Meet Dr. Bathla Co-Owner of Chicago Sports and Spine

Meet Chicago Sports and Spine co-founder and physiatrist, Dr. Baljinder Bathla. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Bathla moved to Chicago to complete his medical education at the University of Chicago. During this time, he fell in love with the city and knew he and his family had found their home. Passionate about helping others, Dr. Bathla started the private medical facility, Chicago Sports and Spine, to help patients get back to living a pain-free life.


How We Team Up Against Sports Injuries


Dr. Arrayan

If you’re struggling with a sports injury that has turned out to be more than just a bruise, we’d love to see how we can help. How do we begin? With our ears wide open, of course.

We offer a comprehensive approach to sports related injuries and are focused on getting to know you, your injury, and exactly what you need. After starting with a detailed assessment of the problem at hand, we take a history of the injury, perform sports medicine appropriate physical exams, order imaging if necessary, and provide a custom tailored plan just for you. Whether it’s your shoulder, elbow, wrist, neck, low back, hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet, or all of the above—we’re here to help. Most importantly, we’ve got the modern tools and a crew that can.

Speaking of, our sports medicine team is led by Dr. Arayan, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. This type of physician is an expert in nerves, muscles, and bones and treats injuries that affect how people move. With passion for his specialty, he offers a variety of treatments including joint injections, trigger point injections, epidural injections, bracing, ergonomic recommendations, training alternatives and strategies, medications, and therapy and exercise prescriptions. Dr. Arayan diagnoses a condition, develops a plan, and stays in contact with your therapists as we all work on your progress, together. Our focus is always to get patients back into the game of life, the safe and healthy way.

The way we look at it, wellness is our sport. And we activate our teamwork to get you back into yours.


The Chicago Sports and Spine Team

For help diagnosing and treating pain, contact Chicago Sports and Spine Pain Management Physicians at (312) 623-7246.

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Today, we’re hanging out with Dr. Arayan.

This Board Certified pain specialist and Chicago Sports and Spine co-founder is passionate about abolishing pain—whether it’s lurking in your neck, shoulders, back, arms, hips, legs, sciatica, nerves or (but hopefully not) all of the above.

Dr. Arayan obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign, got his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, and completed his training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital/University of Chicago program. Dr. Arayan completed a sports medicine and electromyography (EMG) fellowship from University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Arayan is a former assistant professor in sports medicine rehabilitation at UIC.

This new dad makes sure to fit in plenty of family fun, too. Who knows, you might just catch him and his family at an auto show since he loves vintage cars so much!

It’s just as important for Dr. Arayan to get in his fun time as it is for you. That’s why we hope you’ll stop in if you’re ever experiencing pain that might get in the way.

To being pain-free and entirely set for summer,

The Chicago Sports and Spine Team

For help diagnosing and treating pain, contact Chicago Sports and Spine Pain Management Physicians at 312-623-7326.

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Benefits of Going Barefoot

It’s ‘Go Barefoot Day’ and what better way to celebrate than to go barefoot?!

This national holiday not only gives you the opportunity to kick off your shoes and run barefoot through some cool grass, but it also supports a charity that provides shoes to millions of underprivileged children all around the world. And, there are health benefits to going barefoot to boot!

How to observe?
Hit your closet and find those unused or unwanted shoes to donate to a charitable organization in your area. If posting on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #GoBarefootDay.

What are the health benefits?
Benefits to going barefoot include increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep. The key is connecting your body to the electrons of the earth by walking barefoot on soil, grass, or sand (any natural surface).

Going barefoot creates less impact and joint torque than in a shoe, and it also awakens muscles and nerve endings that have atrophied in our shoes. You’ll find yourself with greater balance, greater strength, with healthier feet, better circulation, decreased blood pressure, reduced inflammation, and improved reflexology.

Walking as little as a half hour a day can reduce cancer risk, improve cardiovascular health, moderate weight, and prevent diabetes. Walking can also improve blood oxygenation, circulation, remove toxins and relieve stress.

Sure, you can always hop on a treadmill, but having a shoe-free walk through nature has mental healthy benefits as well. Fresh oxygen and beautiful scenery are sure to reduce stress, boost happy chemicals within the body, improve self-confidence, and help alleviate anxiety.

Kick off those shoes, let those feet loose, and take a stroll in the soft grass.


Tips for Joint-Friendly Spring Cleaning

Let’s face it, cleaning can be a real pain. The stress of kneeling down, twisting to the left and to the right, and moving in positions you’re not normally used to can cause a lot of wear and tear on the body. Until they invent a home that cleans itself, make cleaning less or a chore, and easier on your body by making a few simple changes.

Make sure you pay attention to your posture and avoid awkward or uncomfortable positions throughout the day. Use a neutral, loose hand when cleaning. Avoid gripping too hard and applying too much pressure.

Plan your cleaning routine ahead of time and make sure you allow an adequate amount of time for each job. Most people try and clean the house in an entire day or weekend, but giving yourself one task a day will minimize the stress on both your mind and body. Also, find a comfortable pace and stick with it. Cleaning under pressure or in a panic can cause stress and the opportunity to injure yourself.

Simply the duties. Thanks to modern technology and inventions, we are convenient with items like Swiffer dusters, premoistened cleaning wipes, no-scrub cleaners, spray mops, and automatic toilet bowl cleaners. Take advantage of these tools to make for less wear and tear on your body.

Conserve your energy. Don’t over do it! The more tired you are, the more likely you are to feel pain, injure yourself, or feel mentally overwhelmed by your to-do list, including your chores. It’s ok to forgo a few things on your cleaning list. By conserving your energy, your daily routines and cleaning will feel much less taxing. And, if you have some energy left, you can go do something fun!

Still feeling pain or need to see a professional? That’s what we’re here for!  Don’t let spring cleaning be a painful memory. Let us help treat painful symptoms and help you regain your normal life.
(312) 623-7246

Chicago Sports & Spine Specialists Help Manage Diabetic Nerve Pain

Chicago Sports & Spine Specialists Help Manage Diabetic Nerve Pain

Those who have diabetes are likely familiar with the common symptoms associated with the condition. However, certain types of issues can take years to develop. One such example of this is diabetic nerve pain. This type of pain is associated with tingling, burning, or throbbing sensations in the hands and feet.

Diabetic nerve pain can be extremely debilitating and can disrupt anyone’s daily routine. However, the dedicated specialists at Chicago Sports & Spine provide a non-invasive way for sufferers to manage this pain more effectively and improve their quality of life.

What Causes Diabetic Nerve Pain?

The presence of high blood sugar in the body can have a significant impact on the nerves. Since many nerves send signals to the hands and feet to facilitate proper feeling and healthy movement, damage to these nerves can result in pain and numbness.

How Can Diabetic Nerve Pain Affect an Individual?

The hands and feet are extremely important for almost all daily activities. When these parts of the body are rendered sensitive to the touch or completely numb by diabetic nerve pain, it can be impossible for a person to work, meet family obligations, or even move around their home comfortably.

How Can This Condition Be Treated?

By utilizing specific techniques designed to ease the tension in muscles and help stimulate nerves in the body, pain management specialists can help nerves resume their normal function. This non-invasive, non-medicinal procedure is one of the safest options available as it has the least amount of possible side effects.

Just as a massage can ease muscle tension and alleviate numbness, pain management from licensed specialists can improve nerve functions and reduce the effects of diabetic nerve pain.

No one should have to put up with this type of draining condition.  Receiving pain management help is the first step to improving one’s nerve functions and quality of life!  Call us today and set up an appointment – (312) 623-7246.

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