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Oct
01

Live Pain-Free With MCO’s New Procedure Suite

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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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Jan
31

Low Back Pain and Hip Muscle Imbalance in Athletes

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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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May
26

Concussions in Sports

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 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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May
24

Strain or Sprain: What’s the difference?

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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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May
01

National Osteoporosis Awareness Month: 6 Tips to Prevent Bone Loss

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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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Dec
18

The Four Reasons You Have Joint Pain and Where to Find Relief

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 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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Jan
17

Discovering the 4 Major Joint Pain Causes and Finding Relief

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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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Feb
28

7 Tips for Chronic Pain Management

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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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Apr
16

Standard MRIs vs. Open MRIs: What's the Difference?

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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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Aug
01

Bone Health Clinic: New For You at MCO

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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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Jul
02

What You Should Know About Bone Cancer

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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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Dec
02

The Top 5 Causes of Holiday Injuries

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​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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