Michael Knesek, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at North Point Orthopaedics in Munster, Crown Point, and Valparaiso, Indiana. He is certified in sports medicine through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, specializing in treating sports medicine and shoulder-related injuries. His advanced training involves minimally invasive surgical techniques, including arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, knee, hip, and elbow, as well as complex shoulder replacement surgery and robotic-assisted knee replacement.
Dr. Knesek completed his undergraduate studies in Indiana, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. He completed his Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, and his orthopaedic surgical residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Following his residency, Dr. Knesek completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.
He provided care for athletes at all levels throughout his training, including local and regional high schools. He was the Assistant Team Provider for the University of Michigan basketball and hockey teams and the Northwestern football and wrestling teams. Notably, during his fellowship, Dr. Knesek was the Assistant Team provider for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks during their 2015 Stanley Cup season.
Dr. Knesek previously served as a master instructor for arthroscopy and shoulder reconstructive courses at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) joint educational laboratory. He has published many peer-reviewed research articles throughout his training and practice. His practice includes many non-operative treatment modalities for injuries and musculoskeletal problems, including orthobiologics such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and stem cell treatments. His surgical method includes arthroscopic surgery for shoulder instability, rotator cuff pathology, and complex shoulder replacement surgery. He also treats complex knee injuries, including ACL reconstruction, meniscus repairs, patellofemoral instability, cartilage restoration procedures, and robotic-assisted knee replacement. Dr. Knesek performs hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement and cartilage restoration, as well as general fracture care and orthopaedic trauma.
Dr. Knesek’s primary treatment goal is restoring form and function for athletes or individuals. He is passionate about individualized care, including collaborative discussion and planning with his patients. He has extensive training in the most modern biologic and surgical treatment modalities but thoroughly explores all non-surgical treatment options first.
When he isn’t caring for patients, Dr. Knesek spends much of his time with his wife Ashlyn and their three children. He enjoys running, basketball, golfing, or any other form of sport or physical activity.