Don’t let pain keep you from the things that matter most
Your knees work hard to get you from place to place, up and down stairs, and from seated to standing. And they’re generally quiet about it—that is, until things start going wrong. Then your knees communicate loud and clear through clicks, cracks, pops and pain.
More than 15 million people say they have severe joint pain from arthritis alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But other injuries and conditions can put your knees in peril, too, including tendonitis, fractures and tears.
“Millions of people live with knee pain longer than they have to,” says Jason Koh, MD, director of NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and an internationally recognized sports medicine expert. “The main thing we hear from patients once they’ve recovered is that they wish they had come in sooner.”
Many patients put off surgery out of fear and worry, according to a study published in the American Journal of Nursing. Yet, surgery isn’t always the answer. Orthopedic experts at NorthShore utilize non-invasive procedures such as stem cell therapy to regenerate knee cartilage and custom rehabilitation programs.
The good news is that NorthShore Skokie Hospital’s inpatient units are now dedicated entirely to orthopedic and spine care. From the first evaluation through rehabilitation, NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute is enhancing the patient experience and improving outcomes with highly specialized surgeons, physicians, nurses and therapists all under one roof. Learn more about the specialty hospital at northshore.org/ortho or by calling (855) 929-0100.