• Causes and Symptoms of Bankart Lesions

    A Bankart lesion is a tear of the inferior glenohumeral ligament, which is part of the labrum of the shoulder. The labrum is a tough band of cartilage that is attached to the glenoid bone. Its purpose is to stabilize the position of the ball of the humerus, which is the long arm bone that extends from the elbow to the shoulder. An orthopaedic surgeon may diagnose you with a Bankart lesion if you experience symptoms such as initial moderate to severe pain, followed by sensations of shoulder instability.

    Most often, a Bankart lesion is the result of a shoulder dislocation. This occurs when the bones are partially or completely displaced due to sudden trauma. Patients may develop a Bankart lesion upon sustaining trauma from a sports collision, fall from an elevated position, or motor vehicle accident. An orthopaedic surgeon may need to surgically reattach the labrum to the glenoid.

    If you’ve been referred to an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Our experienced team provides surgical and nonsurgical care for patients with acute sports injuries and chronic orthopaedic problems.

  • Can a Hip Replacement Preserve Your Active Lifestyle?

    Hip replacement surgery involves the removal of the natural hip joint and the placement of prosthetic joint components. An orthopaedic surgeon may recommend this surgery if you have arthritis, have sustained a hip fracture, or have another medical problem that causes significant or persistent pain of the hip.

    Watch this video to learn more about hip replacement surgery and how it might benefit you. Since hip problems often restrict range of motion and mobility, this orthopaedic surgery can allow you to maintain your active lifestyle to preserve your overall wellness.

    If you’ve been told you may need hip replacement surgery and you live near Joliet, contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Our orthopaedic surgeons are dedicated to healthcare excellence.

  • MI-Eye from MK Orthopaedics

    MRI has revolutionized Orthopaedics. But there are still things we can’t see. Sometimes the MRI is negative but the patient has pain. Before a high-level athlete returns to sport it would be nice to confirm their cartilage transplant is healed. An athletic mother with limited time wants certainty before having surgery and down-time and the best the MRI can provide her is 80% accuracy.

    MK Orthopaedics is happy to introduce you to the next revolution, MI-Eye. High definition cameras shrunk down to the size of a needle allows in office arthroscopy allows us to be what patients want and need- to be SURE. Ever had a shaky MRI that had everyone in the room guessing? This easy to perform procedure under local anesthesia can be done while sitting on the edge of an exam table and takes less than 10 minutes.

    So for those of you who are tired of not knowing, what are you waiting for?? Let’s be certain. Did you have a meniscal repair and it still hurts? MI-Eye it! Slow healing rotator cuff repair? MI-Eye it! Did you have an ACL reconstruction and are worried you restore it right before your football season? MI-Eye it! Are you the starting quarterback in your senior year of high school and want to finish your season but are worried a recent injury to your throwing shoulder could be serious?? MI-Eye it! Spent years qualifying for the Chicago Marathon and you hurt your knee while training? How do you know you can risk running this once in a lifetime event safely for sure? MI-Eye it!

  • What Is Compartment Syndrome?

    Compartment syndrome refers to the excessively high levels of pressure within an enclosed muscle space. Patients with acute compartment syndrome caused by a significant injury require emergency medical attention. Those with chronic compartment syndrome should see an orthopaedic doctor , although it is usually not an emergency situation.

    Symptoms and Causes

    The symptoms of chronic compartment syndrome most often affect the leg and can include numbness, visible bulging of the muscle, and problems moving the foot. Pain and cramping can occur. These symptoms are caused by physical exertion, particularly repetitive movements such as running or cycling. Acute compartment syndrome can cause intense pain, particularly when the affected body part is used or stretched. Some patients may feel burning or tingling sensations and muscle tightness. Acute compartment syndrome is typically caused by severe injuries, such as crush injuries or fractures. It may arise when bandages or casts are too restrictive.

    Treatments and Complications

    Acute compartment syndrome requires emergency surgery. An orthopaedic surgeon can perform a fasciotomy, which involves cutting open the fascia in the affected area. If left untreated, acute compartment syndrome can result in permanent tissue injury, which may be indicated by numbness or paralysis. Chronic compartment syndrome is generally treatable without surgery. Patients may be referred to a physical therapist and they may be advised to modify their physical activity. Non-emergency surgery may be an option if symptoms persist.


    Compartment syndrome isn’t always preventable, such as when it occurs as a result of severe trauma from a motor vehicle accident. In many cases, however, compartment syndrome is preventable with proper medical care from an orthopaedic doctor. Due to the risk of this medical emergency, patients who require casts are strongly advised to receive care from a trained cast specialist.

    MK Orthopaedics features a dedicated treatment room and specially trained casting and immobilization staff to prevent the possibility of compartment syndrome. If you or your child requires a cast for a sports injury, you can turn to our highly trained orthopaedic doctors in Joliet. Call us at (815) 741-6900 for more information.

  • Noninvasive and Surgical Treatments for Scoliosis

    Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine develops abnormal curves. The spine naturally has curves that point toward the front and back of the person. But for people with scoliosis , the spine curves in an abnormal fashion from side to side. Scoliosis is typically diagnosed in childhood, although adults may develop scoliosis later in life. Depending on the degree of curvature and the presence of symptoms, an orthopaedic doctor may recommend either nonsurgical treatments or surgical interventions for patients with scoliosis.


    After diagnosing a patient with scoliosis, the orthopaedic doctor will measure the degree of curvature and monitor its progression. If the abnormal curvature is mild and further progression is not anticipated, the doctor may recommend watchful waiting. No treatment will be administered, but the curve will be closely monitored to determine if treatment is needed at a later date.


    Even when scoliosis does require treatment, surgery isn’t always the first option. Patients can be custom-fitted with specialized back braces. These braces cannot reverse the abnormalities, but they can halt the progression of the curve. Scoliosis braces are only used for pediatric patients who are still growing, since skeletal maturity is unlikely to support the worsening of an already existing curve.

    Physical Therapy

    Like back braces, physical therapy cannot reverse the abnormal curvature. It also cannot halt the further progression of the condition, but physical therapy can strengthen the back muscles. Physical therapy may be helpful for patients who experience pain or other symptoms arising from the spinal abnormalities.

    Orthopaedic Surgery

    In severe cases, orthopaedic surgery may be recommended for scoliosis patients. Most often, surgeons use spinal fusion. This involves fusing two or more vertebrae together to prevent movement between them. If the patient is a particularly young child, the surgeon may insert a “growing” rod, which connects to the top and bottom areas of the curvature. This rod is adjustable to allow for the child’s growth over time.

    At MK Orthopaedics , our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet treat a range of spinal problems, including scoliosis. If you or your child has been diagnosed with scoliosis, call us today at (815) 741-6900 to request a consult with an orthopaedic doctor. Our practice also sees patients with sports injuries.