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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


Taking Aim at Trigger Finger Pain: Know Your Treatment Options

“Trigger finger” may sound like an odd name for medical problem, but it’s actually pretty accurate: In its advanced stages, trigger finger causes your finger to stay in a bent position, similar to the position your finger would be in when pulling the trigger on a firearm. It’s medical name is a bit more difficult… read more


Ortho Illinois Physicians Work With Chicago Blackhawks, IceHogs

ROCKFORD, Ill. (Sept. 17, 2018) – Dr. Jon Whitehurst, Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel and Dr. Scott Trenhaile orthopedic sports medicine specialists at OrthoIllinois, a leading bone and joint health care provider in northern Illinois, continue their work this year as part of the Chicago Blackhawks medical network. Whitehurst and Van Thiel helped conduct preseason player… read more


Ortho Illinois Opens New Clinic in Algonquin

OrthoIllinois expanded specialized orthopedic care with the opening of its new Algonquin Clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The new site is located at 650 S. Randall Road, between Bunker Hill and Harnish drives. This state-of-the-art clinic improves access to bone and joint specialists with expertise in: Sports medicine (shoulder, hip and knee injuries) Hands, wrists… read more