Ask Dr. Van Thiel: What is the Recovery Time for Hip Arthroscopy?

No matter what type of surgery you get, the recovery process can be daunting. Here is what Dr. Van Thiel would like patients to know about hip arthroscopy recovery: Hip Arthroscopy Recovery Time Varies Recovery time will vary, depending on the activity level and activity type the individual is working back to. However, most patients…. read more

Ask Dr. Van Thiel: Am I a Shoulder Surgery Candidate?

Shoulder pain can occur from a range of causes, such as overuse of the shoulder, an injury, tendon tears or even poor posture in the shoulders. With decades of experience healing patients with shoulder pain, Dr. Van Thiel can recommend who the right type of candidate may be for shoulder surgery. Watch the video, to…. read more

Ask Dr. Van Thiel: How Does Cartilage Restoration Work and Who is a Good Candidate for That?

Some patients wonder if knee cartilage can be restored, and the answer is, absolutely. In this video, Dr. Van Thiel provides insight into how cartilage restoration works and how patients can know if they may be a good candidate for this type of procedure. How to Restore Knee Cartilage In order to restore knee cartilage,…. read more

Q&A: Physical Therapy for Dancers at Orthoillinois

Specializing in injuries of the hip, knee, and shoulder, Dr. Van Thiel has worked with athletes across a variety of sports. Many sports share similar muscular impacts and rehabilitation factors which are widely understood by physical therapists. However, dance involves unique movements specific to the sport. This is why Orthoillinois has a dedicated physical therapist, Anna Gibbons, who…. read more

Keep golfing beyond 50

Golf is one of the most popular sports in the U.S. You can enjoy this activity at any age and with some of your closest friends and family. It’s a sport that brings people together and requires dedication and focus. In this article from Next Avenue you’ll learn how to stay active and injury-free if…. read more

Ask Dr. Van Thiel: When Should I See a Doctor For Shoulder Pain?

There are multiple causes for shoulder pain, such as strain and repetitive use of the joint. In this video, Dr. Van Thiel provides guidance to help you know when it’s the right time to see a doctor for shoulder pain: When Should I See a Doctor For Shoulder Pain Treatment? Before deciding to see a…. read more

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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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