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The Basics of Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator cuff tears are among the most common shoulder injuries treated by orthopaedic surgeons. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, then watch this video to learn about the basics of torn rotator cuffs.

The shoulder joint is formed by the scapula (shoulder blade) and the humerus (upper arm bone). The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles that are responsible for attaching the scapula to the humerus, and it allows the arm to lift above the head and rotate. Anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, steroid injections, activity modification, and surgery are all treatment options that your orthopaedic doctor may recommend for a rotator cuff tear.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or dysfunction, then come and see us at MK Orthopaedics. To make an appointment with one of our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet, please call (815) 741-6900.

What Are Spinal Bone Spurs?

When it comes to spine health, bone spurs are a common problem seen by orthopaedic doctors. Bone spurs become more likely with age, and this type of problem can reduce the available space in the spinal canal. Read on to learn more about spinal bone spurs.

Understanding Spinal Bone Spurs

A bone spur (osteophyte) is a projection of bone. These growths develop along the edges of bones, typically where 2 bones meet at a joint or on the bones of the spine. The average spinal bone spur does not cause symptoms, can go undetected and does not require treatment. However, some spinal bone spurs can cause problems that affect a person’s comfort and health.

Symptoms of Spinal Bone Spurs

When bone spurs occur on the vertebrae of the spine, this can cause a narrowing of the spinal canal, which contains your spinal cord. The bone spurs can then pinch or press against your spinal cord or its nerve roots. When this occurs, you may experience stiffness, back pain, or numbness or weakness in your legs or arms.

Causes of Spinal Bone Spurs

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes damage to the cartilage, which is responsible for cushioning the ends of bones where they meet at a joint, and the resulting joint damage is the most common cause of bone spurs. As the cartilage breaks down and the joint loses stability, the body attempts to repair the loss, and this results in bone spurs.

Treatments for Spinal Bone Spurs

For most patients, non-surgical treatment options for bone spurs, such as medications, rest, steroid injections, and physical therapy, are enough to manage their symptoms. If these options fail to provide you with relief, then your orthopaedic surgeon may advise spine surgery to remove the bone spurs.

At MK Orthopaedics, our Board Certified physicians specialize in providing the highest quality of care for patients. Are you experiencing symptoms of spinal bone spurs? If so, then please contact us at (815) 741-6900 to meet with one of our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet.

Treatment Options for De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a condition that can develop as a sports injury for individuals who participate in racquetball, golf, or other athletics that involve repetitive hand or wrist movements. Activities that require repetitive hand or wrist movements, like gardening or lifting a baby, can also result in this condition. Continue reading to learn what treatment options your orthopaedic doctor may suggest for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.


When treating De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, the primary goal is to reduce inflammation. For this reason, your doctor may recommend several therapy options to improve your symptoms and help preserve movement in your thumb. You will probably be advised to apply ice to the affected area, immobilize your wrist and thumb, and avoid repetitive thumb movements. Also, you may be referred to an occupational or physical therapist who can examine how you use your wrist, teach you exercises to strengthen your muscles, and offer strategies for reducing stress on your wrist to help limit tendon irritation and lessen your pain.


To help reduce the pain and inflammation in the area, your orthopaedic doctor may advise you to take over-the-counter pain relievers like naproxen or ibuprofen. Also, he may recommend corticosteroid medication injections to reduce swelling in the tendon. Commonly, patients completely recover from this condition following treatment with corticosteroids.


In more serious cases of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis or if your condition does not respond well to medication and therapy, then outpatient surgery may be advised. Surgery for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis involves inspecting and then opening the sheath that surrounds the problematic tendon or tendons. Opening the sheath relieves pressure and allows the tendons to move more freely. Your doctor will instruct you on how to rest and rehabilitate your body following the surgical procedure, and you may meet with an occupational or physical therapist who can teach you strengthening exercises and offer advice for adjusting your daily routine to avoid a recurrence of the condition.

If you’re suffering from De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, then call MK Orthopaedics today at (815) 741-6900 to schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet.

Why You Should Choose Us for Your Orthopaedic Surgery

If you need orthopaedic surgery, find out why patients across the Joliet area trust MK Orthopaedics for their care for yourself by making an appointment. Our entire team has one goal: to provide you with the best possible care and help you live a life free of back, neck, hip, and ankle pain.

From your first appointment at MK Orthopaedics, you’ll notice how committed our doctors are to answer all of your questions and spend as much with you as necessary to help you feel comfortable about your procedure. No question is too small for our staff to answer. During your surgery, we use the very latest advances in orthopaedic care so you’ll have the safest and most effective procedure possible.

If you are living with orthopaedic pain, get on the road to recovery by making an appointment at MK Orthopaedics. From hip replacement surgery to surgery for a herniated disc, we’re here to help. Call (815) 741-6900 for more information.

Should You Get a Second Opinion?

If you find out that you need orthopaedic surgery, should you get a second opinion from another orthopaedic doctor? Watch this video to find out.

A second opinion can make a dramatic different in your overall medical care. Second opinions aren’t necessarily about your first doctor being wrong but are more about gathering more information about the right care for you. Even if your orthopaedic doctors agree on the diagnosis, they may both be able to provide useful insight into the right treatment plan for you.

Don’t let neck pain and hip pain slow you down. Make an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet at MK Orthopaedics whether you need an initial diagnosis or a second opinion. To make an appointment, call (815) 741-6900.

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Last Updated: Nov 8th, 2013

This privacy policy (the "Policy") is intended to inform you of the types of information MK Orthopaedics ("we" or "us") collects, as well as our policies and practices regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of that information through the web pages at (the "Site").

Please read this Policy carefully, because by using the Site, you are acknowledging that you understand and agree to the terms of this Policy, and consent to the manner in which we may collect, use and disclose the foregoing information. If you do not agree to the terms of this Policy, please do not use the Site.

We reserve the right to change the provisions of this Policy at any time. We will alert you that changes have been made by indicating on the Policy the date it was updated. We encourage you to review this Policy from time to time to make sure that you understand how any Personal Information you provide will be used. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.

This Policy applies solely to information collected by the Site. It will notify you of the following:

What Information Do We Collect?

How Do We Use Your Information?

Do We Share Your Information?

Your Privacy Rights -- Access to and Control Over Information

How to Opt-Out of Targeted Advertising

Does This Policy Apply to Other Websites Linked To Or From the Site?

Do We Collect Information From Children Under the Age of 13?

What Steps Do We Take To Protect Your Information?

What Information Do We Collect?

  • Personal Information You Provide to Us - We only have access to and collect personal information (such as your name, date of birth, social security number, credit card number, mailing or billing address, telephone number, or email address, and email preferences (collectively, "Personal Information")) that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent your Personal Information to anyone. We are the sole owners of the Personal Information collected on this Site.
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The technologies used on the Site, including Device Identifiers, to collect Usage Information may include, without limitation:

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Cookies and web beacons (together, "Site Cookies") may enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our Site, track user actions/behavior on our Site and track the effectiveness of ads.


We also work with a company called ReachLocal, which assists us in advertising our products and/or services. One of the products that we may purchase from ReachLocal is a retargeting product, which enables ReachLocal to show you advertisements for our Site when you visit other sites in the ReachLocal network or in third-party networks. ReachLocal is able to do this through the use of cookies that are provided by ReachLocal through its third-party partners ("Advertising Cookies"). The sole use of the Advertising Cookies is to show you advertisements for our Site; they are not being used to target you in any other way. Moreover, ReachLocal does not link or otherwise connect the information in the Advertising Cookies to any Personal Information that you may have provided.

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How Do We Use Your Information?

We will use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us. We will also use your information as follows:

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  • Customer Service - Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this Policy.
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Do We Share Your Information?

We will not trade, rent, share or sell your Personal Information to third parties, unless you ask or authorize us to do so.

Unless you ask or provide your consent to do so, we will not share your Personal Information with any third party outside of our organization, other than with our service providers, including as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order. Only employees who need the Personal Information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to Personal Information. The computers/servers in which we store Personal Information are kept in a secure environment.

We may share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any Personal Information that can identify any individual person.

We will disclose Personal Information when we believe in good faith that such disclosures (a) are required by law, including, for example, to comply with a court order or subpoena, or (b) will help to: enforce our policies; enforce contest, sweepstakes, promotions, and/or game rules; protect your safety or security, including the safety and security of property that belongs to you; and/or, protect the safety and security of our Site or third parties. In addition, if MK Orthopaedics or all of its assets are acquired, all of the data collected by us through the Site and through other means and services provided by us would be among the transferred assets.

Your Privacy Rights -- Access to and Control Over Information

We offer you choices regarding the collection, use, and sharing of your Personal Information. If you receive promotional communications from us, you may indicate a preference to stop receiving further promotional communications from us and you will have the opportunity to "opt-out" by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the promotional email you receive or by contacting us directly at the email address or phone number given on our Site. We do not charge for this service, and your opt-out request will be processed within 30 days of the date on which we receive it.

You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our Site:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
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  • Notify us if you do not want us to share your Personal Information for marketing and promotional purposes.

How to Opt-Out of Targeted Advertising

You can set most web browsers to notify you if you receive a cookie, or you may choose to block cookies, though either of those actions may affect the use of our Site. If you prefer to not receive targeted advertising, you can opt out of some network advertising programs that use your information. To do so please visit the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Opt-Out Page: Please note that even if you choose to remove your information (via opting out), you will still see advertisements while you are browsing online. However the advertisements you see may be less relevant to you and your interests. Additionally, many network advertising programs allow you to view and manage the interest categories they have compiled from your online browsing activities. These interest categories help determine the types of targeted advertisements you may receive. The DAA Opt-Out Page provides a tool that identifies its member companies that have cookies on your browser and provides links to those companies' pages where you can opt-out of receiving targeted advertisements from companies.

While the Site does not currently respond to ‘Do Not Track’ signals submitted by your browser, you can opt out of any of the Advertising Cookies at any time by simply visiting to adjust your preferences on placement of Advertising Cookies currently used in connection with ReachLocal’s remarketing product. You can also find out more about your ‘Do Not Track’ options by visiting

Does This Policy Apply to Other Websites Linked To Or From the Site?

The Site may contain links to other websites. Any Personal Information you provide on linked pages or sites is provided directly to that third party and is subject to that third party's privacy policy. This Policy does not apply to such linked sites, and we are not responsible for the content or privacy and security practices and policies of these websites or any other sites that are linked to or from the Site. We encourage you to learn about their privacy and security practices and policies before providing them with Personal Information.

Do We Collect Information From Children Under the Age of 13?

The Site is not intended for use by children under the age of 13, and MK Orthopaedics does not knowingly collect or use any Personal Information from such children. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected Personal Information from a child under the age of 13, we will make commercially reasonable efforts to delete such Personal Information from our database.

What Steps Do We Take To Protect Your Information?

We take measures designed to protect your Personal Information in an effort to prevent loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. We provide physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect Personal Information we process and maintain. Please be aware, however, that despite our efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable and no method of data transmission can be guaranteed against any interception or other type of misuse. To protect the confidentiality of Personal Information maintained in your account, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. You are responsible for all uses of the Site by any person using your password. Please advise us immediately if you believe your password has been misused.


This Policy and the privacy practices of MK Orthopaedics will be subject exclusively to the laws of the State of Illinois in the United States. MK Orthopaedics makes no representation that this Policy and our practices comply with the laws of any other country or jurisdiction. Users of the Site who reside outside the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. If you reside outside of the United States, by using the Site, you consent to the transfer, processing and use of your information outside your country.


If you have any questions about this Policy, please contact us at 963 129th Infantry Drive, Suite 100, Joliet, IL 60435, (815) 741-6900

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