• Understanding Hip Flexor Pain and Its Prevention

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    Your hip flexor muscles allow you to bend at the waist and lift your knees. You can experience a lot of pain if you strain these muscles. Here is some information on hip flexor muscle pain and how to treat it with help from an orthopaedic doctor :

    How Injury to the Hip Flexor Occurs
    The hip flexor is a group of muscles found deep in the abdominal cavity. They are some of the strongest muscles in your entire body, but you can put a lot of stress on them when you kick or sprint. Athletes, such as runners and soccer players, are especially vulnerable to hip flexor strain because of repeated and extreme use of these muscles. Hip flexor pain is typically felt in the upper groin area, where your thighs meet your pelvis.

    What Causes Pain
    Many people spend most of their time in a seated position, with their knees bent and their hip muscles flexed. This means that your hip muscles can tighten and become shortened. If you trip and fall or move from a standing position to running, your hip muscle can become stretched, leading to strain and hip flexor pain. Hearing a clicking noise when you move your hip isn’t always an indication of hip flexor strain. Loose cartilage at the edge of the hip joint can become irritated as your hip moves and cause the clicking sound.

    How to Prevent Hip Flexor Pain
    To avoid hip flexor pain, minimize strain on the muscles around the hip. You can do this by stretching properly before any kid of physical activity, including walking. Stretch your muscles slowly by holding a position for several seconds. Rushing quickly through stretches will defeat the purpose of this activity. You can also regularly do hip-strengthening exercises to help prevent hip flexor pain. Avoid sitting for long periods of time and stay conditioned by regularly doing exercises that improve muscle flexibility and strength.

    MK Orthopaedics is a full-service rehabilitation practice serving Joliet and Bolingbrook. We specialize in treating sports-related injuries like hip flexor strain, adult and pediatric fractures, and hand, foot, and spine conditions. We offer onsite physical therapy and provide knee and hip replacement surgeries. Contact us at (815) 741-6900 to schedule a consultation.

  • What Are the Treatment Options for Tennis Elbow?

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    Tennis elbow is a painful condition that can result from overuse and repetitive motion of the arm. The tendons that join the forearm muscles to the outside of the elbow can become inflamed when you repeat the same motion over and over again. Several sports and activities can put you at risk for tennis elbow, but other causes include age and occupation. Here are some treatment options for this condition:

    Non-Surgical Treatment
    Resting your arm is the first step toward recovery from tennis elbow . To ensure proper rest, abstain from sports activity and heavy work for several weeks. Use anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce pain and swelling in your arm. As you rest, check your sports equipment to ensure that it fits properly. Ill-fitting equipment can often cause strain. If you play tennis, choose a racquet that is stiffer and looser-strung to reduce stress on the forearm.

    Another treatment option is physical therapy. Your orthopaedic specialist will teach you specific exercises that can help strengthen the muscles in your forearm. Your therapist might also perform ice massage, ultrasound, or other muscle-stimulating techniques to promote muscle healing. Also, consider wearing a brace over the back of your forearm to rest the muscles and tendons. This will relieve and reduce your symptoms. 

    Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation

    If your symptoms do not subside after six to 12 months of nonsurgical treatments, you may need surgery. Most surgical procedures involve removing diseased muscle from the arm and reattaching healthy muscle to the bone. There are several surgical options, depending on the severity of the injury, your personal needs, and your general health. Open surgery and arthroscopic surgery are the most common approaches.

    After surgery, you might wear a temporary splint for about a week. Once the splint is removed, you should begin exercises that will stretch the elbow and restore flexibility. You can begin strengthening exercises about two months after surgery. Typically, you should not return to athletic activity for about four to six months post-surgery.

    The physicians at MK Orthopaedics of Joliet specialize in sports-related injuries, providing surgery and rehabilitation on-site. Our services include knee, hip, and joint replacement surgeries, as well as treatment for foot, hand, and spine conditions, and more. Contact us at (815) 741-6900 to schedule a consultation.

  • A Look at the Most Common Sports-Related Shoulder Injuries

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    Shoulder injuries are unfortunately common among athletes and sports enthusiasts. If you sustain a shoulder injury, it’s important that you seek assessment and treatment from a qualified orthopaedic doctor as soon as possible in order to avoid aggravating the condition. Some common shoulder injuries that typically result from sports activities include:

    Rotator Cuff Injuries

    Injuries to the rotator cuff generally occur after repetitive overhead activities such as when playing tennis, throwing a ball, or swimming. Mild rotator cuff injuries can sometimes be easily treated with physical therapy. A rotator cuff injury that isn’t addressed by an orthopaedic doctor can worsen and lead to a torn rotator cuff, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as symptoms begin.

    Labral Tears

    There is a small fibrocartilaginous cushion protecting the shoulder joint called the labrum. Tears here typically occur after a player suffers direct trauma to the area, such as with a fall or hard tackle. Tears can also occur after pulling or throwing an object. Treatment will usually require an orthopaedic surgeon’s intervention.


    Dislocation is an extremely common shoulder injury , perhaps because of the extreme mobility of the joint. Many times, the humerus bone can simply be popped back into place, but suffering one dislocation can put you at risk of re-injury. Talk to your orthopaedic doctor about whether simple physical therapy is sufficient or if corrective surgery may be a better option for you.

    SLAP Lesions

    This type of shoulder injury occurs when the supportive muscles of the arm peel or pull away from the bone. This can occur after a major strain is placed on the arm, such as with extreme weightlifting. SLAP lesions are very difficult to diagnose without some type of exploratory surgery, and surgery is the recommended treatment.

    If you have suffered a sports injury, contact the orthopaedic doctors at MK Orthopaedics of Joliet. Call (815) 741-6900 to schedule an appointment today, or visit our website for more information.

  • Meet Your MK Orthopaedics Physician: Dr. Mukund Komanduri

    Dr. Komanduri

    At MK Orthopaedics, we are proud to have some of the finest orthopaedic surgeons in the country on our staff. One of those surgeons is Dr. Mukund Komanduri .

    Dr. Komanduri is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with nearly 20 years of clinical experience. He is a graduate of The University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at The University of Chicago Medical Center.

    Dr. Komanduri has also received numerous awards and honors, including as team physician for local high schools and colleges. He specializes in sports medicine, joint replacement, cartilage transplantation and implantation, and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

    If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Komanduri or one of our other talented orthopaedic doctors, contact us at MK Orthopaedics in Joliet. We offer a full range of orthopaedic treatments, including knee and hip replacement surgery. Call (815) 741-6900 today for an appointment or more information.

  • Use This App to Stretch Properly Before You Work Out

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    Many injuries that require the services of an orthopaedic doctor can be avoided simply by taking the time to stretch before moderate to intense physical activity. However, it’s also important to stretch properly. This app, Stretch Exercises , for Android devices can help.

    With this app, you can find detailed instructions for stretching every part of your body. The picture tutorials make the instructions easy to follow, and you may be surprised at just how little time it really takes to protect your body from injuries.

    If you do happen to sustain an injury, or if you think you may need knee or hip replacement surgery, contact us at MK Orthopaedics. We can determine the nature of your injury and offer the best treatment options for your case. Schedule an appointment with the orthopaedic doctors at our Joliet practice by calling (815) 741-6900.