cases, your orthopaedic doctor may recommend a knee replacement surgery if the pain doesn’t respond to less invasive treatments.


Between your skin and your knee joint is a bursa, a fluid-filled sac that prevents you from feeling friction on your skin when your joint moves. Sometimes, the bursa becomes inflamed, causing bursitis. Falling can trigger bursitis, as can joint overuse. Bending at the knee and kneeling frequently are common triggers of this painful condition. If you have bursitis, you may be unable to put pressure on your knee when you kneel, and it may swell with activity.

Prevent knee pain from interfering with your normal activities with the help of an orthopaedic doctor at MK Orthopaedics. Call us today at ((815) 741-6900 to make an appointment for a consultation with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet.

3 Ways to Avoid Meniscus Problems

The meniscus—or menisci, in the plural form—is a piece of cartilage that helps to provide stability to your knee joints and absorbs pressure and compression when you’re active. There are two menisci in each knee, and they can easily become stressed and eventually tear. Meniscus tears are painful and can interfere significantly with your mobility. If you think you have experienced a tear, see an orthopaedic doctor as soon as possible to begin treatment before the condition becomes worse. You can reduce the risk of problems with your menisci with these strategies.

Exercise Your Leg Muscles

Strong leg muscles support your knee joints and help to reduce the amount of pressure on your menisci. Make leg-strengthening exercises part of your usual fitness routine. Squats are extremely helpful in building the muscles that stabilize the knee joints. Exercises that work the hip abductors can also be useful, such as lunges performed with exercise bands for resistance.

Practice the Proper Form

If you play sports, using the proper form is essential for reducing the risk of injuries. Practice frequently to ensure the right form is like second nature to you, and be sure to wear the right shoes for your chosen sport in practice and in games. Always warm up before you’re active, so that your muscles are loose. Consider wearing a knee brace to keep your knee stable, particularly if knee injuries are common in your sport. Make cross training and rest part of staying in shape for your sport, so that you work different muscles and give your knees a break.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Your knees are under a tremendous amount of pressure every day. Being overweight increases that pressure and your risk of knee injuries. By maintaining a healthy weight, you will cut your chances of experiencing a meniscal tear as well as other causes of knee pain.

If you think you have experienced a meniscal tear, contact MK Orthopaedics to get care today. An orthopaedic doctor can help you recover from your knee pain in Joliet so you can resume your normal activities. To make an appointment, please call (815) 741-6900.

An Introduction to Managing Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal pain is an extremely common reason people visit orthopaedic doctors. If you’re suffering from this kind of pain, there are several different treatment options that can help.

Watch this video to learn more about musculoskeletal pain and the various treatment strategies that can work. Often, your orthopaedic doctor may recommend combining multiple treatments to help you get the maximum amount of pain relief.

At MK Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic doctors and surgeons offer comprehensive, non-invasive, and surgical care for a range of conditions. If you’re suffering from everything from hip pain to a herniated disc in Joliet, call (815) 741-6900 to make an appointment.

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