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Train your Brain Away From Pain!
Carle McLean County Orthopedics invites their patients and the community to learn more about pain and what you can do to help yourself. Once a month, we will host a 2-hour course that will teach you how to gain pain relief skills that you can use right away. You will also receive a free binaural relaxation audio file, and create a personal plan for...
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Expanding Care Beyond McLean County
Residents have appreciated the convenience of Carle Eureka Hospital for many years. Now they can also count on their local hospital to provide joint replacement surgery and post-surgical recovery services. Well-known orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Joseph Novotny, offers his expertise with enthusiasm to the Eureka Hospital surgical team. He understands the...
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CARLE MCLEAN COUNTY ORTHOPEDICS ACCEPTS ALL MAJOR HEALTH INSURANCES
Carle Mclean County Orthopedics is your one-stop shop when you have an orthopedic need. From prompt diagnosis to therapy and recovery, we'll get you back to the life you love. And while we're on this road, know that our clinic accepts all major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield and Health Alliance. We work with both providers and patient...
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Nurses Appreciated at Carle McLean County Orthopedics!
Carle McLean County Orthopedics has new opportunities for registered nurses to join us at our campus on 1111 Trinity Lane in Bloomington. We are now seeking a registered nurse for our general orthopedic and sports medicine practice as well as a registered nurse for our Interventional Pain practice area. You would be working during daytime hours, 8-...
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Low Back Pain and Hip Muscle Imbalance in Athletes
Low back pain or LBP is commonly reported in youth and adolescent athletes. LBP is pain that occurs in the region under the ribs to under the glutes and, it may or may not involve leg pain. Incidence rates vary considerably from sport to sport. A sport requiring athletes to do repetitive bending backward, forward, and twisting, have higher incident...
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Carle McLean County Orthopedics’ Return to Play Program
 They say it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Luckily, our Carle McLean County Orthopedics team can help your athlete get back in the game. Just like it takes a team to play sports, we take a team approach to help return athletes to play. Our return to play program will allow you to return from an injury stronger than ever before. ...
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How to Prevent Muscle Cramps
 Your leg muscles are made up of bundles of fibers that contract and expand to create movement. A cramp occurs when your muscle has a sudden contraction created involuntarily. If you've ever been woken up in the middle of the night or stopped in your tracks by a sudden muscle spasm, then you are familiar with the pain and discomfort that comes...
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Sport Specialization: More Benefit or Risk?
 A current hot topic in athletics is sport specialization. According to the Journal of Athletic Training, sport specialization is defined as a young athlete who chooses one sport, ceases all other sporting activity aside from their primary sport, and plays or trains for the sport greater than eight months per year. While we know sport speciali...
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Fundamental Movements
Adolescence is a time of rapid growth and development in the young athlete. While strength training can lead to significant improvements in athletic performance, there are risk factors to consider before undergoing loaded or weighted activities. During the adolescent years, growth changes result in the rapid growth of bones and slower muscle growth...
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Carle Health welcomes McLean County Orthopedics to community of care
August 30, 2021 Carle Public Relations Media contact line: (309) 824-8199 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Carle Health welcomes McLean County Orthopedics to community of care Normal, Ill.— Bloomington-based McLean County Orthopedics has joined Carle Health, expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive orthopedic, pain medicine and sports medicine serv...
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The Difference Between Physical and Occupational Therapy
The overall purpose of therapy is to improve your functioning and how to maintain your health. Physical therapy and occupational therapy are often used interchangeably, but the two are very different approaches to orthopedic treatment. Patients of all ages with medical conditions, illnesses, or injuries are recommended therapy to improve their move...
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Concussions in Sports
 Originally published in BN Sports Print Publication BVM Sports - One Place All Sports By Alissa Recker, PT, DPT, OCS of McLean County Orthopedics According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), it is estimated that between 1.6 million to 3.8 million people experience a concussion annually while playing recreational activities and 9% of all ...
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Strain or Sprain: What’s the difference?
Summer is right around the corner. More and more people are getting out and being active. After a year of being stuck at home, everyone seems more eager than ever to get moving. All of this sudden increased movement can lead to injuries. When you sustain an injury, how do you know if it is a sprain or a strain? It is hard to know the difference whe...
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MCO Therapy Department Awarded Readers' Choice Award
MCO is thrilled to announce our Physical Therapy department has been recognized with the Pantagraph's Readers' Choice Award! Our expert therapy team is dedicated to serving the Central Illinois area by offering locations in Bloomington and Chenoa. Not every orthopedic injury can be treated in the same way, which is why we are here to provide an ind...
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HealthCare Warning, Potential Phone Scam
MCO has recently been made aware of a potential phone scam. The caller states he works for various health care organizations in the Central Illinois area, and is using an OSF caller ID. The caller appears to be targeting pain clinic patients, and has asked for social security numbers and other personal information. This call is not sanctioned by MC...
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How Weight Affects Your Bones and Joints
Most Americans understand the risks associated with being overweight or obese. Diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, and sleep apnea are well understood and are discussed regularly. Recent studies have shown that more than two in three people are either overweight or obese. Besides the standard problems caused by...
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Better Health for Better Lives
Make sure to pick up the latest copy of Good Housekeeping and check out MCO's full feature! Learn more about how we're serving McLean County residents and hear directly from some of our physicians. We're proud to provide second-to-none orthopedic care to the community we love.Disclaimer: The following article was originally published in Good H...
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Physical Therapy Month
McLean County Orthopedics is happy to celebrate the month of October as National Physical Therapy Month! Our physical therapy department at MCO implements research-based techniques to improve mobility, reduce pain, and prevent further disabilities. We offer a variety of programs and services dedicated to getting you back to the life you love! Retur...
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Everything You Need to Know About Tennis Elbow
The name "tennis elbow" can be a bit misleading. Tennis players are not the only ones who commonly suffer from this condition. People whose jobs require them to use tennis-like swinging motions are also susceptible to developing symptoms. These job types can include plumbers, painters, carpenters, and butchers. Tennis elbow is a condition that occu...
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Elbow Pain
What’s the Difference Between Chronic and Acute Pain?
It can be confusing to know when to seek out professional help for an orthopedic issue. Perhaps you suffer from a rolled ankle after taking a dog for a walk, or you are a former athlete who lives with general soreness throughout your everyday life. Though these types of injuries are different, they often share a similar element: both people want to...
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Knee Pain
McLean County Orthopedics Welcomes New Foot and Ankle Specialist
McLean County Orthopedics is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Adam J. Buffington to our team! Dr. Buffington is a board-certified podiatrist and is fellowship-trained in advanced foot and ankle reconstruction.Dr. Buffington graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science with a degree in podiatric medicine in June of 20...
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How Your Desk Chair Might Be Causing Your Back and Neck Pain
The average office worker spends almost half of each day sitting at a desk. Studies have shown that prolonged sitting can not only negatively impact your metabolism, circulation, and increase the risk of disease, but can also put severe stress on the back and neck. Slumping over and slouching can injure spinal ligaments and strain the spinal d...
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Healing Tips for a Sprained Ankle
Sprained ankles are one of the most common orthopedic injuries. Over 23,000 people per day seek medical attention for a sprained ankle in the United States alone. Ankle sprains can be minor or they can be severe and require medical treatment. No matter how serious your ankle sprain is, it can be painful and make it difficult to perform everyday tas...
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We are MCO
McLean County Orthopedics or MCO has become a well-known name in Bloomington-Normal. However, as capabilities, services, and geographical presence have expanded, we proudly service more than McLean County and treat more than simple orthopedic conditions.MCO was born from the understanding that patients should be able to have convenient and quality ...
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McLean County Orthopedics COVID-19 Operations Update
MCO is open and ready to see you! While we limited patient visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now increasing patient appointment availability and have started performing elective surgeries/procedures – all in a safe and controlled manner. MCO's primary focus is the health and safety of our patients and staff members, and appropriate precau...
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Dealing with Common Running Injuries
Running injuries usually result from pushing your body too hard, incorrect running form, or not stretching before and after runs. The severity of running injuries ranges from minor to extreme, with each injury requiring a different amount of rest and healing. Some injuries may be acute and need immediate treatment, while others are chronic and must...
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McLean County Orthopedics Policy: Masks or Face-Coverings
 McLean County Orthopedics continues to focus on the health and safety of our patients and colleagues during COVID-19. All patients and caregivers arriving for an appointment or curbside pick-up at MCO MUST wear a mask or appropriate face-covering. The mask or face-covering must be in place before exiting your vehicle. This action is effective...
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McLean County Orthopedics COVID-19 Reminders
The physicians and staff of McLean County Orthopedics care about your well-being, especially as we all navigate these changing times that have resulted from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We would like to remind everyone to please: 1. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly and OftenThis is the single, most effective way to help limit the spread of t...
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10 Ways to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes numbness, weakness or tingling in your hand. It is caused by pressure on your median nerve, which runs through your arm and ends in your hand. Common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include weakness in your hand, tingling that moves into your arm, burning or itching, and numbness of the pal...
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Hand and Wrist Pain
Evisits Now Available!
Starting Tuesday, March 24th, we will be offering Evisits to further assist in your care and recovery. Please call 309-663-6567 to request an Evisit and we will help decide if this is a good option for you. Our virtual visit is performed on a secure HIPPA compliant platform, Updox. You will be working with a licensed healthcare professional an...
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The 7 Most Common Wrist and Hand Injuries
Injuries to the wrist and hand are very common and can occur due to work-related incidents, sports injuries, falls, and overuse of muscles or joint issues There are a variety of types of wrist and hand injuries, which can prevent you from participating in your daily tasks. It's important to recognize when something is wrong so you can seek treatmen...
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Hand and Wrist Pain
How Water Can Improve Your Joint Health
We've all heard it before…"drink more water." Whether you don't like the taste or simply forget, getting the recommended amount of water can be a challenge. But what if water could actually help reduce pain? When it comes to joint health, water plays a critical role in reducing debilitating joint pain that many people experience.  Joint issues...
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6 Foods that Can Boost Your Bone Health
It's never too early to start improving your bone health! Your bones are important at every stage of life, providing structural support, protecting your organs, and securing your muscles in place. Bones require two vital minerals to be strong and healthy – calcium and vitamin D. Eating foods that contain these essential minerals and others such as ...
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The Top 5 Causes of Holiday Injuries
​The holidays are a joyful time with friends and family. However, each year, thousands of people each suffer from holiday injuries due to various winter and holiday-related activities. Consider the following causes and how you can stay safe this season:  1. Winter Sports and Activities People commonly participate in activities such as snowboar...
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Live Pain-Free With MCO’s New Procedure Suite
McLean County Orthopedics is excited to announce a new on-site procedure suite located within our office! Our professional and experienced physicians are now able to perform minor out-patient orthopedic procedures, as well as pain injections on our campus. We understand that a full-service surgical center can be intimidating. Our new procedure suit...
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The Importance of Regular Stretching for Young Athletes
The warm-up is a critical aspect of sports that young athletes seem to forget most often. Whether they rush through the exercises so they can start playing faster or use it as a time to socialize with teammates, neglecting a stretching routine or stretching improperly prior to game time or practices can be harmful to the body. There are many types ...
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4 Surprising Causes of Fall Sports Injuries
It's back to school time, and that means fall sports will also be starting back up. Approximately 30 million children and adolescents in the U.S. participate in an organized sport. However, when it comes to sports, there is always an increased risk for injury, and one-third of all childhood injuries are sports-related. Whether it's cheerleading, fo...
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7 Key Benefits of Physical Therapy
You may have just been referred to a physical therapist after an injury and you're thinking, "what exactly will this do for me?" When possible and appropriate, physicians often consider physical therapy as the first course of treatment, as it is the least intrusive, low-risk treatment option that can provide an array of health benefits for people o...
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3 Most Common Summer Sports Injuries
With warmer temperatures and schools out of session, Central Illinois sports lovers are bound to be playing their favorite games. Unfortunately, with strenuous exercise comes the risk for orthopedic injuries. Here are sports injuries most commonly seen throughout the summer months: 1. Knee Injuries Cycling and running are both enjoyable and benefic...
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National Osteoporosis Awareness Month: 6 Tips to Prevent Bone Loss
Osteoporosis means "porous bone," and is a chronic disease characterized by the loss of bone density, in which bone loss outpaces the growth of new bone. This inability of the body to create new bone tissue causes the bones to become weak and brittle, thus increasing a patient's risk of fracture. Osteoporosis is often considered the "silent disease...
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5 Signs of Early Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic progressive disease that causes inflammation between the joints. In patients diagnosed with RA, the immune system mistakenly attacks joint cells, which results in severe joint pain and swelling. The most commonly affected areas are the hands, wrists, and feet. It's not clear as to what exactly causes RA, but d...
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Hand and Wrist Pain
The Evolution of Joint Replacement
Joint replacement research and pre/post-surgical practices have come a long way in the past few decades, undergoing many changes that have ultimately benefitted patients. Here are several significant changes we've seen so far: 1. More People are Receiving Joint Replacements Joint replacement has proved to be one of the most profitable and effective...
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Hip Pain
Achieve Your Fitness, Health, and Weight Loss Goals With the Body Composition Program
MCO is excited to offer community members additional support in achieving their health, fitness, and weight loss goals through the introduction of our Body Composition Program! Your journey with the program begins with our specialized medical team gathering and analyzing data on your body's unique makeup. This information will be gathered through m...
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Thankful for our Patients
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we want to dedicate some time to thank you for trusting us with all your injury, therapy, and orthopedic needs. We are truly privileged to serve our community by providing the best possible orthopedic service, and we hope you know how much we appreciate you choosing MCO. The most challenging part of working i...
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4 Signs it May Be Time for a Joint Replacement
Are you tired of constant pain in your knees, hips, and shoulders? Have you seemingly tried everything but still can't find relief? Although surgery is often recommended as a last option, it may be the ideal answer to a renewed and pain-free future. If you are experiencing persisting problems including but not limited to the following, it may be ti...
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Knee Pain
Bone Health Clinic: New For You at MCO
McLean County Orthopedics is a comprehensive orthopedic facility that treats a variety of bone injuries and fractures, but now we're offering even more! We are excited to provide preventative and proactive support to the community through our new Bone Health Clinic. Our clinic offers screenings and treatment options for osteoporosis, as well as inc...
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What You Should Know About Bone Cancer
We have all been affected by cancer in some way, whether we've battled it firsthand or supported someone else in their fight. There are a variety of cancers to be dealt with, but here is what you need to know about cancer of the bone. Primary bone cancer (cancer that begins within the bone) is rare, accounting for less than one percent of all cance...
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The 3 Best Knee Exercises
Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you're suffering from knee pain, but it actually may benefit you in the long run. Strengthening the muscles around your joints can decrease stress on your knee and protect you from injuries. However, it's essential to focus on proper form and technique, as many movements are helpful but can do more...
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Knee Pain
McLean County Orthopedics: We’ve Got School Spirit
The team at McLean County Orthopedics appreciates the opportunity to meet and care for so many of our students, athletes, and teams. We see you when you're broken and strained and have the privilege of helping you heal and get back in the game. While we would love to be in every sports directory, on the back of every shirt, and celebrate with you a...
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Standard MRIs vs. Open MRIs: What's the Difference?
Doctors are sometimes unable to diagnose a condition until they perform an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). An MRI is a noninvasive medical test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body. These imaging systems can reveal tissues, bones, and joints that can't be seen with x-rays, CT scans, or ...
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Treating the 3 Most Common Shoulder Injuries
Shoulders are among the busiest joints in the body, providing versatile movement of the arms. Sustaining an injury in this area can significantly impact your regular activities, making it important to understand the causes and treat them appropriately. Shoulder injuries can result from athletic-related activities to everyday wear-and-tear with...
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7 Tips for Chronic Pain Management
You might not be able to escape pain entirely, but it doesn't have to control your life. We've covered routines that may be causing your pain previously, but what about chronic pain that can be difficult to treat? Here are some helpful tips to improve your chronic pain management:   1. Use Deep Breathing Techniques. Meditate and calm your...
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Discovering the 4 Major Joint Pain Causes and Finding Relief
As we go throughout our daily activities, we often forget how much strain we put on our bodies. Normally, we associate joint pain causes with the aging process, but sometimes it can be a signal of a more serious underlying condition. Although this pain is frustrating and uncomfortable, it can lead us to determine what may be wrong internally. Often...
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The Four Reasons You Have Joint Pain and Where to Find Relief
 Joints are what connect your bones to one another. They are crucial to your body's functionality by allowing your bones to move freely. The main joints include the shoulders, hips, elbows, and knees. Many people suffer from joint pain, which can have a tremendous effect on their ability to perform daily activities. Causes Explained Joint pain...
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Thankful for Health: Thinking Right When You’re Feeling Wrong
It's easy to exercise and go about your daily activities when you're in good health. But exercise is the first thing we drop when we aren't feeling our best. We often forget how fortunate we are until something starts going wrong. However, when we sprain, pull, tear, or break something, our smiles quickly fade. It can be physically and emotionally ...
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Occupational Therapy vs. Physical Therapy: Knowing the Difference
Occupational therapy and physical therapy are often used interchangeably. These two distinct types of orthopedic treatment require many of the same skills but are entirely different in their approaches to clinical treatment. To begin, it's essential to understand how physical therapy and occupational therapy are similar. Both treatments provide dir...
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The Oasis MRI Has Arrived!
McLean County Orthopedics is excited that our new, state-of-the-art open MRI was delivered and placed into our new location at the Center for Integrated Wellness! The new Oasis open MRI has a 270˚ unobstructed view, allowing the patient to look around the room during their scan. This open MRI is perfect for everyone, including patients wi...
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