Free yourself from Back, Hip & Knee Pain

Posted on : 08-24-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, Health Tips, orthopedics, Rehabilitation, screening

o-OLDER-WOMAN-IN-EXERCISE-CLOTHESMillions of Americans suffer from aches and pains daily. But at what level of distress should you seek help to find relief from your pain?

Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free Aches & Pains lecture series to assist you in determining when to seek help and how to eliminate soreness in various areas of the body.

All participants will receive a GIFT BAG which includes a gift certificate complementary back, joint or pain screening performed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross and other items to help you stay active. ($125 value).

Register to attend one or more talks at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Low Back Pain
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
Dr. Chintan Sampat, orthopedic surgeon with Parkview Musculoskeletal Institute, will uncover the causes of this common complaint and discuss advanced treatment options to help your low back feel better.

Chronic Pain Management
Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Spencer School Campus
1711 S. Spencer RD., New Lenox
Karen Grube, physical therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital, will talk about the latest non-surgical treatment options to help manage chronic
pain.

Hip Pain
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
From arthritis to bursitis to tendonitis, Dr. Andrew Ehmke, orthopaedic surgeon with Oak Orthopaedics, will discuss the common causes of nagging hip pain. He’ll also cover the latest non-surgical and surgical treatment options, including medicines, exercise and minimally invasive anterior hip replacement.

Knee Pain
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
Dr. Robert Daley, orthopaedic surgeon with Hinsdale Orthopaedic Associates, will discuss the latest minimally invasive knee replacement surgical techniques allowing for a precise fit of the custom implant, increased bone preservation, added stability, and reduced pain.

Banishing Back Pain without Surgery
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
Dr. Andrew Hendrix, medical director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross, will explain the common causes of low back pain and provide options on how to live better without surgery.

Specialist Spotlight: Knee Replacement

Posted on : 07-27-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Health Tips, orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Specialist Spotlight
Robert Daley, M.D.,  Orthopaedic Surgeon with Hinsdale Orthopaedics at Silver Cross Hospital

Robert Daley, M.D.,
Orthopaedic Surgeon with Hinsdale Orthopaedics   at Silver Cross Hospital

As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and partner with Hinsdale Orthopaedics, Dr. Robert Daley is one of Chicagoland’s leading surgeons in the areas of Total Hip Replacement, Minimally Invasive Hip and Knee Replacement, and Knee Arthroscopy. He gained national prominence when, as team physician for the Chicago White Sox, he performed Bo Jackson’s Total Hip Replacement, allowing him to successfully return to playing professional baseball. He also performed Artificial Knee Replacement surgery on Dan Hampton, a Hall of Fame NFL defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears.

Today, Dr. Daley is a legend in his own right having helped thousands of patients over the past 27 years who have suffered from pain and loss of function from disease or injury. Many of these patients were cared for at Silver Cross Hospital, which has been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and recently received an “A” Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group.

With advanced training in specialized joint surgery including a Reconstructive Joint Surgery fellowship at the renowned Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Daley is a leader in adapting the latest minimally invasive techniques and technology to enhance the patient experience. At Silver Cross Hospital, Dr. Daley uses a revolutionary new technology called Visionaire for knee replacement surgery. Using this special software, Dr. Daley can upload the patient’s MRI and X-rays to map out the patient’s anatomy and re-establish true alignment of the knee for precise fit of the implant. Customized surgical cutting guides and implants are then created that match the outer shape and contours of the patient’s knee joint bones.

“Everything is made-to-order for each patient,” said Dr. Daley. “This patient-matching technology allows me to precisely position the knee implant, preserve more bone, provide added stability, and reduce pain as well as anesthesia time minimizing the risk of infection.”

For many years, Dr. Daley has been involved in the design and development of surgical implants for several manufacturers, giving him additional insight into determining the best solutions for his patients. This includes knee implants that are light in weight, hypoallergenic, and durable. In fact, the new Verilast knee system can last up to 30 years under typical conditions. Previously, knee implants only lasted between 10 to 15 years.

“I will do everything in my power to return patients to their active lifestyle faster,” said Dr. Daley. “I encourage all my joint replacement patients to attend a pre-operative education program so they know what to expect before, during and after surgery as well as what they can do to recover more quickly.”

Dr. Daley is also a strong proponent of rehabilitation and home health care; especially for those patients who require assistance when loved ones are unable or unavailable.

His patients truly appreciate the personalized attention and care that they receive. Dr. Daley has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Top Doctor for Orthopaedics, and also as a Silver Cross Hospital “Top Doc” for ranking in the top 1% of physicians across the nation for patient satisfaction.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Daley, call (815) 462-3474.

Schedule your Outpatient Tests & Therapies Online

Posted on : 06-15-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Mammography, News, Rehabilitation, screening

Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox has launched SCHedule NOW, a free scheduling tool that enables patients to easily search and book real-time appointments online.

“We are the first hospital in Illinois to offer appointment scheduling for an array of outpatient services through our website,” said Mary Bakken Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Silver Cross Hospital. “We’ve made it more convenient for patients to schedule an appointment anytime from anywhere.  From mammograms and MRIs to lab tests and physical therapy with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, patients can now book their appointments at the click of a mouse.”

Schedule_NOW_OT_T copyHere’s how it works: Patients simply go to www.silvercross.org, click on the SCHedule NOW icon, and choose the outpatient service and preferred Silver Cross location. Patients then follow the prompts to schedule their appointment. SCHedule NOW provides appointment reminders via email, as well as a link to a map for directions. Appointments can be made 24/7 from any internet-connected device including smartphones and tablets.

In the near future, patients who schedule online will receive appointment reminders via text and also have the ability to upload a photo or scan of the order from their physician to further expedite care. However, patients no longer need an order for a screening mammogram. Click here or call (815) 300-7076, to schedule an appointment for one of the following outpatient services:

  • CT
  • DexaScan
  • EKG
  • Lab
  • Mammography
  • MRI
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray.

Area Resident Gets Relief from Hip Pain from Innovative Procedure

Posted on : 05-08-2015 | By : bhernandez | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, News, Success Stories

 

Antkiowak-webAfter three years of enduring shooting pain from his hip down the outside of his leg to his ankle, Jim Langs reached his limit of trying to relieve his pain with numerous medications. “As my medication wore off, the pain became so bad that I would drag my leg as if it were “dead” in order to cope with the pain,” said the Manhattan resident. “I was so fortunate to meet Dr. Antkowiak, who got rid of my pain by performing an innovative and minimally invasive anterior hip replacement.” Dr. Tom Antkowiak performed the cutting-edge anterior hip replacement procedure on Jim’s hip at Silver Cross Hospital enabling him to have a quicker and less painful recovery.

The anterior approach is an alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery. During anterior hip replacement surgery, the hip joint is accessed through a smaller incision by entering through the front of the body and working between the hip. The surgeon works between the tissues without detaching them or cutting them. This leads to less tissue trauma, less pain and often a faster recovery.

The anterior surgical approach is becoming more popular as it is less invasive, hospital stays are shorter, and patients are able to return to their work or chosen activity faster with less pain.

“As a result of this less invasive technique, post-surgical mobility is greatly improved because the muscle tissues are spared during the surgical procedure,” said Dr. Tom Antkowiak, orthopedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “Jim for example was slowly walking the day of his surgery and climbing stairs a few days later.  I am grateful to Silver Cross for providing the state-of-the-art equipment that is necessary for me to offer this innovative procedure to Jim and all my patients.

Advice to Others

“My advice to anyone with hip pain is simple – don’t waste another minute suffering – get help,” said Langs. “Not only am I thankful to have such an accomplished, down-to-earth, surgeon as Dr. Antkowiak perform my surgery, I am so happy to have received such an advanced procedure at Silver Cross, which is close to my home.  In addition, the nurses and therapists at Silver Cross gave me endless encouragement. They showed me alternative ways to move, while also cautioning me not to overdo things or push too hard until I was more fully healed.”

Symptoms of Hip Pain

Depending on the source that’s causing hip pain, you might feel discomfort in the following areas: groin, buttocks, thigh, outside of the hip joint, or the back.

Get medical attention right away if:

  • The hip pain came on suddenly.
  • A fall or other injury triggered the hip pain.
  • Your hip looks deformed or is bleeding.
  • You experienced a painful popping in the hip.
  • The pain is intense.
  • You can’t put any weight on your hip.

Free Lecture

Join Dr. Tom Antkowiak and Dr. Rajeev Puri, orthopedic surgeons, to learn the latest treatment plans for hip pain and degenerative hip conditions including hip arthroscopy and total anterior hip replacement on Thursday, May 21.  This free program will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

 

Pamper Your Feet at our FREE Foot Fair

Posted on : 04-10-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, Rehabilitation, screening

Foot Fair

In preparation for sandal season, Silver Cross Hospital is hosting a free Foot Fair on Friday, May 1.  The event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center in Pavilion A at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Complimentary valet parking is available at the Pavilion Entrance.  The toe-tingling experience will include foot screenings, presentations, exhibits, massages, raffle prizes and refreshments. For more information, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Complimentary 10-minute consultations with podiatrists on staff at Silver Cross Hospital or a physical therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago will be offered from 3 to 7 p.m. Advanced registration is required for the screenings only by scheduling an appointment at online or 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

In addition, area podiatrists will discuss a variety of foot-related topics throughout the event. The lectures are free and registration is not required to attend the following presentations:

Attendees will also have an opportunity to receive a gait analysis and foot massage; purchase foot scrubs, lotions and high quality shoes; and peruse the many exhibitors including: Miroballi Shoes, New Balance Athletic Footwear, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, Silver Cross Wound Healing & Treatment and Diabetes Centers. Participants can also enter into a raffle for unique gifts and enjoy “Pedi” Fours & punch.

“In most cases, foot conditions do not require surgery or invasive procedures to stop pain and reverse damage,” says Dr. Paul Kirchner, DPM, podiatrist with Lincolnway Medical Associates. “Conservative treatments including medications or special splints are usually all that is required. However, every person’s body responds to treatment differently that is why it is important to have your feet examined by a health care provider like those that will be at the Silver Cross Foot Fair.”

Low Back Pain Slowing You Down?

Woman With Back PainAre you unable to enjoy life fully due ongoing back pain? If so, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH), millions of Americans suffer from chronic back pain that persists for more than a few months. Back pain symptoms can range from a muscle ache to a stabbing pain, limited flexibility and range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. If you are experiencing these symptoms of back pain, learn the causes and treatments at a free program hosted by Silver Cross Hospital.

Join Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon, with the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, for a discussion on the causes of low back pain and discuss conservative treatment options to help you feel better Tuesday, March 31. The free Aches & Pains: Low Back Painprogram will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. This talk is part of an Aches & Pains Lecture Series and all participants will receive a gift bag that includes a complimentary carpal tunnel or low back screening performed by a physician with Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital, and other items to help you stay active. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

“Most low back pain can be treated without surgery,” said Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon, who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “The best way to develop a treatment plan is to diagnose the severity of the back pain. With so many innovative treatments available today, patients can learn the best options with a physician visit. So to avoid the pain from getting worse, patients need to seek medical attention.”

Dr. Tom Hurley, neurosurgeon

Dr. Tom Hurley, neurosurgeon

Treating Back Pain

Treatment of back pain can involve using over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation.

“The goal of treating back pain is to return proper mobility and strength to the back, and prevent future injuries,” said Dr. Hurley.

Medications are often used to treat acute and chronic low back pain. Effective pain relief may involve a combination of prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies. Bed rest is only recommended for 1 to 2 days. Individuals should resume activities as soon as possible. Exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain and help

Wipe Out Wrist Pain for Good

Posted on : 02-16-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, Health Tips, Interview, Rehabilitation, screening

wrist-pain1According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually start gradually, with frequent tingling or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb, index and middle fingers. These symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night, and you may wake up feeling the need to “shake out” the hand or wrist. As symptoms worsen, you might feel tingling during the day and have a decreased grip strength that may make it difficult to form a fist or grasp small objects. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, find out if you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome by attending an upcoming lecture discussing the condition or schedule a free screening offered by Silver Cross Hospital.

Free Lecture – Aches & Pains: Wrist & Hand Pain

Join an Occupational Therapist with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital for a discussion on how carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to arthritis and share simple exercises to help prevent and relieve the pain. The program will occur on Monday, March 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. This free Aches & Pains: Wrist & Hand Pain program is part of an Aches & Pains Lecture Series which also includes seminars on sinus pressure and low back pain. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). All participants will receive a gift bag that includes a complimentary carpal tunnel or low back screening performed by a physician with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, and other items to help you stay active.

Free Carpal Tunnel Screening

Occupational therapists will evaluate and discuss therapy options for individuals experiencing pain, numbness, or tingling in the wrist or fingers.  Occupational therapists with RIC at Silver Cross will offer free carpal tunnel screenings on Tuesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 5 at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital-Pavilion A-New Lenox and on Wednesday, March 11 at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, 1051 Essington Rd, Joliet.  Call 815-300-7110 (Pavilion A) or 815-300-6580 (West Joliet) to schedule an appointment.

“Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes squeezed at the wrist,” says Linda Brunner, occupational therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital.   “The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. The carpal tunnel, which is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand, houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm.”

Treatments for Relief

Rest: Initial treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome generally involves resting the affected hand and wrist for at least 2 weeks, avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms, and immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending. If there is inflammation, applying cool packs can help reduce swelling.

Drugs: In special circumstances, various drugs can ease the pain and swelling associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonprescription pain relievers, may ease symptoms that have been present for a short time or have been caused by strenuous activity.

Therapy: Rehabilitation can be helpful for people whose symptoms have escalated. Therapy is supervised by a physical or occupational therapist, who are trained to use exercises to treat physical impairments, and teach people skills to improve their health.

Recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome following treatment is rare. “If treated early, carpal tunnel symptoms usually go away with nonsurgical treatment,” said Linda.

Frankfort Fire Chief on the Job after Back Surgery

Posted on : 12-02-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, News, Rehabilitation, Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute
Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon at Silver Cross Hospital, shows Frankfort Fire Chief Jim Grady where exactly he relieved the pressure on Jim’s herniated disc and spinal cord.

Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon at Silver Cross Hospital, shows Frankfort Fire Chief Jim Grady where exactly he relieved the pressure on Jim’s herniated disc and spinal cord.

Jim Grady has spent 38 years as a volunteer and career firefighter.  He has experienced it all—from flashovers to extrications to vehicle, structure, fuel, and large field fires.  But over time, the job had taken a toll on his body to the point where he was in constant pain, specifically in his legs.  Jim suffered lumbar degenerative disc disease and lumbar spinal stenosis—both normal wear-and-tear effects of aging.  He also had a herniated disc. 

“I tried just about everything including spinal injections with very little relief,” said the 61-year-old Frankfort Fire Protection District Chief.  “I finally decided it was time to take the next step and consider a permanent solution to stop the pain once and for all.” 

Jim had a MRI performed at nearby Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.  After consulting with the fire department’s physician, he took the results and went to see Thomas Hurley, M.D., neurosurgeon with Cadence Physician Group now part of Northwestern Medicine at Silver Cross Hospital. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Hurley specializes in traumatic spine disorders, fusion, and minimally invasive procedures.  He has been consistently recognized as a “Top Doc” at Silver Cross Hospital for outstanding patient satisfaction and is a past president of the Will-Grundy Medical Society.

“I had heard good things about Dr. Hurley from my doctor and co-workers.  And they were all true,” said the 61-year old.  “He spent nearly two hours with my wife, Bobbi, and I talking through my medical history and explaining the entire surgical process until we felt confident in how everything would go.  My biggest concern was how long it would take to heal. I wanted to get back on my feet as soon as possible.”

“Interestingly, most of Jim’s pain was on the left side of his body, specifically his left leg; however the tests showed that his herniated disc was on the right side of his spine,” said Dr. Hurley.  “I try to spend as much time as possible with my patients gathering the facts so we can rule out all conservative treatments before considering surgery.  In Jim’s case, surgery was really the only option.”

Complex Low Back Surgery with No Complications

On Aug. 4, 2014, Dr. Hurley performed a laminotomy to relieve the pressure on Jim’s spinal cord and to treat his herniated disc.  He followed that with a laminectomy to alleviate Jim’s leg pain caused by the lumbar spinal stenosis. Also known as decompression surgery, the laminectomy enlarged Jim’s spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves by removing the lamina, which is the back part of the vertebra (bone) that covers the spinal canal.  Laminectomy is generally used only when more-conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy or injections have failed to relieve symptoms.

Dr. Hurley visited Jim frequently during the three days he spent in Silver Cross’ surgical patient care unit, which is ranked in the Top 1% in the nation for patient satisfaction according to Press Ganey.

“Everyone was so friendly from my first office visit, through pre-op, through discharge,” Jim said.  “Dr. Hurley and the entire staff—from the nurses to the (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross) physical therapists who took good care of me while in the hospital, were extremely helpful, enthusiastic and upbeat.  They made sure that everything was set when I went home and that I had no complications.”

Back to Work with a Positive Outlook

After a short recuperation at home and a few weeks of physical therapy, Jim was able to able to return to some of his administrative duties with the Frankfort Fire Department just 4 weeks after his back surgery.

“I give Jim a lot of credit,” said Dr. Hurley.  “He is proactive when it comes to his health, very active and physically fit, which goes a long way when you are undergoing such a complex procedure.  Plus having a positive attitude always helps in the recovery process. Jim truly is a hero in every sense.”

“It will take some time to rebuild muscle, but overall I am feeling great,” comments Jim.  “Oohrah to Team Silver Cross!” 

For more information on back pain treatment options or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Hurley, call (815) 723-4387.

Therapy Helps Court Reporter to Walk & Work Pain-Free after Multiple Surgeries

Posted on : 11-03-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Interview, News, Rehabilitation, screening
Elizabeth LaFollette can now walk pain-free with the help of therapy she received from Bryniarski, physical therapist with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital in Homer Glen.

Elizabeth LaFollette can now walk pain-free with the help of therapy she received from Bryniarski, physical therapist with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital in Homer Glen.

For over 14 years, Lockport resident Elizabeth “Liz” LaFollette suffered from severe back pain. She had multiple surgeries and was doing well until last September when she started experiencing foot pain. By December she was unable to walk. It was determined that Liz suffered from a failed Lumbar fusion surgery  and SI (Sacroiliac) Joint Dysfunction which was causing pressure on her sciatic nerve leading to severe left leg pain, weakness and gait instability.  After enduring yet another surgery, Liz was depressed because she was not able to work for eight months and was facing months of physical therapy.

“My therapist, Rich, gave me the hope that I desperately needed,” Liz said. “If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have my life back.  He saved my health and my career.”

Dr. Anthony Rinella performed a revision surgery to correct a failed spine fusion to alleviate her painHe then referred her to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital in Homer Glen for physical therapy. RIC has been ranked the #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. The same specialized care that has earned RIC its pre-eminent reputation is available at four Silver Cross locations in Homer Glen, New Lenox, West Joliet and at the Hospital.

“Since Liz’s condition was unique, I knew she would receive high quality therapy at RIC,” said Dr. Rinella, board certified spine specialist with the Illinois Spine & Scoliosis.

When Liz’s physical therapy started in March, she was doubtful that she would ever work again. However, through the encouragement and tools she received from her therapist, Rich Bryniarski, she conquered her fears and was working and walking pain-free by August.

“At 41 years old, even after four surgeries, I was not ready to be considered disabled for the rest of my life.  Rich was as invested as I was in getting me to work again,” said Liz. “Through his vast knowledge, he showed me how to do exercises that would relieve my pain.”

Key to Success: Personalized Treatment Plan

Liz believes the specialized treatment plan that Rich designed specifically for her was the key to her success.

“Not only did Rich teach me stretch exercises to do at home, he taught me how to align my SI joint and condition my body so my back won’t take the hit from all the pressure from my body movements,” she said. “Rich also goes the extra mile to help his patients. He actually had me bring my court reporting machine to therapy to simulate my work day, so he knew what my body was going to experience daily. He customized my exercises so I could do them throughout my work day.”

“Liz’s case was more challenging than a regular fusion case due to the fact that it was a revision of a previous spinal fusion. This had caused her to be in a great deal of pain for a long time,” Rich said.   “Her spine was unstable prior to her surgery, so she couldn’t exercise. Fortunately, with the specialized therapy and equipment we offer here at RIC in Silver Cross’ Homer Glen facility, we were able to arrive at a functional level that allowed her to move pain-free at home and at work. Part of her success is contributed to that fact that Liz was an excellent patient. She always followed through with her home exercises and practiced what was taught to her.”

Seamless Care

“By coming to Silver Cross, patients have access to specialized care plans similar to those that are offered at RIC’s downtown Chicago location,” said Valerie Paluszak, Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation for The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital. “We are fortunate to have such highly trained and experienced physical, occupational, and speech therapists working at Silver Cross who truly make patients’ treatment successful enabling them to thrive so they can return to their daily routines.”

For more information about RIC at Silver Cross or to schedule a free low back screening at the Homer Glen facility located at 143rd St. and Bell Road, call (815) 300-6288.

Find Relief for Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Posted on : 10-27-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, Health Tips, News

Cervical-Stenosis (1)Have you been suffering for years from a nagging pain in either your neck, shoulders or legs? You may be suffering from a condition known as cervical spinal stenosis. To help understand the causes and treatments of this type of pain, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Join Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon, for a discussion on minimally invasive treatments available for cervical spinal stenosis—a common problem in people over age 50. This free lecture – Cervical Spinal Stenosis – will be held in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox at 6:30 p.m. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

“Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal causing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves,” said Dr.  Hurley. These changes might create minor aches in some patients, although in more severe cases, the pain can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. So to avoid the pain from getting worse, patients need to seek medical attention.”

Symptoms of Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Many people older than 50 years of age have some narrowing of the spinal canal but do not have symptoms. Cervical spinal stenosis does not cause symptoms unless the spinal cord or nerves becomes squeezed. Symptoms usually develop slowly over a long period of time and may include:

  • Stiffness, pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck, shoulders, legs, arms, or hands.
  • Balance and coordination problems, such as shuffling or tripping while walking.
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control (incontinence).

How is Spinal Stenosis Treated?

Spinal stenosis can be treated several ways. Treatment options include:

Changes in posture. People with spinal stenosis may find that flexing the spine by leaning forward while walking relieves their symptoms.

Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen may help relieve symptoms.

Surgery. If other treatments do not ease the pain, surgery may be recommended to relieve the pressure on affected nerves.

“The best way to develop a treatment plan is to diagnose the severity of Spinal Stenosis. With so many innovative treatments available today, patients can learn the best options with a physician visit,” says Dr. Hurley.