• Strengthen Your Core and Say Goodbye to Back Pain

    Back pain is the most common health problem—especially lower back also known as the lumbar spine. There are a number of possible causes for back pain and injuries, namely, degeneration from aging, hereditary factors, trauma and chronic health issues, but nearly all types of back pain can benefit from core strengthening exercises. They may also reduce numbness of the extremities, improve mobility and facilitate sleep.

    Core exercises help to relieve back pain by taking some of the pressure off of your spine. Strong core muscles support the spine and promote a more upright posture to minimize excess stress on the back. Certain core exercises such as leg lifts can also open up the spinal column to reduce pain caused by spinal stenosis or herniated discs.

    With the guidance of a physical therapist specializing in back pain, you can safely build a stronger core to reduce your pain and stiffness. To schedule an appointment with a physical therapist at MK Orthopaedics call (815) 741-6900. Our physical therapy team has a diverse background in both athletic training and therapies designed for the relief of chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Don’t Miss Dr. George’s Lecture on April 17th.

    Watch Foot and ankle specialist, Dr. George and his patient, Vearl, share the story of his life changing ankle replacement. We’re so happy for Vearl and proud to announce that Dr. George will be lecturing at Saint Louis University April 17th on the subject of ankle arthroscopy.

  • Am I a Candidate for Arthroplasty?

    Arthroplasty is defined as any surgical procedure to restore the integrity and function of a joint. Areas where arthroplasty can be used where damage to the soft tissues within the joints is likely- the hips, knees, and shoulders. Arthroplasty may consist of joint resurfacing or total joint replacement, depending on the specific nature of joint damage and the amount of healthy tissue remaining in the affected area. This article will take a closer look at the signs of poorly functioning joints and the surgical treatment options that can restore function and minimize pain and stiffness.

    Symptoms of Poor Joint Function

    Signs that a joint has become damaged include regular pain, inflammation, stiffness, and limited flexibility. When these symptoms are not relieved with conservative treatments like physical therapy or immobilization, surgery may be considered as the best option for permanent relief. Osteoarthritis is a common cause of symptoms resulting in arthroplasty, as this condition is frequently diagnosed in older adults, and it leads to progressive, permanent damage of the cartilage in the joints.

    Surgical Treatment Options

    If there is sufficient cartilage and stability in the joint, your orthopaedic surgeon is likely to recommend joint resurfacing. This type of arthroplasty involves the removal of damaged tissue and repair of remaining cartilage to reduce inflammation in the joint. When tissues have been more extensively damaged by arthritis, injury, or other conditions, total joint replacement with a biocompatible prosthesis may be the better choice. In this form of arthroplasty, the damaged natural joint will be completely removed and replaced with a more stable and functional artificial joint.

    Waiting to seek treatment for any joint problems can lead to worsening symptoms and continued damage of the joint and surrounding soft tissues. Under the care of MK Orthopaedics in Joliet, you can explore all of your surgical and conservative treatment options . Call us at (815) 741-6900 to schedule your initial consultation.

  • Is Your Job a Real Pain?

    If you’ve been to see an orthopaedic doctor about a repetitive stress injury, he or she may have asked you about your occupation. Many repetitive stress injuries are linked to job activities, such as computer and keyboard use. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one common injury among office workers. It involves pain, numbness, and tingling in the wrists, hands, and thumbs. The symptoms tend to grow worse over time if left untreated. It can also lead to weakened grip strength, which may cause you to drop objects frequently.

    Another common orthopaedic condition that you might sustain on the job is tendinitis, which involves small tears in the tendons. Myofascial damage can develop when the muscles are overworked. Workers might also suffer from cervical radiculopathy, which is a condition in which the intervertebral discs in the neck become compressed. This is particularly common among workers who frequently rest a phone between their shoulder and ear while working.

    The workers’ compensation specialists at MK Orthopaedics will be happy to assist patients who have suffered orthopaedic injuries while on the job. You can schedule an appointment at our orthopaedic clinic by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Topical Pain Relief-Hope in a Bottle or Real Help?

    When your joints are painful or your muscles ache, topical pain killers may offer temporary relief until you can be assessed by your orthopedist. Topical pain killers, or analgesics, are sprayed on or rubbed into the skin over painful muscles or joints. Here are the most common ingredients found in products available without a prescription.

    • Counterirritants. Ingredients such as menthol, methylsalicylate, and camphor are called counterirritants because they create a burning or cooling sensation that distracts your mind from the pain.
    • Salicylates. These same ingredients that give aspirin its pain-relieving quality are found in some creams. When absorbed into the skin, they may help with pain, particularly in joints close to the skin, such as the fingers, knees, and elbows.
    • Capsaicin. The main ingredient of hot chili peppers, capsaicin is also one of the most effective ingredients for topical pain relief. When first applied, capsaicin creams cause a warm tingling or burning sensation. This gets better over time. You may need to apply these creams for a few days up to a couple of weeks before you notice relief from pain.

    Here’s what you need to know to get the greatest effect and minimize the risks of these products:

    • Read the package insert and follow directions carefully.
    • Never apply them to wounds or damaged skin.
    • Do not use them along with a heating pad, because it could cause burns.
    • Do not use under a tight bandage.
    • Wash your hands well after using them. Avoid touching your eyes with the product on your hands.

    If you are allergic to aspirin or are taking blood thinners, check with your doctor before using topical medications that contain salicylates. Pain that is unresolved within a week or, that prevents you from going about your daily routine needs the attention of a orthopedic physician.

    Get out of pain and active again with MK Orthopaedics. Our experts treat all types of orthopaedic injuries and conditions. For more information go to www.mkortho.org or Call 815 207 8280 to schedule an appointment.

  • Do I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve that runs through the wrist from the hand to the forearm is compressed or squeezed due to inflammation in the passageway for this nerve. Carpal tunnel may have a number of different causes, but it is most often seen as a repetitive stress injury caused by work in an office environment due to frequent typing. Pain and other sensations are typically not related to damage to the nerve itself in patients with carpal tunnel, as the issue is often caused by swelling and thickening of the surrounding soft tissues.

    Symptoms

    In addition to sharp, piercing pain in the wrists, patients with carpal tunnel syndrome might experience tingling, burning, or numbness in the hands and fingers. Shaking your hand may temporarily relieve symptoms, as this can take some of the pressure off of the median nerve. At first, symptoms may only appear at night, but as the condition worsens, there may be more significant challenges such as decreased grip strength or limited nerve sensation in the hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect anyone who has frequent stress on the hands or wrists, though it is most common in adults. Diabetes and metabolic disorders can raise the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.

    Treatment

    If carpal tunnel syndrome is allowed to progress with no treatment, there may be permanent damage to the median nerve. This can create ongoing issues in using the hands and fingers to perform everyday tasks. When carpal tunnel is diagnosed and addressed early, it is less likely to result in permanent anatomical changes. Pain relieving anti-inflammatory drugs may provide temporary relief from symptoms, though these medications should be accompanied by physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the wrist. In cases where conservative treatment does not offer relief or carpal tunnel syndrome has progressed to advanced stages, surgery may be necessary to decompress the median nerve and achieve relief of symptoms.

    MK Orthopaedics can help you to become free of the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Your customized treatment plan may include surgery, physical therapy, or alternative treatments. Learn more a t www.mkortho.org or call us at (815) 741-6900 to schedule a consultation.

  • Do I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve that runs through the wrist from the hand to the forearm is compressed or squeezed due to inflammation in the passageway for this nerve. Carpal tunnel may have a number of different causes, but it is most often seen as a repetitive stress injury caused by work in an office environment due to frequent typing. Pain and other sensations are typically not related to damage to the nerve itself in patients with carpal tunnel, as the issue is often caused by swelling and thickening of the surrounding soft tissues.

    Symptoms

    In addition to sharp, piercing pain in the wrists, patients with carpal tunnel syndrome might experience tingling, burning, or numbness in the hands and fingers. Shaking your hand may temporarily relieve symptoms, as this can take some of the pressure off of the median nerve. At first, symptoms may only appear at night, but as the condition worsens, there may be more significant challenges such as decreased grip strength or limited nerve sensation in the hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect anyone who has frequent stress on the hands or wrists, though it is most common in adults. Diabetes and metabolic disorders can raise the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.

    Treatment

    If carpal tunnel syndrome is allowed to progress with no treatment, there may be permanent damage to the median nerve. This can create ongoing issues in using the hands and fingers to perform everyday tasks. When carpal tunnel is diagnosed and addressed early, it is less likely to result in permanent anatomical changes. Pain relieving anti-inflammatory drugs may provide temporary relief from symptoms, though these medications should be accompanied by physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the wrist. In cases where conservative treatment does not offer relief or carpal tunnel syndrome has progressed to advanced stages, surgery may be necessary to decompress the median nerve and achieve relief of symptoms.

    MK Orthopaedics can help you to become free of the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Your customized treatment plan may include surgery, physical therapy, or alternative treatments. Learn more at www.mkortho.org or call us at (815) 741-6900 to schedule a consultation. 

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