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What’s the Difference Between Chronic and Acute Pain?

It can be confusing to know when to seek out professional help for an orthopedic issue. Perhaps you suffer from a rolled ankle after taking a dog for a walk, or you are a former athlete who lives with general soreness throughout your everyday life. Though these types of injuries are different, they often share a similar element: both people want to...
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McLean County Orthopedics Welcomes New Foot and Ankle Specialist

McLean County Orthopedics is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Adam J. Buffington to our team! Dr. Buffington is a board-certified podiatrist and is fellowship-trained in advanced foot and ankle reconstruction.Dr. Buffington graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science with a degree in podiatric medicine in June of 20...
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How Your Desk Chair Might Be Causing Your Back and Neck Pain

The average office worker spends almost half of each day sitting at a desk. Studies have shown that prolonged sitting can not only negatively impact your metabolism, circulation, and increase the risk of disease, but can also put severe stress on the back and neck. Slumping over and slouching can injure spinal ligaments and strain the spinal d...
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Healing Tips for a Sprained Ankle

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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We are MCO

McLean County Orthopedics or MCO has become a well-known name in Bloomington-Normal. However, as capabilities, services, and geographical presence have expanded, we proudly service more than McLean County and treat more than simple orthopedic conditions.MCO was born from the understanding that patients should be able to have convenient and quality ...
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McLean County Orthopedics COVID-19 Operations Update

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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Dealing with Common Running Injuries

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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McLean County Orthopedics Policy: Masks or Face-Coverings

 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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McLean County Orthopedics COVID-19 Reminders

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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10 Ways to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that causes numbness, weakness or tingling in your hand. It is caused by pressure on your median nerve, which runs through your arm and ends in your hand. Common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include weakness in your hand, tingling that moves into your arm, burning or itching, and numbness of the pal...
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Evisits Now Available!

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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The 7 Most Common Wrist and Hand Injuries

Injuries to the wrist and hand are very common and can occur due to work-related incidents, sports injuries, falls, and overuse of muscles or joint issues There are a variety of types of wrist and hand injuries, which can prevent you from participating in your daily tasks. It's important to recognize when something is wrong so you can seek treatmen...
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How Water Can Improve Your Joint Health

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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6 Foods that Can Boost Your Bone Health

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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The Top 5 Causes of Holiday Injuries

​The holidays are a joyful time with friends and family. However, each year, thousands of people each suffer from holiday injuries due to various winter and holiday-related activities. Consider the following causes and how you can stay safe this season:  1. Winter Sports and Activities People commonly participate in activities such as snowboar...
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Live Pain-Free With MCO’s New Procedure Suite

McLean County Orthopedics is excited to announce a new on-site procedure suite located within our office! Our professional and experienced physicians are now able to perform minor out-patient orthopedic procedures, as well as pain injections on our campus. We understand that a full-service surgical center can be intimidating. Our new procedure suit...
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The Importance of Regular Stretching for Young Athletes

The warm-up is a critical aspect of sports that young athletes seem to forget most often. Whether they rush through the exercises so they can start playing faster or use it as a time to socialize with teammates, neglecting a stretching routine or stretching improperly prior to game time or practices can be harmful to the body. There are many types ...
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4 Surprising Causes of Fall Sports Injuries

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, fo...
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7 Key Benefits of Physical Therapy

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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3 Most Common Summer Sports Injuries

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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National Osteoporosis Awareness Month: 6 Tips to Prevent Bone Loss

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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5 Signs of Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

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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The Evolution of Joint Replacement

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

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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Thankful for our Patients

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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4 Signs it May Be Time for a Joint Replacement

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 ti...
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Chronic Pain Management: Support Where You Need It

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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Bone Health Clinic: New For You at MCO

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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What You Should Know About Bone Cancer

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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The 3 Best Knee Exercises

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 more...
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McLean County Orthopedics: We’ve Got School Spirit

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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Standard MRIs vs. Open MRIs: What's the Difference?

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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Treating the 3 Most Common Shoulder Injuries

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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7 Tips for Chronic Pain Management

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

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 dedicated...
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Discovering the 4 Major Joint Pain Causes and Finding Relief

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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The Four Reasons You Have Joint Pain and Where to Find Relief

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

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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Occupational Therapy vs. Physical Therapy: Knowing the Difference

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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The Oasis MRI Has Arrived!

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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