• Tips for Preventing Knee Strain and Injury

    Physical Therapist Working a Female Knee

    Knee pain can be particularly devastating if it interferes with a person’s ability to walk. To understand what can go wrong inside the knee, ask your orthopaedic doctor and explore the following overview of its anatomy. The knees are called hinge joints because they move back and forth in one direction, much like the hinges of a door. A series of fibrous ligaments connects the femur with the tibia—the large bones of the thigh and lower leg—and at the center of the knee lays the patella, or kneecap.

    When the ligaments in the knee become stretched, torn, or otherwise damaged, it can lead to sharp pain and difficulty moving the affected area. These injuries can be caused by traumatic blows to the knee, twisting or hyperextension of the joint, or overuse from repetitive activity.  In severe cases, tears may need to be repaired by an orthopaedic surgeon. Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a miniature telescoping camera and a small incision to repair damaged parts of the knee.

    Here are a few tips to keep your knees healthy and pain-free:

    • Do some light stretches before and after exercising, running, or playing sports. Don’t push yourself too hard while stretching or you could hurt yourself.
    • Yoga is a terrific way to increase your flexibility and may have other positive benefits like reducing stress and lowering blood pressure.
    • After a knee injury, rest the affected leg and keep it elevated. Ice packs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen may help with pain and swelling.
    • If pain persists for several days following an injury, see a doctor to have your knee evaluated. Knee injuries need to be treated promptly or they may worsen.

    If you’ve suffered a knee injury and would like to know which treatments are available, contact our office to set up an appointment. MK Orthopaedics serves the Joliet, IL area and offers a wide array of rehabilitation services, including orthopaedic surgery and physical therapy. Give us a call at (815) 741-6900 or visit our website.

  • MK Orthopaedics Wants to Wish YOU Happy Holidays!!!

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    We want to know some of your favorite traditions for the holidays!

    • What’s your favorite thing to eat during the holidays?
    • What are some traditions that you and your family have?
    • What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

    We wish you the best and hope that everyone has a Merry Holiday!!

  • Learn More About What to Expect When Injuring Joints

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    Our recent blogs discussed rotator cuff injuries and what to expect during an arthroscopy. If you would like more information about these topics, then take a look at the links below.

    To schedule a consultation for your joint pain, call MK Orthopaedics today at (815) 741-6900.

  • An Overview of Rotator Cuff Injuries and Repair

    Chiropractor Performing an Ultrasound on a Senior Patientâ??s Shoulder

    The rotator cuff is composed of a group of tendons and muscles which connect the shoulder blade to the upper arm. This joint provides the arm with a wide range of motion, and injuring your rotator cuff can severely impact the mobility of your arm. If you believe you have a rotator cuff injury, schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon .

    • Causes of Injury

    Your rotator cuff can be injured as the result of a single traumatic event, such as falling onto your shoulder or overextending its muscles. You can also injure your rotator cuff through repetitive arm movements. Repeatedly raising your arm over your head, such as when painting a wall or throwing a baseball, is particularly damaging to the rotator cuff. Poor posture can also lead to rotator cuff injuries. Slouching reduces the amount of space available for the muscles and tendons of your shoulder, pinching them between bones.

    • Symptoms

    If you injure your rotator cuff, then one symptom you may experience is shoulder pain when reaching upward or backward and when lifting or pulling objects. Your shoulder may also feel weaker and stiffer with a limited range of motion. Muscle spasms in your arm or shoulder may also indicate a rotator cuff injury. If you are suffering from these symptoms, visit your orthopaedic specialist.

    • Treatments

    The most common treatment for rotator cuff injuries is physical therapy. Physical therapy may take a few weeks or several months to be effective, depending on the severity of your injury. Physical therapy alone may not be enough to repair some injuries, but other treatments are available. Surgery may be required if you tore your rotator cuff or if you developed a bone spur within the joint. For severe cases, partial or total shoulder replacements may be performed. Corticosteroid injections may also be used to reduce pain and swelling in the shoulder.

    Rotator cuff injuries can severely limit your comfort and range of motion. At MK Orthopaedics , we specialize in rehabilitation and repair after injuries. If you are concerned about pain in your shoulder and would like to schedule a consultation, call us today at (815) 741-6900.

  • Osteoarthritis

    Joint pain can be caused by of a loss of cartilage, inflammation of the bone lining, or bone spurs within a joint. These conditions are often the result of osteoarthritis.

    This brief video discusses symptoms commonly caused by osteoarthritis. This clip also offers helpful suggestions for pain management. Viewers will hear from an osteoarthritis sufferer who underlines the importance of understanding osteoarthritis for effective pain management.

    If you are currently suffering from joint pain and would like more information about managing osteoarthritis, MK Orthopaedics has the expertise to help. Our orthopaedic doctors specialize in compassionate care and rehabilitation. To schedule a consultation, call us today at (815) 741-6900.