Is Shoulder Pain Keeping you from Enjoying Life?

Shoulder Replacement

Patient Education Digital Flipbook

The DJO Surgical Shoulder Solutions Patient FlipBook is an interactive, digital magazine that can be viewed on digital devices such as iPads and other tablets, laptops and smart phones. The Flipbook is designed to be flipped through like a magazine but with interactive image pop-ups, patient testimonial videos, and surgical procedure animations.


Still Active after Two New Knees and Shoulders

Daniel Quealy, 65, of Clarendon Hills has always been active, having played organized sports from grade school through college. His competitive juices eventually led him to play softball and racquetball and participate in marathons and triathlons. All of these things made Dan feel alive.

Over time, knee pain became his ultimate challenge. It became so severe that hedan-quealy_backpacking depended on a daily regimen of aspirin just to get through a day. Eventually, the pain reached a crescendo when he had difficulty just walking and couldn’t safely carry his grandkids. That’s when he knew it was time to ask for help.

Quealy carefully researched options for treatment. With several family members in the medical field, he repeatedly heard that the patients of one doctor seemed to have more successful recoveries. That was Dr. Scott Sporer, a hip and knee replacement physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR).

He arranged an appointment with Dr. Sporer at the MOR office in Winfield, who diagnosed him with degenerative arthritis in his knees. They discussed moving forward with a bilateral (both sides) knee replacement. Quealy was motivated to get them both done at the same time and not prolong the recovery. The procedures went well and he credits “dedication, good physical therapy and family support” with his smooth road to recovery.

After his rehabilitation, he eliminated some of the more high impact sports he participated in, but was still able to ride bicycles and perform lower impact activities.

Subsequently, Quealy began to develop pain in his shoulders. They were consistently aching and preventing him from sleeping well. He knew the group to go for treatment and this time sought out Dr. Gregory Nicholson, a shoulder specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Dr. Nicholson diagnosed him with degenerative labral tears and performed a shoulder arthroscopy procedure on Quealy’s right shoulder and two years later on his left shoulder. A shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure during which tiny incisions are made in the shoulder and a fiber optic camera is used to view the shoulder joint. Then, any damage can also be repaired by inserting other tools through the same tiny incisions.

Post-surgery and after dedicating himself to a regimen of physical therapy and living pain-free, Quealy says that “it was definitely worth it.” What Quealy liked most about Dr. Sporer and Dr. Nicholson was that they were upfront, honest and had a no-nonsense style. He recalls that before his procedures, pain consumed most of his day and affected his mood. After his knee and shoulder procedures, he became his old self again.

MORGif-180x150-linkToday, Quealy remains active. He participates in strength training, hiking and yoga with little to no limitations. Most recently, Quealy completed a six-day backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon that required him to carry a 45 pound pack on unpaved trails. More importantly, he can carry his newest grandchild safely and with confidence. Quealy credits Dr. Sporer and Dr. Nicholson with a dramatic improvement in his quality of life.

If you would like to discuss your knee pain with Dr. Scott Sporer or your shoulder pain with Dr. Gregory Nicholson, please call 877 MD BONES (877.632.6637) for an appointment at a location nearest you.

Spare The Scalpel: A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Future of Orthopedic Medicine (A TEDx Talk)

Dr. Brian Cole from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush discusses the evolution of orthopedic/sports medicine and the role of regenerative medicine, and medical technology…past, present and future. Presented on April 30, 2016 at the TEDxRushU Event, Rush University Medical Center.

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TED is an annual event where innovative, interesting, and motivated individuals are invited to share their insights and passions. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our future. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and a “journey into the future.”

Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA, is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedics with an appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois; Chairman of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital and head of the world’s most active Cartilage Research and Restoration Center specializing in alternatives to joint replacement for arthritis. He is a Team physician for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and DePaul University.

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Protecting Yourself from Environmental Toxins; AC Joint Sprains; Increasing Testosterone Naturally

Episode 16.27 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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KarenSegment One: Karen Malkin from Karen Malkin Health Counseling discusses how to reduce exposure to toxins in your environment; the use of plastic containers in food storage-cooking-serving; how to purify your water supply. When trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle, diet and exercise tend to get most of the attention. But there’s another critical step to living healthier: reducing your intake of toxic chemicals. In particular, chemicals known as endocrine disruptors can confuse your body by crossing wires in your hormonal system, which may in turn causes an increase or decrease in the production of various hormones. See entire article by Karen posted on this blog October 6, 2016:

 5 Ways to Protect Your Hormones From Toxins & Endocrine Disruptors  

Segment Two: Dr. Cole and Steve discuss the recent AC Joint Sprain suffered by Jimmy Garoppolo of the New England Patriots. Understanding the injury which can come from a direct blow and the decision to use injections vs. rest; getting the player back in the game without causing further injury.

The AC joint is made up of the clavicle (collarbone) and the acromion (what most refer to as the shoulder-blade). You can run your finger out on your collarbone to your shoulder and hopefully appreciate the location of the joint. Structurally this joint is important for stability, but in the case of throwing, there are a few other stabilizers that can compensate for a short time. Functionally this joint is important, as the shoulder complex relies on the humerus and scapula being in synch; however the AC joint should not be a major limiter to the throwing motion.

Segment Three: Thomas Delaur, Executive Body and Business Coach talks with Dr. Cole and Steve about increasing testosterone levels naturally; the importance of healthy fats in your diet; Finding the Balance between Body, Brain, Business and Family; how to harness your skills in business to optimize your body. Tapping into the levels of discipline that make you successful in one aspect of life, and correlating them with other aspects of their life and business.

Work/Life Balance – Re-imagined

We are constantly reminded of the work/life balance and how integral it is to a happydelaur life. But I know that as a top performer the idea of balance can be de-motivating. I encourage my clients to reestablish their view on balance as not something that forces them to bring their work ethic down to other avenues of their life, but to bring those other avenues UP to the levels of discipline and focus that they have in the best areas of their life. If you’re in business, you’re hard wired for optimization, we just have to tap into it… using health and performance as the platform.