Dr. Skendzel Featured In MD News-Minnesota

This month, Dr. Skendzel sat down with MD News-Minnesota to discuss his team’s patient-centered philosophy for treating hip and knee issues.


Summit Orthopedics understands that every patient has a unique story, singular goals, and an individual definition of a personal summit. Our teams are designed to offer a range of expertise. Whether your personal orthopedic hurdle is back pain, a sports injury, or hand and wrist issues arising from computer-centered professional responsibilities, we have specialized teams offering the expertise and treatment options to address your challenges and get you back on track toward your goals.

The June issue of MD News-Minnesota highlights one of our sports medicine teams through a conversation with sports medicine physician, Dr. Jack Skendzel. A hiker and skier himself, Dr. Skendzel has a personal appreciation for his active patients’ high expectations of themselves and their treatments. He talks about the importance of patient rapport to sound diagnosis and assessment of the right treatment plan.

“In sports medicine, a treatment plan cannot be simply ‘good enough’—it must be perfect,” he says. “We strive to return patients to the activity level they attained before treatment or even higher.”

Dr. Skendzel and his colleagues take the time to establish open communication and educate patients about the cause of their pain, using advanced diagnostic imaging to identify the source of the injury. Appropriate conservative treatments may include modification of the patient’s athletic routine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and cortisone injections.

Surgery is considered only when conservative treatments are not successful in resolving an injury. Dr. Skendzel explains that his niche is in highly technical hip impingement surgery and knee reconstruction including meniscus injuries, repair of ACL knee injuries, and revision ACL surgery.

Throughout individual diagnosis and treatment, the Summit Orthopedics focus is on helping patients to achieve their goals. Dr. Skendzel reflects our mission when he says, “In sports medicine, we show our patients their X-rays or MRIs, tell them about their pathology, and explain options to them. We take the time to make the best decisions that will keep patients safe and benefit them in the long run.”

Sports medicine: Expert bone, joint, and muscle care

From Olympians to pro athletes to youth sports and those that just want to be more active – Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.

Start your journey to a more active self: Find your sports medicine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at 651-968-5201 to schedule a sports medicine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as several additional community clinics.

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  • Jack Skendzel, M.D.

    “An active lifestyle requires superior physical function, and I understand that my patients have exceptionally high standards for their performance and joint health. My goal is to return patients to optimal function so that they can continue to perform and master their personal athletic goals.”

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