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Same-day Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Care

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James A Krcik, MD, FAAOS, FAAP
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Mercyhealth Crystal Lake South

“I spend time discussing options with each patient and their long-term outcome as it relates to their individual goals. As a sports medicine physician, my goal is to prevent injury and see the athlete return to play safely.”


Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedics, Pediatric Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with added certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine


Medical School

Southern Illinois University, Springfield

  • Internship: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency: Rush Medical Center, Chicago
  • Orthopedic Surgery residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland
  • Primary Care Sports Medicine: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cleveland
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston

Additional areas of special interest include:

• Pediatric sports-related injuries including pediatric ACL tears
• Non-sports-related pediatric trauma
• Young athletes’ throwing injuries
• Hockey injuries
• Fracture management
• Concussions

Dr. Krcik served as head team physician for Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace College. He was also an assistant team doctor for the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Northeastern University men’s hockey team.

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Mercyhealth Library:


A sprain is an injury that damages a ligament. A ligament is a firm, fibrous band of tissue. It connects 2 bones across a joint. There are ligaments crossing all of the joints in the body.

A sprain occurs when a force pushes the bones of a joint apart. If the force is intense enough, the ligament holding the joint together has to give.

Sprains can occur with everyday activities, but they are more common during sports. Sports with high speeds and risk of collision have an increased risk of sprains.

Symptoms of a sprain may include:

  • Pain immediately after the sprain—without treatment, the pain becomes worse over the next 24 hours
  • A popping sound
  • Local swelling, often within minutes
  • Bruising
  • Trouble moving the joint
  • Increased pain when putting pressure on the injured area

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A muscle strain is an injury that damages the internal structure of the muscle. It may be small, or severe enough to cause internal bleeding and lengthening of muscle fibers. If the damaged parts of the muscle pull away from each other, it is called a muscle rupture.

A muscle strain is caused by tension or stress applied to the muscle that it cannot withstand. There are several ways that this can happen:

  • Muscle may not be ready for sudden stress
  • Tension may be too much for the muscle to bear, such as lifting a weight that is too heavy for you
  • Muscle is used too much on a certain day

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