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Symptoms, Conditions and Diagnosis

Setting the standard for superior orthopedic care

Get your FREE Joint Health Kit!

This helpful kit is filled with valuable information to keep your joints pain-free. To order yours, call NCH HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968).

Multidisciplinary teams of orthopedic professionals at Northwest Community Hospital perform a full range of advanced treatments, therapies and procedures usually found at university medical centers. Whether you require emergency care for joint or muscle pain, strains, sprains or fractures, treatment for a condition like rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis or tendonitis, or surgery such as a hip replacement or knee replacement, NCH can help you recover more quickly and get on with your life.

We’re committed to providing the best and latest treatments for a wide range of problems affecting the musculoskeletal system, including:

  • Fractures—From simple to complex breaks
  • Sports injuries—Adult and children’s sprains, strains and dislocations from sports
  • Overuse injuries—Problems with shoulders, elbows, knees and back due to repetitive motions
  • Sprains and strains—Bruises or minor trauma to muscles, ligaments or tendons, often in an ankle, knee or back
  • Degenerative joint disease—Including osteoarthritis, a chronic, degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage that can occur in any joint, though it usually affects the hands, knees, hips or spine

Advanced testing for more precise orthopedic diagnoses

Orthopedic issues often require multiple tests or imaging procedures to isolate and identify the exact location and nature of the problem—whether it is caused by wear and tear, injury or disease such as arthritis. Diagnostic procedures may include:

  • X-rays—To view 2D images of internal tissues, bones and organs
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—To look for damage or disease in a surrounding ligament or muscle
  • Computed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)—To view highly detailed cross-section images of bones, muscles, fat and organs
  • Electromyogram (EMG)—To evaluate nerve and muscle function
  • Ultrasound—To view images of the internal organs
  • Laboratory tests—To determine if other problems may be the cause
  • Myelogram—To evaluate the spinal canal and nerve roots
  • Radionuclide bone scan—To see blood flow to and cell activity within the bones

If you are having orthopedic surgery, visit the Patients section for all of the pre-op information you need.

Get the orthopedic care you need. For a physician referral, please call HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968), or view our list of Northwest Community Hospital orthopedic surgeons.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009