Office of Richard E. Stockelman, MD

Sports Medicine

People with active lifestyles are often at risk for sports-related injuries. At Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialist Dr. Stockelman, can properly diagnose all athletic injuries and provide treatments that restore a more pain-free condition. We provide state-of-the-art medical care to athletes of all ages and skill levels, from professional players and school athletes to “weekend warriors.”

Our sports medicine specialists are ready to get you back in action and educate you about your particular sports-related issue, based on the decades of experience caring for athletes of all ages, from high school, college, and professional level. Your doctor will present all the available treatment options and motivate you to be an active participant in your care.

The most common sports injuries Dr. Stockelman sees include:

Joint health becomes more important because of the wear and tear experienced by joints as part of the natural aging process. Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group offers a variety of comprehensive operative and non-operative services to treat joint disorders and injuries. We offer reconstruction and replacement techniques that can improve your mobility and quality of life while prolonging the need for a partial or total joint replacement. These techniques include:

  • Total hip replacement surgery: (also called hip arthroplasty), in which the head of the femur (thigh bone) is removed and replaced with a metal stem and a metal or ceramic ball, while the worn hip socket (acetabulum) is removed and replaced with a metal socket

  • Minimally invasive hip replacement: A smaller surgical incision is made than during a traditional total hip replacement surgery
  • Hip resurfacing: The head of the femur is trimmed and capped with a smooth metal covering, while the hip socket is removed and replaced with a metal socket
  • Total knee replacement surgery (knee arthroplasty): The ends of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) at the knee joint are removed and replaced with metal and strong plastic parts
  • Partial knee replacement: Damaged tissue and bone in the inner knee or the outer knee are replaced with a metal and plastic part
  • Total shoulder replacement surgery (shoulder arthroplasty): The head of the upper arm bone (humorous) is removed and replaced with a metal stem and ball, and the shoulder blade socket (glenoid) is smoothed and replaced with a strong plastic socket
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement: Similar to a total shoulder replacement, but the end of the upper arm bone is replaced by a metal stem and plastic socket, and the shoulder blade socket, is fitted with a metal ball
  • Partial shoulder replacement (hemiarthroplasty): Only the head of the upper arm bone, or the shoulder blade socket is replaced
  • Shoulder resurfacing: The head of the upper arm bone is trimmed and capped with a smooth metal covering, and the shoulder blade socket may be smoothed and replaced with a strong plastic socket or tissue graft
  • ACL reconstruction: A torn anterior cruciate ligament is rebuilt using tissue — most commonly the kneecap tendon or hamstring tendon – from a donor or the patient’s body
  • MCL reconstruction: A torn medial collateral ligament that has not healed and restored stability to the inner knee is rebuilt using tissue from a donor or the patient’s body
  • Osteochondral allograft transplantation: Cartilage from a donor is implanted to help restore stability in a patient’s knee, ankle or shoulder
  • UCL reconstruction: Torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow is rebuilt using a tendon tissue from a donor or patient’s body
  • Total elbow replacement (elbow arthroplasty): An artificial elbow joint is inserted in the upper arm bone and lower arm bone (ulna)

Treatment Options

Dr. Stockelman believes in conservative treatment before surgery. Some of the non-surgical options he recommends include physical therapy, cortisone injections, and viscosupplementation.

If you and your doctor determine that surgery is the best treatment for you, our sports medicine specialists perform the latest, most advanced orthopedic surgeries, such as arthroscopy, minimally invasive surgery, and computer-assisted surgery.

Don’t let a sports injury get you down. Our physicians can get you back to your sport quickly and safely. Call (719) 632-7669 to make an appointment with Dr. Stockelman today or use our online appointment request form.

Office of Richard E. Stockelman, MD