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Tips for Getting Around While You Recover From Orthopaedic Surgery

Are you preparing for a knee or hip replacement? Worried about mobility issues after your surgery? If you are scheduling a procedure with your orthopaedic doctor, then consider these tips for getting around while you recover from orthopaedic surgery.


Crutches and Wheelchairs

Your orthopedic surgeon may give you crutches or a wheelchair after invasive surgeries such as ACL repairs, meniscus reconstruction, and hip replacement surgeries. While crutches help keep you mobile, they also can cause a lot of underarm pain. Consider wrapping the padding of your crutches with dishrags or shop towels for additional comfort.


Rearranging Furniture

Your furniture can make your home seem like an obstacle course after a knee replacement or orthopaedic surgery. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests rearranging your furniture so that you can easily move around with crutches, a walker, or wheelchair. You may also want to move kitchen items and appliances onto countertops or lower surfaces for easy access.


Showers and Toilets

Showering can be a difficult task after an orthopaedic procedure. Luckily, grab bars and shower chairs make bathing much easier for unstable patients. ACL reconstructions, hip replacements, and knee replacements often require your leg to be set in a straight brace for a substantial amount of time; this can make bending down to the toilet rather difficult. Raised toilet seats make it easier to get up and down, while also eliminating the risk of an injury or fall.


Eliminating Hazards

Everyday objects can cause potential risks after an orthopedic procedure. It is important to remove throw rugs from high traffic areas to reduce your chances of a slip or fall. You may also want to secure or fasten down electrical cords that may catch on crutches or walkers.


Looking for an orthopaedic surgeon in your area? Medical professionals with MK Orthopaedics provide the orthopaedic surgery procedures and aftercare services for your needs. For patient information, procedure guides, locations, or to schedule a consultation, visit our website today! 

iTunes App: CORE – Clinical Orthopedic Exam

Part of working as an orthopaedic surgeon is having people continually bombard you with questions about their health. Why does my knee hurt? Do I need a hip replacement? If you’re tired of constantly being expected to know the answer to everything, then we’ve got the perfect app for you.

Available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, the new iTunes CORE – Clinical Orthopedic Exam app provides evaluations and diagnosis for almost every musculoskeletal ailment. With almost 250 clinical tests, video demonstrations, and step-by-step examination instructions, this new app is perfect for any healthcare provider and patient alike.

Do you have a pain you just can’t shake? Orthopaedic surgeons with MK Orthopaedics provide the services and procedures for your needs. For patient information, programs, locations, or to schedule a consultation, visit our website today!

Who Stands to Benefit Most From a Cartilage Transplant?

Cartilage is a flexible tissue that covers your bones where they meet each joint. This tissue not only supports and adds shape to your body, but allows your bones to glide easily over one another. However, heredity, aging, and injury may lead to inflammation or cartilage deformation. Are you a candidate for a cartilage transplant? Before you schedule an appointment with your orthopaedic doctor, consider who stands to benefit most from a cartilage transplant.

Torn Labrum

Your shoulder is composed of three bones: the scapula, collarbone (clavicle), and humerus. The labrum is the cartilage tissue that protects your bones and helps to stabilize your shoulder socket. Repetitive shoulder motion and acute trauma may often lead to injuries of the labrum. If you have damaged or torn your labrum, a cartilage transplant with an orthopedic surgeon may be the solution for you. Common symptoms of a labrum tear include decreased range of motion, loss of strength, shoulder instability, popping or grinding, and pain that usually occurs during overhead activities.

Meniscus Tear

Individuals who have suffered a meniscal tear may also be candidates for a cartilage transplant. Your meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that separates the bones in your knee, works as a shock-absorption system, and regulates flexibility and knee extension. The most common causes for meniscal tears include sports injuries, falls, and over-flexing or twisting of the knee joint.


As we age, our cartilage wears down and breaks away. This causes your bones to rub together and cause painful swelling and stiffness, also known as osteoarthritis. In some cases, bony spurs may form around the cartilage or joints, making it more difficult for ligaments and muscles to move properly. Osteoarthritis may also be caused by obesity and previous fractures or injuries.

Whether you have torn cartilage in your shoulder or knees, orthopaedic surgeons with MK Orthopaedics provide the cartilage transplants, hip replacements, and knee replacements for your needs. For patient information, procedure guides, locations, or to schedule a consultation, visit our website today!

PreOp Orthopedic: Hip Replacement Patient Education

Has your orthopedic surgeon recommended hip replacement or do you suspect you may need an operation?  Hip replacement is fairly common as wear and tear can develop into osteoarthritis.

Watch this informational video about hip replacements. Hip replacement surgery is a major operation that has become increasingly efficient and successful over time.  Not only can the surgery alleviate your pain, but it can get you back to doing the things you love. You may even want to play the back nine!

At MK Orthopaedics, our staff is dedicated to providing our patients with an excellent experience.  Visit one of our two convenient locations in Illinois to meet with an orthopedic surgeon about your hip troubles and find out if you're eligible for a hip replacement.  To learn more about MK Orthopaedics, visit our website or call (815) 741-6900 today to schedule an appointment.

Can Knees and Hips be Repaired Rather Than Replaced?

“If it's not broke, then don't fix it.”  That's the classic saying you've heard for years now. Meanwhile, your knees and hips have taken a beating for a much longer time.  As a result of the constant impact your lower body has endured during exercise and regular activity, your hips and knees may not be broken, but they certainly aren't what they used to be.

Let's take a look at whether your orthopaedic doctor will encourage repair or hip or knee replacement.


Typically orthopedists will recommend a non-operative approach before recommending a replacement.  This is done in an effort to fix the problem without surgery, but in some cases a knee or hip replacement is necessary. Non-operative measures may include a brace, medication, physical therapy, or possibly weight-loss.  In assessing the best method for you, speak with a good orthopaedic surgeon.


Hip or knee replacement should always be recommended by your orthopedic doctor.  In cases where the pain is debilitating, the non-operative treatments haven't helped, there is deformity, or you are over 55 years of age, a replacement may be used to alleviate the problem. Patients should keep in mind that a replacement is a serious decision and one that should not be made in haste.  Like any other surgery, a knee or hip replacement carries risks.  These include, but are not limited to, stiffness, infection, and discomfort. 

If it is time for you to get a knee or hip replacement because the repairs aren't working, then use an orthopedic surgeon you trust.

At MK Orthopaedics, we provide you with the best hip and knee replacements available and, as a result, an outstanding patient experience. To learn more about MK Orthopaedics, visit us online or call (815)741-6900 today to schedule an appointment.

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