• How Do I Prepare for Tests?

    Doctor with senior female patient

    At MK Orthopaedics, we utilize the latest technologies such as, digital X-ray and MRI to help our experts carefully diagnose the cause of orthopaedic problems.  You’ll be happy to know that these advanced testing abilities take place in our Joliet offices, so there’s no need to race around town trying to find another location. Secondly, there is very little preparation at all, so eat and take your medicine as you normally would, unless advised otherwise by your MK Ortho doctor.  Many patients that are getting tests are experiencing pain and have some limited ability to dress themselves, so we recommend wearing loose-fitting clothing without any metal buttons, zippers or hooks for the process.  You’ll need to remove all jewelry so its best to leave it at home. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown.  If you have a pacemaker, insulin pump, metallic implants, or artificial heart valves or are allergic to iodine, alert your orthopaedic doctor before the tests.  

    Contact MK Orthopaedics if you have more questions about your tests, (815) 741-6900.

  • Understand Your Arthritis

    Most people are surprised to learn that there are actually over 100 different kinds of arthritis. Knowing the kind you have is the first step in finding an effective treatment. This video explains more. An accurate diagnosis will determine the right type of treatment. Your treatment plan should be tailored to the type of arthritis pain and symptoms you’re experiencing.  MK Orthopaedics can help. Make an appointment with one of our orthopaedic doctors or find out more about our practice offices in Joliet, Mokena and Bolingbrook by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Understanding the Differences Between Chronic and Acute Pain

    Young man with severe backpain from sciatica

    When you see an orthopaedic doctor , you may hear about chronic pain and acute pain. By putting your pain into one of these two categories, your doctor can begin to narrow down the cause and come up with a plan for relieving your symptoms. What exactly are acute pain and chronic pain, and what are some of the orthopaedic conditions that can cause them? Here is what you need to know.

    Acute Pain

    Acute pain is something that happens in response to an injury. For instance, if you break a bone or strain your rotator cuff, you will experience acute pain. It is often very sharp and difficult to ignore. That is because acute pain serves as your body’s warning system. The cause of acute pain is usually very clear, and usually, it goes away as an injury heals. For example, if you break a bone, you will experience acute pain at the moment of the injury and throughout the healing process. However, the pain should progressively improve and eventually dissipate completely as your injury heals. Orthopaedic doctors can help resolve acute pain by addressing the injury that is causing it.

    Chronic Pain

    If acute pain lasts for six months or more, then it becomes chronic pain. Chronic pain lingers after an injury has healed. Chronic pain may also be linked to illness instead of injury. Oftentimes, it is more difficult to diagnose the cause of chronic pain because it is more complex. Other issues, such as depression and anxiety triggered by living with pain, can contribute to chronic pain. Some of the conditions that can cause chronic pain include arthritis, nerve damage, and pain from injuries that didn’t heal properly.

    You don’t have to live with acute or chronic pain. MK Orthopaedics, can help. Schedule a consultation with one of our orthopaedic doctors and start on your path to pain relief. Call our orthopaedic practice today at (815) 741-6900.