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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 ...read 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, ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more

Hitting the Trails? Time to Tune Up.

According to The Outdoor Foundation.org, 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 ...read 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 ...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

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