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Chicago Herniated Disc

Chicago Herniated Disc

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Hip | Physical Therapy | Locations

Hinsdale Orthopaedics is widely recognized for serving its patients throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area for more than 60 years. It is not uncommon for us to see a number of patients each year seek our help on a herniated disc. There are a long list of terms used to describe spinal disc pathology, including “herniated disc,” “pinched nerve,” and “bulging disc.” Even though not all professionals can agree on the appropriate terminology, we are going to refer to it as “herniated disc” for the sake of clarity. A herniated disc has to do with a problem with one of the rubbery cushions or “discs” in between the vertebrae that stack-up to make your spine. These spinal discs remind one of a jelly doughnut that has a softer center and a tougher exterior. A “slipped disc” or a “ruptured disc” has to do when some of the “jelly” leaks out a crack in the tough exterior. It is no surprise that a herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves and cause a great deal of pain weakness or numbness. However, in some cases, the person who has the herniated disc does not have any symptoms whatsoever. Because so many individuals don’t even know they have a herniated disc, whenever our Chicago neighbors suspect they may have something wrong with their spine or back, Hinsdale Orthopaedics is the only name they need to know.

The most common signs and symptoms of a herniated disc for our Chicago patients include: Arm or leg pain; Numbness or tingling; Weakness. The arm or leg pain may occur most intensely in their buttocks, thighs and calves. Chicago patients who have herniated discs often experience numbness or tingling sensations and muscles served by the affected nerves and may tend to be weakened enough to cause them to stumble, or to impair their ability to lift or hold items. It is time to seek the professional advice of Hinsdale Orthopaedics in the event you experience the sensation of numbness, tingling or weakness, or you have pain traveling from your neck or upper back down your arms or legs. It is not uncommon for disc herniation to turn into disc disintegration because it is frequently the result of a gradual aging process.

Often it is difficult for patients to pinpoint the precise moment their herniated disc occurred. It may have come about when they used their back muscles instead of their leg and thigh muscles to lift a large, heavy object. Even twisting and turning while lifting can bring about a herniated disc. You can anticipate that our team will review the patient’s medical history; conduct a complete physical; and perform one or more diagnostic tests. If you recognize some of these symptoms as your own, it is time to reach out and contact us about scheduling an examination to determine if you have a herniated disc. We assure you that we will pin down your problem immediately, so you can get back into the swing of things as soon as possible. To set up an appointment today, call Hinsdale Orthopaedics at: (630) 323-6116.

Chicago Hand Surgery

Chicago Hand Surgery

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Hand, Wrist, Elbow | Physical Therapy | Locations

Hinsdale Orthopaedics is well-known for assisting patients throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area with all of their orthopaedic needs, especially in the field of hand surgery. Our qualified hand specialists are schooled in the art of diagnosing and treating all problems associated with the hand. This includes hand surgery. As a unique area of the human body, the hand is composed of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, skin and blood vessels. In order for the hand to function properly, all of these elements must be in excellent working order. Furthermore, the relationship between all these structures is both delicate and fragile and an injury to the hand can impair the usage of it. Regardless of a person’s age, or what they do for a living, if something goes wrong with one of their hands, they may not be able to perform their everyday activities. This is when they are going to want to have one of the highly-qualified physicians at Hinsdale Orthopaedics take a look at their hand. Therefore, whenever it is hand surgery Chicago residents require, Hinsdale Orthopaedics is the only name they need to know.

With regard to hand surgery for our Chicago patients, carpal tunnel surgery is one of the most common. This kind of hand surgery enjoys a great deal of success and usually is performed with local anesthesia and rarely involves an overnight stay in the hospital. What’s more, some of the reasons for hand surgery for our Chicago patients are:

·         Trauma;

·         Rheumatic changes to hand structures;

·         Congenital deformities; and

·         Infections.

We are also able to accommodate other surgeries such as:

·         Skin grafts;

·         Skin flaps;

·         Closed reduction and fixation;

·         Tendon repair;

·         Surgical drainage and/or debridement

·         Joint replacement; and

·         Replantation.

On the occasion hand surgery is required, Chicagoans prefer the talent and expertise of the surgical specialists at Hinsdale Orthopaedics. For over six decades, we have been delivering surgical care to our Chicago neighbors. And, when you need competent and professional care, we are able to provide it. It is also important to note that not all hand injuries require hand surgery. At Hinsdale Orthopaedics, we are able to offer our Chicago patients the precise care, therapy and treatment they need. Therefore, it is no wonder that Chicago patients are well aware that the professionals at Hinsdale Orthopaedics will always endeavor to not only meet their expectations, but to consistently surpass them. For more information about hand surgery, or to schedule an appointment, call Hinsdale Orthopaedics, today, at: (630) 794-8680.

Chicago Fractures

Chicago Fractures

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy | Locations

Hinsdale Orthopaedics has been serving patients throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area with a wide variety of exceptional orthopaedic treatments for more than six decades, including orthopaedic trauma, a branch of surgical medicine which handles serious injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Besides breaks and bone fractures, ligament, nerve, muscle, skin and tendon injuries come under this category of care. In fact, these trauma injuries can vary from a single broken bone to multiple bone fractures, some which may even be life-threatening. This is reason enough to want to want to have the nationally-known, board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians at Hinsdale Orthopaedics treat these fractures. As a result, on the occasion our Chicago neighbors are seeking for the most professional orthopaedic care for their bone fractures, Hinsdale Orthopaedics is the only name they need to know.

Chicago Bone Fractures

It is well-known that musculoskeletal injuries come in four categories:

  • Long bone fractures;
  • Joint factures;
  • Pelvic fractures; and
  • Bone fractures that involve the hands or the feet.

Hinsdale Orthopaedics reports that over 50% of their patients who are admitted to Level I Trauma Centers are suffering from musculoskeletal injuries like bone fractures. Consequently, with the complexity of these injuries, it is necessary that our professional team at Hinsdale Orthopaedics carefully coordinate the treatment of their bone fractures between multiple fields of medicine. Our Chicago patients are well aware that not only can they rely upon Hinsdale Orthopaedics to meet their expectations, but they will often surpass them.

Regardless of the severity of our patients’ bone fractures, our Chicago patients can rest assured that Hinsdale Orthopaedics has the requisite background and experience to treat their fractures with our state-of-the-art procedures, and help them onto the road to full recovery. Our long-term prognosis is good for our patients once they have had their injuries and fractures dealt with appropriately by our physicians. That’s why when Chicago residents present with bone fractures, we will get to work on carefully and accurately diagnosing the extent of their injuries and immediately proceed on determining the best treatment for their specific fractures. We are renowned for having several locations in Elmhurst, Joliet, New Lenox, Naperville, Western Springs and Westmont, with our Hinsdale Orthopaedics’ office serving as our main office. To schedule an appointment, call Hinsdale Orthopaedics at: (630) 794-8680, today.

Chicago Fractures | Chicago Bone Fractures

Chicago Electromyography

Electromyography

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy | Locations

Hinsdale Orthopaedics has diligently been serving its patients throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area with the finest procedures, including Electromyography, for more than six decades. Electromyography is an electrodiagnostic technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by a patient’s skeletal muscles. It actually assesses the health of the muscles and the nerve cells which control them. The EMG (Electromyography) uses tiny devices called electrodes to transmit or detect electric signals. During the process a needle electrode may be inserted directly into a muscle in order to record the electrical activity in the muscle. At the same time, another part of an EMG uses electrodes taped to the patient’s skin in order to accurately measure the speed and strength of signals traveling between two or more points. These are some of the reasons that whenever Chicago residents are searching for state-of-the-art Electromyography, Hinsdale Orthopaedics is the only name they need to know.

It is widely accepted that the EMG results can reveal nerve dysfunction, muscle dysfunction or issues with nerve-to-muscles signal transmissions. If patient comes to Hinsdale Orthopaedics with any of the following symptoms:

• Tingling;

• Muscle weakness;

• Numbness;

• Muscle pain or cramping; or

• Types of limb pain, it may be an indication of a nerve or muscle disorder.

The Electromyography procedure presents a low-risk of any complications, such as bleeding infection and nerve injury at the location where the needle is inserted.

As an exceptionally significant tool in the diagnoses of a number of conditions, the Electromyography procedure may signal:

• Muscle disorders;

• Diseases affecting the nerve and the muscle;

• Disorders of nerves outside the spinal cord;

• Disorders which affect the brain’s motor neurons; or

• Disorders that affect the nerve root.

It is important that Chicagoland patients realize that Hinsdale Orthopaedics will not only completely meet their expectations, but we will regularly surpass them. Most often the EMG is performed on an outpatient basis or as part of a patient’s stay in the hospital. Regardless of the procedure you are scheduled to have, you can relax in the knowledge that the staff and professionals at Hinsdale Orthopaedics will do everything possible to ensure that our patients’ ultimate satisfaction is our top priority. To schedule an appointment in one of our facilities, call Hinsdale Orthopaedics, today, at: (630) 794-8680. We have offices conveniently located in: Elmhurst, Joliet, New Lenox, Naperville, Western Springs and Westmont, with our Hinsdale Orthopaedics’ office as our main office.

Chicago Disc Replacement Surgery

Chicago Disc Replacement Surgery

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy | Hip | Locations

Patients throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area are well-aware that no one can top the staff and physicians at Hinsdale Orthopaedics when it comes to delivering the finest disc replacement surgery in the region. For over six decades we have been providing exceptional orthopaedic care to patients, and we are undoubtedly recognized as the foremost orthopaedic clinic in the area. When it comes to disc replacement surgery, our outstanding team of physicians have the know-how and the expertise to perform the most outstanding care and advanced surgical techniques. Whether it’s minimally invasive surgery, arthroscopic surgery, cartilage transplantation, robotic and computer-assisted surgery or disc replacement surgery our Chicago neighbors require, the only name they need to know is Hinsdale Orthopaedics.

Artificial disc replacement surgery is a relatively newer surgical procedure for relieving lower back pain for Chicago patients. Similar to other disc replacement surgery of the knees or hips, disc replacement surgery of the spine replaces an intervertebral disc in the spine with a mechanical device. Hinsdale Orthopaedics implants artificial discs into the spine of Chicago patients that will imitate the motions of their normal disc. Regardless if our Chicago patients suffer from injured or degenerated discs, disc replacement surgery at the hands of one of our highly-skilled surgeons promises to have very positive outcomes. Furthermore, Hinsdale Orthopaedics treats patients not only across Chicagoland, but we also have seen them from as far away as Canada, Mexico and Israel, especially if they are looking for revision total joint replacement.

Whenever disc replacement surgery is necessary, who better to see than the extraordinary team of surgical specialists and support professionals at Hinsdale Orthopaedics? Prior to the existence of disc replacement surgery, the procedure most often used for disc pain in the spine, has been spinal fusion. By fusing the vertebra around the disc that is causing pain, the thought was that the pain would be significantly reduced. However, a normal spine allows for motion, which is why having disc replacement surgery is truly the better option if at all possible. Another advantage of disc replacement surgery is the ability for our Chicago patients to return to normal activities sooner. Therefore, Chicago patients are going to want to discuss all the options with our team, including the disc replacement and the fusion to determine which procedures will suit them best. There is no doubt about it, Chicagoland patients can always count on Hinsdale Orthopaedics to not only meet their expectations, but to frequently exceed them. To schedule an appointment with us, today, call Hinsdale Orthopaedics at: (630) 794-8680.

Chicago Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement

Chicago Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy | Hip | Locations

Hinsdale Orthopaedics is widely recognized as the leading provider of orthopaedic care for persons living throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. For over 60 years, we have been delivering state-of-the-art care to patients in the region. Hinsdale Orthopaedics believes that when possible, surgery should be the last resort, and hip replacement surgery is no exception. Traditional hip replacement surgery involves making an incision on the side of the hip (lateral) or the back of the hip (posterior). These techniques involve detachment of muscles and tendons in order to replace the joint. This may lead to increased pain after surgery and may even delay recovery time. As a minimally invasive procedure, direct anterior approach hip replacement involves a small incision on the front of the hip so the hip joint can be replaced by moving muscles aside, without detaching any tendons. There is quicker recovery time, less post-surgery pain and more normal function after hip replacement using direct anterior approach hip replacement. It makes perfect sense that whenever Chicago patients are looking for the direct anterior approach hip replacement, the only name they need to know is Hinsdale Orthopaedics.

It is important for Chicagoans to realize that not everyone is a suitable candidate for direct anterior approach hip replacement. Disqualifiers can be a body mass index greater than 35 and complex hip disorders like hip dysplasia and prior surgeries. Another critical factor is that regardless of how minimally invasive the surgery, all hip replacement surgery is considered major surgery and complications can occur. That’s why you are going to want to make sure you have the competent team of Hinsdale Orthopaedics in charge of your direct interior approach hip replacement. Furthermore, the recovery success experienced by our Chicago patients depends a great deal on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to:

• Surgeon experience;

• Surgical approach;

• The implant;

• Patients’ health; and

• Patients’ commitment to post-operative physical therapy.

Five more excellent reasons to want to have Hinsdale Orthopaedics there for you!

 

As a highly successful alternative to traditional hip surgery, direct interior approach hip replacement has the possibility of less pain and faster recovery time for Chicago patients. Considered not only to be tissue sparing, the direct interior approach hip replacement procedure allows patients greater freedom of movement and the ability to bear their full weight immediately or soon after surgery. There is also less of a chance for scaring because the incision with direct interior approach hip replacement is relatively small. Moreover, since the muscles and tissues are not disturbed during direct interior approach hip replacement surgery, there is more time for the implant to stabilize after surgery. In the event you would like to set up an appointment for a consultation, call Hinsdale Orthopaedics today at our main office at: (630) 794-8680.

Chicago Arthroscopy

Chicago PCL Treatments

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy | Locations

The physicians and entire healthcare staff and other professionals at Hinsdale Orthopaedics have been diligently serving patients throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area with the finest procedures including nonsurgical treatment option such as arthroscopy. Arthroscopy is recognized as a minimally invasive surgical technique that is used both for diagnosis and treatment of joint abnormalities. Most often, arthroscopy is performed on an outpatient basis. Furthermore, prior to using arthroscopy, physicians usually use general, spinal, regional or local anesthetic. It was first popularized in the 1960s, but is a common procedure throughout the world, today. Patients can usually expect to return home the same day the procedure has been performed and is completed. It is no wonder that whenever Chicago residents require state-of-the-art arthroscopy, the only name they need to know is Hinsdale Orthopaedics.

With arthroscopy, a small tube containing optical fibers and lenses is inserted in the skin and into the joint to be examined via the arthroscope. A small video camera is attached to the arthroscope so that the interior of the joint can be projected onto a television monitor. By utilizing an arthroscope rather than traditional surgical techniques, there will be less tissue trauma and less pain and it will also result in a quicker recovery. This procedure is especially helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of countless non-inflammatory, inflammatory and infections types of arthritis in addition to a variety of joint injuries. Arthroscopy is also used in the evaluation of joints injuries, strains and tears. However, it can also be used to examine and treat knees, hips, wrists, ankles, feet, spine and elbows. It only makes sense to discover that Chicagoland patients understand that not only will Hinsdale Orthopaedics meet their expectations, but they will most likely exceed them.

A new procedure developed to treat the younger members of our society, involves using arthroscopy whereby cells from the patient are harvested and grown in a laboratory and were ultimately re-implanted at a later date with the use of an arthroscope. In conditions such as inflammatory arthritis, Hinsdale Orthopaedics’s physicians use an arthroscope to remove the inflamed joint tissue with the arthroscope, biopsy it and examine it beneath a microscope to determine the cause of the inflammation and to discover infections. What’s more, arthroscopy is a method used during surgery. Regardless of the testing noninvasive procedures you have, you can rest assured that Hinsdale Orthopaedics will always place your needs first and foremost. It goes without saying that patient satisfaction is, and always will be, our top priority. For an appointment in one of our facilities, call Hinsdale Orthopaedics, today, at: (630) 794-8680. We have offices conveniently located in: Elmhurst, Joliet, New Lenox, Naperville, Western Springs and Westmont, with our Hinsdale Orthopaedics’ office as our main office.

Chicago ACL Treatments

Chicago PCL Treatments

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy | Knee | Locations

 

Widely distinguished as the leading provider of orthopaedic services to patients throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area, Hinsdale Orthopaedics has been in the region for more than 60 years. We are also recognized for our outstanding ACL treatments, MCL treatments, LCL treatments and PCL treatments. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament, or ACL, is one of the major four ligaments of the knee joint that coordinates function and promotes stability. If a person injures their ACL, the ACL treatment most often involves surgery. However, individuals who are not particularly active, may, on the other hand, select a strengthening program rather than surgery. Most likely the strengthening program will take between six and 10 months of complete. Athletic individuals are more inclined to choose surgery for their preferred ACL treatment. Consequently, when our Chicago neighbors require ACL treatments, Hinsdale Orthopaedics is the only name they need to know.

 

Chicago MCL Treatments

The Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) is a wide, thick band which runs down the inner part of the knee from the femur to about four to six inches from the top of the tibia. Its functions involve preventing over-extension of the leg, stabilizing the knee and allowing the knee to rotate. Frequently, Chicagoans engaged in sports sustain blunt force to the outside of the knee causing the MCL to tear. Initial symptoms of an MCL tear are: pain or tenderness; stiffness; swelling and the knee locking or catching. The most common MCL treatments are:

  • R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation);
  • To ease pain and swelling take pain relievers; and
  • Wear lightweight cast or brace.

Tears usually respond well to nonsurgical MCL treatments, and recovery depends largely upon the severity of the injury. The LCL or Lateral Collateral Ligament, is a thin band that runs along the outside of the knee and connects the thighbone (femur) to the fibula. The tears to the LCL occur most often as the result of direct blows to the inside of the knee. LCL treatments depend mainly upon whether the ligament responds well to treatment. Chicago patients who have more severe injuries frequently require surgery; while less damaged LCL tears usually heal with nonsurgical treatment. As stated previously, the length of recovery for a Chicago patient is directly related to the seriousness of the injury.

 

Chicago LCL Treatments

LCL treatments for minor injuries of Chicagoans consist of: periods of rest; bracing; and physical therapy. Surgical LCL treatments usually take between one and two hours. The PCL, or Posterior Cruciate Ligament, is only about two inches long and joins the femur to the tibia at the back of the knee. As the strongest ligament in the knee, when the PCL tears, it is usually due to more traumatic injuries than sports injuries. Isolated PCL tears are most commonly treated with rehabilitation than with surgery. In the event the PCL involves other injuries, the most likely surgical procedure is to reconstruct the PCL. Irrespective of the PCL treatments they will require, Chicago patients consistently choose Hinsdale Orthopaedics. What’s more, not only will we always strive to meet their expectations, but we will probably surpass them. If, you are interested in setting up an appointment with one of our clinics, call us at: (630) 794-8680, today. Besides Hinsdale, we have offices in: Elmhurst, Joliet, New Lenox, Naperville, Western Springs and Westmont.

Chicago ACL Treatments | Chicago MCL Treatments | Chicago LCL Treatments | Chicago PCL Treatments

Jennifer Silvia, MS, PA-C

Physician Assistant for Dr. Lorenz

Jennifer Silvia, PA-C, is a board-certified physician assistant licensed to practice and prescribe medicine in the state of Illinois. She works directly with Dr. Lorenz in the operating room and clinic settings.

Jennifer graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology from Fairfield University in Connecticut. She then went on to receive her Master of Medical Science degree in physician assistant studies at University of New England in Portland, Maine. After gaining an abundance of experience in emergency medicine in Saginaw, Michigan and here in Chicago, Jennifer has decided to switch specialties to focus more on surgery and orthopaedics. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time travelling, hiking and exploring all the new restaurants Chicago has to offer.

Education

  • M.S., University of New England, Portland, ME
  • B.S., Biology, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Area of Specialty

  • Orthopaedics

Current Appointment

  • Staff PA, Hinsdale Orthopaedics
  • Privileges at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

Emalee Hanna, MMS, ATC

Physician Assistant for Dr. Urbanosky

Emalee Hanna, M.M.S and ATC., is a board-certified physician assistant who is licensed to practice medicine, as well as prescribe medicine, in the state of Illinois under physician supervision. 

With over 60 weeks of clinical experience and +2,000 hours of work as a certified Athletic Trainer, Hinsdale Orthopaedics eagerly welcomed Emalee in October of 2014.  She will work alongside Dr. Leah Urbanosky, assisting in patient care, treatment and surgery. 

Emalee attended Midwestern University in Downers Grove and the University of Indianapolis, where she obtained her M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies and her BA of Science in Athletic Training, respectively.  

Education:

  • M.M.S., Physician Assistant Studies, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL
  • B.S., Science in Athletic Training, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Areas of Specialty:

  • Athletic Training
  • General Orthopaedics

Current Appointment:

  • Staff PA, Hinsdale Orthopaedics

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

 

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