Since the 2010/2011 season, Vanguard Chicago Center for Orthopedics (CCO) and its orthopedic and sports medicine physicians have been the healthcare provider for Chicago’s premiere dance company—the Joffrey Ballet—meeting the medical needs of its dancers. Comprehensive medical services include pre-season physical examinations to emergency or scheduled consultations, as well as X-rays and other imaging.
Our sports medicine experts provide the troupe with healthcare services at Weiss, as well as the ballet’s studio, located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. CCO sports medicine physicians also provide dancers a “Game Ready” machine, an innovative ice compression system that speeds recovery.
The Joffrey Ballet
For more than a half-century, The Joffrey Ballet has brought world-class, artistically vibrant work to a broad and varied audience with the most extensive touring schedule of any dance company in history.
The ballet troupe’s classically trained dancers are susceptible to injuries to the hips, knees and feet. For the men of the troupe, lifting their partners creates special concern for shoulder injuries.
The CCO’s partnership with the Joffrey Ballet is part of our overall commitment to improving the health of the community by caring for all types of sports enthusiasts—from the professional dancer to the amateur athlete.
The Sports Medicine Experts at Weiss
CCO orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians—with affiliations at Chicago’s academic and research facilities, including the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois and Loyola University Chicago—treat Joffrey Ballet athletes to ensure their long-term health and viability on and off the dance floor. CCO brings a balance of preventive care, individual athlete/patient understanding and leading-edge techniques.
Troupe physician and CCO orthopedic surgeon, Craig Westin, M.D., has extensive experience working with professional performers and other high-performing athletes. He covered the Boston Ballet as a resident at Harvard Orthopedics and continued with Ballet West in Salt Lake City, where he also served as medical director of the Snowbird Ski Clinic. Dr. Westin has been a physician to the U.S. and Olympic Figure Skating team for 15 years. He specializes in sports medicine—focusing in particular on the knee and shoulder. He performs arthroscopic knee and shoulder repairs, as well as cartilage repair and restoration.
Learn more about the Sports Medicine Program at Weiss.