The sports medicine team at Azalea Orthopedics provides comprehensive care for athletes of all abilities – from the weekend warrior to the professional athlete. Our specially trained physicians promote lifelong fitness and wellness and encourage the prevention of illness and injury. Our specialists help patients maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school. Their goal is to help you return to play as quickly as possible with the most appropriate treatment and rehabilitation for your particular injury.

Why Sports Medicine?

As an athlete, your body is prone to injuries even in prime physical health, and natural wear and tear is inevitable. That’s why you need the highest quality professional care and treatment when injuries occur. Our professional and passionate team specializes in sports medicine for a wide variety of injuries, minor aches and pains, and general physical care for athletes. Here at Azalea Orthopedics, we strive to provide expert orthopedic care for the entire body.

Our Specialties at Azalea Orthopedics

Specializing in sports medicine, we offer a comprehensive selection of services for our patients in Tyler, TX and the surrounding East Texas areas. Some of these include:

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapists at Azalea Orthopedics focus on decreasing pain and swelling, increasing range of motion, increasing strength and endurance, and conditioning for return to work or sport after occurrences such as shoulder orthopedic injuries, elbow and hand orthopedic injuries, and neurological and neuromuscular injuries. The goal is to return patients to their pre-injury level of performance as soon as possible.

Knee Specialists

Azalea Orthopedics has several qualified orthopedic surgeons who specialize in simple and complex knee injuries. Our experienced physicians are highly trained in ligament tears, dislocations, arthritis, joint replacement and cortisone injection therapy.

Knee Injuries & Treatments

Common knee injuries we treat at Azalea Orthopedics include:

  • Ruptured Ligaments
  • Torn Ligaments
  • Fractures
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Partial Knee Replacements
  • Total Knee Replacements
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Diseases
  • ACL Injuries
  • PCL Injuries
  • Bakers Cyst
  • Knee Bursitis

Hand & Elbow Therapies

Our hand and elbow services include degenerative joint reconstruction, reattaching severed digits and limbs, treatments for carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes, rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries, golfers and tennis elbow, and much more.

Shoulder Treatment & Replacement

Common shoulder conditions we treat at Azalea Orthopedics include:

  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
  • Acromioclavicular Arthritis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Subluxations and Dislocations
  • Calcific Tendinitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Little League Elbow

Hip Services

For athletes who need hip care, our team of physicians and surgeons on staff at Azalea Orthopedics and Sports Medicine have extensive experience with both non-invasive treatments as well as surgical procedures such as joint replacement therapy and hip replacements.

Foot & Ankle

Our foot & ankle specialists treat conditions due to traumatic injury as well as deformity and hereditary issues. These include conditions such as:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Dislocations
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Ankle Replacement Surgery
  • Bunions
  • Toe Deformities
  • Nerve Entrapment (Neuroma)
  • Hammertoes
  • Arthritis

Spine Pain-Management & Spinal Surgery

At Azalea Orthopedics, we have dedicated an entire section of our main campus to the spinal care. Our Spine Center houses top spine experts, including both surgical and nonsurgical specialists. Visit our Orthopedic Education Library for an extensive collection of information on spinal conditions, pain management, treatments, and surgeries.

Contact Azalea Orthopedics

For The Best Care in Tyler, TX!

Here at Azalea Orthopedics, you’ll find a dedicated, caring team of professional orthopedic physicians eager to help you get back to your active, healthy lifestyle. We’re always available to discuss any questions or concerns regarding sports medicine. Call us today at 903-939-7501 or request an appointment online. We love hearing from all of our patients throughout East Texas, and can’t wait to get you back to competing and doing the things you love in life!

Our Sports Medicine Orthopedists

Meet our industry leading Sports Medicine Orthopedists.

Justin Bartley, M.D. FAAOS at Azalea Orthopedics

Justin Bartley, M.D., FAAOS, FAANA

Dr. Justin Bartley is a Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and comprehensive shoulder surgery. Also, fully trained in general orthopedics and fracture management. Additionally, he has completed dedicated training in hip arthroscopy to better care for young patients with hip pain.

Dr. John-Michael Cline

Jon-Michael Cline, D.O.

Dr. Jon-Michael Cline is a fellowship trained, board certified Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician. Dr. Cline treats a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and specializes in non-surgical treatment of sports injuries, concussion management, and ortho biologics. Dr. Cline also specializes in non-operative treatment of both hip and knee pain. Depending on the patient's diagnosis, hips and knees can also be successfully treated with injections.

Robert W. Dennis, M.D.

Dr. Dennis has extensive training in sports medicine, including a sports medicine fellowship at the North Sydney Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Centre in Sydney, Australia. Certified in the Mako Robotic-Arm Technology. Dr. Dennis has the training and expertise to care for a wide-variety of sports related injuries.

Edwin Ferren, M.D.

Dr. Edwin Ferren is a Board-Certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, hip, and knee repairs. He serves the Nacogdoches and surrounding areas. He is a member of the Texas Orthopedic Association and the Texas Medical Association.

Keith Fishbeck, DO

Keith Fishbeck, DO

Keith Fishbeck, D.O. is a fellowship-trained Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon who specializes in conditions and treatments related to the Shoulder, Knee, and Hip. He has a special interest in shoulder replacement surgery, arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery, ACL reconstruction, and cartilage restoration surgery. He is also fully trained in general orthopedics and fracture management. After receiving his undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M University, in College Station, Texas, Dr. Fishbeck earned his medical degree from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on to complete his orthopedic residency at Oklahoma State University Medical Center, followed by advanced fellowship-training in orthopedic sports medicine at Beacon Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. James Harris is a non-surgical pain management specialist in East Texas.

James Harris, M.D.

Dr. Harris received his fellowship training at the North Sydney Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Sydney, Australia, where he specialized in sports medicine and complex knee surgery. Prior to Australia, Dr. Harris specializes in Shoulder, Knee, Elbow and Sports injuries. Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Andrew Hurst, M.D.

Dr. Hurst is a Board-Certified orthopedic surgeon. He is proud to offer the latest techniques and medical advancements for his patients. Specializing in complex knee and shoulder injuries, Dr. Hurst is pleased to provide his knowledge and expertise to care for patients in the Nacogdoches and surrounding communities.

L. Matthew Jones, M.D.

Nicknamed “Bones Jones” by President George W. Bush, Dr. Jones specializes in orthopedic surgery with an emphasis on sports medicine and arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery. Certified in the Mako Robotics System. He is Fellowship-Trained and Board-Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

David Kummerfeld, M.D.

Dr. Kummerfeld is a Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in shoulder and elbow arthroscopy/replacement and upper extremity injuries. Additionally, he specializes in total and partial knee replacements. Dr. Kummerfeld received advanced training from the world-renowned Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California.

Steven Overturf, M.D. Orthopedic Surgeon at Azalea Orthopedics

Steven Overturf, M.D.

Dr. Overturf is a Board-Certified orthopedic surgeon who offers cutting-edge procedures for orthopedic injuries and disorders. He is equipped to provide full-spectrum musculoskeletal care to residents of Nacogdoches and surrounding areas. His passion for bone and joint health, in conjunction with his diverse experiences, ensures you receive the best possible care.

Patrick Wupperman, M.D.

Patrick Wupperman, M.D., is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship-trained in sports medicine by Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Alabama. He has extensive training in complex shoulder and knee injuries and has a special interest in Autologous Cartilage Implantation.

What Is The Difference Between

A Sports Medicine Physician And An Orthopedic Surgeon?

Both professionals are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine. Sports Medicine Physicians specialize in the non-operative medical treatment of musculoskeletal sports conditions. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained in the operative treatment of these conditions.

Approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical, and Sports Medicine Physicians can expedite referral to an orthopedic/sports surgeon when indicated, and can help guide referrals to appropriate rehabilitative care and ancillary services as needed.