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OrthoIllinois physician’s medical career takes flight after the Navy

Orthopedic surgery seems like a natural career path today for Dr. Jon Whitehurst, who grew up with a passion for engineering and spent time maneuvering Navy jets. His foray into medicine is an interesting journey. He enjoyed chemistry and biology as a young student, as his father was an engineer. Originally from Evanston, he graduated… read more


Exercise After Hip Replacement

To achieve full recovery after a hip replacement it is vital that you incorporate regular exercise into your life. Regular post-operative exercise will allow you to return to your everyday activities within 3-6 weeks after surgery; and return to driving at six weeks. These exercises are geared to restoring your blood flow, strength and mobility…. read more


Growing number of patients choose OrthoIllinois as health care partner

The northern Illinois region is increasingly being recognized as a destination for health care, and OrthoIllinois is a proud member of that developing landscape. There are multiple hospitals, specialty providers, health care clinics, medical colleges and universities, and nonprofits located in our various communities. These organizations employ thousands of people, they train providers and they… read more


Cervical Spinal Cord Compression (Cervical Spine Myelopathy) Q&A

Spine Anatomy There are 24 bones in the spine, called the vertebrae. The vertebrae cover and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord travels from the brain through the spinal canal made of the vertebrae to the lower back. Nerves branch out from the cord through the vertebrae to carry messages between the brain and… read more


Posterior Pelvic Ring Fractures of the SI Joint and the Sacrum

Pelvic Anatomy The hip is a ball and socket joint in which the head of the femur (the leg bone) fits into the pelvis. There are 3 hip bones: the ilium, ischium and pubis that fuse together in adolescence, to create the butterfly shaped wings of the hips on each side of the body. Below… read more


Recognizing the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (or CTS) is one of the most common types of nerve-related injuries among both men and women, with as many as 10 million people in the U.S. suffering symptoms like pain, numbness, and weakness. While the symptoms may be uncomfortable, the good news is, CTS is very treatable. The key to finding… read more