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, integrated orthopaedic and sports medicine care, whether you are a professional, college or high school athlete, or active weekend sports enthusiast, or have a physically demanding job. We stress immediate or same-day access and early, individual specific intervention to provide accurate diagnosis and proper, timely treatment in order to accelerate your return to activities.

Loyola’s multispecialty 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. 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
  • Lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”)
  • 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)
  • Sports physicals
  • 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. 

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 and diminish risk of injury.
Loyola’s sports medicine doctors are the official healthcare providers 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 and U.S.A. Hockey.

Loyola’s clinicians understand that proper diagnosis of a problem is the best way to 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. 

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.