MLG (healthgrades) I would recommend Dr. Bender to anyone needing pain management of the cervical spine which is what my problem was. He was confident in his approach and treatment. He explained procedures and answered all my questions. He took whatever time was needed to make sure I understood everything. He exemplified how a physician-patient relationship works best. His staff seemed very caring and efficient.
Anonymous (healthgrades) As a retired physician myself, I assure you that Medicine is both an Art and a Science. All doctors have mastered the science, but only a few master the "art" - the delicate artistic manipulation of needles inserted deeply under X-Ray guidance and hitting the exact target each time, as Dr Bender regularly does. He truly is a "Doctor's Doctor" and I recommend him to anyone and everyone in need of pain relief. He is the "Exemplar" - the "Highest Standard" to which all others are compared to.
Anonymous (healthgrades) Dr. Bender had wonderful bedside manner, took our concerns seriously and worked so hard to communicate with the insurance company to make sure everything was covered.

Kara Pratt, PA

Primary Specialty

General Orthopedics


Phone (217)-547-9100


“As an orthopedic Physician Assistant that covers the walk-in clinic and assists in some of our surgeons’ clinics, my goal is to manage our patient’s musculoskeletal conditions and provide them with the best care possible. I strive to see our patients become pain free and enjoy an improved quality of life.”

Additional Info
  • Graduated from the University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
  • Master’s Degree of Physician Assistant Studies from SIU School of Medicine, Carbondale, IL
  • Certified by National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Member of American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Member of Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants