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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!
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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.

Common Reasons for Getting Hip Replacement Surgery

What do Jack Nicklaus, Evil Knivel, Eddie Van Halen, and Queen Elizabeth all have in common?

You guessed it—a hip replacement!  Hip replacements, for many people, provide a second life to legs that have been suffering from aches and pains for a long time.  It's a surgery that is needed by people of different ages and who exercise in varying degrees.  However, there are some consistencies to why people get a hip replacement.

Here are some common reasons your orthopedic surgeon would recommend hip replacement.


This joint disorder is very common and happens through “wear and tear” over time.  People who are overweight or have relatives with OA are likely to experience this problem earlier.  Otherwise many people experience symptoms past the age of 70.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This disease is known to cause joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, making it very hard to stand up, let alone walk.


This disease actually causes your bones to die in your joints and is a good indicator that it's time for an upgrade in the hip department.


An injury that requires a hip replacement is of the more serious variety.  Your orthopedic surgeon typically won't suggest a hip replacement until non-operative measures have been taken.  For example, physical therapy can be very effective and therapeutic, especially if the injury is minor, and the patient had healthy hips prior to the time of the injury.

At MK Orthopaedics, our staff is dedicated to quality care and an outstanding patient experience. Our hip replacements are designed to get you back to doing the things you love—pain free.

To learn more about MK Orthopaedics, visit the website or call (815) 741-6900 today to schedule an appointment.

Physical Therapy Tips: Exercises for Sciatic Nerve Pain

In this video, Patrick McCarthy, a doctor of physical therapy, demonstrates some stretches to help with sciatic nerve pain.

  • Sciatic nerve pain comes from the L1 to the L5 nerve roots. The sciatic nerve often causes pain in the lower back for patients.
    • After the issue is diagnosed, there are certain stretches one can do to lessen the pain.
  • Hip flexibility is important when it comes to sciatic nerve pain. Try lying down on your back and crossing one ankle over the opposite knee to stretch out the hip. Also try to bring one leg up to the chest and then crossing it over to the other side of the body.

To learn more about dealing with sciatic nerve pain, watch this video. If you are experiencing sciatic nerve pain or any other orthopedic issues, then call MK Orthopaedics today.

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