Sports Medicine

Experience Excellence at the Region’s Most Preferred Orthopedic Practice

At Advanced Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our specialty-trained sports medicine doctors are dedicated leaders who are committed to providing excellence in orthopedic care that is focused on you.

As some of the most highly respected orthopedic doctors and surgeons in the region, our sports medicine specialists, Dr. Charles Milem, Dr. Keith Moore, Dr. William Martin, Dr. Joseph L. Polio, Dr. Geoffrey HulseDr. Glenn Henning, Dr. Joseph A. Polio, Dr. William Polio, and Dr. Bryce Meredith, are committed to providing outstanding, patient-centered care to athletes and patients. With years of experience and training in sports medicine, our doctors excel in thoroughly and accurately assessing, diagnosing, and treating athletes and active individuals with sports-related injuries and conditions, such as ankle sprains and ligament injuries. Our doctors also offer a wide array of traditional treatment methods as well as state-of-the-art surgeries, including arthroscopy, joint replacement, ligament reconstruction, and rotator cuff repair.

No matter what sports injury or condition is keeping you from enjoying an active life, you can count on our sports medicine doctors to provide the compassionate, individualized medical care you need to get back to the sports or activities you love.

Primary Care Sports Medicine Doctor

If an athlete or active individual suffers a musculoskeletal injury due to a sport or sports-related activity, they might see a sports medicine surgeon or primary care sports medicine specialist. 

While both doctors have the ability to treat sports injuries and have undergone a residency and sports medicine training that may have included a one-year fellowship, a primary care sports medicine doctor uses medical treatment options that are conservative and noninvasive instead of surgical treatments, such as minimally invasive surgery. Our primary care sports medicine expert, Dr. Bryce Meredith, specializes in nonsurgical orthopedic care, including arthritis management, concussion evaluation and treatment, joint injections, treating sports-related injuries, and sports performance and nutrition.

If conservative treatments do not provide relief, the physician will refer the patient to a surgeon with subspecialty training in sports medicine or joint replacement for surgery, like ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery, or knee replacement.

When to See a Sports Medicine Specialist

If you have been experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms for more than a few days, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with one of our medical doctors specializing in sports medicine.

  • Exercise-induced pain
  • Inability to play a sport due to pain 
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain that worsens after playing a sport
  • Pins-and-needles sensations
  • Redness or burning
  • Stiffness
  • Swollen ankle or knee
  • Weight-bearing activities cause pain

Our specialty-trained sports medicine doctors will work with you to diagnose your musculoskeletal injury or condition and then design a treatment plan specifically for you. Sports injuries and conditions our medical doctors specializing in sports medicine see include:

  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Bursitis
  • Concussions
  • Cruciate ligament injuries
  • Fractures
  • Meniscal tears
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries, such as rotator cuff tears
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

Sports Medicine Center of Excellence

Our Sports Medicine Center at Advanced Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides an exclusive focus on care for the athlete and active individual. Together, our fellowship-trained doctors work as a team to ensure you receive the answers, solutions, and support you need every step of the way. Stay in the game with help from our Sports Medicine Center.



Proud Orthopedic Providers For:

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Our Trainers

Athletic Training

Certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active.

Sports Medicine Services

If you are an injured athlete, the certified athletic trainers (ATCs) at Advanced Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Rehabilitation in western Kentucky will help you return to your sport as safely and rapidly as possible.

Our athletic training staff includes seven ATCs who work with patients in our rehabilitation facility as well as provide outreach athletic training services to local interscholastic sports teams.

Advanced Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Rehab is the exclusive provider of athletic training services to Owensboro High School, Owensboro Catholic High School, South Spencer High School, Hancock County High School, and Breckinridge County High School.

If you’re an athlete looking to get back in the game, call the athletic trainers at Advanced Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today at (270) 926-4100 or request an appointment online.


Excellence in Sports Medicine Care: What to Expect

At Advanced Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our sports medicine doctors strive to provide the best sports medicine care available in northwest Kentucky.

Our medical experts have extensive knowledge about the musculoskeletal system as well as the different types of athletic injuries and conditions patients may experience. They also understand that each patient is unique. That’s why our doctors are committed to taking a patient-centered approach to care to provide each patient with the best treatment solution.

When developing a personalized treatment plan, our sports medicine doctors will first recommend any applicable conservative treatment options. These nonsurgical treatments may include receiving physical therapy from a physical therapist, wearing a brace, or taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Many times, these measures can bring about gradual improvements that can greatly reduce or eliminate the pain you are experiencing.

However, if nonoperative treatments are not effective or become less effective over time, our sports medicine surgeons will discuss your surgical options and help you determine which surgery is right for you. Rest assured that our orthopedic surgeons not only have the expertise and exceptional skills needed to perform the required surgery, but they also have access to leading-edge surgical equipment, which helps to ensure the best outcomes possible.

If our surgeons believe that a special type of surgery, such as arthroscopic surgery, is the best option for your injury or condition, they will educate you on the full process as well as the steps involved in your rehabilitation. Our medical doctors will also answer any questions you may have about your orthopedic surgery or rehabilitation plan.

Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine

Our Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine is designed for both athletes and their parents, providing information on procedures, treatments, and conditions for all active patients, regardless of their level of participation in sports.


Request an Appointment

If an athletic injury or condition is causing you pain or keeping you from enjoying the sports or activities you love, contact us today at (270) 926-4100 or request an appointment online.