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Letting your brain heal – What to do after suffering a concussion

As a team physician for various high school, collegiate, elite, and professional sports teams, I work with athletes who suffer concussion injuries. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Concussions are classified as mild brain injuries, but effects of concussions can ...read more

Is it time for Hip Replacement Surgery?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 332,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States each year. In fact, from 2000 to 2010, the number of hip replacements have more than doubled and while procedures rose by 92 percent in people age 75 and older, they increased by 205 percent in people ages 45 to 54. Hip replacement surgeries are becoming increasingly commonplace, it is still a major surgery that involves weeks of recovery. But if constant pain from a deteriorating hip joint is limiting your ability to live a full life, then it might be time ...read more

How to help your child through surgery and recovery

Helping Your Child Through Surgery and Recovery. It’s stressful enough having to go through surgery as an adult. However, any parent would agree that when their child has to have surgery, it’s an incredibly difficult time. The anxiety level is at an all-time high as you try to reassure your child that everything will be fine, while trying to mask your own fears for your child. Even if it’s a routine procedure, that doesn’t mean it’s routine for you and your child. Preparing your child for surgery is key to making sure your child is less anxious and you both get ...read more

Recovering from Trauma: Paul Melull’s Story

I turned into the development in Geneva, Illinois and drove my way through the development, past homes under construction and through mazes of trucks, cement mixers and pallets of materials. I’m headed to Paul Melull’s home to talk to him about his experience with Dr. Earhart, one of OrthoIllinois’ orthopedic trauma surgeons. I rang the doorbell and waited, running through some of my questions in my head. Paul opened the door and welcomed me in, and after chatting for a few minutes, we sit down to talk about Paul’s experience. Paul’s story is both unique and familiar, in that each year, drivers in ...read more

Helping girls with Scoliosis

Julia Dayton, a sophomore at Hononegah High School, founded the northern Illinois chapter of Curvy Girls Scoliosis (Curvy Girls) after she was diagnosed in November 2009 at the age of eight with Scoliosis. “Scoliosis has taught me not to run away from problems in my life. I have learned to stand up to things that are scary or hard to understand. Guess what? They all get easier the more you know!  It's so awesome to know I am not alone!" We had an opportunity talk with Julia and her mother Christy about Julia’s experience with scoliosis and about the positive impact Curvy ...read more

New providers and services at OrthoIllinois!!!

It is a very exciting time at OrthoIllinois with the addition of two new specialties and multiple new physicians! On August 1, 2016, we will welcome Dr. Todd Alexander and Dr. Richard Broderick, both experienced neurosurgeons that will be merging their individual practices into OrthoIllinois and launching our expansion beyond musculoskeletal services. Neurosurgery is a specialty dedicated to the treatment of disorders of the brain (e.g. tumors, aneurysm), spine, and peripheral nerves.   Our new Neurosurgery division will be headquartered at the Riverside location and will collaborate with Dr. Braaksma, making our spine program even more robust.   Dr. Alexander is a Rockford native and ...read more

What should I expect during my Functional Capacity Evaluation

A Functional Capacity Evaluation is a test to determine the ability of the evaluated person to function in a variety of circumstances, most often employment, in an objective manner. These tests, which are often performed by a licensed physical therapist, are requested by physicians, insurances carriers or attorneys to assist in closure of a worker’s compensation case or if there is a request for determination of disability benefits. While every Functional Capacity Evaluation is different depending on the person being tested and what information is being requested, tests typically are performed over a 2-4 hour period and may consist of ...read more

Highlights of the 2016 Spring Work Comp Event at Forest Hills Country Club

Wednesday May 25, 2016 the Occupational Health Center hosted a dinner presentation for local employers, case managers, safety consultants, legal representatives, and insurance carriers. The event was well attended and we have received very positive feedback regarding the venue and discussions. Dinner and complimentary beverages were provided at no charge. The audience was given the opportunity to pre-submit questions prior to the evening as well as ask the speakers questions throughout the evening. Dr. Robin Borchardt, MD was the moderator and explained how he works together with the other specialists to provide exceptional care for your injured employees. Some ...read more

Jan Nowicki had outpatient hip replacement at the surgery center

Jan Nowicki was a good candidate for outpatient hip replacement at the OrthoIllinois Surgery Center. She had a hip replacement done with Dr. Antonacci near the end of April, 2016. We had a chance to sit down with her and talk about her experience and what motivated Jan to pursue hip replacement. I retired from teaching three years ago. A year later, I started experiencing a lot of hip pain, which kept me from being active. It continually worsened to the point where I couldn’t sit, stand, or sleep without a great deal of discomfort. My primary care doctor referred me to an ...read more

How should I modify if I am injured or think I am injured

People ask all the time “If it hurts, should I push through it.” You have to get in tune with your body. Is it sore because you’re exerting yourself in ways you haven’t pushed before? Or is it pain, and are there other things accompanying that pain like swelling, numbness, discoloration, etc? I do think working with a trainer to learn proper technique is very important. Trainers can safely get you the results you want. Side note: avoid trainers who push you too hard and try to use a cookie-cutter approach to fitness training. Trainers can help you know the difference between ...read more

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