Bulls Blog: Winning at Home

Chicago Bulls head team physicians Brian Cole, MD, and Kathy Weber, MD, of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, are blogging about their experiences with the team during the playoffs. Rush University Medical Center is the preferred medical center for the Bulls.

By Brian Cole, MD

Well, winning at home for game 5 was a thrill for all of us. Derrick Rose was just fantastic to work with after his ankle sprain that occurred during game 4. Kathy and I are always learning about how to help players deal with injury and return to play.

After sustaining a fairly significant inversion ankle sprain in game 4, all of us were quite concerned about how quickly his pain would go away to allow him to play uninhibited. The MRI was particularly helpful in educating all of us and reinforcing the fact that this type of ankle sprain was safe to play on, and provided Derrick the reassurance that he could safely and confidently push through the discomfort. He did just that!

We have five full days of rest and then some until round 2! This is particularly exciting since we haven’t gone to round 2 since we played in 2007 against Detroit after beating Miami. More soon.

Go Red!

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Spring Training Update: A Day of Physicals

Joshua Blomgren, DO, a sports medicine physician with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, is posting updates from Chicago White Sox spring training in Arizona. Rush is the preferred hospital of the White Sox and home to the team physicians.

Sunday, March 6: Woke bright and early to get to the ballpark at 6 a.m. for physicals. Today all the minor league coaches, pitchers and catchers reported to start their spring training. These players comprise all the pitchers and catchers working their way up the ranks through the White Sox Minor League and player development programs. Many of the players had prior “spring training” experience, having been here at Camelback Ranch (the White Sox spring training home) last year and some with other teams. There were also a lot of players who were taking in the experience for the very first time. You could sense their excitement and nervousness.

The physicals are set up like a well oiled machine. The players cycle through a few stations before presenting for their medical and orthopedic examinations. Once these are complete they are free to get started with their workouts and drills. We made short order of the 45 or so physicals thanks in part to a team of four primary care sports medicine physicians, myself included, and four orthopedic surgeons. After this I was free to go out to the practice facilities and take in batting and fielding practice while enjoying the Arizona sun. Continue reading

Patient ‘Forever Grateful’ for Care at Rush

After Christine Skujins posted a review of her care at Rush University Medical Center on Yelp, we asked her to share her story on Rush InPerson.

By Christine Skujins

Being in the medical profession myself, as an occupational therapist, I self-diagnosed myself with bilateral cubital tunnel syndrome about one year ago. My family doctor said I was too young for this. I was 27.

Great, I thought, that’s never something you want to hear. I ignored the symptoms in my right arm, but couldn’t help but think that the left elbow needed to be fixed soon. The pinched nerve in my left elbow was causing me to wake up several times a night with shooting pain and numbness. I’d move sides and soon the right arm would act up.

I kept ignoring the issue and pretended I was “normal.” I modified my activities, as a good OT knew to do. I wore a few elbow splints, but let’s be honest, sleeping with elbow splints to straighten your elbows on both elbow joints is not good for quality of life. I felt pretty desperate, not knowing how this process would end.

I asked a therapist friend of mine who I should go to see to fix these issues. Without hesitation, he said “Dr.  (Mark) Cohen is one of the best.” I did my own research and realized he’s truly a brilliant surgeon. My first few visits were brief, as he kept telling me it was my decision, dependent on quality of life, as to when to schedule a surgery. A surgery …  hmmm.  I had rehabilitated several patients, as an OT, who had similar conditions. I was never on this side before and I didn’t like it. Continue reading

Joint Replacement Surgery Changed Her Life

Arthritis pain made every step Mary Rose took excruciating, but specialists told her she had to wait until she was 50 to have joint replacement surgery. She made an appointment with Craig Della Valle, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago who specializes in treating arthritic hips and knees.

After having hip replacement surgery and knee replacement surgery at Rush, she was able to walk down the aisle at her wedding without pain.