ORTHOKnox is a one-stop shop for sports medicine care with on-site physical therapists, a board-certified surgeon, and dedicated physician assistants who work together to return athletes to the field, court, track, water, road, or mountainside.
Our surgeon is Dr. David Hovis, MD, and our physician assistants are Neil Stoner, PA-C, and Samuel Lee Conway, PA-C. They work with athletes to diagnose and treat injuries. You can find out more about them here and see common diagnosed injuries and surgeries performed below!
If your injury can be treated conservatively or if you are recovering from surgery, then you don’t have to go far for physical therapy. Our physical therapy team is right next door and ready to help restore your range of motion, strengthen your injury site, and increase your flexibility so you can hit the ground running when it’s time to return to your sport! Our team of physical therapists currently includes Dr. Hoag, PT, DPT, Dr. McCallister, PT, DPT, and Corbin Black, PTA. You can learn more about their backgrounds and roles here!
What sports medicine services do you offer?
Our sports medicine team often helps athletes with the following injuries:
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) runs diagonally across your knee and can be torn when an athlete suddenly stops, changes direction, or collides with another player.
Athletes often tear their rotator cuffs by performing repetitive movements such as swinging a golf club or tennis racket. This overuse can cause a tendon in your shoulder to tear. Other causes of rotator cuff tears are falls, degeneration, and impingements.
Fractures are common in sports after a fall, rolled ankle, or collision, and even stress fractures can occur due to repetitive motions, such as running.
If you play baseball or softball, chances are you know someone who has had a SLAP (superior labrum anterior and posterior) tear due to the repetitive movements of pitching a baseball or swinging a bat. But SLAP tears aren’t exclusive to baseball and can be caused by weightlifting or jobs such as painting.
Osteoarthritis is the gradual wear and tear of the cartilage in your joints, and we can help manage it with conservative treatments (physical therapy and medications) or with surgery so athletes can play their sport with less pain and stiffness.
We commonly perform the following surgeries on athletes:
Your surgeon can diagnose, remove damaged tissue, repair, or even replace joints (shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles) using arthroscopic surgery. During arthroscopic surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will make a small incision and use minuscule cameras to visualize the inside of your joint. Then, they will perform your surgery aided by 3D imaging and a robotic arm. Arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive and results in a shorter recovery time and less pain. As an athlete, you understand that a quicker recovery time is key to getting back to your active lifestyle after surgery.
If your pain is intense or your mobility is still limited after conservative treatment, we offer partial and total joint replacements for your knee or shoulder.
We can restore function and stability in your knee after an ACL tear by reconstructing your ligament during surgery and providing physical therapy and a personalized rehabilitation program to restore the rotational stability in your knee.
You can check out a more detailed list of injuries and treatment options here!
How do we schedule a consultation or get treatment for a sports injury?
You can call us at (865) 251-3030 or fill out our easy-to-use online appointment request form. We have two locations: one in Knoxville on Parkside Drive in Turkey Creek and one in Athens across the street from Starr Regional Medical Center.
Sports Medicine Care in Athens and Knoxville, TN
We also offer Orthopedic Urgent Care for injuries that need immediate attention so you can begin treatment with a specialist at ORTHOKnox and avoid the crowds and wait at the ER.
Have more questions about our sports medicine care? See our FAQs here or call us anytime with questions at (865) 251-3030. We look forward to hearing from you!