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Walk-in sports injury clinic geared toward student athletes

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.parro@ahss.org

Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital is now offering a walk-in sports injury clinic from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at 396 Remington Boulevard, Suite 130, Bolingbrook. Patients can also be seen by appointment.

 

The clinic is headed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Lee and sports medicine specialist Dr. Geoffrey Kuhlman. The clinic will serve children, teenagers and adults seeking treatment for a sports injury, including high school football players. The clinic is the only one of its kind in a wide area that is home to several high schools hosting Friday night football.

 

“This clinic will enable us to expedite and improve the care of sports-related injuries in our community,” Kuhlman said. “We designed the clinic in order to minimize the complications from these injuries and accelerate the athlete’s safe return to the sports field.”

 

In addition to high school football players, athletes of all ages and sports, as well as adult “weekend warriors,” are expected to be among the patients seeking treatment at the clinic.

 

“One of the benefits of visiting our clinic instead of seeking treatment at the ER is that our patients can see a specialist immediately,” Lee said.

 

Added Kuhlman: “Accelerated treatment can limit further damage to the tissue. When a person waits to see a doctor, swelling can occur and there may be tissue damage. Also, we can control a patient’s pain right away.”

 

The clinic also can accommodate concussions and other head injuries.

 

“The average football game can include at least one concussion,” Kuhlman said. “Fortunately, we have seen great advances in our understanding and management of concussions over the last several years. It’s important that children and adults with concussions be seen promptly.”

 

A recent article in “Pediatrics,” an online magazine, reported that a study of national data showed that emergency room visits for school-aged children with concussions has sky-rocketed. ER visits for concussions among children age 14 to 19 rose from 7,000 visits in 1997 to 22,000 in 2007, according to the article. In children age 8 to 13, the number of ER visits during the same period rose from 3,800 to 8,000.

 

For information on the clinic or to make an appointment, call (630) 759-1248. 

 

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.