Dr. David Garelick is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He provides excellent comprehensive care for shoulder and knee conditions. In the shoulder, his expertise includes caring for rotator cuff injuries, labral tears, and degenerative arthritis. For the knee, Dr. Garelick provides a wide spectrum of care ranging from ligament injuries and meniscal tears to total knee replacement.
He performs most of his surgeries arthroscopically and with other minimally invasive techniques which accelerate healing and help to diminish pain.
Dr. Garelick is active in resident and fellowship education, serving as a faculty member of the University of Illinois Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellowship as well as the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship through Presence Resurrection Medical Center. He has also served as a team physician for U.S. Soccer, and currently serves as the team physician for St. Patrick High School. In addition, he has designed medical products and holds two patents, including a hand brace used for treating Boxer’s fractures.
Dr. Garelick takes pride in his ability to communicate with the patient about their problem. He steadfastly believes that outcomes and patient satisfaction are maximized when the patient has a better understanding of their condition. Dr. Garelick makes himself available to patients, personally returning phone calls and answering questions or concerns which may arise. While each situation is unique, he believes that most orthopedic conditions can be successfully treated conservatively and without surgery.
“I spend time with each patient in order to provide customized, individual care. I don’t operate on pictures, images or tests, I operate on patients.”
“As a sports medicine physician and U.S. Soccer Team doctor, I am accustomed to caring for a wide range of patients encompassing elite athletes, weekend warriors and everyone in between, all with the same goal: to return to their sport as quickly and as safely possible.”