Blog - Arthritis

Simple tips can help minimize arthritic shoulder, elbow and hand pain when gardening

Gardening, for many, is a springtime passion that requires patience and a lot of hard work. Whether it’s hauling large bags of mulch or kneeling on the ground to tend to flower beds, gardening can take a toll on your body, especially for individuals who live with arthritis. Conservative estimates show that about 54 million… read more


New program guides hip, knee surgery patients on wellness journey

A unique partnership between OrthoIllinois, the YMCA of Rock River Valley and Judson University is helping transform the lives of patients who need hip or knee surgery before they ever reach the operating room. It’s the brainchild of Megan Salser, a registered orthopedic technologist at OrthoIllinois who works with Dr. Michael Chmell, a board-certified orthopedic… read more


It’s World Osteoporosis Day, so let’s serve up bone health!

Like the title says, today is World Osteoporosis Day, and the International Osteoporosis Foundation has put together some great resources to learn more about Osteoporosis. This year, the theme of World Osteoporosis Day is “Serve Up Bone Strength.” A healthy diet is essential for everyone, but it’s particularly important for those suffering from osteoporosis because… read more


I had a total hip replacement and my hip hurts!

It’s not common for me to hear a lot of complaints about pain after hip replacement surgery because a total hip replacement is one of the best surgeries a patient can undergo to get relief from a painful arthritic joint. 95% of the time, patient’s have wonderful outcomes, but sometimes, problems arise after a total… read more


When is the right time to consider a joint replacement to remedy degenerative arthritis?

The decision to proceed with a total joint replacement is rarely easy. A patient with osteoarthritis usually experiences a gradual increase in pain and functional disability, which means the patient will have fewer and fewer good days and pain will frequently affect sleep. Normal daily activities such as shopping and climbing stairs become exceedingly difficult…. read more


Rheumatoid Arthritis: 11 facts and myths explained

1. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an extreme form of wear and tear arthritis. False. It is true that Osteoarthritis (OA) the more common form of arthritis, is caused by every day wear and tear with gradual loss of normal joint cartilage, the smooth as glass lining tissue found in joints, OA degeneration of joints is… read more