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Sports Medicine

The orthopaedic surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine offer state-of-the-art sports medicine for all ages and skill levels – from young competitors to weekend athletes to professional players. We offer non-surgical, surgical and rehabilitative options designed to return patients to their full ability and level of play.

Our experts focus on injuries to the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and ankle. In most cases, we can offer our patients non-operative treatments. For those patients who do require surgery, we take a minimally invasive approach using arthroscopic techniques, which allow for:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Faster healing
  • Less pain

Orthopaedic specialists work on a multidisciplinary team that includes primary care sports medicine specialists, physiatrists and physical therapists.

Common Sports Injuries

The most common problems treated by our sports medicine team are:

  • Knee problems, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, meniscus and cartilage injuries, and problems affecting the kneecap (patella)
  • Shoulder injuries, including dislocation, rotator cuff tears, swimmer’s/volleyball player’s shoulder, throwing injuries
  • Hip injuries, including labral tears and femoral acetabular impingement (hip impingement) related to all sports (including gymnastics and dancing)
  • Hamstring injuries and Achilles tendon
  • Elbow injuries, such as golfer's elbow and tennis elbow, ulnar collateral ligament injuries (Tommy John surgery)
  • Hand and wrist injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis

Surgical Services

  • Arthroscopic surgery for the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and ankle
  • Cartilage and knee ligament repair
  • Multi-ligament knee reconstructions
  • Hamstring repairs
  • Total shoulder replacement and other complex care

Sports Medicine Team
Aravind Athiviraham, MD
Holly J. Benjamin, MD (non-surgical in children and adolescents)
Sherwin S.W. Ho, MD
Richard W. Kang, MD
Leonardo Oliveira, MD
Lewis L. Shi, MD (elbow and shoulder)

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