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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 ...read 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 ...read more

Foot Surgery as a Teen Leads to a Career in Podiatry

Get to know Kelly John, DPM, MHA When choosing a physician, it’s important to know not only their credentials, but why they do what they do. You can read our physicians’ bios on our website, but we thought we’d dig a little deeper to find out what makes them tick. Why did they choose their particular specialty? When was the moment in their training they realized, “hey, I’m a doctor,”? Or even, what’s their favorite food? We pose these and other questions to our OrthoIllinois physicians for this monthly series. Dr. Kelly John is a podiatrist whose own foot surgery as a ...read more

Hip Arthroscopy Gets Patients Back to Normal Activity Faster

A version of the following article first appeared in the Rockford Chamber of Commerce's February issue of The Voice. Does sitting in a chair at work all day aggravate your hip? What about climbing stairs, flexing at the hip, or getting in a low chair?  Pain from these types of simple activities can be tell-tale signs of a hip problem. Hip pain is very common and affects people across all age groups and lifestyles. People suffering with hip pain find it difficult to get through a day of work without discomfort, let alone do the activities they love and enjoy. When it comes to ...read more

Exercise for Older Adults – Just Do It!

Exercise at any age is important for health, vitality and overall wellbeing. By incorporating consistent, daily activity with various endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility exercises, people age 65 and older have a better chance of preventing injuries associated with age and preventing chronic diseases. And while the benefits of exercise most often outweigh the risks, before you begin any type of exercise program, it is imperative that you check with your primary physician before doing so. Starting an exercise plan For many seniors, it can be overwhelming to think about starting a regular exercise routine, especially for those who have never ...read more

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month – What You Need to Know About TBI

It’s a growing problem in the U.S. and it’s showing no signs of decreasing. The number of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is rising at an alarming rate in sports, recreational activities and through military service. TBI occurs when trauma to the head inflicts damage to the way the brain functions. This can happen due to a fall, a car crash, or a collision involving the head during sports or other similar impact-causing activities. The winter season brings with it a special set of risks from TBI, as the number of head injuries seen in emergency departments increases at this time. This ...read more

Dr. Ryan Enke, physical medicine and rehabilitation at OrthoIllinois in Rockford and Crystal Lake

Get to Know Ryan Enke, MD

When choosing a physician, it’s important to know not only their credentials, but also why they do what they do. You can read our physicians’ bios on our website. However, we thought we’d dig a little deeper to find out what makes them tick. Why did they choose their specialty? When was the moment in their training they realized, “hey, I’m a doctor,”? Or even, what’s their favorite food? We pose these and other questions to our physicians for this monthly series so you can get to know better the physicians at OrthoIllinois. First up is Ryan Enke, MD. Dr. Enke’s ...read more

Knee Pain – For Most of Us There’s No Avoiding It

Knee pain. It affects millions of Americans each year and doesn’t discriminate between young or old, serious athletes or casual exercisers. Knee pain can be a minor annoyance or so severe that it makes normal, everyday activities a struggle. Whatever your activity level, there is a good chance you will suffer from some type of knee pain in your lifetime. Here are some common symptoms of arthritis in the knee: Knee pain Swelling and redness Stiffness Weakness or instability Popping or crunching noises Inability to fully straighten or bend the knee Other causes of knee pain can include injuries such as fractures ...read more

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

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