Dr. Mark Hutchinson

Orthopedic Surgery
Chicago, IL
36 years experience male

Locations

UIC Sports Medicine

Chicago, IL

Address

839 West Roosevelt, Chicago, IL
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

CIGNA Health Care

Zurich North America

Office

Elmhurst, IL

About

Bio

I have had the opportunity to care for a variety of national teams including USA Basketball, USA Gymnastics, USA Field Hockey, USA Paralympic Team as well as Division 1 athletes at the University of Illinois at Chicago for 20 years. My goal is to provide elite level care for every patient I see

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Surgery

Sports Medicine

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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Avoid rein jury: Unfortunately, you can't speed up the healing process very much but you can prevent reinjury during the healing phase which could lead to in increased... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Unsure: These home remedies may have some effect but have not been validated by high quality scientific cmparison studies.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: As long as your doctor has said the bone has healed, swimming is great.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends: Cartilage can either be the surface of the bone which doesn't heal wlell or the meniscus that heals well but only at its periphery. Some meniscus tea... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends whats broken: Fractures may require plates and screws. Meniscus tears may require suture repair. Ligaments may require reconstruction or repair.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Don't reinjury it: The meniscus is supplied by blood vessels in the outer part. If the tear is there it can either healed or be repaired. If it is not there, it will n... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Open the door: Just kidding... A finger in a car door can be very painful and may be associated with an fracture below. If it hurts a lot, is crooked, or is ac... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Pain: Most common finding of tendintis is pain. Most inflammation pronblems wiill feel better with ice and anti-infalmatries but long term benefit is best ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends: If it is nondisplaced and small then buddy taping to the next finger and splinting....If crooked or unstable then surgery.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Ouch, biceps tear?: Your biceps tendon is directly next to your rotator cuff and may also be torn.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Draining a joint: All joints are basically the space between to bones where they glide or articulate itch each other. The space can fill with fluid due to inflammation... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Ligament sprains: Ligaments connect bones to bones tendons connect muscles to bones stretched or partially injured ligaments are called sprains. Stretched or partial... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Clavicle fracture: An open fracture is one that the bone ends puncture through the skin. An open repair involves making an incision then placing a plate and screws onto... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Post tin rupture: Mostly it is genetic but can be acquired with a posterior tibial is tendon rupture.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Pain and swelling: Basically pain and swelling about the knuckle. It is usually wise o get an x-ray to make sure there is no underlying fracture.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Most simple ankle sprains heal in 4-6 weeks. When it takes longer we look for other causes like loose bodies, bone bruises, synovial impingement, uns... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends: In growing kids, we usually wait till the child stops growing unless their is a fracture or unrelenting pain. In mature patients, childhood osgood sc... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Tension patchy: Tension patchy is probably the better term as it implies and problem related to the tendon. When a term ends in "itis" it means inflammation. Howeve... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Function and wishes: Depends on his current function and wishes. Total knee is a big surgery but is definitive. Viscosupplementation or gel shots works about half the ti... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Lateral ankle pain: Pain is usally on the outside part of your ankle and is usually treated with ice, rest, and time. Partial tears usually are treated without surgery b... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
One's a DOCTOR: Lots of folks like to hang out a shingle advertising sports medicine! be careful. Not all are fellowship trained. True sports medicine should imply... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Bile: The green is generally bile from your gall bladder (or maybe something you ate).
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Kidney infection?: The list of possibilities is large but at the top of the list is a kidney infection or uti. These symptoms require seeing a doctor and a better work-... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Tight canal: The spinal cord is surrounded by a tube of bone made up the stacked vertebrae and called the spinal canal. If the canal is restricted and smaller due... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Thoracic surgeon: Rib problems are best treated by a thoracic surgeon.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Perhaps: Bone spurs occur due to long term traction on a tendon, calcification of a ligament or arthritis. They don't require surgery unless they are irritati... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Horses tail!: The bottom part of your spinal cord fans out into a number of nerve endings and looks like a horses tail. It is a unique area that if injured can le... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends: Not all acls need to be fixed. It depends on patient demands and instability. If the knee wobbles, it should be fixed. If no wobbles during everyda... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Long gone: It's long gone and metabolized. No worries.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Other sources: While early wear may be a finding consistent with sunk iris and pain, the absence of wear means very little regarding pain. Could be lots of things i... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Hard to say: Dexa scan is not diagnostic for anything except bone density. Any abnormality should be followed up with more definitive imageing studies.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Leg pain: Leg pain with swimming is probably secondary to muscle overuse with more kicking than you are used too. Best to build up gradually.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Donut cushion: Most of the time these resolve with time but they can be painful to sit on. Ice packs may help and using a doughnut cushion can help decompress the s... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Unlikely: The levels were probably low before beginning tx.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Positioning: This is probably related to putting yourself into positions you are not used to. Try more comfortable positions...Lying on your side, perhaps on top,... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Doughnut cushion: The first line of treatment is usually a donut cushion to take the pressure off.
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends: Tibial plateau fractures can be tricky. Depends on your bone quality, how many pieces, displacement of pieces, compression of articulate surface. No... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Radial head: The radial head is a concave end on the top part of the radius bone of the forearm that articulates with the elbow. It can be fractured with a fall o... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
See a shoulder doc: Neither a labral tear or complete cuff tear will heal by me selves. In fact cuff tears can get worse if left untreated. Insist on a referral.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Rehab: Acl surgery is usual done as an outpatient. Pain is controlled with ice, medications, and anesthesia pain pumps. Half the battle for success is a go... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Sure: Your knuckle is a joint between your finger and hand called the metacarpal phalangeal joint. It can be dislocated and presents with deformity and pai... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Get it checked out!: Musculoskeletal aches and pains are fairly common. Sharp stabbing bone pain is not and should be evaluated by an orthopod.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends: Probably needs to be checked to assure fracture healed and circulation is OK.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends: If displaced, open, unstable or comminuted the surgical choice may actually be the least risky over all as it may allow earlier mobilization. If clos... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Hmmmm?: The differential diagnosis includes things like muscle cramps due to electrolytes, fitness, but can also be radicalar from the spine, vascular like bl... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: They can be taken as individual prescribed with no major worry of crossreaction
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Confusing: Lots of doctors like to claim they are sports medicine but only those that are physicians that have done a special fellowship in sports medicine are t... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Not for basics: prednsone is a powerful anti inflammatory with a number of potential side effects. It should be reserved for significant medical issues and has been ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
No: spinal fluid provides nutrition to the nerves. It is a normal part of you body
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Orthopaedics: While some causes of a frozen shoulder can be neurological, it is the orthopaedic surgeon who most commonly diagnosed and treats it
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May 11, 2013
Dr. Hutchinson is providing a valuable service to the public on Health Tap. I recommend Dr. Hutchinson.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hutchinson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hutchinson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks very much. By the way i have minimal pain in the morningmorning or when i m standin long time and no locking. Only got swollen and i feel my quadriceps ectremely ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. It didn't occur to be it could be something like that. Will go get checked. Thank you again for your time.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you, I gather that up to 6 weeks the muscles and tissues will continue repairing after surgery.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

Michigan State University

Awards

UIC College of Medicine Teaching Awards
Top Doctor, Second Place, Melrose Park, IL - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Melrose Park, IL - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Arthroscopy Association of North America
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