Sports Medicine

Whether you’re a student-athlete, a weekend warrior, or a professional competitor, rely on Ozarks Healthcare for services that help you stay active. You’ll benefit from an experienced team that uses the latest techniques to support your body’s natural healing process. Look forward to personalized treatment that helps you reach your goals and get back in the game.

Injuries We Treat

Count on your local orthopedic experts for a diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as:

  • Elbow injuries, such as golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow
  • Foot, ankle, and heel pain, including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon tears
  • Hand, wrist, and finger pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and de Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Hip injuries, including labral tears
  • Knee injuries, including ACL and other ligament tears, meniscus tears, and patellofemoral (kneecap) pain syndrome
  • Shoulder pain, including rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, and dislocated shoulder
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendinitis

When Should I See a Doctor?

Get treatment early to prevent more serious injuries later. Hear advice from Edwin Roeder, MD, sports medicine doctor, about when you should seek professional care for an athletic injury.

Nonsurgical Care

We know you want to return to play as soon as possible. We’ll help you do that by starting with conservative treatments. These approaches not only may be your most effective options, but they also require less downtime than surgery.

Physical Therapy

Work one-on-one with an Ozarks Healthcare physical therapist to make a treatment plan tailored to your injury, activities, and goals. With professional guidance, you’ll practice exercises and stretches to restore strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Your therapist will also help you relieve pain with soft-tissue mobilization or other techniques. You’ll learn how to prevent another injury, too, so you can stay active longer and more safely.

Learn more about our personalized rehabilitation services.


Injections deliver medicine or natural, biologic substances straight to the site of your injury. Ask your orthopedic doctor if you’d benefit from treatment using:

  • Amniotic mesynchemal stem cells – Contain growth factors that support healing
  • Cortisone (steroid) – Relieves pain for up to a few months
  • Hyaluronic acid (viscosupplementation) – Treats knee osteoarthritis by helping the joint move more smoothly and less painfully

Arthroscopic (Less Invasive) Surgery

Sometimes, surgery is your best treatment option. Rest assured, orthopedic surgery is easier and quicker than ever thanks to arthroscopy. Whenever possible, Ozarks Healthcare surgeons take this advanced, minimally invasive approach that uses tiny incisions. You’ll have less pain, scarring, and recovery time. In most cases, you’ll go home the same day as surgery.

How Arthroscopy Works

Your surgeon slides a thin, flexible tube called an arthroscope into your injured joint. The scope has a light and camera that show your joint on a large monitor in the operating room. With pencil-thin tools, your surgeon can diagnose and treat your joint injury in the same procedure.

Surgical Treatments

Stay close to home for excellent care during procedures such as:

  • ACL reconstruction – Replaces a torn knee ligament with a graft made from a tendon in your body
  • Carpal tunnel release – Eases painful pressure on a trapped nerve in the wrist
  • Meniscus tear repair – Stitches damaged knee cartilage back together
  • Osteotomy – Reshapes bones in a joint to make them align better and help prevent arthritis or another joint injury
  • Shoulder instability repair – Fixes torn tendons and ligaments so your shoulder works better and remains stable

Better Results From Rotator Cuff Repair

Ask us about an exciting, new approach to treating a torn rotator cuff. Instead of just stitching together the shoulder tendon, an Ozarks Healthcare surgeon may use a collagen patch. The natural substance supports tendons and strengthens the rotator cuff repair, resulting in a faster recovery and better outcome.

Cartilage Transplant

Soft tissue called cartilage provides a cushion between bones that meet in a joint. If your cartilage is damaged, you may feel joint pain and develop arthritis. Articular cartilage (which covers the ends of bones) has limited potential to heal, but new treatments may help. A surgeon can:

  • Transplant healthy cartilage from one area of your body to another
  • Treat severe cartilage loss with transplanted donor tissue

Both techniques restore a joint’s smooth surface and can prevent future damage.

Ask for a Referral

Ask your primary care doctor for a referral to Ozarks Healthcare Orthopedics and Spine.

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Get Ready for Surgery

Learn about surgery at Ozarks Healthcare, including:

  • Preoperative lab and imaging tests
  • Anesthesia
  • Help to pay your bill

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