• To Find Out More About Our Recent Blog Topics, Check Out These Helpful Links:

    Each of us only has one body, and even then we often take it for granted. We should do our best to protect and care for our bodies—and that includes seeing an orthopaedic specialist if we feel pain in our bones, joints, or muscles. Follow these links for more information.

    • What exactly does the field of orthopaedics cover? Read these informative articles from About.com and find out.  
    • Our joints are literally what hold our bodies together. To learn more about joints , head over to this page from InnerBody.com.
    • The musculoskeletal system is comprised of our bones, joints, and muscles. For information about a variety of musculoskeletal ailments, take a look at the official page of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
    • Want to learn more about knee replacement surgery ? Head over to the Mayo Clinic’s website and find out what the experts say about it.
    • Hip replacement surgery can be an excellent option for those who experience significant pain while walking. Find out more at Medline Plus.


    For more information or to schedule a consultation, call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900.

  • 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.