May Employee of the Month- Cindy K.

The physicians and staff are proud to announce Cindy K. has been named employee of the month for May 2016. 

Cindy joined OCI in 2003

Cindy was nominated by a co-worker who said regardless of the situation Cindy gives her all to the best interest of the patients, her doctor, teammates and co-workers.  She makes each patient feel they are top priority even though she has numerous patients and issues to take care of.

Congratulations Cindy!

Diving into Summer, Feet First

From the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Family trips to lakes, pools and other bodies of water make for enjoyable, lasting memories, especially during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, not all of these trips have a happy ending due to unsafe diving practices.

Each year, hundreds of divers, primarily young people, are paralyzed from neck and spine injuries caused by diving head first into shallow lakes and pools. According to the U.S.jumping-into-pool Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 21,500 people were treated in emergency rooms, doctors’ offices and clinics as a result of diving-related injuries. Approximately 7,366 of those injuries were children ages 16 and younger.

Orthopedic surgeons experience and treat the first-hand devastation that these injuries cause, not just for the victims, but also for their families. Before plunging into any shallow, or unknown water, think carefully about the body of water you are jumping into and practice safe diving skills.

Consider the following safety tips to prevent diving injuries:

  • With neck and spine injuries being the most common diving injuries, a good rule of thumb for divers is to dive feet first in unknown water
  • Don’t ever dive into shallow water. Before diving, inspect the depth of the water to make sure it is deep enough for diving. If diving from a high point, make sure the bottom of the body of water is double the distance from which you’re diving. For example, if you plan to dive from eight feet above the water, make sure the bottom of the body of water, or any rocks, boulders or other impediments are at least 16 feet under water.
  • Never dive into above-ground pools.
  • Never dive into water that is not clear, such as a lake or ocean, where sand bars or objects below the surface may not be seen.
  • Only one person at a time should stand on a diving board. Dive only off the end of the board and do not run on the board. Do not bounce more than once. The board’s rebound effect could knock your legs unexpectedly out from under you or throw your body off balance and cause an injury.
  • Swim away from the board immediately after diving to make room for the next diver.
  • Refrain from body surfing near the shore since this activity can result in cervical spine injuries, some with quadriplegia, as well as shoulder dislocations and shoulder fractures.

5 Facts about Osteoporosis

  • Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes a person’s bones weak and more likely to break.
  • Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk.osteoporosis-bone
  • 54 million Americans, half of all adults age 50 and older, are at risk of breaking a bone and should be concerned about bone health.
  • One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. For women, the incidence is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.
  • Diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are keys to preventing and managing the disease.

May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month and a great time to become proactive about your bone health. We don’t want you to become a statistic. We can help. Schedule a consultation or your Bone Density Test today by calling (217) 547-9100. 

Floating Away-Healing with Aqua Therapy

by Amy Blanford, PT, DPT 

As we anxiously await for the warm summer days, the pool at Midwest Rehab is open year round. Our Hydroworx pool is kept at a seasonal 93-95 degrees. This warmer temperature is wonderful for painful, arthritic joints and the warm environment helps to decrease muscle spasms and improves circulation. Stiff joints are also easier to move in the pool.DSC_0040-wb
Buoyancy is the property of water that allows us to float. When a body is submerged in water, the water exerts an upward force against it.
This means that when we are in the pool, buoyancy counteracts some of the effects of gravity. People with painful spines, hips, knees and ankles can benefit from moving in a gravity-reduced environment.
In the water, people can perform exercise with little to no pain that would be impossible on land. This allows increased range of motion and muscle contraction to further strengthen muscles that support our joints. This is also beneficial for patients who are not able to fully support their weight on a lower extremity due to injury or post surgical restrictions.
The Hydroworx pool also has the benefit of an underwater treadmill. This provides opportunities to walk at varying or consistent speeds to challenge patients at all levels of recovery. For sedentary or elderly patients, walking, sidestepping and backward walking are beneficial. For athletes, the treadmill provides a more gradual return to running activities. Along with the treadmill, powerful resistive jets increase workload for the entire body to improve conditioning and core stabilization in a low-impact environment.

Our therapeutic pool offers benefits for people at all levels of recovery and rehabilitation. The physical therapy staff will establish and lead you in an exercise program to address areas of weakness, stiffness and pain. Be sure to ask your physician if aquatic therapy would be helpful for you!

Midwest Rehab is conveniently located at the Orthopedic Center of Illinois at 1301 S. Koke Mill Road in Springfield. Find out more today by visiting
our website,, or calling (217) 547-9108.

OCIF Announces $5,000 Scholarship Recipient

After careful consideration by the Board of Directors, the Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) is proud to award Tucker Hirsch with its annual Foundation scholarship. The $5,000 award provides tuition assistance to a full-time, college-bound student majoring in a health-related field.

Dr. Ron Romanelli, OCIF President, presented the scholarship to Tucker Hirsch.

Dr. Ron Romanelli, OCIF President, presented the scholarship to Tucker Hirsch at the Williamsville High School Honors Night.

Tucker is a senior at Williamsville High School and is the son of Amelia and Trey Zibutis.  He plans to attend Washington University in the fall, majoring in pre-medicine. He has a 4.15 GPA (un-weighted 4.0 scale), scored a 34 on his ACT, and is ranked first in his class of 109 students at Williamsville. His school activities include the Golf Team, Band, WYSE, Scholastic Bowl, National Honor Society, and YMCA Youth & Government.

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation was formed to support projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education, and regional charitable organizations.  Since its creation in 2004, OCIF has awarded over $200,000 to local charities and those pursuing careers in the medical field.

April Employee of the Month- Terry K.

The physicians and staff are proud to announce Terry K. has been named employee of the month for April 2016. TerryK

Terry joined OCI in 2013

Terry was nominated by a co-worker who said he goes above and beyond to lend a hand, no matter what the task. He treats everyone with respect and is a “team player”.

Congratulations Terry!