Five Tips to Optimize Your Orthopedic Surgery Outcomes

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Expert Tips, Orthopedics | Posted on 19-02-2013

Is orthopedic surgery in your future? Studies show that the more work you put in BEFORE such a surgery — such as a hip or knee joint replacement or spine surgery — the better outcomes you’ll have.

 Our experts with Memorial Orthopedic Services offer these five tips for preparing your body so that your surgery and overall recovery is optimized. The sooner you begin prior to your surgery date, the better (but it’s never too late!). Read the rest of this entry »

9 Tips for Better Bone Health

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Nutrition, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Women | Posted on 30-01-2013

Often, the majority of adults, especially women, do not think about frail bones until they become older. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, millions of women already have, or are at risk of developing, osteoporosis, a disease of the bones where a break or fracture can easily occur.

 “The best way to prevent osteoporosis is to work on building strong bones as soon as you can,” said Randy Wise, RN, orthopedic research and outcomes nurse at Memorial Medical Center. “Building strong bones during childhood and teen years is one of the best ways to keep from getting osteoporosis later. Unfortunately, most kids and women do not get the recommended daily allowance of calcium in their diet.”

 “However, no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start building stronger bones,” he said.

 The following is a list of recommendations to improve bone health that Wise shares with his patients. Read the rest of this entry »

Osteoarthritis: How to Deal with this Common Joint Disorder

Posted by | Posted in Orthopedics | Posted on 25-01-2013

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that Courtney Mehochko sees on the orthopedic unit at Memorial Medical Center.

It occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, according to Joints in the knees, hips, hands, neck and lower back are the most affected.

“Osteoarthritis is caused by overuse of the joints – strain, stress, previous injuries,” Mehochko, RN, one of the charge nurses on Memorial Medical Center’s orthopedic unit, said during a radio interview with WTAX’s Bob Murray. Read the rest of this entry »

Lincoln Resident Feels ‘Great’ Following Knee-Replacement Surgery

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, JointWorks, Orthopedics, Testimonial | Posted on 24-01-2013

Gretchen Plotner

Two years ago, Gretchen Plotner was visiting her son in Florida when her left knee started going out.

“It was becoming difficult to even walk,” said the 77-year-old Lincoln resident. “I knew I needed to get home and see my doctor.”

She and her husband, Les, came home early and made an appointment with Rodney Herrin, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Center of Illinois. X-rays revealed there was only a small amount of cartilage remaining in her left knee. To improve her strength and mobility, Gretchen started physical therapy with the Rehab Services team at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

The next year, however, her right knee started acting up. “It was in the same shape as my other one so I knew I needed to have surgery,” she said. “The doctor said if the cartilage wears out on the inside of the leg, I would become bowlegged. I didn’t want that.”

Gretchen underwent a right-knee replacement. She spent three days in the hospital recovering before going home. Read the rest of this entry »

Knee Replacement Surgery – Second-Best Decision of Stan Zielinski’s Life

Posted by | Posted in JointWorks, Memorial Medical Center, Orthopedics, Rehab, Testimonial | Posted on 07-01-2013

Stan Zielinski went through “many, many years of denial” before he realized he could no longer put off his knee surgery.

And now, after having both knees replaced in separate procedures six months apart about five or six years ago, the Springfield resident said he’s very happy he followed through with it.

“It was one of the best decisions that I have made,” Stan said, “other than marrying my wife.”

Stan praised Memorial Medical Center’s JointWorks program, through which more than 1,200 patients undergo hip- and knee-replacement surgery each year, during a recent interview with Bob Murray, the host of the morning show on WTAX 1240 AM. Read the rest of this entry »

Experts Urge Bounce House Safety Precautions

Posted by | Posted in ExpressCare, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Safety, SportsCare | Posted on 17-12-2012

Inflatable bounce houses are becoming a staple at backyard birthday parties and other outdoor gatherings. But with children’s more frequent exposure to these popular party attractions comes a higher likelihood of injury, experts are finding.

A new study, which looked at numbers from 1990 to 2010, found that more than 11,300 children were treated for bounce house-related injuries in 2010, twice the number from 2008. The study found that most injuries occurred from falls and collisions with other jumpers; more than half of the injuries included fractures, sprains and strains.

While the study couldn’t pinpoint a reason for the increased number of bounce house-related injuries, the authors suggest their growing popularity, which Paul Kircher, ATC/L, an athletic trainer with Memorial SportsCare, said he agrees with. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You At Risk? 5 Steps to Help Prevent Osteoporosis, the ‘Silent Disease’

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Orthopedics | Posted on 07-12-2012

For many people, staying healthy means exercising, eating a well-balanced diet and making positive lifestyle decisions to prevent future health conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Too often, however, little or no thought is given to bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones in which the bones become porous or spongy, creating low bone mass. Randy Wise, RN, an orthopedic research and outcomes nurse at Memorial Medical Center, said an estimated 10 million to 25 million Americans have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and millions more are at risk because of low bone mass. Read the rest of this entry »

ACL Injuries Not Uncommon

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, News, Orthopedics, SportsCare | Posted on 17-05-2012

If you follow sports, you likely heard the latest news about Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls leading scorer, sitting out the next 8-12 months following his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.

The 23-year-old point guard went down with just 80 seconds left of the first game of the Bulls’ Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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He’s not alone. Several NBA stars have experienced the same injury during this compressed season. But it’s not just NBA stars who are susceptible. Read the rest of this entry »

Johnny Knox spinal injury analysis

Posted by | Posted in News, Orthopedics, SportsCare | Posted on 22-12-2011

After Jay Cutler’s thumb injury, Johnny Knox emerged as the go-to wide receiver for Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie. Blessed with incredible speed, Knox was the primary deep threat in an otherwise anemic Bears passing offense.

This past Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, Knox sustained a gruesome spinal injury. The hit he took was so horrific that viewers simply hoped he’d be able to walk again.

John O. Watson, MD, is a spine specialist at Memorial Medical Center. After witnessing the Knox injury himself, he knew the receiver’s road to recovery would be a long one. He was kind enough to offer his thoughts on the injury, surgery, and subsequent rehab process.

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SportsCare Physician Provides Insight on Jay Cutler Thumb Injury

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Orthopedics, SportsCare | Posted on 23-11-2011

Just when things were starting to look easy for the Chicago Bears, the team was hit with a little adversity on Sunday. After winning its fifth-straight game, the team announced that quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a throwing-hand thumb injury that would require surgery. The recovery timetable is still unclear, according to the Bears’ front office.

Brett Wolters, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Orthopedic Group at Springfield Clinic and Memorial SportsCare, provided some insight into Cutler’s injury based on his professional experience in treating and repairing similar injuries.

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