TOCA Welcomes Dr. Joseph Blazuk
Dr. Blazuk has distinguished himself as an expert in the field of Regenerative Orthopedics, Non-Surgical Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Joseph Blazuk is excited to join the team of exceptional physicians at TOCA. He is a fellowship-trained, nonsurgical Sports Medicine specialist. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Blazuk earned his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and then returned to New England to complete medical school at the University of Massachusetts.
After finishing residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago, he went on to complete a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship in Atlanta at Emory University. He trained under Dr. Ken Mautner, a leader in the field of Orthobiologics treatment and a pioneer in musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Dr. Blazuk has extensive experience working with athletes at the elite level including professional football players and Cirque du Soleil performers. He has provided sideline medical coverage at collegiate and high school games, amateur roller derby bouts, and several running events including the Chicago Marathon. Most importantly, he enjoys working with folks who value staying healthy and active. He strives to get patients back to the activities that add happiness and meaning to their lives, whether that involves running a marathon or simply going up and down stairs without pain. He practices medicine with the mind set that the body’s natural state is one of health and often injury occurs when a cycle of muscle imbalance, improper biomechanics, and pain takes shape, couched in a poor environment for healing. His focus includes using musculoskeletal ultrasound to provide an accurate, timely diagnosis and developing a patient-centered treatment strategy that avoids the costs and complications of surgery when possible. He has published on adolescent throwing injuries and the usefulness of regenerative medicine injections, among other topics.
In his free time, he enjoys grilling, reading, hiking and backpacking. He is continually searching for a hike to match the beauty of Kalalau Valley in Kauai. He holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, practices yoga and occasionally pretends he’s still a gymnast.