When Diagnosing Shoulder Pain & Discomfort, Location is Key

Shoulder pain is one of the most common medical complaints among patients of all ages, making even simple tasks painful and worrisome. Unless your pain stems from a very recent injury, diagnosing the cause of shoulder pain isn’t always straightforward. That’s mainly due to two reasons: First, the shoulder is a complex joint, and it’s…. read more

ACL Surgery Recovery: What to Expect

ACL sprains and tears are among the most common types of knee injuries in the U.S., with more than a quarter million people injuring their anterior cruciate ligaments every year. Although ACL tears are more common among athletes in high-intensity sports, like football, basketball and soccer, anyone can wind up injuring their ACL — even…. read more

Getting Ready for Your Online Doctor Visit

Online doctor visits are a good way to make sure you get the orthopedic care you need during the COVID-19 pandemic. At OrthoIllinois, Dr. Van Thiel and his team make getting in-home medical care as easy as possible with Doxy.me, a leading, state-of-the-art telehealth system developed specifically for ease of use. With Doxy.me’s telemedicine system,…. read more

Orthopedic Telemedicine with Dr. Van Thiel

COVID-19 has changed a lot of how we interact with the outside world, and a lot of how we “do business” in our day-to-day lives. In most of the country, we’ve been advised to stay at home and avoid going out whenever possible. That includes some types of medical and dental care, like routine checkups…. read more

Common Sports Injuries & Prevention Essentials

For millions of kids and parents across the U.S., the arrival of warm spring weather means one thing: It’s time to gear up for spring and summer sports. In the U.S., as many as 45 million kids participate in some sort of sport — and not just for the thrill of competition. Studies show participation…. read more

Telemedicine: Online Doctor Visits with Dr. Van Thiel Now Available

With the coronavirus pandemic still developing and social distancing rules in place, life has taken an odd, albeit temporary, turn. And as a result, many people are left wondering how they can adjust their routines and continue to perform many of the tasks of daily living. Fortunately, the internet has made adapting much easier: groceries,…. 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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