• Exercise to Perform After Your Hip Replacement Surgery

    Happy Senior Woman Patient in Hospital Bed

    Hip replacement surgery offers the opportunity to restore range of motion to the joint and alleviate discomfort. For best results, your orthopaedic surgeon will refer you to a physical therapist during your recovery. Physical therapy will help you heal and return to your normal activities more quickly. Immediately after your surgery, you can begin doing ankle exercises. While lying in bed, move your foot up and down slowly by pointing your toes up at the ceiling and then down toward a wall. Then, slowly rotate your ankle toward your other foot, and then away from the foot.

    Another exercise you can do in bed is the bed-supported knee bend. While keeping your foot flat on the bed, guide it toward your buttocks. Avoid letting your knee move inward. Try doing this 10 times for each leg, three to four times per day.

    When you schedule your hip replacement surgery with MK Orthopaedics, you can take full advantage of our state-of-the-art physical therapy program. Please call us today at (815) 741-6900 or visit our orthopaedic practice online to learn more.

  • Smart Exercise Tips to Prevent Shoulder Injuries

    Shoulder injuries are common, particularly for weightlifters who use improper form. Adding weight to an exercise performed with improper form can strain your body excessively. One example is the side lateral raise, which many people mistakenly perform with bent elbows. When performed with bent elbows, the top of the shoulder joint strikes the bone just above it, which can lead to shoulder impingement, bursitis, biceps tendinitis, and similar problems.

    Watch this video to learn more about the anatomy of the shoulder and how these orthopaedic injuries typically occur. This expert also demonstrates the proper way to do a lateral raise to avoid an injury.

    If you do injure your shoulder, see the orthopaedic specialists at MK Orthopaedics. Give us a call today at (815) 741-6900 and ask us about our range of orthopaedic care services.

  • Check out This Great Review of the Carticel Procedure

    Are you experiencing any knee pain? One of MK Orthopaedics patient discusses how her consistent knee pain led to a joint preservation procedure called Carticel. Doctor Komanduri educates us on the criteria and treatment options for Carticel in this video.

  • October was all about PINK at MK Orthopaedics

    For the month of October, patients at MK Orthopaedics made donations for our pink t-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness. We raised a total of 25.00 so, in turn, MK Orthopaedics decided to match that amount. We donated $25.00 to the Susan G. Komen for the CURE along with donating the other half to American Cancer Society. We are very grateful for the amount of money that was raised to support these two organizations. We would also like to thank our patients who kindly donated to help make this a success!

  • A Guide to the Different Types of Bone Fractures

    Broken arm

    The simplest definition of a fracture is a break in the bone. However, a bone can break in many different ways. Orthopaedic doctors classify fractures according to the type of the break. The treatment depends on the type and severity of the injury. If the fracture is severe, you may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon for surgery.

    Greenstick Fractures

    This type of orthopaedic injury occurs almost exclusively in children due to the softer nature of their bones. This is an incomplete fracture, in which the bone bends, rather than breaks. The symptoms typically include pain and swelling; fortunately, however, the discomfort is usually much less severe than that of a complete break. An orthopaedic doctor can immobilize the affected limb in a splint.

    Compression Fractures

    Osteoporosis is a common contributor to compression fractures, which occur when a vertebra in your spine collapses. When osteoporosis causes weakness and brittleness of the vertebrae, even simple actions such as coughing can result in a compression fracture. Back pain is a possible indicator of a compression fracture.

    Open and Closed Fractures

    Orthopaedic doctors also classify fractures according to whether they pierce through the skin. If the bone does protrude through the skin, it is called an open fracture. If not, it is a closed fracture. With an open fracture, the orthopaedic surgeon will take steps to prevent infection and remove all foreign debris before correcting the position of the bone.

    Displaced and Non-Displaced Fractures

    When a bone breaks, it may move out of alignment. If so, it is called a displaced fracture. Displaced fractures may also be open fractures. A displaced fracture may require orthopaedic surgery to properly realign the bone. On the other hand, if it is a clean break that remains aligned, it is a non-displaced fracture.

    Residents of Joliet and Bolingbrook who have suffered fractures and other orthopaedic injuries are encouraged to call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 to schedule an appointment. We offer physical therapy services and surgical treatment, including hip replacement and knee replacement. Please visit our website to learn more about us.