Physician Profile: Dr. David M. Anderson, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

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As someone who grew up playing sports and was a college athlete, Dr. David M. Anderson has a personal understanding of just how hard athletics can be on the body.

“I was a pitcher at the University of Minnesota for four years,” he says. “I sustained a few injuries myself during this time, and that is what got me interested in orthopedics.”

Born and raised in the Barrington area, Anderson pursued his interest in medicine while studying at the University of Minnesota, where he received his Bachelor of Science in both economics and statistics. He went on to pursue his medical degree at Rush Medical College, completed his internship and residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, and then completed his sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.

Since 2004 he has used his knowledge and experience to provide quality orthopedic care and, for the past two and a half years, he has served at the Barrington and Crystal Lake locations of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute (IBJI).

“We still have a lot of family in the area, so I’m happy to be back,” he says. “It is great that it worked out in a way that brought me home.”

Serving the region in Barrington, McHenry, Crystal Lake, Algonquin and beyond, IBJI offers a wide range of specialties in the field of orthopedic medicine, staffed with board-certified physicians who, like Anderson, stay on the cutting edge of orthopedic care. They are supported by a team of certified physical and occupational therapists.

As an orthopedic surgeon, Anderson specializes in diagnosing and treating ailments that affect muscles, bones and joints. Common ailments he encounters include knee and shoulder injuries. No matter how often he sees a condition, his approach is always based on the individual needs of the patient.

“Treatments commonly start with a non-operative approach, like medication, physical therapy or injections,” he says. “Surgery may be required for certain injuries, including fractures, ligament tears and tendon injuries.”

For Anderson, the process of meeting a patient for the first time, assessing their needs and then watching their progress as they undergo treatment is a worthwhile reward.

“There is a genuine relationship that forms when you’re treating a patient,” he says. “Every treatment plan is unique, and I enjoy including them in every decision as we go.”

When he’s not treating patients, Anderson enjoys being out in the community and staying active with his wife and daughter.

“I feel fortunate to be part of the community here, in Barrington,” he says. “It’s a good place to raise a family. I’m happy I can make a valuable contribution to the lives of people living here.”

Barrington Clinic: 27401 Hwy. 22
Crystal Lake Clinic: 815 Cog Circle

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