Sports Medicine and Sports Injury

Comprehensive Orthopaedic Care for Sports Injuries and Sports-related Conditions

Loyola Medicine’s team of sports medicine specialists provides comprehensive orthopaedic and sports medicine care, whether you are a professional athlete, weekend sports enthusiast, high school competitor or simply an active person. We stress immediate or same-day access and early intervention to provide accurate diagnosis and proper, timely treatment.

Loyola’s fellowship-trained sports medicine doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, primary care doctors, athletic trainers and physical therapists provide services to prevent injuries, maintain physical health and optimize performance. Our sports medicine specialists diagnose, treat and provide rehabilitation for athletic injuries to accelerate your return to activities. Loyola’s surgeons have extensive experience with the latest minimally invasive and advanced surgical techniques that will allow you to return to your sport, activity or job with minimal downtime. 

Loyola’s sports medicine team treats a wide range of conditions and injuries from the simple to the complex, including:

  • Achilles bursitis or tendinitis
  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries
  • Adhesive capsulitis or “frozen shoulder”
  • Axillary nerve injury
  • Bone spurs
  • Burners and stingers
  • Chronic tendon pain 
  • Dislocations and separations
  • Elbow hyperextension
  • Fractures
  • Hamstring muscle injuries
  • Heat injury and heat exhaustion
  • High school sports injuries
  • Joint instability and tears
  • Ligament injuries
  • Medial epicondylitis or “golfer’s elbow”
  • Meniscal tears
  • Muscle contusion (bruises)
  • Muscle cramps
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Overuse or repetition injuries
  • Patellar tendon tear
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) or “runner’s knee”
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Quadriceps tendon tear
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shin splints
  • Sports concussion
  • Sports hernia (athletic pubalgia)
  • Sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendinitis and bursitis
  • Tendon tears
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Throwing injuries (elbow and shoulder)
  • Turf toe (sprain around the big toe joint)
  • Ulna fractures

Whether you are a high school, college, recreational or professional athlete, Loyola’s sports medicine team has the expertise to help you to stay in the game. Loyola regularly offers sports physicals to students to provide clearance for playing on school teams. 

If an athlete suffers a head injury or is suspected of having a concussion, call Loyola’s sports injury hotline at 708-216-4263 to make an appointment.

Why Choose Loyola for Sports Medicine and Sports Injury Treatment?

As members of the Stritch School of Medicine faculty, Loyola’s sports medicine doctors are nationally and internationally acclaimed academic leaders in sports medicine education and research. As nationally recognized leaders in the research of injury prevention, Loyola’s sports medicine doctors consult athletes on their risk factors and perform motion analysis for young competitors, adult weekend athletes as well as professional athletes.

Loyola’s doctors serve as team physicians and have expertise in a wide spectrum of sports, including basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, hockey, gymnastics and running. Sharing our knowledge through educational programs, we help athletes learn how to excel without risking injury.
 
Loyola’s sports medicine doctors are the official healthcare providers for many Chicago-area professional athletes, including the Chicago Red Stars women’s soccer team. Our doctors also act as team physicians for local university athletic teams, among them Loyola University Chicago, University of St. Francis and more than 10 high schools. Professional, college, high school and club league athletes receive streamlined access and support, coordinated by Loyola’s medical providers. In addition, Loyola’s sports medicine doctors are respected consultants to major athletic associations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Association of Tennis Professionals and U.S.A. Hockey.

How are Sports Injuries Diagnosed?

As the official healthcare providers for school and professional teams, Loyola’s doctors are frequently able to provide an initial diagnosis on the field during a game. If you experience a sports injury like a sprain or strain, it is important to stop bearing weight on the injury and use the “RICE” method to reduce pain and swelling:

  • Rest — Rest and protect the injured area.
     
  • Ice — Use ice, a cold pack or a bag of frozen vegetables for 10 to 20 minutes to reduce swelling. Repeat three or more times a day.
     
  • Compression — Wrap the sore area with an elastic bandage to decrease swelling. Take care not to wrap it too tightly.
     
  • Elevation — Lift the injured area on pillows while applying ice and anytime you are sitting or lying down. It’s also helpful to keep the area above or at the level of your heart.

Loyola’s clinicians understand that proper diagnosis of a problem is the best way address the root cause of a sports-related pain or injury. We use the following imaging tools to diagnose and fully understand your injury:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Bone density (DXA) scanning
  • Complete physical exam
  • Electrodiagnostic testing
  • Motion analysis system, which uses camera sensors to see how an athlete moves
  • X-ray

How are Sports Injuries Treated?

Loyola’s highly skilled sports medicine specialists use a variety of non-surgical options to treat athletic injuries. Surgery may be recommended by your doctor when other options will not work or have failed. If surgery is required, Loyola’s experienced, multidisciplinary team will offer minimally invasive treatment options whenever possible, which means less time in the hospital and a shorter recovery time. 

Loyola offers a full range of non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment options, including: 

  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) repair surgeries
  • Advanced arthroscopic options
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Cartilage therapy
  • Concussion management
  • Cryotherapy and heat therapy
  • Drug therapies
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Internal fixation for fractures
  • Massage therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Pain management
  • Strapping and taping
  • Tendon surgery

Through our sports rehabilitation program, Loyola offers comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation programs to help you get back in the game.

Consultations for Injury Prevention and Sports Performance

Loyola offers specialty consultations for performance optimization, injury prevention and sports performance programs in a variety of sports: running, tennis, soccer, football, baseball, gymnastics, dance and more. Learn more about Loyola’s sports injury prevention and performance program.

Loyola’s tennis injury prevention program offers a series of seminars for serious tournament tennis players. Our sports medicine specialists work with female athletic teams, as well as individual athletes, to allow them to rise to their athletic potential.