• Know the Risks of Falls

    Falls are particularly dangerous for elderly people, but they can impact people of all ages and lead to serious injuries. If you suffer a fall, speak to an orthopaedic doctor and determine if you need physical therapy or another treatment to recover from your injury.

    Although treatments are available for injuries that occur after falling, preventing a fall is the best strategy. In this video, you’ll get plenty of fall prevention tips, from how to use exercise equipment safely to how to avoid falls caused by your pet’s favorite toys.

    If you do experience a fall, MK Orthopaedics is here to help you resolve your injury with a comprehensive range of treatment options. Whether you need physical therapy for neck pain or surgery for an ACL tear, our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet are ready to provide care. Make your appointment by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Bursitis of the Hip

    If you are living with hip pain , bursitis could be the cause. In many cases, your orthopaedic doctor can treat bursitis of the hip with conservative treatments, but for severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Could hip bursitis be the source of your pain? Here is what you need to know.

    What is bursitis?

    Throughout your body, you have small, fluid-filled sacs between bones and soft tissue called bursa. Bursas cushion the bones and tissue and reduce friction between them. When a bursa becomes inflamed, it called bursitis. Hip bursitis can occur in two bursas in the hip—the greater trochanteric bursa and the iliopsoas bursa. Inflammation in the greater trochanteric bursa is much more common, but both types of bursitis are treated the same way.

    How do I know if I have bursitis of the hip?

    Hip pain is the leading symptom of bursitis of the hip. Trochanteric bursitis typically causes pain that is felt on the outside of the thigh, while iliopsoas bursitis causes pain on the inner thigh and groin. The pain usually starts out as a sharp, intense pain in the early stages of the bursitis but then becomes an aching pain as it progresses. Hip bursitis pain is usually worst at night or when getting up after extended periods of sitting. If your orthopaedic doctor suspects you have hip bursitis, he or she will perform a physical exam and may perform medical imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis.

    How is hip bursitis treated?

    For some people, conservative treatments, including over-the-counter pain medications, activity modification, and steroid injections can ease the inflammation. Physical therapy can also be helpful. If these treatments are not effective, then you may need surgery. During the procedure, your orthopaedic surgeon will remove the inflamed bursa so you get relief.

    Hip pain can have a disastrous effect on your mobility, but you don’t have to live with the discomfort. At MK Orthopaedics in Joliet, our orthopaedic doctors are committed to helping our patients achieve a pain-free lifestyle. To schedule a consultation for your hip pain, dial (815) 741-6900.

  • Basic Bone Health Guidance for Female Athletes

    Athletic training has a long list of health benefits, but it also brings a unique risk of orthopaedic issues for women. Female athletes must pay close attention to their bone health to reduce the risk of orthopaedic injuries. Seeing an orthopaedic doctor who specializes in sports medicine can help women athletes understand more about their bone health and get treatment for any existing sports injuries they may have. These guidelines can also help.

    Maintain a Healthy Diet

    Women athletes sometimes resort to disordered eating behaviors to maintain a certain weight or fitness level. These habits can include crash diets, insufficient calorie consumption, and binging and purging. These kinds of eating habits are dangerous for anyone, but when coupled with intense training, they starve the body of vital nutrients that are necessary for good bone health. You can avoid this issue by eating a balanced diet with plenty of leafy greens and foods rich in calcium. Be sure you are getting enough calories to meet the demands of training.

    Monitor Your Menstrual Cycle

    Female athletes often experience missed or irregular periods because of reduced estrogen levels caused by training. This is bad news for your bones, as reduced estrogen levels are associated with osteoporosis. If your menstrual cycle is irregular, you could be at risk for premature osteoporosis, which in turn increases your risk of fractures. Discuss changes in your menstrual cycle with your doctor to determine the cause and to assess your risk of bone loss.

    Listen to Your Body

    If you experience hip pain, shoulder pain, or another sign of an orthopaedic injury, stop training and see your doctor. Any sports injury that does occur will get progressively worse as you continue to train, and you could find yourself on the sidelines for much longer than if you had gotten treatment right away.

    At MK Orthopaedics, our sport medicine specialists in Joliet understand the demands of training and are committed to getting athletes back to their usual activities as soon as possible. Protect your bone health and get the treatment you need by calling us at (815) 741-6900 to schedule an appointment.

  • Why Don’t Repeated Anti-Inflammatory Injections Work as Well?

    When a patient is suffering from arthritis pain, orthopaedic doctors sometimes recommend anti-inflammatory cortisone injections to address inflammation in the area and provide relief. These treatments have minimal side effects and can suppress inflammation around the injection site for weeks or even months, making cortisone injections a valuable means of treating pain for arthritis sufferers. However, it’s important to understand that cortisone injections alone aren’t ideal for providing long-term pain relief.

    Patients who receive steroid injections for arthritis may notice a shortened period of relief each time due to the deterioration of the joint. For this reason, your orthopaedic doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, weight loss, or physical therapy in addition to anti-inflammatory injections.

    At MK Orthopaedics, we offer anti-inflammatory injections and other non-surgical treatment options to address your pain symptoms. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet, then please give us a call at (815) 741-6900.