Sports Medicine Doctor

At University Orthopaedic Surgeons, we are committed to providing the sports medicine care patients need to excel. We proudly serve our communities in Knoxville, Sevierville, and the surrounding areas with specialized and compassionate care from our highly trained and skilled doctors, surgeons, and staff. 

Exercise and athletic competition can do wonders for your body, keeping you both physically fit and mentally engaged. Although sometimes, sports injuries or simple overexercise can lead to significant pain, discomfort, and limited mobility. For sports-related injuries, it's best to see a sports medicine doctor who can evaluate, diagnose, and treat your condition. The job of a sports medicine specialist is to help each patient recover completely, with no long-term effects, and to return you to the game as soon as possible.

Our doctors in the sports medicine field provide medical treatment and ongoing care for athletes who have sustained injuries in their chosen sport. At University Orthopaedic Surgeons, our sports medicine team is a group of orthopaedic doctors who are especially passionate about the health of athletes. There are many common injuries and conditions that our sports medicine specialists treat, such as:

  • ACL tears
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis) 
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • SLAP tears
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendon or ligament injuries
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

Not only can a sports medicine specialist provide treatment for conditions ranging from concussions to sprains and fractures, but they can also offer patients nutritional guidelines to ensure optimal performance, exercise therapy or rehabilitation options to keep them fit and strong, and general advice on how to avoid injury in their sport of choice.

Athletes or weekend warriors should consult with a sports medicine specialist at University Orthopaedic Surgeons for any of the following reasons:

  • A sports-related or exercise-induced injury lasts for more than a week without improvement
  • Home remedies, such as heat and ice, have had no effect
  • You exhibit any signs of a concussion
  • You return to play and reinjure yourself

The kind of treatment you can expect from a sports medicine doctor depends on the nature of your injury. During your appointment, your sports medicine provider will evaluate and diagnose your condition and then provide you with a tailored treatment plan.

Sometimes, nonsurgical options are available. These may include heat and ice therapies, compression, exercise programs, or physical therapy. Your doctor may even recommend that you take a break from exercise or exercise in a limited capacity until you regain full strength. 

For more extreme injuries, surgery may be required. This may include a minimally invasive procedure or some other form of orthopaedic surgery in conjunction with physical therapy. 

Our sports medicine doctors understand that pain can keep you from living life to the fullest. To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, call (865) 546-2663 for our UT Research Park and Sevierville offices, (865) 218-9300 for our West Knoxville office, or request an appointment online.

Exceptional Care at University Orthopaedic Surgeons

Our years of experience and advanced training devoted to the care of orthopaedic issues, including sports-related injuries, make us who we are, but our compassionate care of our patients is what makes us dedicated to you. Our sports medicine surgeons at University Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Michael Kern, Dr. Michael McCollum, Dr. Philip McDowell, Dr. Joshua MossDr. William Oros, Dr. Christine Seaworth, and Dr. Chelsea Stanford, are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating sports-related injuries and conditions in a broad range of patients, and they continuously strive to exceed our patients' expectations in the delivery of care.

To consult with a University Orthopaedic Surgeons sports medicine surgeon, please request an appointment online or call (865) 546-2663 for our UT Research Park and Sevierville offices or (865) 218-9300 for our West Knoxville office.

Serving Our Local Athletic Community

We are proud to be official team doctors for local professional and high school teams.