Ratings for Dr. K Donald Shelbourne
I tore my ACL skiing. After the local hospital had me do a $3K MRI, and the next closest orthopedic group wanted to do a surgery two days after my visit, I was referred to Dr. Shelbourne. He does not require an MRI for an ACL tear, had me do PT on my own for 2 months prior to surgery, and now 2 weeks after surgery, I have been on my feet for a week, PT is going great, I walked over a mile today, and all is going great. I am so happy I got referred to him by a family friend who is a doctor as well. His methods are perfected by his over 7000 ACL surgeries, and I have heard of no ACL experience any where close to mine in terms of how easy it has been. I have spent 7 days down and never had crutches or splint since my accident. I also had a significant miniscus tear that complicated things for me pain wise, yet was just part of what he was used to doing during such an accident. A++++
My 14 yr old swimmer recently tore his ACL. After several bad experiences with 3 seperate local Dr's (2 wrong diagnosis from urgent care and family dr., and 1 surgeon that "had done a few ACL repairs"), I found Dr. Shelbourne online. From the first time I called his office with questions, his staff has been amazing. Dr Shelbourne has done over 6,000 ACL surgeries. This guy is truly a knee EXPERT. We live 4hrs away, and while it has not been convenient, there's no doubt in my mind we made the best choice for our son. Four weeks after surgery he's back in the water and on a bike (along with therapy). I 100% recommend Dr Shelbourne, and hope that he's still in practice if my family ever needs further knee help!!!
Dr Shelbourne is my hero! He fixed my arthrofibrotic knee 9 years ago when NO OTHER knee surgeon could. Had 4 surgeries prior to him, and after less than 1 week I was released. Still do PT on my own but I run, cycle and do any kind of sports I like! Don't waste your time with other docs, I recommend him wholeheartedly. Bonus: they research and do lifetime follow ups for those with AF!
I am a 63 year old female and was seeing a rheumatologist for my left knee. He recomended an MRI, injections, and surgery. Shelbourne Clinic advised me against it. Using a stationary bike, recommended, I stopped my pain pills, regained motion, and saw the long-term solution to a short-term looking rheumatologist. Thank goodness.
I've traveled to see Dr. Shelbourne three times after a local orthopedic surgeon recommended surgery for a knee condition. All three times Dr. Shelbourned looked at the x-rays/MRIs, explained what was going on, and recommended against surgery. When necessary he'd give me exercises/stretches to do. All three times my knee has recovered just fine on its own with no surgery. He is a fantastic doctor. He, or his associates, are the only doctors I would ever let operate on my knee if it was necessary.
Dr. Shelbourne is a world class physician. He really taught me a lot about my knee. He and his staff helped me make a valuable improvement. He has a great approach to treating patients-- very honest and down to earth. I wish more doctors were like him.
dr. shelbourne saved my knee and basically my sanity. i had a terrible experience with and ACL reconstruction with another doctor and shelbourne came to help clean up the mess i was left with. They are experts in arthrofibrosis and other knee complications. i will be forever grateful to shelbourne for saving my knee. i am a fairly young athlete, and without his help i would never be able to return to my old activities! HE IS WORTH THE DRIVE, FLIGHT, WHATEVER!!!
Dr. Shelbourne emphasizes reviewing a practitioner's history, education and training prior to allowing them to treat you. I love his professionalism and that he is not anxious to perform surgery before attempting a well-followed physical therapy regimen. His therapists do not supervise--they are actively involved in prescribed therapy and work directly from Dr. Shelbourne's treatment plan. While Dr. K performs thousands of joint surgeries each year, he does not believe that everyone is an immediate candidate for surgery. He is not a pill-mill doctor, so don't go asking for scheduled narcotics--they only mask the pain. I'd recommend everyone with joint disease or injuries to contact his office today for an appointment. He's the best. Kudos to his new partner and staff as well!
Dr. K Donald Shelbourne's Credentials
Accepting New Patients
- Indiana University School Of Medicine (Grad. 1976)
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Insurance accepted by this Doctor
- BCBS Illinois
- Coventry Health Care