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The cutting edge in training and rehabilitation: Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Pretty much everyone knows a steady supply of blood is necessary to promote healthy tissue growth and development. But recently, doctors and physical therapists have begun looking at a new technique that actually restricts blood flow to help improve muscle mass or hypertrophy, helping muscle tissue get bigger and rehabilitate without resorting to increasingly heavier weights and more and more reps. The technique is called blood flow restriction therapy or BFR, and it uses special restrictive “cuffs” to limit blood flow in specific muscles or muscle groups during workouts and physical therapy. Initially developed by medical researchers in Japan, blood more

Return to active lifestyle after hip, knee surgery by following a recovery plan

The virtue of patience rings true for many aspects of our daily lives, particularly when recovering from an injury. Whether the injury was sudden, or pain built up over time, we want it fixed, and we want it fixed now. And we want to feel better quickly and return to our normal lives as soon as possible. There is opportunity where our minds and bodies can meet in the middle. Patients who adhere to post-surgical recovery plans are the most successful. That means following your provider’s advice for resting and healing; physical therapy; and any additional exercising or strengthening to help your more

Research, a cornerstone of OrthoIllinois services

One of the many ways OrthoIllinois strives to improve patient care is through research, with a dedicated department for clinical trials that is busy year-round. Research helps OrthoIllinois provide the best treatment options for patients for a variety of diseases and procedures, according to Director of Clinical Research Lisa Foti. All patients don’t necessarily fit the mold for standard treatments – maybe they can’t have a specific surgery because of a preexisting medical condition, for example. So once a new drug or device is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), OrthoIllinois physicians and surgeons, through their research involvement, more

Recognizing the Signs of Juvenile Arthritis

When you hear “Arthritis” you think “that’s an old person’s disease,” right? But children can get arthritis too. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 294,000 children in the United States, or one in 250, have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis or another type of rheumatic condition. In fact, rheumatic diseases affect more children than other childhood diseases combined. The most common type of arthritis found in children is called Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and there are several different forms. Juvenile arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, where the immune system attacks some of the body’s healthy cells and tissues. Affected children carry more

When it comes to summer chores – think safety first

From mowing the lawn to making s’mores around a campfire to preparing food for the grill, there are many ways we can injure our hands in the summer. In fact, hand injuries are more common in the summer than in the winter. Think about it – we’re more active when the weather is nice which gives us a better chance of getting injured. One of the most common hand injuries I see is from one of the most common chores – mowing the lawn. While lawn mowers are easy to use, so much so that children are often assigned the task, more

Men, don’t ignore that nagging shoulder pain

Our busy lives give us plenty of excuses to postpone doctor visits and ignore health concerns. In June, we celebrate the start of summer and Men’s Health Month, and both are good reminders for the guys out there whose nagging shoulder pain might be interfering with everything from their golf swings to getting a good night’s rest. Research has proven that women are more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men, according to the Men’s Health Network. The reasons are as diverse as those busy schedules referenced earlier to the (false) assumption that admitting a problem more

Feeling great can cause a longer recovery. It’s crucial to follow doctor’s orders after surgery

Significant medical advances in surgery have led to many advantages for today’s patients. Gone are the days of long hospital stays and recovery times. With less invasive procedures patients are experiencing less pain and getting back to normal at a faster pace. But feeling great after surgery can in some instances, lead to the exact opposite – a longer recovery time. The patient feels great, over does it and has a setback. That is why it is so important to follow post-operative instructions to have a positive recovery experience. With more than $300 billion in extra healthcare costs wasted in more

Hitting the Trails? Time to Tune Up.

According to The Outdoor, the most popular outdoor activities for people ages 6 and up are as follows: Running, jogging, trail running - 5 million participants Road biking, mountain biking and MBX – 46.6 million participants Nearly half of the American population participate in outdoor activities for reasons such as getting exercise, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the outdoors. The last thing on anyone’s mind is getting injured doing something they like to do, but unfortunately, there is always that risk. Whether a casual participant or a dedicated runner or bicyclist, here are a few tips to get more

Outpatient Joint Replacement – An Amazing Trend in Orthopedic Surgery

Imagine having your knee or hip replaced in the morning and recuperating in your own bed by the afternoon. For many patients, they don’t have to imagine because these knee and hip replacement surgeries have become an amazing reality, thanks to improved technology, less invasive techniques and advances in pain management. Having your knee or hip replaced at 7 a.m. and being home in time for lunch is just one benefit. There is also a significant decrease in cost by having a procedure at a surgery center versus a hospital and there is a decreased risk of infection at an more

If You Need Another Reason to Quit Smoking It’s This

 Each year, more than 480,000 deaths occur in the United States due to a preventable cause – cigarette smoking (source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention). We know that smoking increases the chance for strokes, coronary heart disease, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and harms every organ in our bodies. Smoking also has a negative effect on bones and joints, which puts smokers at a disadvantage when it comes to having orthopedic surgery. Stop smoking now! The fact is orthopedic surgery is much more challenging with a patient who is a smoker. Here’s why: The nicotine and other toxins inhaled by smokers causes more

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