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Freddie Billberry and Cynthia McGrew

Cindy McGrew and Freddie Billberry became fast friends while participating in the first JOYNT program session. Both women needed knee replacements in 2018 after seeking out OrthoIllinois for treatment. They were also told they needed to lose weight before surgery to improve their outcomes during their procedures and for the long-term. JOYNT is a new… read more


Fall sports bring increased risk of shin splints

With fall comes the return of favorite sports like football, cross country, soccer and field hockey. While such activities bring great joy, camaraderie, and school spirit, they also carry an increased risk of injury for kids and adults alike. Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) rank among the most common exercise-related problems, typically developing after… read more


OrthoIllinois prioritizes the patient experience

When patients choose OrthoIllinois, they come to us in a variety of ways. We have excellent working relationships with local primary care doctors who refer individuals to us every day. In other cases, a person may have been injured on the job and is referred to our Occupational Health Center, which offers walk-in access through… read more


Ankle Replacement Surgery Now Offered at OrthoIllinois

September 16, 2019 … William Bush, DPM and Mark Barba, MD, of OrthoIllinois together performed the practice’s first total ankle replacement, known as ankle arthroplasty in August 2019. Since that initial patient, Dr. Bush has performed subsequent total ankle replacement procedures. The availability of the total ankle arthroplasty procedure in Rockford is significant because patients… read more


Algonquin Clinic Marks First Anniversary

Our OrthoIllinois Algonquin Clinic opened a year ago this month, and we’re preparing to expand a few areas to better accommodate our patients and visitors. Since its September 2018 opening, the clinic has improved access to specialized orthopedic care in the region. Patients can choose OrthoIllinois bone and joint specialists with expertise in: Sports medicine… read more


Direct anterior approach causes less pain, recovery time for hip replacement

When your doctor suggests a total hip replacement, the treatment can seem overwhelming. The good news is that as technology has improved, minimally invasive surgical techniques have allowed patients to get back on their feet sooner. One of those techniques is the direct anterior approach for total hip replacement. This procedure uses a special operating… read more