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You don't have to be an elite athlete to be treated like one.

UK athletes and coaches trust UK Sports Medicine. You can too.

As the team doctors for the UK Athletes, Fayette County public high schools and numerous other school athletic teams, we’ve helped countless elite athletes recover from injury and get back in the game. With that lineup, why wouldn’t you choose UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine for your care?

At UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, our specialists and fellowship-trained surgeons are world-renowned for developing and implementing state-of-the-art techniques to diagnose, treat, research and educate patients about bone and joint disorders.

It is our goal to provide the highest level of care available so that we may return our patients to their daily activities as quickly as possible.

During a patient's first visit, the UK Sports Medicine team will evaluate the nature and extent of the injury and develop an individualized plan of treatment. The patient's treatment plan will be tailored to their particular sport or activity.

Our team approach

We'll be with you every step of the way, from diagnosis and treatment, through surgery and rehabilitation. Your team includes: 

Walk-in Clinic

We offer a walk-in clinic for sports injuries that have occurred within the last 72 hours. Walk-ins are accepted from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday; no appointment is necessary. The clinic is staffed by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. Please bring an insurance card and any X-rays that have been taken.

    • Why choose us?

      UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine nationally ranked 45th

      UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine has been ranked 45th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. To be ranked among the nation’s best in a particular specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients.

      Learn more about our orthopaedic surgery experts and watch our video interview with Jeff Selby, interim chair of UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, where he explains how the department’s dedication to patient care led to this ranking.  

    • Top-ranked surgeon

      Get to know UK Football's fan and team surgeon, Darren Johnson

    • Patient stories

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      UK orthopaedic trauma surgeon helps patient get back on her feet

      Grace Mlachak has an undeniable passion for being active, with hobbies spanning the gamut from water sports to nature hikes. However, when she broke her femur in a wakeboarding accident in late 2008, the healing process did not go quite how anyone expected. Mlachak was left with a leg deformity that slowly worsened her mobility. Learn how a UK HealthCare surgeon helped »

      Geri MaschioInnovative pain-relief treatment allows woman to enjoy trip to Italy

      Geri Maschio spent more than a year planning a girls trip to Italy, but pain in her hip threatened to keep her from getting on a plane and experiencing the cities she’d been dreaming about.

      Maschio started experiencing pain in her hip two years earlier. She tried a variety of treatment options to find relief, but none fixed the issue. Unfortunately, physical therapy didn’t help, and Maschio needed a hip replacement. Learn what UK's orthopaedic surgeons did to help »

    • Related information

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      Athletic training outreach

      With the region's largest certified athletic training staff, UK Sports Medicine provides outreach athletic training services to numerous schools. Our certified athletic trainers are specially trained in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of all types of sports-related or physically active injuries and illnesses. Read more about our athletic trainers »

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      Preventive exercises can reduce ACL injuries

      Each year, about 7 million sports-related injuries occur in the U.S. — half in people between the ages of 5 and 24 years old. Injuries, especially to the knee, remove young athletes from the playing field and can have long-term repercussions that limit mobility and lead to more severe issues. Read more about preventing ACL injuries »