ACL Tears More Common in Female Athletes

ACL Tears 4-6 Times More Common in Female Athletes Historically, ACL injuries are most often associated with male-dominated sports – specifically football, hockey and pro basketball. But as it turns out, statistics tell a different story: Recent studies show female athletes are actually four to six times more likely to have an ACL tear compared…. read more

Hip Arthroscopy: Why You Need a Specialist

There was a time not too long ago when hip surgery meant having long incisions made not only through your skin, but through the underlying large muscles as well. And that, in turn, meant a long road to recovery, not to mention significant discomfort during the recovery process. The good news is, most types of…. read more

Knee Cartilage Restoration Q&A Interview with Dr. Van Thiel

The cartilage in the knee joint is called articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is the material that covers the ends of the bones. It acts as a shock absorber allowing the knee to move smoothly, and prevents the bones from rubbing against one another. Every year in the U.S., more than 6 million people suffer damage…. read more

Ortho Illinois & Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD open new clinic location in Algonquin, IL

Algonquin – Ortho Illinois and Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel are pleased to announce the opening of their new Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Clinic in Algonquin, Illinois. Now residents and people in and around Algonquin have convenient access to prompt, high quality orthopedic and sports medicine services. Dr. Van Thiel is a Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon…. read more

ACL Tear Symptoms

Understanding Knee Pain: Symptoms of ACL Tears Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are among the most common knee injuries in athletes, especially in sports that involve a lot of pivoting and jumping, like football, soccer, basketball and tennis. Learning to recognize the symptoms associated with ACL injuries is important for making sure medical treatment begins…. read more

Meniscus Tears Q&A Interview with Dr. Van Thiel

Meniscus tears are the most common injury in orthopedics. Any physical activity where the knee twists, there is sudden stopping, or a fall, can result in a meniscus tear. What is the meniscus and what does it do? There are actually two menisci in the knee, one on the outside of the knee (lateral) and…. read more

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Patient Stories

Life changing patient stories

Read about Jack a multi-sport athlete, who suffered from a multi-ligament tear in his knee. Read about Abigail who fell and tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Life changing stories of patients healed by Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel.

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