• In Focus: Paget’s Disease of the Bone

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    Healthy, normally functioning bodies gradually replace old bone tissue with new bone tissue. Paget’s disease of the bone disrupts the body’s normal bone recycling process. This causes the bones affected by Paget’s disease to become fragile and misshapen. The bones most commonly associated with Paget’s disease are located in the pelvis, skull, spine, and legs. Orthopaedic doctors can recommend treatment for Paget’s disease of the bone to relieve your pain and suffering. Here are a few things to known about this debilitating bone disease.

    Symptoms of Paget’s Disease

    Paget’s disease may affect only one or two areas of your body, or it may be more widespread. The symptoms you experience will depend largely on the part of your body that’s affected. Hip pain can be a sign of Paget’s disease in the pelvis, while an overgrowth of bone in the skull can cause hearing loss or headaches. Pain, tingling, and numbness in your arms and legs could be a sign of Paget’s disease of the spine.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    Although scientists and doctors have not yet identified a cause of Paget’s bone disease, they have discovered several genes that appear to be linked to the disorder. Hereditary factors seem to influence whether you are susceptible to developing the disease. Paget’s disease is commonly seen in people older than 40, and men are more commonly affected than women. The disease is also more common England, Scotland, Greece, and Central Europe.

    Treating Paget’s Disease of the Bone

    Paget’s bone disease is indicated by an elevated alkaline phosphatase level. Osteoporosis drugs are the most common treatment for the disorder . In rare cases, and only medication cannot be prescribed, orthopaedic surgery may be required to realign deformed bones and reduce pressure on nerves.

    MK Orthopaedics Surgery & Rehabilitation can relieve your pain caused by Paget’s disease of the bone. If you are showing any signs of Paget’s disease, schedule an appointment with one of our skilled orthopaedic doctors. You can reach us online or by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • An Overview of Ganglion Cysts

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    Ganglions, or ganglion cysts, are fluid-filled sacs that look like bumps under your skin. Although they most commonly appear on the hands and wrists, they can also develop on the knees, shoulders, feet, and ankles. Although the appearance of an abnormal bump can be alarming, orthopaedic doctors reassure patients that these lumps are not cancerous. Usually, they don’t even cause symptoms. When symptoms do arise, they can include tenderness and discomfort. If the ganglion cyst is compressing a nearby nerve in the hand or wrist, you may experience tingling or loss of grip strength.

    Your orthopaedic doctor may diagnose a ganglion cyst with a physical examination. Some people may require an X-ray to rule out another medical condition such as arthritis. Most ganglion cysts do not require treatment and will resolve on their own. Otherwise, your orthopaedic doctor can aspirate the fluid from the cyst, inject hydrocortisone, provide a splint, or perform a surgery to remove it.

    The orthopaedic doctors and surgeons of MK Orthopaedics provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic solutions. Residents of the Joliet area can schedule a visit to our practice by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Doctor Komanduri was inducted into PCHS Hall of Fame

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    Doctor Komanduri is the Team Physician for Providence Catholic High School for the last 18 years.
     
    On Friday, April 11th, Doctor Komanduri was inducted into The Green & White Hall of Fame at Providence Catholic High School for his outstanding role as their Team Physician and his continued contribution to their athletics. 
     
    Congratulations Doctor Komanduri! We are very proud of you!! 

  • Watch The Doctors Discuss Frozen Shoulder

    Frozen shoulder is a painful condition in which the structures of the shoulder, such as the ligaments, become inflamed and irritated. As the condition worsens, the patient may experience a decline in range of motion and mobility. Fortunately, an orthopaedic doctor can use a variety of treatments to reduce the inflammation and restore range of motion.

    Watch this clip from “The Doctors” TV show to learn more about frozen shoulder. You’ll hear the story of Amy, who suffers from the condition, and you’ll see how her orthopaedic doctor evaluated her. You’ll also learn more about treatment options, such as cortisone injections, physical therapy, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).

    MK Orthopaedics is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our patients by relieving their pain and restoring normal function. Call (815) 741-6900 and ask us how our orthopaedic doctors can help you .

  • Exploring the Red Flags of Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that is characterized by joint pain and stiffness, in addition to systemic symptoms. This chronic inflammatory disorder can gradually destroy the tissue of your joints and interfere with your ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. If you notice any of the red flags of rheumatoid arthritis, it’s a good idea to visit an orthopaedic doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation. Your orthopaedic doctor can recommend medications and lifestyle changes to help you manage the disease.

    Joint Pain

    Many patients with rheumatoid arthritis are first motivated to see an orthopaedic doctor because of joint pain. This type of arthritis is characterized by morning joint stiffness and persistent joint pain that gradually becomes worse. More than one joint is likely to be affected. Those joints are likely to appear red or swollen, and they may feel hot or tender to the touch.

    Nodule Development

    Often, people with rheumatoid arthritis develop nodules . These are firm bumps under the skin that typically develop near the affected joints. The bumps may be moveable or they may be fixed; they can range in size from the appearance of a pea to that of a walnut. These nodules are sometimes painful and in rare cases they may interfere with organ function.

    Mobility Impairment

    Another common red flag for rheumatoid arthritis is a decline in mobility. You may find that the range of motion in your affected joints has significantly decreased. If the nerves become damaged, you may suddenly be unable to lift your foot or hand. If this occurs, you’ll need to seek emergency orthopaedic care.

    Systemic Problems

    Systemic health problems are often noted with rheumatoid arthritis, such as a fever, fatigue, and weight loss. If the disease affects the heart muscle and coronary arteries, shortness of breath and chest pain can occur, and patients are at a higher risk of heart failure and heart attack.

    If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, you can schedule an evaluation at MK Orthopaedics. Our highly trained team of orthopaedic doctors and surgeons can perform comprehensive diagnostic tests and recommend treatment options to help you live well with this orthopaedic condition. You can connect with our practice by calling (815) 741-6900 or exploring our orthopaedic services on our website.

  • A Patient’s Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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    Carpal tunnel syndrome is an orthopaedic condition that affects the hand, wrist, and forearm. Unless you begin working with an orthopaedic doctor on a treatment plan, your symptoms are likely to grow progressively worse. For some patients, symptoms are severe enough to warrant orthopaedic surgery.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    The carpal tunnel is a very narrow structure within your wrist, through which the median nerve passes. When the space within the carpal tunnel is narrowed, the median nerve becomes compressed. This is the underlying cause of carpal tunnel syndrome ; however, there are many potential risk factors that can cause compression of the nerve. For example, some people are simply born with smaller carpal tunnels. Others have additional medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, which can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Other risk factors include repetitive movements, alcoholism, obesity, cyst development, and fluid retention.

    Signs and Symptoms

    When you visit an orthopaedic doctor, bring a list of all of your symptoms. If you do indeed have carpal tunnel syndrome, that list is likely to include pain of the wrist, hand, and forearm, pain that extends to the elbow, loss of grip strength, and weakness in the hands. You may have numbness and tingling in the area, you may notice that you frequently drop objects, and you might have difficulty with coordination in your fingers.

    Orthopaedic Treatment Options

    Your orthopaedic doctor is likely to recommend a number of conservative treatment options, such as ice and heat therapy, physical therapy, and wrist splinting. Some people find relief with yoga, while others must rearrange their work stations so that they are more ergonomically correct. In severe cases, orthopaedic surgery may be required to relieve the pain.

    The orthopaedic doctors of MK Orthopaedics can help you discover simple lifestyle modifications to improve your carpal tunnel syndrome and prevent serious damage to the nerves. When conservative treatment measures aren’t sufficient to relive your pain, you can consult with one of our orthopaedic surgeons about surgical treatment. Take the first step toward relieving your pain and restoring function by calling us at (815) 741-6900.

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