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What is Orthopaedics?

Orthopaedics is the discipline concerning any disorder of the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is a system of care that blends the patient's needs with the current knowledge in medicine and surgery.

Osteopathic physicians [D.O.s] attend unique medical schools. They receive the traditional 4-year  medical education with an extra focus on disease prevention and treating the whole person, rather than a disease alone. Becaues of that philosophy, most osteopathic physicians specialize in family practice.

D.O.s are also trained in manual medicine for treating musculoskeletal disorders. Some osteopathic physicians specialize in rehabilitation and sports-medicine; many D.O.s are pro sports and Olympic team physicians.

Sports Medcine

Vanderbilt treats athletes of all types, from weekend warriors to Olympians. Our physicians:

  • Care for athletes at area high schools and universities
  • Work with youth sports leagues
  • Are involved with local YMCAs and gymnastic programs.

Some of our physicians work with Olympic athletes through programs of the United States Olympic Committee. Our physicians are trained in the most current sports medicine techniques, from arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, elbow and wrist, to ACL repairs.


Knee problems often affect athletes and seniors. The clinic treats hundreds of patients with knee complaints each year. Arthroscopic surgery has made what was once major surgery into an outpatient procedure. Today, many patients can have both knees replaced in a single hospital stay.

Total Joint Replacement

If a joint is destroyed through accident, disease, or age, patients can return to full and productive lives with joint replacements. Our physicians have experience performing hundreds of these procedures. We routinely see patients come for their first few visits in wheelchairs; when they return after surgery, they're on their feet, enjoying life.

Hand and Upper Extremity

Patients may have a wide variety of hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions including fingers, hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.  We care for sports-related injuries, congenital disorders and injuries on the job.

Foot and Ankle

Orthopaedic surgeons are trained to care for foot and ankle problems. Whether the problem is ingrown toenails, bunions, corns, or sprains and fractures, our physicians can help patients with these conditions.


Back problems affect most people at some point. Our doctors are trained to care for back conditions of all types, from major to minor. Two of our surgeons have extensive specialized training in spine surgery. The clinic has some of the most respected spine surgeons in Middle Tennessee.

Corporate Health

We treat a wide range of work related injuries, the two most prevalent being back strains and repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. We work with employers, insurance companies, rehabilitation nurses, case managers and physical therapists to help patients return to work.

Performing Arts Medicine

Becaue Nashville is one of the entertainment capitals of the world, we see many performing artists. Whether they're dancers with foot and knee problems, drummers with sore backs or guitar pickers with carpal tunnel syndrome, our physicians are trained to care for these special needs.