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Aug
01

4 Surprising Causes of Fall Sports Injuries

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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, f...
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Jul
01

7 Key Benefits of Physical Therapy

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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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Jun
03

3 Most Common Summer Sports Injuries

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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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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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Apr
09

5 Signs of Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

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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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Mar
01

The Evolution of Joint Replacement

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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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Feb
01

The Mako System: For Joints in Need

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McLean County Orthopedics is changing joint replacements as we know them. The Mako Total Knee is transforming the way joint replacements are performed by providing a more patient-specific approach to joint replacement surgery, thus improving the experience for surgeons and patients alike. Experts have predicted that the amount of knee replacements ...
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Jan
02

Find Pain Relief with the Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant

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MCO is excited to announce a new surgical procedure using a Cartiva synthetic cartilage implant. This specific implant is designed for the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP) in your big toe, one of the most common arthritic joints within the foot. "In my line of work, probably a good 30-40% of people come in complaining about big toe pain…" says Dr. S...
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Nov
30

Achieve Your Fitness, Health, and Weight Loss Goals With the Body Composition Program

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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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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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Oct
01

4 Signs it May Be Time for a Joint Replacement

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​ 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 ...
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Aug
31

Chronic Pain Management: Support Where You Need It

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Are you suffering from chronic pain? You're not alone. McLean County Orthopedics offers a peer support group to the general public the second Thursday of every month from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. The group is hosted by Sandy Fader, a nurse practitioner at MCO who works directly with Dr. Naour as part of a pain management team. The schedule is as follows...
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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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Jun
01

The 3 Best Knee Exercises

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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 mo...
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May
01

McLean County Orthopedics: We’ve Got School Spirit

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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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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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Apr
02

Treating the 3 Most Common Shoulder Injuries

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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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Feb
28

7 Tips for Chronic Pain Management and Find Relief Now

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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 cal...
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Feb
28

How to Prevent the 3 Most Common Wrist Injuries

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With so many small bones in your hand and wrist, there are many ways to get an injury. The bones in your hands and wrists are connected through tendons, muscles, and ligaments work together to allow you to do just about everything! Our hands are one of the most used body parts we have, and even the simplest of tasks would be extremely difficult wit...
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Feb
05

5 Daily Routines That Might Be Causing You Pain

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Orthopedic injuries occur across the body and most often in athletes and older adults , but everyone is susceptible. Sometimes we get so involved in our daily routines that we might not even notice what's causing our pain. Check out these five daily activities that might be causing you orthopedic discomfort:   Common Causes of Pain ​ Typing: I...
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Feb
05

Quick, Quality Orthopedic Care at Our Walk-In Ortho Care Clinic

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If your bones, muscles, or joints are injured, bring them to MCO's Walk-In Ortho Care Clinic  and get the quick, quality care you deserve. At McLean County Orthopedics, we understand that accidents happen and when they do, they make life even more stressful. That's why we offer a walk-in orthopedic care clinic with extended hours dedicate...
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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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Dec
29

The Only Place To Go Is Up: Managing Your Post-Surgery Pain for Recovery

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In need of a hip, knee, or shoulder replacement and worried about post-surgery pain? Never fear! Your comfort is a top priority for MCO's highly skilled surgeons . We'll make every effort to provide you with the best care possible. However, there are also some things you can do on your own to achieve relief. Don't let your pain control you; check o...
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Dec
29

5 Ways to Stop Carpal Tunnel Pain Without Surgery

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Carpal Tunnel is a common condition that consists of numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain caused by increased pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. This nerve runs from your elbow to your hand through a small gap in your wrist referred to as the "carpal tunnel." The pressure can be caused by pregnancy, a variety of illnesses such as hypothyr...
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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  Join...
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Nov
27

Win Dinner at Your Door: A Chance for Free Hello Fresh

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  Rest those tired bones. Dinner's on us for a week! McLean County Orthopedics loves treating our patients, especially during the holiday times. This season, your family will be busy visiting relatives, traveling, and opening LOTS of presents, but we're here to give you another gift. Enter to win this sweepstake for a chance to win a box meal ...
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Nov
20

Thankful for Health: Thinking Right When You’re Feeling Wrong

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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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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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Sep
08

McLean County Orthopedics Welcomes Dr. Shaun A. Kink, M.D., Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, to Our Team

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​ McLean County Orthopedics is pleased to welcome Shaun A. Kink, M.D. to their local medical team. He is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle treatment and handles an array of orthopedic conditions that impact the lower extremities. Before pursuing his medical degree from Michigan State University , Dr. Kink earned a Doctora...
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