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Dr. Wardell offers care for a wide range of sports injuries with basic to advanced treatments, including hip and shoulder arthroscopy and surgery for complex knee injuries. He believes in individualized care and tailors your treatment plan keeping your needs in mind.

Richard Wardell, M.D. - Orthopedic Surgeon - Sports Medicine Specialist


Richard Wardell, M.D.

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Sports Medicine

Fellowship trained in Sports Medicine, Dr. Wardell has experience in a broad spectrum of basic to advanced treatments, including hip and shoulder arthroscopy and surgery for complex knee injuries including multiligamentous injuries and patellar instability. He is also committed to individualized care.

“ As a huge sports-lover and a former college athlete, I truly understand the frustration of being forced to the sidelines. I like to be straightforward with my patients, sharing all information so we can reach a treatment decision together. ”

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Areas of Focus

  • Patellar Instability - Areas of Focus

    Patellar Instability

    The patella is a small piece of bone in front of the knee that slides up and down the groove in the femur bone during bending and stretching movements. The ligaments on the inner and outer sides of the patella hold it in the femoral groove and avoid dislocation of the patella from the groove.

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  • Shoulder Arthroscopy - Areas of Focus

    Shoulder Arthroscopy

    Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical procedure performed for joint problems. Shoulder arthroscopy is performed using a pencil-sized instrument called an arthroscope. The arthroscope consists of a light system and camera that projects images of the surgical site onto a computer screen for your doctor to clearly view. Arthroscopy is used to treat disease conditions and injuries involving the bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the shoulder joint.

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  • Hip arthroscopy - Areas of Focus

    Hip Arthroscopy

    Arthroscopy, also referred to as keyhole or minimally invasive surgery, is a procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into a joint to check for any damage and to repair the problem at the same time. An arthroscope is a small, fiber-optic instrument consisting of a lens, light source, and video camera. In the hip, this can be used to repair or reconstruct a damaged labrum, correct areas of bony impingement, remove loose bodies, repair the capsule, and release the iliopsoas tendon when necessary.

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  • Knee arthroscopy - Areas of Focus

    Knee Arthroscopy

    In the knee, arthroscopy is used to guide and assist with many procedures, including meniscal debridement and repair, ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration, cyst decompression, and removal of loose bodies and abnormal synovial lining.

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  • Nelson J, Wardell R, Richter DR, Schenck RC, Wascher D. Review of Knee Mechanics in the Golf Swing and the Potential Risk for Injury to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Other Structures

  • Curtis W, Fine R, Moya A, Blackstone R, Wardell R, Treme G, Richter DR. The “Top 10” Psychosocial Factors Affecting Orthopaedic Outcomes. JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician

  • Wardell RM, Hanselman AE, Daffner SD, Santrock RD. Posterior Tibialis Tendon Rupture in a Closed Bimalleolar-Equivalent Ankle Fracture: Case Report. Foot Ankle Spec. 2017 Dec; 10(6):572-577.

  • Wardell R, Homan B. “The effect of using an abduction sling vs a simple sling following rotator cuff surgery.” University of Central Florida College of Medicine Focused Individual

  • Hubbard D, Bravin D, Bramer M, France J, Wardell R, Ryan L. “Immediate Weight Bearing on Distal Femur Fractures, a Prospective Randomized Trial.” West Virginia Orthopaedic Society Meeting

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