Athlete

[ath-leet] – noun. A participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill. A person of any age and gender who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill, strength, agility and endurance.

Expert orthopaedic care for athletes of all ages and skills

Dr. Chudik created the Sports Medicine Injury Clinic in Westmont, Illinois, to diagnose and treat athletes of all ages and skill levels—from peewee to professional. He is committed to helping his patients return to athletic competition or recreational sports by continuing to innovate and develop the most advanced and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Because every patient is unique, so is their treatment and post-operative care. Dr. Chudik helps his patients choose the best care pathway for themselves and tailors their post-operative rehabilitation to fit each patient’s individual needs and circumstances. Dr. Chudik and his team work one-on-one in a clinical setting with each patient to ensure their return to activities as quickly and safely as possible.

Sports Medicine Injury Clinic

To accommodate injured athletes, Dr. Chudik has a sports medicine clinic in his Westmont office on Monday evenings with reserved appointment times from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (and seasonally on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon). The Clinic offers onsite diagnostic services that include a high-field MRI, X-ray, casting and bracing, as well as a comprehensive physical therapy center. Following a physical examination of their injury and a review of their diagnostic images, Dr. Chudik provides a definitive diagnosis that lets the athletes quickly begin treatment and therapy so they can safely return to play as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chudik, call 630-324-0402, or click above on “Schedule an Appointment.”

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Sports Injuries & Conditions

An athlete’s worst enemy is injury. Most athletes train and practice for months—even years—to be the best they can be. A single injury can derail an athlete’s ability to train, compete and, in some cases, even maintain an active lifestyle. Unfortunately, injury is a part of sports. As athletes continue to push themselves to improve and compete, sports injuries are inevitable. Obtaining a timely, accurate diagnosis and starting treatment are critical to returning to activities safely and as soon as possible.

Some of the more common sports injuries and conditions

Posttraumatic arthritis following previous sports-related injuries
  • Glenohumeral shoulder joint arthritis
  • Acromioclavicular joint
  • Sternoclavicular joint
  • Rotator cuff arthropathy
Capsule and ligament injuries
  • Adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder
  • HAGL, humeral avulsion of the glenohumeral ligaments
  • Capsular tear
  • Anterior bankart tear
  • Posterior bankart tear
Cartilage and joint surface injuries
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
Fractures
  • Proximal humerus
  • Mid-shaft clavicle
  • Distal clavicle
  • Humeral shaft
  • Glenoid (shoulder socket)
  • Bony bankart
  • Hill-Sachs lesion
  • Scapula
  • Nonunion and malunions
Joint dislocations
  • Glenohumeral shoulder dislocation
  • Acromioclavicular separation
  • Sternoclavicular separation
Labrum (labral) tears
  • Superior labral tear
  • Anterior bankart tear
  • Posterior bankart tear
Nerve disorders
  • Suprascapular nerve entrapment
  • Spinoglenoid cyst (infraspinatus branch of suprascapular nerve)
  • Quadrilateral space syndrome (axillary nerve)
  • Trapezial palsy (spinal accessory nerve)
  • Axillary nerve palsy
  • Winging scapula (long thoracic nerve palsy)
  • Brachial plexus injury, burners and stingers
  • Parsonage Turner Syndrome
Shoulder instability
  • Anterior
  • Posterior
  • Multidirectional
  • Micro-instability
Tendon injuries
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Subscapularis rotator cuff tear
  • Biceps tendon rupture, proximal
  • Pectoralis major tendon rupture
  • Latissimus dorsi tendon rupture
  • Deltoid disruption
Other shoulder conditions
  • Impingement
  • Internal impingement
  • Snapping scapula
  • Swimmer’s shoulder
  • Os acromiale
  • Failed previous surgery
Throwing/overhead hitting injuries to the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • SLAP tear
  • Internal impingement
  • Impingement
  • Little League Shoulder, growth plate (physis) stress injury
Throwing/overhead hitting injuries to the Elbow
  • Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury and Tommy John Surgery
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the elbow
  • Valgus stress overload
  • Stress fractures
  • Persistent olecranon physis
  • Little League Elbow
Tendon injuries
  • Biceps, distal tendon rupture
  • Triceps tendon rupture
  • Triceps snapping tendon
  • Epicondylitis, medial (Golfer’s elbow) and lateral (Tennis elbow)
Fractures
  • Distal humerus
  • Epicondyle, medial and lateral
  • Humeral shaft
  • Olecranon
  • Radial head
  • Capitellum
  • Coronoid
Instability/dislocations
  • Elbow dislocations
  • Posterolateral elbow instability, lateral ulnar collateral ligament injury
  • Radial head instability
Nerve entrapment
  • Posterior interosseous nerve
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve
Other elbow conditions
  • Brachialis strain (Climber’s elbow)
  • Little League Elbow
  • Valgus extension overload syndrome
  • Pronator syndrome
  • Exertional compartment syndrome of the forearm
  • Forearm fracture, radial and ulna shaft
  • Monteggia, fracture dislocation
  • Galeazzi fracture dislocation
Posttraumatic arthritis following sports-related injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Patellofemoral arthritis
  • Unicompartmental arthritis
Fractures
  • Patella
  • Tibial plateau
  • Distal femur
  • Tibial eminence—spine
  • Tibial tubercle avulsion
  • Stress fracture about the knee
Joint Dislocations
  • Patella (kneecap) dislocation
  • Knee (tibiofemoral) dislocation
  • Proximal tibiofibular dislocation
Ligaments
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Pediatric anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Failed anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries
  • Medical collateral ligament (MCL) injuries
  • Posterolateral corner (PLC) injuries
  • Multiple knee ligament injuries
Meniscus, cartilage and joint surface
  • Meniscus tears
  • Cartilage tears
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
  • Discoid meniscus
  • Meniscal cyst
Tendons
  • Patellar tendon rupture
  • Quadriceps tendon ruptures
  • Hamstring (distal) ruptures
  • Patellar tendinosis
  • Quadriceps tendinosis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
Other knee disorders
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Syndrome
  • Bipartite patella
  • Osteochondroma
  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Plica syndrome
  • Bursitis
    • Prepatellar
    • Pes Ancerine
    • Iliotibial band syndrome (distal)
  • Exertional compartment syndrome
  • Stress fractures
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome/ shin splints
  • Medial gastrocnemius strain
  • Tibia shaft fractures
  • Fibular shaft fractures
Fracture
  • Ankle fractures
  • Metatarsal fractures
  • Sesamoid
  • Stress fractures
    • Calcaneal
    • Metatarsal
    • Medial malleolus
    • Talus
    • Navicular
    • Base of the 5th metatarsal fracture
  • Talus fractures
  • Lateral process fracture of the talus
Dislocations
  • Ankle
  • Subatalar
  • Lisfranc, tarsometarsal fracture-dislocation
Tendon disorders
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Posterior tibialis tendinitis
  • Peroneal tendinitis
  • Peroneal tendon dislocation/subluxation
  • Posterior tibialis dislocation/subluxation
Instability/ligaments
  • Lateral ankle instability/ligament injury
  • Ankle syndesmosis injury
Impingement
  • Anterior
  • Posterior
Cartilage, OCD, Joint Surface Injuries
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
  • Cartilage injuries
Other foot & ankle conditions
  • Severs disease (youth heel growth plate)
  • Tarsal coalition
  • Accessory navicular
  • Turf toe
  • Quadriceps strain
  • Hamstring strain
  • Quadriceps contusion
  • Altitude sickness
  • Athletic amenorrhea, sports anemia
  • Bicycling injuries
  • Concussion
  • Dehydration
  • Epidural hemorrhage
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Exercise-induced bronchospasm
  • Exercise-induced urticaria
  • Frostbite
  • Heat illness
  • MRSA and skin infections
  • Running injuries
  • Spear tackler’s spine
  • Sudden cardiac death and hypertrophy
  • Performance enhancing drugs
  • Hydration/sports drink
  • Snow board injuries

Surgical Procedures for Sports Injuries

Dr. Steven Chudik is renowned for his arthroscopic expertise and innovative procedures that reduce sports injury surgical trauma, speed recovery and yield excellent outcomes.

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Arthroscopy

Arthroscopic surgery is a valuable procedure for treating sports injuries and returning athletes back to their highest level of function. It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed through small incisions that lets Dr Chudik look inside a joint with a tiny camera to diagnose and repair the injury with equally small instruments inserted through other small incisions.

Arthroscopy has been performed since the 1970s. From the Greek words “arthro” (joint) and “skopein” (to look), the word literally means to look in the joint. Dr. Chudik is pioneer in arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery. He developed several innovative arthroscopic orthopaedic procedures, instruments and implant solutions because he saw a need and invented a way to improve techniques that result in better outcomes for his patients.

Compared to open surgical procedures, arthroscopy minimizes injury to the surrounding soft-tissues and reduces postoperative pain, scar tissue and recovery time allowing the quickest and most complete recovery of function, mobility, and performance

Regardless if you have arthroscopic or open surgery, both have a risk for complications. Consequently, a decision to undergo surgery should never be taken lightly and trust in your surgeon’s expertise and dedication to helping you through the entire surgical experience is imperative.

The following are surgical procedures Dr. Chudik routinely performs, as well as the special arthroscopic surgical techniques he developed to help athletes to return as quickly as possible.

Shoulder Surgical Procedures

  • Total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Reverse total shoulder arthoplasty
  • Biologic total shoulder resurfacing (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Arthroscopic total shoulder resurfacing (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Clavicle fracture repair
    • Plating
    • Minimally invasive antegrade flexible intrameduallary nailing
  • Distal clavicle fracture repair
  • Clavicle fracture repair
  • Floating shoulder repair
  • Glenoid fracture repair or reconstruction (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Proximal humerus fracture repair
  • Arthroscopic proximal humerus greater tuberosity fracture repair (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Pediatric proximal humerus fracture repair
  • Scapula fracture repair
  • Bankart (labrum) repair—anterior and posterior
  • HAGL (humeral avulsion of the glenohumeral ligaments) repair
  • Arthroscopic bony bankart fracture repair and reconstruction (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Hill-Sachs fracture repair
  • Capsular tear repair
  • Capsular plication
  • Acromioclavicular separation repair and reconstruction (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Sternoclavicular separation repair and reconstruction
  • SLAP (superior labrum) tear repair
  • Arthroscopic cartilage repair
    • Abrasionplasty
    • Microfracture
    • Autograft transfer and allograft transplant
  • Arthroscopic Osteochondral resurfacing/cartilage transplant (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Arthroscopic Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) repair (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Subacromial decompression
  • Subcoracoid decompression

  • Arthroscopic spinoglenoid cyst decompression
  • Arthroscopic suprascapular nerve release
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
    • Subscapularis
    • Massive rotator cuff
    • Graft augmentation of of massive rotator cuff (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Biceps (proximal) tenodesis
  • Pectoralis major tendon repair
  • Pectoralis major tendon transfer
  • Deltoid tendon repair
  • Arthroscopic capsular release
  • Arthroscopic distal clavicle resection
  • Arthroscopic scapuloplasty (partial resection for snapping scapula)
  • Arthroscopic loose body removal
  • Avascular nercosis drilling and bone grafting of shoulder
  • Drilling of stress injury or epiphysiodesis of proximal humerus
  • Os acromiale repair
  • Osteochondroma resection
  • Unicameral bone cyst repair

Elbow and Upper Arm Surgical Procedures

  • Medial ulnar collateral ligament repair and reconstruction, Tommy John surgery
    • Tunnelless
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) repair
  • Persistent olecranon physis repair
  • Epicondylitis, medial (Golfer’s elbow) and lateral(Tennis elbow)
  • Medial ulnar collateral ligament repair and reconstruction, Tommy John surgery
    • Tunneless
  • Lateral ulnar collateral ligament repair and reconstruction
  • Orbital ligament repair and reconstruction
  • Humeral shaft fracture repair
  • Distal humerus fracture repair
  • Humeral epicondyle fracture repair
  • Capetillum fracture repair
  • Coronoid fracture repair
  • Olecranon fracture repair
  • Radial head fracture repair

  • Biceps tendon repair and reconstruction
  • Triceps tendon repair and reconstruction
  • Triceps snapping tendon release
  • Extensor tendon repair for lateral epicondylitis
  • Flexor-pronator tendon repair for medial epicondylitis
  • Posterior interosseous nerve release
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve release

Forearm Surgical Procedures

  • Monteggia and Galeazzi fracture repair
  • Plate and intrameduallary fixation of forearm fractures

Knee Surgical Procedures

  • Arthroscopic tibial plateau fracture repair
  • Arthroscopic osteochondral fracture repair
  • Arthroscopic assisted patella fracture repair
  • Robot-assisted unicompartment replacement (MAKOplasty®)
  • Total knee arthroplasty (joint replacement)
  • Arthroscopic debridement of arthritis
  • Arthroscopic cartilage repair, transplant and transfer
  • Arthroscopic meniscus repair and transplant
  • Arthroscopic osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) repair
  • Arthroscopic osteochondral fracture repair
  • Anatomic medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction (MPFL)
  • Patellar (kneecap) stabilization (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Multiple knee ligament repair/reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic anatomic ACL reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic pediatric (growth plate sparing) ACL reconstruction (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Arthroscopic pediatric tibial spine avulsion (ACL) repair
  • Arthroscopic revision ACL reconstruction (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Arthroscopic PCL reconstruction
  • Anatomic medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction (MPFL)
  • Anatomic posterolateral corner repair and reconstruction
  • Anatomic medial collateral ligament repair and reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic tunnelless ligament reconstruction (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Multiple knee ligament repair/reconstruction

  • Minimal incision quadriceps tendon repair
  • Minimal incision patellar tendon repair
  • Patellar tendonosis debridement and repair
  • Arthroscopic arthrofibrosis release
  • Arthroscopic plica excision
  • Arthroscopic retrograde drilling and bone grafting for AVN
  • Arthroscopic repair of periarticular stress injuries/fractures
  • Bipartite patella repair/excision
  • Osteochondroma excision
  • Bursectomy
  • Tibial and femoral osteotomies for malalignment

Leg Surgical Procedures



Foot-Ankle Surgical Procedures

  • Ankle fracture repair
  • Metatarsal fracture repair
  • Metatarsal stress fracture repair
  • Medial malleolar stress fracture repair
  • Navicular stress fracture repair
  • Base of the 5th metatarsal fracture (Jones Fracture) repair
  • Talus fracture repair
  • Lateral process fracture of the talus fracture repair
  • Lisfranc, tarsometarsal fracture-dislocation repair
  • Achilles tendon repair and reconstruction
  • Peroneal tendon dislocation/subluxation (superior retinaculum) repair
  • Posterior tibialis dislocation/subluxation repair

  • Lateral ankle ligament repair and reconstruction
  • Ankle syndesmosis repair
  • Osteochondral (OCD) injury repair
  • Cartilage repair
  • Severs disease (youth heel growth plate)
  • Tarsal coalition
  • Accessory navicular
  • Turf toe

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