• Exercises for Shoulder Instability

    Physical therapy is often helpful for shoulder pain, particularly if it’s caused by joint instability. Strengthening the muscles around the joint will help stabilize the shoulder. When you watch this video, a physical therapist will walk you through some easy exercises to rehab your injured shoulders.

    She demonstrates the proper technique for shoulder external rotations, internal rotations, and shoulder flexion motions. Remember to keep your wrists neutral and your elbows by your side. Start with the lowest resistance band, and gradually work your way up to a higher resistance level. This physical therapist recommends starting out with 10 to 15 repetitions for each exercise.

    MK Orthopaedics is a team of sports medicine specialists in Joliet. If you’re suffering from shoulder pain , give us a call at (815) 741-6900.

  • Learn More About Elbow Pain Causes and Treatments

    Elbow pain can arise from problems of the bones, muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the elbow area. It might feel like sharp or aching, or constant or intermittent discomfort. Acute sports injuries can cause a sudden onset of elbow pain, whereas many other elbow-related problems develop gradually, and may progressively become worse. To start the diagnostic process, your orthopaedic doctor will ask you to be specific when describing your elbow pain and associated symptoms.

    Golfer’s Elbow

    Golfer’s elbow is an informal name for medial epicondylitis. Golfer’s elbow causes pain on the inside of the elbow. The pain may extend into the forearm and wrist. This condition occurs when the tendons in the area sustain damage caused by repetitive stress. Specifically, bending and straightening the elbow joint repeatedly can cause strain over time. The treatments for golfer’s elbow include:

    • Rest
    • Cold therapy
    • Bracing
    • Over-the-counter pain relievers
    • Physical therapy
    • Corticosteroid injections

    Surgery usually isn’t necessary for golfer’s elbow, but you may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon if your symptoms linger or are severe.

    Elbow Dislocation

    A joint dislocation occurs when the bones that meet at the joint are forced out of place. Your elbow might become dislocated if you fall and land with your hand outstretched. A dislocated elbow typically causes intense pain and visible deformity of the elbow. An orthopaedic doctor will treat an elbow dislocation by administering medications to manage the pain and relax the muscles. Then, a maneuver called a reduction will put the bones back in place.


    Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition in which the cartilage in the joint is worn away. It can develop in the elbow after a fracture or dislocation, or it may be the result of damage due to wear and tear over the years. The initial treatment for osteoarthritis typically includes medications, activity modification, and physical therapy. Severe cases may call for arthroscopy—a type of orthopaedic surgery.

    You’ll find exceptional care and sophisticated medical treatments at MK Orthopaedics . Our orthopaedic doctors in Bolingbrook provide a continuum of care, and will walk you through every step from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up. You can get in touch today at (815) 741-6900.

  • 5 Need to Know Facts About Osteomyelitis

    Osteomyelitis is another term for a bone infection. Osteomyelitis typically affects the bones in the arms or legs when children develop it. In adults, the most commonly infected bones are the feet, hips, and vertebrae. Osteomyelitis can be very serious when left untreated, so consult an orthopaedic doctor right away if you have any possible symptoms of it.

    Osteomyelitis symptoms can be systemic.

    The symptoms of osteomyelitis can be localized to the area of the infection, such as pain, swelling, and skin ulcers. They can also be systemic, which means the symptoms affect the whole body. The systemic symptoms can include:

    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Night sweats
    • Malaise

    It may be caused by different types of germs.

    Bone infections are usually caused by staphylococcus bacteria. However, they can also be caused by other germs, such as fungi. The germs may enter the body and reach the bone after a patient is affected by:

    • A deep puncture wound
    • An open fracture
    • An orthopaedic surgery
    • An infection elsewhere in the body that travels to the bone

    Diabetics are at a higher risk of osteomyelitis.

    Some people have a harder time fighting off the germs that cause osteomyelitis. Diabetics, for example, may have impaired blood circulation, and this places them at a higher risk of infections. Other patients may be at a higher risk if they are affected by:

    • Hemodialysis
    • Urinary catheter use
    • Long-term corticosteroid use
    • Chemotherapy

    Surgery is the standard treatment.

    Orthopaedic doctors usually prefer to try conservative treatments first, but surgery is typically required for osteomyelitis. Surgery is performed to accomplish the following goals:

    • Drainage of pus and fluids
    • Removal of diseased tissue and bone
    • Restoration of blood flow to the bone

    The complications can include bone death.

    Very severe, sometimes life-threatening complications can develop if osteomyelitis isn’t treated promptly. These complications include osteonecrosis, or bone death, which might require amputation. Septic arthritis is another possible complication.

    Patients with bone infections can find the prompt, attentive care they need at MK Orthopaedics. Our team of orthopaedic doctors and surgeons in Shorewood are all highly trained providers who are dedicated to our patients’ well-being and safety. You can reach us at (815) 741-6900.

  • Joint Mobilization in Physical Therapy

    Joint mobilization is a passive technique used in physical therapy. It can address deficiencies such as poor range of motion in a joint. To perform joint mobilization, the physical therapist will gently and slowly move the patient’s injured body part. The patient does not contribute to the movement. As part of an overall physical therapy program, joint mobilization may play a role in the recovery from an orthopaedic surgery, or as part of a nonsurgical treatment plan for sports injuries.

    One example of a joint mobilization exercise is the knee flexion movement. The patient lies on the stomach, and the physical therapist slowly oscillates the knee back and forth. Initially, the provider may only do up to two sets of 10 oscillations. As the patient’s recovery progresses, the number of repetitions will increase.

    For your convenience, MK Orthopaedics offers onsite rehabilitative services at our state-of-the-art physical therapy center. Call (815) 741-6900 to request a sports medicine consult in Joliet, or to schedule your next physical therapy appointment with our licensed providers.

  • Knee Clicking Sounds: Normal or Not?

    Knee replacement surgery patients receive extensive patient education from the orthopaedic surgery team, including the potential problems to watch out for after the procedure. Some knee clicking sounds are normal after the surgery. However, your orthopaedic surgeon may still want to evaluate you, especially if you experience any pain with the clicking sounds.

    When you watch this video, you’ll get a brief introduction to the anatomy of your replacement knee. Because of the movement of the knee’s components, the clicking sounds are more likely to occur when you stand up from a seated position.

    MK Orthopaedics is a leading provider of advanced knee replacement surgeries in Joliet. If you have any questions about your pre-operative instructions or post-operative care, you can always reach us at (815) 741-6900.