• A Patient’s Guide to Shoulder Injuries

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    If you experience shoulder pain, you should visit an orthopaedic doctor right away for a diagnosis. By doing so, you may avoid invasive procedures like shoulder replacement surgery. Here is a list of the most common kinds of shoulder conditions and their symptoms:

    Rotator Cuff Injuries

    Rotator cuff injuries are the most common kind of shoulder injuries. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder and hold the shoulder joint’s bones together. Your rotator cuff muscles allow you to lift your arms overhead. Rotator cuff injuries often occur during sports, such as while throwing. Without proper treatment, including rest and strengthening exercises, you may not recover fully from a rotator cuff injury, and your range of motion may be compromised for life.

    Instability

    Instability occurs when one of the shoulder joints moves out of its normal position. This joint dislocation can result in pain when you lift your arm. You may also have the general feeling that your shoulder is slipping or feels weak. If you experience these symptoms, see an orthopaedic doctor to have your joint re-aligned and to get help with pain management.

    Impingement

    If you take part in activities that require excessive overhead arm movement, such as pitching or shooting a basketball, then you could suffer from impingement. Impingement is caused by your shoulder muscles rubbing against your shoulder blades. If your shoulder feels painful and inflamed, stop your activities and see your orthopaedic doctor. Impingement can lead to long-term shoulder problems if not treated.

    Don’t ignore the symptoms. Make an appointment at MK Orthopaedics at the first sign of a problem. Our orthopaedic doctors and surgeons provide a range of treatments, including shoulder, knee, and hip replacement procedures. To schedule a consultation, please call (815) 741-6900.

  • How We Can Help With Your Worker’s Compensation Claim

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    Getting hurt on the job can be an unsettling experience. In addition to the pain and inconvenience associated with the injury itself, you may have concerns about your financial wellbeing and getting appropriate worker’s compensation. At MK Orthopaedics, we can help ensure your worker’s compensation experience goes as smoothly as possible while you’re receiving expert care from our orthopaedic specialists.

    From a patient’s perspective, our team is completely focused on providing the right kind of care. We will strive to offer non-invasive, conservative treatments whenever possible and will recommend orthopaedic surgery only as a last resort. When working with claims adjusters and employers, our practice will provide timely and efficient processing, status reports, and paperwork.

    Learn more about our worker’s compensation services by calling MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Our orthopaedic practice provides a range of non-invasive and surgical services, from physical therapy to hip replacement. Our staff is happy to answer all of your questions about our procedures.

  • What Is Spinal Fusion Surgery?

    If you’re suffering from chronic back pain, spinal fusion surgery could be the answer. This procedure is performed to correct a range of conditions, including herniated discs and osteoarthritis in the facet joints. This video explains more.

    Watch this video to learn how spinal fusion surgery is performed and what conditions it can correct. During spinal fusion surgery, two vertebrae are joined together to stop the movement in the spine that is causing pain.  The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Most patients stay in the hospital for a few days after surgery.

    If you’re suffering with back pain, make an appointment with a spine specialist at MK Orthopaedics to identify the cause and work out a treatment plan. You can schedule a consultation at our orthopaedic clinic by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Understanding Spinal Anatomy and How It Relates to Back Pain

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    Have you ever stopped to marvel at the unique combination of strength and flexibility that makes up your spine? If you’re like most people, you spend very little time thinking about your spine until back pain strikes. Nearly everyone will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and the effects can be debilitating. Understanding how your spine is put together can help you understand the causes of back pain and treatments suggested by your orthopaedic specialist . Here is what you need to know.

    Four Spinal Regions

    There are four main regions in the spine . The cervical spine makes up your neck. It helps keep your head upright and protects the nerves that go from your brain into your body. There are seven vertebral bones in the cervical spine. The thoracic spine is in your upper back. There are 12 vertebral bones in this part of the spine. The thoracic spine is attached to the rib cage and helps protect the heart and lungs. The lumbar spine is in your lower back. It is responsible for a great deal of motion and holds the weight of the torso. There are five vertebrae in the lumbar spine. Lastly, the sacral region of the spine, below the lumbar spine, consists of the sacrum bone, which connects the spine to the lower half of the body.

    Back Pain

    Most back pain is caused by muscle strains or pressure on nerves. Poor posture and repetitive motions can strain the muscles around the spine and trigger back pain. Injury and wear and tear can break down portions of the spine and put pressure on the nerves. Spinal nerve pain can appear in the back, or it may radiate to other regions, such as the legs or arms.

    At MK Orthopaedics, our compassionate doctors are always willing to explain the nature of your orthopaedic issue and why we expect certain treatments to be effective. If you’re experiencing back pain, hip pain, or other chronic or acute orthopaedic pain , make an appointment today. Call our orthopaedic clinic at (815) 741-6900 to arrange your visit.

  • Congratulations to Doctor Komanduri!

    Pandola-Lewis Award

    Our very own Dr. Mukund Komanduri has been named the recipient of the prestigious Pandola-Lewis Award by  Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center . This award was established in 2009 by Dr. Guy Pandola and Dr. Gregory Lewis of Presence. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution of time and talent to the Annual Charity Golf Classic, the life of the Medical Center and the community. We congratulate Doctor Komanduri for his service to others. You are an inspiration.

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