• Understanding Knee Replacement Surgery

    When the knee joint is damaged by arthritis or injury, movement can become painful or impossible. Your doctor may recommend total knee replacement surgery to restore joint function.

    In this video, you will learn the anatomy of the knee and see what happens during a total knee replacement surgery. You will also find out how you will be prepared for surgery and how the operation is performed to replace damaged areas of the knee with artificial components. To learn about aftercare procedures and what to expect during your hospital stay following knee replacement surgery, watch this video.

    MK Orthopaedics provides surgery and rehabilitation services for those suffering from arthritis, injury, or accident. Call us today at (815) 741-6900 to schedule your consultation with one of our orthopaedic surgeons. Visit our website to learn more about receiving orthopaedic care in Joliet or Bolingbrook, IL.

  • The Patient’s Guide to Achilles Tendon Rupture

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    Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel and facilitates motions such as pointing your toes and walking. When overstretched, this tissue can be partially or completely torn. Your orthopaedic doctor may suggest surgical or non-surgical treatments, depending on your individual case.

    What Causes an Achilles Tendon Rupture

    Injuries to the Achilles tendon may be incurred during sports or exercise, especially when the intensity of activity is suddenly increased. Traumatic accidents such as stepping into a hole, catching the foot on an object, or even falling can also result in an Achilles tendon rupture.

    How an Achilles Tendon Rupture Feels

    Most people describe an Achilles tendon rupture as a pop or snap felt below the calf. This is often followed by pain and swelling near the heel of the foot. You may be unable to bend your foot properly or stand on your toes. Normal walking may become difficult, painful, or even impossible depending on the extent of your injury.

    What Your Orthopaedic Surgeon Will Do to Treat an Achilles Tendon Rupture

    Injuries to the Achilles tendon can be treated via surgical or non-surgical means. Elevation of the heel in a cast or walking boot may facilitate healing of the tendon. Non-surgical recovery may take longer and carries with it a slightly higher risk of re-injury to the tendon. Surgical treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture will repair the tendon by stitching the torn ends back together. Your orthopaedic surgeon may strengthen the tendon by grafting other tendons onto it as well. Regardless of your treatment choice, physical therapy and rehabilitation will be needed to strengthen your leg muscles and the healing Achilles tendon. Normal activity can usually be resumed in four to six months.

    If you have suffered an Achilles tendon injury, call MK Orthopaedics today at (815) 741-6900 to discuss your treatment options. Whether you choose surgical or non-surgical care, we will help you through your treatment and rehabilitation. Visit our website for more information on your orthopaedic care options in Joliet and Bolingbrook.

  • Preventing Overuse Injuries of the Arm

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    Overuse injuries often occur in athletes but can also be incurred during work or even leisure activities. These injuries form as a result of repeated use of the arm, with symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to impaired motion. Talk to your orthopaedic doctor about avoiding overuse injuries, especially if you perform repetitive tasks or participate in sports.

    Build Up Strength

    Strengthening the muscles of your arms gives your tendons and joints added stability. A strong core can help to stabilize motion in the arms as well, so aim to attain total-body fitness rather than focusing only on specific areas of your body. Your doctor or physical therapist can help you develop an effective exercise plan to minimize the risk of injury.

    Warm Up

    Warming up before participating in any activity minimizes your risk of injury. Ask your doctor about stretches you can perform to prepare your body and protect your arms. Give yourself enough time before performing any activity to comfortably and completely warm up to prevent injury.

    Use Protective Gear

    Your doctor can recommend the right kind of protective gear for safety during any activity. Keep your protective gear in good condition and replace it as necessary to ensure it performs as intended. Check to ensure that all equipment fits properly and that you know how to wear it correctly.

    Get Enough Rest

    Rest is not only important to preventing overuse injuries in your arm, but also to protecting your entire body. Getting enough rest allows your body time to recuperate from physical activity. You will feel more alert and aware during the day, increasing your ability to concentrate and perform activities with safe and proper form to avoid injury.

    Learn more about the prevention and treatment of overuse injuries with the help of MK Orthopaedics in Joliet and Bolingbrook . We provide surgical and non-surgical treatments for sports injuries, accidents, and more. Click on our website to learn more about sports and work safety, or call (815) 741-6900 to schedule an appointment today.

  • Welcoming Dr. Pizinger to the MK Orthopaedics Family!


    A new member, Dr Pizinger, has joined the MK Orthopedics team and is a Sports Medicine fellowship trained physician that specializes in shoulder, elbows, hips, and knees.  Dr. Pizinger graduated from the Top 5 Sports Medicine Fellowship program and the Top 3 Orthopaedic Surgery program. Being a collegiate football player himself, Dr Pizinger understands the importance of expediting a diagnosis to initiate an early treatment plan so that the athlete would be able to return to play. 

    Being in the area for nearly 20 years, MK Orthopaedics has developed a network with family medicine physicians, MRI groups, Surgical Centers, Cardiologists, Pain Management Specialists, and many more health care providers which allows us to ensure a quick but safe return to play.  Currently, Dr Pizinger is a team physician at the collegiate and high school levels.  MK Orthopaedics goal is to have a doctor see you within no more than 48 hours and usually closer to 24 hours.  You can make an appointment with Dr Pizinger online by visiting our website or call us today at (815) 741-6900!

  • Learn More About We Can Help With Your Sports Injuries!

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    You can’t always prevent the injuries that require the care of an orthopaedic doctor, but they don’t have to keep you out of the game for good. Explore these links to learn about some injuries that are especially common among athletes. To find out which treatments are possible for your injury, call MK Orthopaedics today . Our doctors and surgeons can recommend treatment and rehabilitation so you can return to your favorite activities. Schedule your appointment now by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Shoulder Injuries 101

    Shoulder injuries can happen to anyone, but they are particularly common among athletes who perform repetitive swinging motions, like golfers. Most shoulder injuries originate in the rotator cuff, a group of four muscles and tendons that circles the shoulder joint.

    This video explains rotator cuff problems. The most common rotator cuff ailment is tendonitis. This condition strikes when the humerus bone that connects the shoulder and elbow is weakened through wear and tear; consequentially, the rotator cuff has to do extra work to support the shoulder. The result is an inflammation of the tendons, or tendonitis, which can cause aching pain with motion.

    If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, let the doctors of MK Orthopaedics help. Our orthopaedic surgeons specialize in sports injuries and can help you feel better fast. Call today at (815) 741-6900 to make an appointment.