• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Explained

    Repetitive motions, even seemingly harmless ones such as typing, can cause injury to the wrist.

    The human wrist is a complex joint, containing many tendons and nerves. These delicate tissues all pass through a narrow sheath of bone and ligament, called the carpal tunnel. A wide range of activities, from typing to construction work, can inflame the median nerve, which controls motion and sensation on the thumb side of the hand. To learn more about the structure of the wrist and the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, watch this educational video.

    If you are experiencing chronic wrist pain, book an appointment with MK Orthopaedics by calling (815) 741-6900. Our professional orthopaedic surgeons specialize in treating a variety of conditions, from chronic carpal tunnel syndrome to acute sports injuries.

  • Ganglions: Diagnosis and Treatment

    man with sore finger

    Ganglion cysts are unsightly lumps that appear on the body. Though most commonly found on the hands and wrists, ganglions can also develop in other locations, such as on the feet, knees, ankles, and shoulders. They are formed by small balloons or sacs of clear fluid beneath the skin. Though they can be quite unattractive, ganglions are neither cancerous nor life-threatening. If you have unexplained lumps on your hands or wrists, a visit to an orthopaedic doctor can determine if they are ganglions.

    Doctors cannot say for certain what causes ganglions to form, though they are relatively simple to diagnose. Repetitive motion, injury, arthritis, and other inflammation of the joint capsule and tendon sheath may be related to the development of these cysts. Ganglions present as circular or ovoid lumps and range in texture from firm to tender. They may or may not cause chronic pain, but usually some discomfort will occur when pressure is applied to a ganglion. Also, most ganglions are translucent, so your doctor may shine a light through the lumps to determine whether they are ganglions or another type of cyst.

    Although ganglions often disappear on their own, chronic ganglions can sometimes require medical treatment. When a ganglion becomes painful, inhibiting, or unsightly, a doctor may recommend an aspiration. This non-surgical procedure removes fluid buildup from the ganglion with a hypodermic needle. If the ganglion still causes pain or recurs after an aspiration, surgery may be required to excise the cyst and a small adjacent portion of the tendon sheath or joint capsule. 

    If you are suffering from chronic ganglions, acute joint pain, or other conditions in your feet, hands, spine, or hips, the qualified medical staff at MK Orthopaedics in Joliet can help. Give us a call today at (815) 741-6900 to find out more about our orthopaedic and rehabilitation services .

  • Common Sports-Related Injuries

    Acute pain in a woman shoulder.

    An active lifestyle that includes exercise and sports can be good for your health. But subjecting your body to routine vigorous activity and repetitive motions can lead to injury. Stretching, warm-ups, and proper training practices can minimize the risks, but nothing can keep your musculoskeletal system absolutely safe from harm. Across the nation, orthopaedic surgeons treat thousands of sports-related injuries each year. Here are some of the most common types:

    Knee Injuries

    The human knee is a very intricate joint, and during sports activity, it is subjected to a wide variety of forces. Because of their complexity, knees are injured more often than any other joint in the human body. Knee injuries can result from impacts, twisting, jumping, or even simply excessive or improper running.

    Achilles Tendon Injuries
    The Achilles tendon connects the back of your heel to your calf muscle. When this tissue begins to degenerate or becomes inflamed from overuse (tendinitis), it becomes vulnerable to tearing or rupturing. Though they are common to practitioners of all sports, Achilles tendon injuries occur more frequently in sports that require dynamic changes of direction and speed, like football and basketball.

    Compartment Syndrome
    All over your body, membranes called fascia enclose groups of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels in compartments of tissue. Inflamed muscles may press on the veins, arteries, and nerves in their compartment, causing this very painful syndrome. Acute compartment syndrome can be caused by sudden trauma or blows to an area of the body, like football tackles, boxing punches, or falls. Chronic exertional compartment syndrome results from prolonged overuse of muscles, such as in long-distance running.

    The doctors at MK Orthopaedics specialize in treating all types of sports injuries. If you need surgery and rehabilitation from a sports injury, call Joliet’s best orthopaedic surgeons today at (815) 741-6900.

  • Learn About Frozen Shoulder on The Doctors

    Chronic pain requires some sort of intervention, but what should you do when the only avenue that seems open to you is surgery? As much as you want your pain to subside, surgery does pose certain risks and requires recovery time accompanied by physical therapy.

    Frozen shoulder is one condition that can cause consistent pain and discomfort. Inflammation in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the shoulder can lead to significantly reduced mobility. But there may be a non-surgical way to solve this problem. To learn more, watch this short video clip.

    If you are experiencing shoulder pain or another orthopaedic condition, MK Orthopaedics can help you find and treat the source of the problem. We offer complex procedures like hip and knee replacements as well as other orthopaedic treatments to Joliet, Plainfield, and New Lenox residents. Call us today at (815) 741-6900 for more information about our Walk-in clinics every Monday from 3-6PM!

  • Causes and Treatment for Bursitis

    businessman with sore elbow

    Painful joints not only distract your focus but can also limit your access to physical activity. Fortunately, an orthopaedic doctor can effectively diagnose the source of your joint pain and determine how to best treat your symptoms. Bursitis is one condition that may be to blame for your painful joints; learn more about what causes bursitis and how you can take care of the problem by reading the following overview.

    What Is Bursitis?

    Between the bones in many of your joints are bursae, or tiny sacs filled with fluid that cushion and lubricate the joints. Healthy bursae allow for smooth joint movement, but when these bursae become inflamed, movement can be painful. The shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and knee are particularly susceptible to bursitis, which is most common in joints that are tasked with frequent, repetitive motions.

    What Causes Bursitis?

    Repetitive motions commonly cause bursitis . The repetitive stress on the joint can inflame the bursae. Bursae that are close to your skin’s surface can also develop bursitis because of infection, though bacteria breaching the skin and infecting the bursae is usually a concern restricted to people with compromised immune systems. People with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis can develop bursitis if their underlying condition causes crystalizing and swelling in the bursa fluid.

    How Is It Treated?

    Luckily, most cases of bursitis are minor and can be successfully treated with pain medication, rest, and ice. If this course of action does not help your bursitis, your orthopaedic doctor can prescribe antibiotics, which will resolve infection-caused bursitis. Severe cases of bursitis that are not bacterial may require a cortisone shot or surgical draining, which can be performed by an orthopaedic surgeon.

    Does your bursitis require the help of an orthopaedic surgeon ? MK Orthopaedics serves residents of Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Plainfield with diagnosis and treatment of a range of orthopaedic conditions. Call us today at (815) 741-6900 to learn more about the ways in which we can keep your body moving. Make sure to ask about our Walk-in Clinic on Mondays from 3-6PM!