• What an Injured ACL Means for Your Athletic Performance

    Young girl after orthopedic operation

    If you recently heard the characteristic pop in the knee of an ACL injury, you are probably concerned about the future of your athletic ability. ACL injuries are highly common among athletes and can keep you off your feet for a significant period of time. Still, with proper care and dedication to rehabilitation with an orthopaedic specialist , you can return to your game successfully and accomplish strong future performances. Here are some key points to remember as you go through recovery for your injury:

    • Be patient with your treatment: Even minor tears to the ACL take time to heal, and it is important to allow enough time for a full recovery before you dive into the same level of physical activity. Too often, athletes will try to run and get physical while the knee is still relatively unstable, which can result in a secondary injury.
    • Remember that surgery is not for everyone: Surgery is one treatment option for ACL tears, but it is not always the best answer after an injury. You should talk with your doctor about the severity of your injury so that you can understand if surgery will be truly beneficial. In certain cases, conservative treatments can be enough to get patients back to their routines.
    • Stay committed to physical therapy: Whether or not you choose to have surgery, you should work with a physical therapist after your injury. The specialized one-on-one attention you will get at rehabilitative physical therapy can help you understand the limitations of your body and rebuild the strength you need for your best athletic performance.

    When you are sidelined from an ACL injury, get the care you need at MK Orthopaedics . We specialize in surgery and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries that can keep you from your favorite activities. See how we can help you get back on the field by visiting our website or calling us at (815) 741-6900.

  • How Do Complete And Partial Knee Replacements Differ?

    Knee replacement can alleviate years of pain and immobility due to arthritis. In this video, an expert illuminates the difference between partial and complete knee replacement surgeries.

    A partial knee replacement only replaces half of the knee—the kneecap area, the inside of the knee, or the outside of the knee. This is an ideal surgical option for people who only have arthritis in one area of the knee. A full knee replacement resurfaces all of the aforementioned regions at once.

    If you are interested in being evaluated for a partial or full knee replacement, make an appointment with on of our  orthopaedic surgeons  at MK Orthopaedics in Joliet, IL. You can schedule your first appointment by calling (815) 741-6900 today.

  • Is It Time You Considered Orthopaedic Surgery for Your Bad Knee?

    Knee Pain

    Surgery is a significant medical undertaking and is usually the last treatment option after other options have been exhausted. However, sometimes it can be a life-changing treatment for people who have suffered years with a knee injury. Additionally, many procedures can now be performed arthroscopically using a tiny incision and a small camera, greatly reducing the healing time and potential for complications.

    You should consider orthopaedic surgery for a bad knee if:

    • Nothing else has worked: Usually, surgery is the last option. Initially, your doctor will likely try a combination of pain-relieving medications and physical therapy to rehabilitate the knee over time. Some injuries are so severe that physical therapy isn’t an option. Surgery can be the first step toward rehabilitating your bad knee.
    • Your knee injury puts you at risk for developing complications later in life: For example, a severely torn meniscus will need to be repaired and possibly removed to alleviate the risk of developing osteoarthritis later. To avoid further pain and injury, surgery may be recommended right away.
    • You suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis: As the bones rub against one another, they may become cracked or damaged. For chronic arthritis sufferers, knee replacement surgery can greatly alleviate pain while providing years of mobility.
    • You need to remove pieces of torn cartilage, ligaments, or bone from the knee: Loose tissue can cause years of chronic inflammation. Arthroscopic knee surgery is a great option for removing irritating debris from inside of the joint. Even fairly complex procedures like ACL reconstruction can be done arthroscopically.

    To explore both surgical and non-surgical options for treating a bad knee, make an appointment at MK Orthopaedics in Joliet, IL. We perform a wide variety of orthopaedic procedures, ranging from minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures to full knee and hip replacement. Schedule your first appointment today by contacting us online or by calling (815) 741-6900.