Sports Medicine

World-Class Sports Medicine Care Begins at the Region's Most Preferred Orthopaedic Practice—EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region

Our fellowship-trained or specialty-trained sports medicine doctors, Dr. Mark Brazinski, Dr. Donald Campbell, Dr. Christopher Daley, Dr. Christopher Houdek, Dr. Jeffrey Keverline, Dr. Stephen Sladicka, and Dr. James Stanislaw, are dedicated orthopaedic sports medicine specialists board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and committed to providing patients with the compassionate, world-class care they deserve and need to emerge stronger.

Our sports medicine orthopaedists are experts at diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal injuries and conditions that occur through participating in sports or physical exercise. Additionally, our sports medicine medical professionals are not only highly skilled in providing nonsurgical sports medicine care to treat sports injuries but also in performing orthopaedic surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and arthroscopic surgery

How Our Sports Medicine Doctors Help Patients Emerge Stronger

When our sports medicine specialists develop an individualized treatment plan for an athlete or weekend warrior with a sports-related injury, their first step is to always look at nonsurgical care options that will work instead of recommending surgery. Sometimes, the problem can be solved without the need for surgery with treatments such as physical therapy or medication.

However, if nonoperative treatments fail to provide relief for the patient or their pain becomes debilitating, our sports medicine surgeons will recommend a surgical treatment plan that is right for the patient's sports-related injury or condition. Our orthopaedic surgeons have undergone extensive medical training and specialize in a variety of procedures that can be used to treat sports injuries, including the following treatment options:   

  • Achilles tendon repair
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Knee, shoulder, ankle, wrist, and elbow arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Surgical fracture care

Our surgeons understand that patients sometimes have concerns about undergoing surgical procedures, which is why they are dedicated to spending time to educate and provide patients with an understanding of the surgery as well as how it will be beneficial. They also make sure they answer any questions the patient might have about orthopaedic surgery.

Do You Need World-Class Sports Medicine Care?

If you are noticing any of these symptoms, you should consider consulting with an orthopaedic doctor or surgeon:

  • Decreased range of motion
  • Dull pain
  • Joints feel like they are grinding or cracking
  • Joints lock up
  • Popping or snapping
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Athletes, weekend warriors, and anyone experiencing a sports- or exercise-related injury or any of the above symptoms often seek help for a doctor or surgeon specializing in sports medicine who may diagnose them with one of the following injuries or conditions:

  • ACL injury
  • Biceps tendon injury
  • Bursitis
  • Concussion
  • Fracture
  • Meniscus tear
  • Overuse injury
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder instability
  • Sprain
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Torn ligament

If you have suffered a sports-related accident, our orthopaedic sports medicine doctors are ready to provide you with the world-class sports medicine care you need. Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors specializing in sports medicine by calling (828) 324-2800 or requesting an appointment online.

We have eight offices located throughout North Carolina—our offices include Granite Falls, Hickory, Lenoir, Marion (AccessOrtho Only), Morganton, Newton, Taylorsville, and Valdese.

Emerge Stronger, Healthier, and Better at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region

At EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, our patients are always our top priority. Our entire team, from our ankle doctors and orthopaedic surgeons to our physical therapists and physician assistants, is focused on providing you with the compassionate, world-class orthopaedic care you need to emerge stronger and get back to doing the things you love.

Our sports medicine team will be by your side through every step of your journey to pain relief, from diagnosis and nonoperative treatment or surgery to recovery and rehabilitation. Whether you have an ACL tear, sprain, or ligament tear or you need orthopaedic surgery, our doctors will be right beside you.

Visit Our Sports Injury Clinic

Our Sports Injury Clinic is designed to provide athletes suffering from a sports-related injury with comprehensive medical care from our fellowship-trained or specialty-trained orthopaedic providers and physician assistants on Saturday mornings during the fall sports season.