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Sep
30

Contactless Check-In for Client Convenience – Now Available at CMCO!

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At Carle McLean County Orthopedics, we understand that your time is valuable. Carle McLean County Orthopedics patients can now skip the line and save time! With a click of a button from your phone, you can take advantage of our new contactless check-in using the MyCarle app! We are happy to offer Carle McLean County Orthopedics patients this conven...

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Jul
07

CARLE MCLEAN COUNTY ORTHOPEDICS ACCEPTS ALL MAJOR HEALTH INSURANCES

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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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Apr
07

Nurses Appreciated at Carle McLean County Orthopedics!

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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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Nov
24

How to Prevent Muscle Cramps

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 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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Sep
24

Fundamental Movements

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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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Sep
24

Sport Specialization: More Benefit or Risk?

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 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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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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Feb
12

How Water Can Improve Your Joint Health

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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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Dec
01

How Weight Affects Your Bones and Joints

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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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Dec
21

HealthCare Warning, Potential Phone Scam

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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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Jul
26

The Oasis MRI Has Arrived!

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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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Nov
06

Occupational Therapy vs. Physical Therapy: Knowing the Difference

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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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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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Nov
01

Thankful for our Patients

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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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Apr
30

Dealing with Common Running Injuries

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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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Jan
06

6 Foods that Can Boost Your Bone Health

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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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Mar
23

Evisits Now Available!

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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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Apr
03

McLean County Orthopedics COVID-19 Reminders

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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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Apr
27

McLean County Orthopedics Policy: Masks or Face-Coverings

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 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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May
15

McLean County Orthopedics COVID-19 Operations Update

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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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Jul
01

Healing Tips for a Sprained Ankle

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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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