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.”



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

Shoulder Sports Conditions

Elbow/Upper Arm

Throwing/overhead hitting injuries to the Elbow

Tendon injuries


  • Distal humerus
  • Epicondyle, medial and lateral
  • Humeral shaft
  • Olecranon
  • Radial head
  • Capitellum
  • Coronoid


  • Elbow dislocations
  • Posterolateral elbow instability, lateral ulnar collateral ligament injury
  • Radial head instability

Nerve entrapment

Other elbow conditions



  • Exertional compartment syndrome
  • Stress fractures
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome/ shin splints
  • Medial gastrocnemius strain
  • Tibia shaft fractures
  • Fibular shaft fractures



  • 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


  • Ankle
  • Subatalar
  • Lisfranc, tarsometarsal fracture-dislocation

Tendon disorders

  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Posterior tibialis tendinitis
  • Peroneal tendinitis
  • Peroneal tendon dislocation/subluxation
  • Posterior tibialis dislocation/subluxation



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

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.


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

Revision shoulder surgery

Instability/dislocation surgery

Elbow and Upper Arm Surgical Procedures

Western Springs Office

Wed: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

4700 Gilbert Avenue, Suite 51
Western Springs, Illinois 60558
Phone: 630-324-0402
Fax: 630-920-2382


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