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The Difference Between Acute and Chronic Pain

Pain is a necessary fact of life. However, there are different kinds of pain that can affect the kind of treatment you receive for your condition.

In this short video, Professor of Psychology Beverly Thorn explains the difference between acute and chronic pain. Acute pain, she says, refers to pain with a readily identifiable cause and a straightforward treatment. Chronic pain, on the other hand, refers to ongoing pain that doesn’t seem to respond to physical treatments.

If you’re feeling any pain at all in your joints, bones, or muscles, then visit MK Orthopaedics. Our friendly and knowledgeable doctors will work with you to seek out the best possible treatment plan. Give us a call today at (815) 207-8280.

Reasons to Visit an Orthopaedic Surgeon

Our bodies are tough, but not always as tough as we think. Millions of Americans every year suffer injuries of the joints, muscles, and bones while at work, playing sports, or even at home. Luckily, there’s help; here are a few reasons why you would visit an orthopaedic surgeon. 

  • Referred by Another Doctor

Going to a general practitioner when you’re injured is a good idea, and is often required by certain health insurance policies. However, if your injury has anything to do with your musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, or muscles), then your doctor will likely refer you to an orthopaedic specialist.

  • Broken a Bone

Whether you’re suffering from a hairline fracture or a clean break, any pain involved with your bones falls under the expertise of an orthopaedic surgeon. Though “surgeon” is in the title, it should be noted that surgery is often a last-resort treatment—orthopaedic specialists will first do their best to ease your pain through other, less-invasive methods.

  • Joint Pain

Our bodies contain a lot of joints and ligaments—in our spines, knees, elbows, wrists, and more. Whether from a sudden injury or a degenerative disease, when there’s something wrong with our joints, pain lets us know about it. Orthopaedic doctors together with physical therapists can help you ease your pain and go about your daily tasks.

  • Muscle Injuries

Another reason to visit an orthopaedic surgeon would be a tear or sprain in a muscle. As you can imagine, many athletes visit orthopaedic doctors every year, although anyone can make an appointment.

If you or a loved one is feeling any bone, joint, or muscle pain, then contact MK Orthopaedics. Our specialists have decades’ worth of experience treating musculoskeletal ailments and performing procedures such as knee and hip replacement surgery. Don’t try to endure the pain—give us a call at (815) 741-6900, and we’ll do our best to find an easy, painless solution.

Types of Orthopedic Surgery

When people hear the word “surgery,” they are often taken aback. While surgery can be very serious, with the right doctor to perform orthopaedic surgery, your condition can be highly improved. To better acquaint you with orthopaedic surgery, here is a brief overview of some common procedures:

  • Cartilage Transplantation

We use our knees every day, and as we get older the cartilage separating the different parts of the knee can break down, causing significant pain. With cartilage transplantation, an orthopaedic surgeon can actually grow cartilage in a lab and then place it into your knee, restoring normal feeling and function. 

  • Arthroscopy

Because surgery can be dangerous, surgeons prefer to perform procedures that are as minimally invasive as possible. Instead of open surgery, many surgeons opt for arthroscopy, which typically includes only two small incisions—one for the insertion of a small camera, and one for the surgical implements.

  • Knee Replacement

For those with severely damaged or diseased knee joints, a surgeon may recommend total knee replacement surgery. During knee replacement surgery, an orthopaedic surgeon removes the defective bone and cartilage and replaces it with high-grade plastic and metal alloys that function just like your natural knee.

  • Hip Replacement

Hip replacement surgery is a lot like knee replacement surgery in that the surgeon removes the damaged elements and replaces them with strong artificial material. Hip replacement surgery is an excellent idea for those who have fallen and irreparably broken their hip or suffer from so much pain that they are unable to walk. Before opting for any of these surgeries, it is of the utmost importance that you speak with your orthopaedic doctor about all of your options.   

If you’re suffering from any pain in your joints, bones, or muscles, then contact MK Orthopaedics. Our experienced orthopaedic doctors would be happy to discuss every option available, and if necessary, to perform knee replacement, hip replacement, or any other type of orthopaedic surgery. Call us at (815) 741-6900 and take one step closer to living a pain-free life.

Want to find more information about our recent blog topics? We recommend these useful resources from around the Web.

Would you like to learn more about the topics covered in our recent blog posts? If you are looking for more information about orthopaedic surgery or physical therapy, then these resources may be of interest to you:

  • For an informative introduction to physical therapy, read this article from
  • explains what sort of recovery process you can expect after undergoing a knee replacement surgery, as well as the physical therapy treatment involved.
  • To learn all about total knee replacement, including what it is, how it helps, and what to expect, explore this page from

If you have been injured and are in need of orthopaedic care in Joliet or another of Chicago’s southwestern neighbors, then consult the experienced orthopaedic surgeons at MK Orthopaedics. We perform a wide range of orthopaedic surgeries, including hip and knee replacements, and our doctors work closely with patients to develop highly personalized physical therapy treatment programs. Call (815) 741-6900 to book an appointment today!

Physical Therapy Treatments: How to Return to Sports After Knee Replacement

Are you a professional athlete or weekend warrior who has sustained a debilitating knee injury and would like to get back on the playing field as quickly as possible? Regardless of whether or not your injury necessitated a knee replacement surgery, you should partake in some form of physical therapy treatment to prepare your joints and muscles for the action they will encounter back on the field. 

In this informative video, learn about some of the exercises you can do with just a resistance band and a physical therapy wall, as well as the proper form for performing squats.

If you are in need of orthopaedic care in Joliet or Bolingbrook, then call (815) 741-6900 to book an appointment with a caring and knowledgeable doctor at MK Orthopaedics.

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