Free Aches & Pains lecture series

Posted on : 04-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, News

Millions 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 lecture series titled Aches & Pains on determining when to seek help, and eliminating soreness in various areas of the body.

All participants will receive a GIFT BAG which includes a complimentary joint and back 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).

All programs will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hospital’s Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Register to attend one or more programs online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Hip Pain
Tuesday, May 6 
Experiencing hip pain and stiffness? Dr. Bradley Dworsky, orthopedic surgeon, will share information on the latest treatment options including arthroscopy and joint preservation.
Leg & Back Pain
Tueday, May 13
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common spinal problem associated with leg and back pain in people over age 50. Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon, will discuss new non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments available to treat this condition.
Shoulder Pain
Tuesday, June 3
Feel out of joint? If you experience painful arthritis in the shoulder and have damage to the surrounding muscles, join Dr. Venkat Seshadri, orthopedic surgeon, to learn about a new procedure—Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.
Knee Pain
Wednesday, June 4
Stop limping. Join Dr. Paul Trksak, orthopedic surgeon, for a discussion on recent advances in total and partial knee replacement.

Free Osteoporosis, Anxiety and Balance Screenings

Posted on : 10-04-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, I Matter Benefits, Rehabilitation

Moans, Groans & Bones: Free Ladies’ Event

Posted on : 09-26-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Business Sponsors, Events, Health Tips, I Matter Benefits, News, Rehabilitation

As women age, they oftentimes encounter bouts of depression as well as an increase risk for osteoporosis. To help women find relief for these conditions, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free event—Moans & Bones, on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Join Dr. Priya Shastri, family practice physician on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, at 6:30 p.m. for an overview of depression and osteoporosis symptoms, prevention and treatment.  Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health will offer free osteoporosis heel screenings. Women’s health therapists with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross will provide complimentary fall and balance screenings. Blood pressure screenings and questionnaires assessing risk for mood and anxiety disorders will also be provided.  Each woman attending will receive an I Matter card for valuable discounts at over 50 local businesses and will be entered in a drawing to win a DEXA bone densitometry scan at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.  Delicious vitamin-D rich refreshments will be served. This free event will be held in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. 

Register to attend online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). 

“During this program, women will learn beneficial information and tools that will help them deal with their depression and determine if they are at risk for osteoporosis,” said Dr. Shastri.

Create a Fall-Proof Plan

Posted on : 09-25-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, News, Rehabilitation

According to the National Council on Aging, every 15 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency room for a fall-related injury. To help reduce preventable falls, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross is offering FREE Fall and Balance screenings in October.

Individuals who have been experiencing dizziness or vertigo, have had a history of falls, near falls, or simply a fear of falling are excellent candidates for a balance screening.

 “Since falling is the leading cause of injury deaths among people over the age of 65 and the leading cause of doctor visits, hospital admissions, and emergency room visits, it is important to determine if you are at risk,” says Matthew Boebel, Administrative Director for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital.

Appointments for FREE Fall and Balance screenings are available on:

The screening includes blood pressure readings, balance assessment, recommendations referrals for treatment if needed.  To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7110.

Free Fall Prevention Program

To help seniors maintain their independence and avoid future risk of falling, Dr. Thomas Lee, family practice physician, and the RIC therapists will host a free program titled A Delicate Balance on October 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox. Families are invited to learn about what causes a fall or loss of balance, how to identify areas of weakness, how to safeguard the home and other helpful tips to avoid harmful falls. Free Fall & Balance Screenings will be available before and after the program. Register to attend at or by calling

1-888-660-HEAL (4325). 

Falls are especially dangerous for the elderly. The Center for Disease Control says more than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year. And the consequences are great; seniors suffer from 360,000 to 480,000 fall-related fractures each year.

“Researchers say the risks of seniors falling are greater if they have lower body weakness, problems with walking and balance, or are taking four or more medications,” said Dr. Thomas Lee, family practice physician, at Silver Cross Hospital. “To reduce their risk, elderly people should get regular exercise to increase their lower body strength and improve balance.”

According to RIC at Silver Cross, there are numerous safety measures you can take to prevent slips and falls in your home:

  • Stairways should have handrails on both sides.
    • Attach safety treads to steps.
    • Remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs, furniture, and clutter from walkways.
    • Use self-adhesive non-skid mats or safety treads in bathtubs, showers, and pools.
    • Use non-skid rugs on bathroom floors.
    • Use non-skid pads under rugs on bare floors.
    • Install grab bars on both sides of toilets and bathtubs.

Alleviating Ankle Pain and Arthritis

Posted on : 04-30-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, Health Tips, News

Ankle arthritis can be caused by a prior injury, wear and tear, deformity or acute inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis or infection.  When an ankle is injured, it is susceptible to many debilitating conditions such as increased inflammation in the joint and arthritis. Infections of the ankle joint can cause damage to the cartilage cells, restricting the ability to regenerate and eventually causing permanent damage to the joint.  Genetic pre-disposition to arthritis is not well understood but affects some individuals uniquely, causing their joints to wear out faster than others.

Pain associated with ankle arthritis is one of the most frequent reasons patients seek medical treatment by an orthopaedic specialist.  “If you are experiencing severe ankle pain or restricted movement from arthritis in your ankle, you may be a candidate for an ankle replacement,” says Dr. Robyn Vargo, board certified orthopaedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “Ankle joint replacement is one of the most successful treatment options for disabling ankle arthritis, as it helps to relieve pain, restore motion and get you back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.  Since its inception over 30 years ago, there have been tremendous advances made in this procedure.”

Similar to total hip or knee replacement total, Dr. Vargo says ankle replacement surgery removes the damaged cartilage joint and surrounding bone from the ankle joint and then filling the gap with artificial components that restore ankle motion.  After completing ankle replacement surgery and a structured rehabilitation program, patients are able to return to their daily activities pain free.

Learn More at Free Program May 7

If you suffer from debilitating ankle pain caused by arthritis or cartilage injury, join Dr. Robyn Vargo, orthopaedic surgeon with Hinsdale Orthopaedics, to learn about the benefits of total ankle replacement surgery. This free program will be held Tuesday, May 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Click here to register to attend at or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Dr. Robyn Vargo is one of the only surgeons in the Chicago area to specialize in total ankle replacements. She spent two decades of her life dancing with many well known dance troupes including Joffrey II Ballet in New York City. Accordingly, she brings a wealth of personal knowledge to the treatment of dance injuries.  She received her medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio followed by an orthopedic surgery residency at Brentwood Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Vargo is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

Pain, numbness, tingling in wrists?

Posted on : 04-08-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, News

Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted on : 04-03-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events

RIC at Silver Cross Hospital offer Free Screenings in April

Carpal tunnel syndrome can make life miserable. The compression of a nerve in the wrist can make a movement painful, creating numbness and pain up the arm and into the shoulder.  Even sleep becomes impossible because of the constant pain.

“Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist,” says Barbara Shoemaker, 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 or other swelling 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.

Symptoms and Risk Factors

Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers.

“Some carpal tunnel sufferers first notice that their fingers ‘fall asleep’ and become numb at night,” said Shoemaker. “They often wake up with numbness and tingling in their hands.”

In addition, the feeling of burning pain and numbness may generally run up the center of the person’s forearm, sometimes as far as the shoulder. As carpal tunnel syndrome becomes more severe, symptoms are persistent throughout the day. If it is left untreated, it can lead to loss of feeling, strength and coordination.

Women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, perhaps because the carpal tunnel itself may be smaller in women than in men. The dominant hand is usually affected first and produces the most severe pain. Persons with diabetes are also at high risk. The risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome is not confined to people in a single industry or job, but is especially common in those performing assembly line work–manufacturing, sewing, finishing, cleaning, and meat, poultry, or fish packing. In fact, carpal tunnel syndrome is three times more common among assemblers than among data-entry personnel. 

Free Screening and Non-Surgical Treatment

Early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid permanent damage to the median nerve.  Occupational therapists with RIC at Silver Cross will offer free screenings Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 23 on the New Lenox Hospital campus, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd.  For an appointment, call (815) 300-7110.  Therapists will perform a physical examination of the hands, arms, shoulders, and neck to determine if the patient’s complaints are related to daily activities or to an underlying disorder that mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. They will also examine the wrist for tenderness, swelling, warmth, and discoloration. Each finger will be tested for sensation and the muscles at the base of the hand examined for strength and signs of atrophy. Screening participants will receive at home exercises to relieve the symptoms or prevent future carpal tunnel syndrome and also referred to a physician on staff at Silver Cross Hospital if further evaluation or treatment is needed. 

“If treated early, carpal tunnel symptoms usually go away with nonsurgical treatment,” said Shoemaker.   

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. Stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful in people whose symptoms have abated. These exercises may be supervised by a physical therapist, who is trained to use exercises to treat physical impairments, or an occupational therapist, who is trained in evaluating people with physical impairments and helping them build skills to improve their health and well-being.

Recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome following treatment is rare. The majority of patients recover completely.

Suffering from Knee Pain?

Posted on : 01-03-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, News

An injury to the knee can result in damage to the meniscus, ligaments and cartilage. Actions such as squatting and kneeling; high-impact activities such as jogging, sports, and aerobics, can increase the risk of a knee injury.  And if arthritis is present, the injury could be even more painful. Silver Cross Hospital in conjunction with Hinsdale Orthopaedics Group is offering a lecture on the Subchondroplasty™ procedure that will educate area residents on bone marrow lesions, their link to knee pain, and a new innovative treatment for these bone defects.

Dr. Robert Daley will present a free program on Chronic Knee Pain: A New Treatment, on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Pavilion A Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. If you suffer from chronic knee pain, it may be caused by a bone defect called a bone marrow lesion. This program is aimed for people who suffer from chronic knee pain and knee injuries to provide information on new technology and treatments. Dr. Daley will share information about the Subchondroplasty procedure, which is a new, minimally invasive joint preserving surgical option for patients with painful bone defects and knee osteoarthritis. Register to attend this free program online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Do you suffer from Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects the knee. Osteoarthritis is a process where the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away. Osteoarthritis may be caused by excess stress on the joint such as repeated injury or being overweight.

Knee injuries are one of the most common reasons patients consult an orthopedic physician.  Since knee pain can originate from a variety of causes, it is vital to have a complete evaluation and specific diagnosis prior to treatment.  Knee injuries can be caused by an injury, Osteoarthritis or can happen over time due to over use or disease.

“Fortunately relief for some knee injuries can be reached through a new technology, called the Subchondroplasty procedure,” said Dr. Robert Daley, orthopedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “Through this minimally invasive technology, pain can be reduced in a patient, who suffers from moderate arthritis of the knee when a total knee replacement is not needed. The pain a patient experiences may be due to a bone marrow lesion (BML). This is an area just under the joint surface, where micro-fractures and edema occur. During the outpatient Subchondroplasty procedure, these BMLs are filled with a synthetic bone substitute, thus enhancing healing and alleviating pain.”

There are many benefits of Subchondroplasty procedure. Through this new technology, patients are able to walk with full weight bearing almost immediately after the procedure. In addition, they will have reduced knee pain and their quality of life will be improved.

$10 off a massage or facial with mammogram or other test

Posted on : 11-08-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, News, breast cancer

To encourage women to be screened for breast cancer and osteoporosis, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health  is offering $10 off a one-hour massage or facial following a mammogram, breast ultrasound, or bone densitometry scan. 

Spa services are performed by an experienced licensed massage therapist/esthetician.  Regularly priced at $60, one-hour massages and facials are payable by cash or check at time of appointment.  Insurance will not be billed.  Spa services are only available in conjunction with a screening or diagnostic test at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7076. A physician’s order is required for all tests.  Don’t have a doctor?  Call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit for a free referral.

Plus, through the Silver Cross free I Matter™ program, Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health patients receive valuable discounts from local businesses just for getting their regular health screenings.  For more information or to become an I Matter member, visit

Massages and Mammograms, Oh My!

The Center for Women’s Health is located at I-355 and Route 6 in Pavilion B on the Silver Cross Hospital campus in New Lenox. Set in a soothing, spa-like environment, the Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location.

Offering a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle, the Center’s crown jewel is full field digital mammography—the latest breast cancer testing available.  “At the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, we use only digital mammography technology to provide our patients with the best service and care,” says Marci Vasiliades, Manager of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. “Patients can bring their old films in and we will scan and transfer them to the digital format for easy comparison.”

Digital mammograms also simplify the procedure for women. Although compression of the breasts is still important when performing digital mammography, the compression paddles are warmer and more flexible, which ultimately provide women with a more comfortable experience.  Following the screening, women can call a 24-hour mammogram hotline to obtain their test results alleviating any anxiety.

The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and is uniquely staffed with a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN™).  “By having a Certified Breast Care Nurse working at the Center, we are able to offer our patients even more specialized and personalized care,” said Vasiliades. “This specialized nurse guides our patients through the next steps in their care.”

In addition to digital mammography, the innovative center offers women diagnostic breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, bone densitometry scans, and baseline heart screenings.  For added convenience, the Center recently began offering spa services for patients following their testing appointment. 

“At the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, we provide healthcare that is centered around women—their needs, concerns, and lifestyle,” says Vasiliades.  “It’s a partnership that puts each woman at the center.”

Craving some ice-cream? Go ahead.

Posted on : 08-24-2011 | By : rshah | In : Bone Health

Summer may be slipping away, but that doesn’t mean summer treats should stop! Take a little time for yourself and indulge in some peace of mind with a osteoporosis bone density screening. Call before August 31 and mention ICE CREAM for a free Dove Ice Cream bar, our treat!

Why ice cream you ask? It has calcium! Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life, yet many Americans do not get the amount of calcium they need every day. Calcium is important to build stronger, denser bones early in life and to keep bones strong and healthy later in life. Our bodies cannot produce calcium which is why it’s important to try to get enough calcium through the foods we eat.  

So why hesitate? Get a dose of calcium and relax in the beautiful atmosphere of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. We’ll have you in and out!