• Understanding Repetitive Motion Injuries

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    There are a number of different repetitive motion injuries that an orthopaedic doctor may diagnose you with. They are a common type of injury that typically comprise about half of all sports-related injuries. However, repetitive motion injuries can also be caused or aggravated by everyday activities. If you experience persistent pain or similar symptoms, see an orthopaedic doctor to explore your treatment options.

    Common Types

    One type of repetitive motion injury is bursitis, which refers to the inflammation of a bursa sac. Bursa sacs provide cushioning at joints. This painful orthopaedic injury most often occurs at joints such as the knee, hip, and elbow. It can also reduce range of motion and produce redness and swelling. Another repetitive motion injury that involves inflammation is tendinitis. Tendinitis frequently occurs at the shoulder, elbow, and biceps. The pain of tendinitis typically worsens when the affected area is moved or flexed. The area may be red and warm to the touch. Additional types of repetitive motion injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis, and trigger finger.

    Possible Causes

    There are many possible causes of these orthopaedic injuries. The root cause is the development of very small tissue tears, which leads to inflammation and pain. These tears may be caused by friction, physical trauma, or systemic diseases, such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Repetitive activities such as cleaning, engaging in sports activities, and performing laborious work duties are another common culprit.

    Treatment Options

    An orthopaedic doctor can tailor your treatment plan to suit your diagnosis and unique needs. You will likely be advised to apply cold therapy several times a day for about 20 minutes at a time. Depending on your condition and the body part that is affected, the doctor might recommend immobilization, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and physical therapy.

    The experienced physicians at MK Orthopaedics treat a wide range of injuries, including repetitive motion injuries. We are a full-service orthopaedic practice dedicated to restoring you to full health! You can schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor today by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Signs of Rotator Cuff Injury

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    The rotator cuff is comprised of four tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint and allow its large range of motion. Injuries to the rotator cuff are common, particularly among athletes. An injured rotator cuff often causes pain, soreness, or tenderness when moving your arm to reach overhead or behind your back. You may also feel pain when performing pulling motions or if you sleep on the affected side. Weakness or stiffness in the shoulder may also result from a rotator cuff injury. In some cases, damaged tendons may limit the comfortable or possible range of motion in the shoulder joint. Pain associated with severe tendon tears may be continuous and debilitating. If you experiencing shoulder pain that does not subside or that limits your daily tasks, visit an orthopaedic specialist for evaluation and treatment. 

    At MK Orthopaedics, our doctors specialize in the treatment of sports injuries and more. Visit us on the web to learn more about the joints of your body and how to manage shoulder, hip, and knee injuries. Call (815) 741-6900 to speak with an orthopaedic doctor or to schedule a visit to our Joliet clinic .

  • Protecting a Joint That Is Suffering from Tennis Elbow

    Tennis elbow causes a dull, aching pain on the outside of the elbow joint. Although it is common among tennis players, this type of injury can also result from overuse of the muscles in the forearm.

    In this video, you will see the tendons affected by tennis elbow. Pain from tennis elbow can range from mild to severe. Rest is the most commonly-prescribed treatment for tennis elbow. Splinting of the wrist can relieve pressure on the elbow tendons for further pain relief. Physical therapy and massage are often effective in relieving pain and improving elbow movement.

    MK Orthopaedics provides diagnosis and treatment of injuries and more in Joliet and Bolingbrook. Please call us today at (815) 741-6900 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians . Click through our blog to learn more about common sports injuries and your orthopaedic treatment options. 

  • What to Expect from Your ACL Replacement Surgery

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    The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a ligament that supports stable knee movement. Severe tears of the ACL may require orthopaedic surgery to restore motion to the knee. Your surgeon will go over any specific instructions you will need to follow before and after your treatment.

    What Is ACL Surgery?

    Surgery to repair a torn ACL uses a tissue graft taken from elsewhere in your body. Tissue from a deceased donor may also be used. Knee surgery is often performed arthroscopically to reduce the risk of infection. During arthroscopic surgery , only small cuts are needed. Thin, flexible tubes containing a camera and surgical instruments are inserted through these incisions. Open surgery exposes the entirety of the knee using a larger incision.

    What Happens During ACL Surgery?

    During arthroscopic knee surgery, small incisions are made and a saline solution circulated through the knee joint to expand and clean it. Small holes are drilled in the upper and lower bones of the leg to serve as anchor points for the tissue graft. If your own tissue will be used, a portion of the tendon at the front of your knee or a section of the hamstring will be used. Graft tissue is threaded through the leg bones and secured with staples or screws. The incisions are closed to complete the operation.

    What Happens After ACL Surgery?

    You will be asked to recover in the hospital for at least two to three hours after surgery before returning home. Alternately, you may be required to stay in the hospital overnight for monitoring, depending upon your surgeon’s recommendation. Keep your incisions clean, dry, and check daily for signs of infection. Your surgeon will schedule physical therapy to rehabilitate and strengthen the knee to restore normal, pain-free motion.

    Don’t let knee, hip, or shoulder injuries keep you out of the game and away from the activities you love. Contact MK Orthopaedics today by calling (815) 741-6900 to find out how our experienced orthopaedic surgeons can help. Click through our blog for more information about sports medicine, knee replacements, and rehabilitation.