• Why You Should Always Follow Your Recovery Plan After Orthopaedic Surgery

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    For many patients struggling with joint pain or injury, orthopaedic surgery can be an excellent way to restore mobility and alleviate painful symptoms. The surgery alone, however, is not the only part of the healing process. Postoperative exercises and other guidelines of the recovery plan recommended by your orthopaedic surgeon are just as important to the restoration of your mobility and activity as the surgery itself. Below are listed some of the main reasons why you should always follow your post surgical recovery plan.

    • Prevent post surgical complications: After an orthopaedic surgery, you will slowly begin postoperative exercises that work to increase circulation in your legs, feet, arms, and hands. Promoting healthy circulation can help you to prevent the development of blood clots and other post surgical complications.
    • Improve long-term mobility:  Postoperative exercises and other aspects of the recovery plan are also vital for improving the joint’s movement and restoring strength to your muscles. If followed correctly, your recovery plan will help you achieve optimal functionality of your injured joint after your surgery is completed.
    • Speed recovery: Following your surgeon’s advice will help you get back to your daily routine faster. Not only will your recovery time be decreased, but your mobility, muscle strength, and sense of wellness will also be greater than if you were to ignore your post surgical instructions or recovery plan. You will likely have several follow-up appointments scheduled after surgery, and it’s the patient’s responsibility to attend these appointments. Also, if you are in pain or have a question that cannot wait until your scheduled appointment, don’t hesitate to call your orthopaedic surgeon’s office.

    Are you suffering from joint pain? If so, MK Orthopaedics is here to help. Our expert physicians have the experience and training to diagnose the cause of your pain and provide you with the most advanced treatment options available. Schedule a consultation today by calling our orthopaedic surgeons in Joliet at (815) 741-6900.

  • Learn More About Your Body!

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    If you are interested in our recent blog topics about chronic shoulder and foot pain, explore these additional resources. Take a look at these links to learn more about orthopaedic solutions to chronic pain disorders. Make an appointment for your orthopaedic treatment with MK Orthopaedics . To schedule an appointment, call (815) 741-6900 today.

    • For information on the causes and symptoms of chronic shoulder instability , take a look at this webpage from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
    • The American Physical Therapy Association investigates shoulder dislocation and how the condition can be treated.
    • A great deal of chronic pain can be tied to the development of rheumatoid arthritis , which you can learn more about on this website.
    • Taking care of your feet is a life-long assignment. If you are witnessing changes in your feet, learn what to watch out for to avoid long-term problems.
    • If you are scheduled for orthopaedic surgery and do not know how best to prepare, take a look at this advice from the National Institutes of Health.


  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery

    Many patients are hesitant to undergo surgery due to worries about pain or recovery, no matter how necessary treatment may be. Fortunately, with new technology, more and more procedures are being performed through minimally invasive techniques.

    Watch this video to see an interview with an orthopaedic surgeon who discusses laparoscopic and arthroscopic surgeries that utilize specialized cameras and tools to perform surgery through small incisions. Minimally invasive techniques reduce pain, allowing patients to fully participate in their rehabilitation programs and recover more quickly. Not every injury is amenable to laparoscopic or arthroscopic surgery, but there are other avenues for treating conditions of the hips, shoulders, knees, and joints.

    Learn more about the surgery options provided by our  orthopaedic surgeons in Joliet at MK Orthopaedics by scheduling an appointment. Call us today at (815) 741-6900.