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What to Expect When Getting an Arthroscopy

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If you are experiencing severe joint pain and the cause cannot be identified, then your orthopaedic doctor may schedule an arthroscopic procedure. This procedure allows your doctor to look at the inside of your joint so the pain can be diagnosed and treated accurately.

  • Before Your Arthroscopy
    An arthroscopy is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, so an overnight stay is not required. Your doctor will ask questions about your medical history, including whether you have a history of arthritis or have recently received an X-ray of your joint using contrast material. Injected radiocontrast agents can cause inflammation and may make the procedure more difficult. Depending on the type of anesthetic that will be used during your arthroscopy, you may have to make arrangements to be driven home after the procedure.
  • During the Procedure
    During an arthroscopy, the joint alone may be numbed using a local anesthetic, the entire limb may be numbed with a regional anesthetic, or you may be given a general anesthetic and be unconscious during the procedure. A small incision is then made near the joint through which the arthroscope is inserted. Your orthopaedic doctor will view the inside of your joint on a video monitor; both videos and photographs may be recorded. When your doctor has finished viewing your joint, the arthroscope is removed and the incision is closed with stitches.
  • After Your Arthroscopy
    During recovery, you may need to rest your joint for several days. Depending on the joint affected, crutches or a sling may be necessary for support. Your doctor will recommend the right amount of rest and may also suggest using pain medicine or icing the joint during recovery. Based on your results, your surgeon may recommend surgery, physical therapy, or medicine to help treat your joint pain.

For more information about arthroscopy, call the orthopaedic surgeons of MK Orthopaedics today at (815) 741-6900. We are a full-service treatment and rehabilitation practice and our physicians have the experience to successfully treat your joint pain.

Learn More About How We Can Help!

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To learn about how orthopaedic surgeons help their patients and how they treat commonly sustained injuries, read through these helpful resources. You will learn about orthopaedic treatments for acute injuries of the musculoskeletal system.

  • Overuse injuries are common. Learn about repetitive strain disorder in this helpful article about overuse injuries.
  • To learn more about overuse injuries and how they are treated, read this in-depth article.
  • This article from the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons explores how the human body changes with age.
  • Learn about acute injury at this informative webpage. You will find out what type of injures are considered acute and how they are treated.
  • Find out what one orthopaedic doctor has to say about managing back pain at WebMD.

If you need an orthopaedic doctor or surgeon, then contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 to schedule an appointment.



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What Are Overuse Injuries?

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Overuse injuries are relatively common, but often ignored. These are the result of damage that occurs from overuse or repetitive use of a certain body part. Such injuries are also known as cumulative trauma disorders or repetitive strain disorders, like tennis elbow, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel. Tissue damage caused by repetitive use over time can be addressed with the help of an orthopaedic doctor.

  • How These Injuries Occur

Overuse injuries are the result of gradual damage, which stems from repetitive movement. This generally occurs when training for or participating in some sort of athletic event. Many athletes sustain these types of injuries as a result of constant training and participation in physical activities. These injuries become painful quickly and can cause severe damage if left untreated. Any type of long-term activity that is performed over and over can result in an overuse injury; even typing can lead to injury.

  • How They Are Diagnosed

Overuse injuries generally present pain in the affected area. Runners may experience discomfort in the feet or legs. Strain to muscles occurs because the body is not given enough time to properly heal before exercise is resumed. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, tendonitis, and shin splints are all categorized as overuse injuries. An orthopaedic doctor will evaluate the area that is presenting pain and look for inflammation and general tissue damage. When paired with the type of behavior that is categorized as overuse, these symptoms are sufficient enough for a diagnosis.

  • How Overuse Injuries are Treated

Overuse injury treatment can vary based on the severity of the symptoms. Generally, use of the hand, wrist, leg, or other body part is prohibited or restricted; doctors may recommend that their patients only use the injured body part under supervision. Hot and cold compresses and elevations are also utilized. The orthopaedic doctor will check to see if an error in technique has caused this issue; from there, the patient should work to correct or vary his or her activities to prevent future injury. In severe cases, physical therapy or orthopaedic surgery is also a treatment option.

If you suspect you may be suffering from an overuse injury, then contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Our orthopaedic surgeons also specialize in hip and knee replacements.

Android App: Taber's Medical Dictionary

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When using only books and dictionaries, it can be difficult to find the medical information you need quickly. However, without constant access to the internet, there are few resources to consult for medical information. Fortunately, this new Android app can help!

Taber’s Medical Dictionary puts all the medical information you could need at your fingertips. This app offers over 60,000 terms, 1,000 photos, and 600 Patient Care Statements. Taber’s Medical Dictionary also gives users access to the world’s most comprehensive health science dictionary. Whether you want to answer a question for a patient or look up information for yourself, this app is a wonderfully useful tool to have at your disposal.

For additional information about your orthopaedic concerns, contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Schedule an appointment with our team of orthopaedic specialists for safe, effective treatment.

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