• Getting the Most Out of Physical Therapy Sessions

    Physical therapy is a commonly recommended treatment for patients with orthopaedic conditions or injuries. An orthopaedic doctor may recommend physical therapy as an alternative to surgery or as a means of recovering from surgery. It’s helpful for healing sports injuries and managing chronic conditions. To get the most out of your physical therapy sessions, you should arrive prepared. Dress in comfortable, athletic clothing, wear athletic shoes, and bring a list of any questions or concerns you might have.

    Listen carefully while your physical therapist explains your recommended therapy plan, which will include stretches, therapeutic exercises, and possibly manual therapy. Communicate freely with your physical therapist; let him or her know when you experience symptoms. Your physical therapist will give you “homework” to do between appointments. Performing your at-home stretches and exercises faithfully will significantly support your progress.

    MK Orthopaedics provides comprehensive sports medicine care in Plainfield, including physical therapy in our state-of-the-art treatment center. Call (815) 741-6900 to request an appointment.

  • How Can Spinal Stenosis Affect Me?

    Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal, which results in the painful compression of the nerves. If you have a suspected spinal condition, inform your orthopaedic doctor of all of the symptoms you’re experiencing. The compression of the nerve due to spinal stenosis can cause pain and weakness that extends into the legs. The symptoms will likely dissipate during rest and worsen during activity and prolonged periods of standing.

    Watch this video for more information about spinal stenosis, including the possible causes such as herniated discs. You’ll also learn about your treatment options, which may include physical therapy or spinal decompression surgery.

    Spinal stenosis is one of the many conditions that orthopaedic doctors in Bolingbrook can treat at MK Orthopaedics. Call us at (815) 741-6900 with any questions you may have about our specialized healthcare services .

  • How Leg Pain Can Originate in the Spine

    If you’ve been experiencing pain that extends down the back of your leg, you may have a back problem called sciatica. Sciatica is actually a group of symptoms, rather than a specific medical condition. These symptoms occur when the sciatic nerve is compressed. An orthopaedic doctor can conduct a thorough examination to confirm this diagnosis.

    Symptoms and Causes

    The symptoms of sciatica typically affect just one leg. The pain originates in the lower back and extends through one buttock and down the back of the leg. Patients usually describe the pain as being a sharp, burning, tingling, or searing sensation. The pain may be accompanied by numbness, weakness, and difficulty using the affected leg and foot. The severity of the symptoms can range from being moderately irritating to debilitating and the pain often worsens while the patient is seated. These symptoms indicate an underlying medical problem: The compression of the sciatic nerve . This is the largest and longest nerve in the body. There are multiple problems that may cause compression of the sciatic nerve, including bone spurs and herniated discs.

    Treatments and Complications

    Orthopaedic doctors typically recommend nonsurgical treatment for patients with sciatica. Physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and activity modification are some examples. It’s generally recommended that patients rest for a day or two, but do not stay inactive longer than this. A prolonged period of inactivity can worsen the symptoms. During the first one to two days, patients may apply a cold pack for up to 20 minutes at a time. After this initial period, it’s best to use a heating pad. Additionally, some patients may benefit from medicated injections. If the symptoms persist for three months or longer, it may be time to consider orthopaedic surgery to relieve the compression on the sciatic nerve. Surgery may be an option sooner than this if the patient experiences severe complications of sciatica, including the loss of bowel or bladder control.

    MK Orthopaedics is your source for high-quality sports medicine services in Joliet. Our orthopaedic doctors and surgeons handle all types of orthopedic problems, including back pain such as sciatica. Call us at (815) 741-6900 to request an appointment today.