Usain Bolt bolts to golden victories despite hamstring tear

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Watching Usain Bolt run during the 2016 Rio Olympics was amazing. He made each gold medal victory look so easy considering just a few months earlier he withdrew from the Jamaican qualifying trials because of a grade 1 hamstring tear. Recovering in time to participate in the Olympics would not be easy, or even guaranteed […]

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Selfie Elbow: An overuse injury from too much “cheese”

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In his more than 14 years of treating orthopaedic injuries, Dr. Steven Chudik has seen a lot of injuries that were the direct result of a fad or sports craze–like those that occurred from riders falling off their Hoverboards. Dr. Chudik was recently interviewed by Johnna Kelly, coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Good […]

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How safe is it to have sex after orthopaedic surgery?

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Dr. Steven Chudik, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in arthroscopic surgery was interviewed by Maggie Crouch for the following article that recently appeared in Advocate Health Care e-News. Many questions can arise after orthopedic surgery: When will I start feeling like myself again? How soon can I return to normal activities? And perhaps […]

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Dr. Chudik quoted in Chicago Tribune article on hoverboard safety, injuries

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Dr. Steven Chudik, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in arthroscopic surgery was interviewed for a story on hoverboard safety and injuries that appeared Tuesday, January 19 on the front page of the Chicago Tribune.  A link to the online version follows, as well as a pasted print version. Read the original story here.   […]

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Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Teaching and Research Foundation launches new website

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The Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Teaching and Research Foundation (OTRF), a nonprofit 501 (C)(3) organization, has a new and improved website. Founded in 2007 by Dr. Steven Chudik, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, OTRF funds research and education to keep people active and healthy. The new, mobile-compatible, website provides information […]

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Safety tips for Turkey Bowl football fun

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Click this link http://www.ahchealthenews.com/2015/11/25/safety-tips-for-turkey-bowl-football-fun/ to read today’s Advocate Heath E-News article about preventing injuries during tomorrow’s neighborhood Turkey Bowls. Dr. Steven Chudik, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine physician, provided the background information on Turkey Bowl injuries and quotes for the article. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Chudik and his staff at […]

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Understanding a biceps injury

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In the Chicago Bears’ loss to Seattle a few weeks ago, they also lost their veteran defensive tackle, Will Sutton near the end of the first half with what the team describes as a biceps injury to his left arm. The long head of biceps muscle runs across your shoulder and elbow along the front […]

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Bears wide receiver Kevin White most likely sidelined for the entire 2015 season

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While most people have heard of them, I know many, if not all, probably never imagined a diagnosis of shin splints would sideline Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver, Kevin White, for the 2015 season. White, who had been previously diagnosed with shin splints, underwent surgery to repair at least one stress fracture in his tibia. […]

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Rory McIlroy’s serious ankle sprain

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Top ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy, completely ruptured the ATFL (the anterior talofibular ligament) in his left ankle while playing soccer with his friends. McIlroy was unable to defend his title at the British Open. It was the first time in 61 years that the defending champion did not play. McIlroy’s injury would be considered a […]

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Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Teaching and Research Foundation presents research at national, international meetings

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It is not the Academy Awards, but being selected by peers to present research at professional medical meetings and conferences, or have your research published, is as close as it gets for physicians. Like the Oscar, getting one selection a year is outstanding, but to receive six—as in the case of Dr. Steven Chudik this […]

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Shoulder dislocation not always a season ender

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When Kevin Love joined Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, the bar was set high for the Cavaliers with the NBA’s newest “Big 3.” The Cavs struggled early last season, as expected, but got better with each game. They blew through the playoffs and got to the finals where they lost to the Warriors. It was […]

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Hamstring injuries can come back

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The Chicago Cubs had a major scare when, on July 8th against the Cardinals, pitcher Jason Hammel exited the game early. Hammel said he felt sharp pain in the back of his thigh, creating concern for a hamstring strain. Hammel had an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and, fortunately, for Jason and the Cubs, it didn’t […]

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Rotator cuff tears become more common as we age

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Last season, Kobe Bryant watched his Lakers miss the playoffs for a second year in a row because of his third consecutive season-ending injury. He was throwing down a two handed dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans when he tore his right shoulder rotator cuff. He tried to continue playing, heavily favoring his left hand, […]

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Tommy John surgery is avoidable

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As midseason approaches for major league baseball, Chicago White Sox pitcher Nate Jones is trying to get back into the rotation. Jones had Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) elbow reconstruction or “Tommy John surgery” in July of 2014 and is rehabilitating his throwing arm. He recently threw a simulated game, and the Sox are hoping he […]

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Winter running can be fun, safe with planning

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When temperatures drop and snowflakes fall, many runners leave behind the roads, trails and tracks for the treadmill, elliptical and other indoor workout activities. However, for those who do not want to give up running outdoors, being properly prepared can make a cold weather run both safe and enjoyable. Runners need to make sure they […]

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Athlete and an ACL Injury: When is it safe to return to your sport?

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How do you know when you are ready to play after an ACL injury? Following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, I have my athletes complete a specific return-to-play program consisting of a number of quantitative and qualitative physical challenges. These challenges let me know when the injured knee is ready and that we corrected the […]

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Boost workouts, strength and performance with plyometrics

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Athletes and even weekend warriors are always looking to improve their strength and performance to give them a competitive edge. Plyometrics (aka plyos) might just be the key. Used by track and field athletes in Europe since the 1920s, plyometrics today are incorporated into many sports and fitness workout programs in varying levels of intensity […]

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Will Derrick Rose Remain Healthy? Getting back in the game after an ACL injury.

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Chicago Bulls fans rejoiced as they saw Derrick Rose step on the court at the beginning of the season. He was making layups, hitting jump shots and slam dunking again after a lengthy recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Most athletes return to sports within six months following ACL reconstruction surgery, but […]

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Don’t shrug off shoulder pain

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More than 4 million people in the U.S. seek medical treatment every year for shoulder problems that account for more than 1.5 million visits to orthopedic surgeons, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Rotator cuff injuries are among the most common shoulder problems. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that […]

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What you need to know about Little League Shoulder

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For many youngsters, Little League Baseball is paradise. It is a great opportunity to unwind, have fun and play the game they love. However, an increasing number of young athletes are experiencing a shoulder injury known as “Little League Shoulder”—an injury to the growth plate in the upper arm that can lead to stress fractures […]

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