• Torn ACL: Your Knee Surgery

    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four main ligaments that provide vital support to your knee. By connecting your upper leg bone to your lower leg bone, the ACL gives your knee stability and a range of motion. Damage to the ACL can cause you to lose this balance and experience severe pain and stiffness in the knee area.

    If you have damaged your ACL, your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend surgery to repair the damage and restore your body’s range of motion. As this video explains, ACL surgery is an arthroscopic procedure in which the damaged ligament is replaced with a skin graft. Once this graft is secured to your bones, your body will begin to restore its stability.  

    ACL tears are one of the most common sports-related injuries . If you believe you have damaged this important ligament, contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900.

  • What Is Bursitis?

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    In order for you to easily move your arms, hips, and joints, your body relies on certain cushioning structures that surround the joints to absorb any pressure and allow for fluid movement. If you develop a sudden injury or infection that damages the tissue surrounding your joint, you may begin to experience stiffness and pain in that area. Bursitis is one example of an orthopaedic condition that can inhibit your body’s joint movement.

    Causes of Bursitis

    Throughout your body, there are approximately 160 fluid-filled sacs called bursae, which cushion the space between your bones, tendons, and muscles. Each bursa is lined with synovial cells, which help your joints move fluidly by producing a friction-reducing lubricant. If you suffer from bursitis, one or more of your bursa have become inflamed, making it very difficult for you to move a particular region of your body. Bursitis is typically caused by either an infection in your body or a sudden injury that has irritated the tissues in a particular bursa.

    Symptoms of Bursitis

    There are bursae throughout many regions of your body, so bursitis can affect almost any area. Some of the most common places where bursitis develops include the shoulder, the elbow, the ankle, and the knee. Some symptoms you may develop due to bursitis include pain and swelling in the affected region and tenderness even when you aren’t moving that particular body part.

    Treatment of Bursitis

    If you begin to develop any of the painful symptoms associated with bursitis , you should schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor. During your appointment, your doctor can use an x-ray or MRI scan to eliminate the possibility that these symptoms are caused by a different medical condition. From there, he or she will be able to advise you on the best ways to help your bursa tissue heal.

    To learn more about bursitis, schedule a visit to MK Orthopaedics . Our office focuses on helping individuals recover from sports-related injuries, sudden trauma, and hip problems. Call us at (815) 741-6900 to learn more about booking an appointment.

  • MK Orthopaedics and Kinesio Tape Association are Co-Hosting Fundamentals & Advanced Concepts of Kinesio Taping

    There are three main taping techniques recognized in the United States: White Athletic Taping, McConnell® Taping Technique, and Kinesio Taping® Method.

    White Athletic Taping is the most commonly used taping technique in the U.S. The tape is extremely rigid and requires a pre-tape prior to application to protect the skin from irritation. Irritation is caused by the entrapment of moisture, high latex content, and severe compression of skin, muscles, and joints. It is typically applied immediately prior to an activity to prevent and protect acute injuries, left on for a short period of time, and taken off immediately after conclusion of activity. There are no rehabilitative uses or benefits.

    McConnell® Taping is a bracing or strapping technique using a super-rigid, cotton mesh, highly-adhesive tape (EnduraTape®, LeukoTape®). It affects the bio-mechanics of the patient and is most commonly used for patellofemoral and shoulder subluxation, as well as lumbar, foot, and hip impingement. It is typically left on for a shorter period of time (no longer than 18 hours) due to its constricting and suffocating feel and adverse skin reaction. The technique is primarily used for neuromuscular re-education of the affected condition and is widely accepted by the medical community.

    Kinesio Taping® Method is a therapeutic taping technique which not only offers patients and athletes the support they are looking for, but helps to rehabilitate the affected condition as well. Using a highly specific tape design that works with the body, allowing full range of movement– in many cases range of movement will be improved – the Kinesio Taping® Method will not affect the patient’s bio-mechanics. Kinesio® Tex Tape is latex-free and safe for sensitive skin and may be used with populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric. There is no compression on the skin, making it “light to the feel” and allowing comfortable wear over a 3 to 5 day period. The water-resistant fabric wicks away moisture and allows the patient to bathe or even swim as usual. Lymph and blood circulation are facilitated in order to rehabilitate and relieve pain. It is used for virtually any clinical condition

    If you are a healthcare professional that is interesting in learning more, sign up for the Kinesio Tape Techniques and Advanced Concep ts today!



  • What Are the Common Causes of Sports Injuries?

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    If you play competitive sports, you’re probably aware of the rigorous physical demands that these kinds of activities require. Each time you practice or compete, you are putting stress on the muscles, tendons, and joints in your body. Even though regular physical exercise is good for your overall health, sports activities can lead to serious injuries that require orthopaedic treatment .

    Repetitive movements

    Competing in sports typically requires you to consistently move some of your joints and body structures in the same way. This repetitive motion can put strain on the muscles and joints in that particular region. If you compete in running, swimming, or tennis, you are very susceptible to developing a repetitive motion injury . Some common sports injuries you may develop include tennis elbow, shin splints, and tendinitis.

    Quick stopping motions

    If you participate in sports like soccer or basketball, you will be constantly running and abruptly stopping throughout a game. You will most likely be making quick, twisting motions in order to pass the ball to another player with your arms or feet. As you pass the ball, you may accidentally twist a joint, causing damage and strain to the surrounding tissues. Twisting motions from sports are commonly associated with ankle, knee, and shoulder damage.

    Impact from a sudden fall

    The physical motions associated with sports make it very easy for any athlete to suffer a sudden fall. If you trip and fall over, your natural reaction will be to hold out your hands and block the fall. Unfortunately, this motion will increase the amount of impact felt by the delicate bones and tissues in your hands and wrists. You may fracture a bone or tear one of the ligaments in your wrists.

    MK Orthopaedics specializes in helping individuals heal after sports injuries. If you have recently experienced one of these common injuries, give us a call at (815) 741-6900. Our staff will work to restore the motion and health of your body.

  • Learn More About Preventing Injury!

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    Together, you and your doctor can work to prevent injury and effect a speedy recovery with personalized treatment. Learn more about preventing and treating orthopaedic injuries by clicking through these resources:

    • Warming up your arms with some easy stretches before activity can help to minimize your risk of injury. Visit Livestrong.com for some arm and shoulder stretches you can do before sports or activities.
    • Learn more about overuse injuries and how they are diagnosed and treated by reading through this information provided by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
    • Arm injuries are common and may be caused by trauma, accident, or overuse. Find a full overview of arm injuries , including overuse injuries from sports or work-related activities, on WebMD.com.
    • What does the Achilles tendon do ? Find out what purpose it serves and how it can become injured on LifesLittleMysteries.com.
    • Find out how to prevent injuries to your Achilles tendon with these many tips found on AchillesTendon.com.

    MK Orthopaedics of Joliet and Bolingbrook provides treatments and surgical options for those suffering from sports injuries, accidents, arthritis, and more. Our orthopaedic surgeons are here to answer your questions and provide you with the most effective treatment options to end pain and restore quality of life. For more information, call us at (815) 741-6900 or browse through the orthopaedic information on our website.