Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Bristol & Johnson City

Going beyond sports medicine to incorporate exercise and physical therapy for injured athletes

Sports medicine is a subspecialty of orthopaedic medicine that focuses on injury prevention and treatment for athletes. Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates has several fellowship-trained sports medicine specialists on staff. 

These are orthopaedic surgeons who focus on helping patients with injuries related to exercise or sports, as well as patients who want to improve their overall fitness and athletic performance.

Unlike other orthopaedic specialties, sports medicine is not limited to any particular body part. However, the most common sports injuries occur in the shoulder, knee, and ankle. These can occur during sports or at work, depending on what you do.

Common Sports-Related Injuries

If you have one of these injuries, please call for an appointment at Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates in Bristol and Johnson City or walk in today at our OrthoAccess Clinics in both Bristol and Johnson City.

Treatment Options

Following a thorough evaluation of your injury, including a digital X-ray and orthopaedic MRI (if needed), your sports medicine doctor will design a custom treatment plan. He (or she) will take into account your goals for recovery as well as your medical history, current health status, and personal preferences.

For most patients, surgery can be avoided with proper healing techniques and physical therapy. If the injury is more severe, you may need a minimally invasive procedure called arthroscopy. AOA has performed thousands of these procedures, so you can trust the skill and experience of our orthopaedic surgeons.


Our sports medicine doctors are team physicians for many local athletic programs including East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and King University in Bristol. We have helped hundreds of people in the area recover from sports and exercise injuries, work injuries, and more.

Johnson City


To make an appointment, contact our offices in Bristol or Johnson City and ask to see a sports medicine doctor. You can also use our online appointment request form at your convenience.