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

  • 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)


  • 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

  • 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



  • 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


  • Lateral ankle instability/ligament injury
  • Ankle syndesmosis injury


  • 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

Other sports medicine conditions

  • 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.


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

Arthroplasty (joint replacement)

  • Total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Reverse total shoulder arthoplasty
  • Biologic total shoulder resurfacing (Developed by Dr. Chudik)
  • Arthroscopic total shoulder resurfacing (Developed by Dr. Chudik)

Nerve decompression/release

  • Arthroscopic spinoglenoid cyst decompression
  • Arthroscopic suprascapular nerve release


  • 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

Revision shoulder surgery

Instability/dislocation surgery

  • 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

Tendon repair

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Biceps (proximal) tenodesis
  • Pectoralis major tendon repair
  • Pectoralis major tendon transfer
  • Deltoid tendon repair

Joint surface, cartilage, labral repair

  • 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

Other shoulder procedures

  • 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

Throwing/overhead hitting

  • 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)

Tendon repair

  • Tunnelless Distal Biceps 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

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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