Your Best Choice for Comprehensive Orthopaedic Care

Whether you’re a college athlete who tears a knee ligament during a game, or the weekend warrior who experiences shoulder pain, Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine provides high quality, personalized care to help you recover quickly and effectively. Our nationally recognized, board-certified orthopaedic physicians understand your injury and how it relates to your sport. That's why so many area colleges and high school sports teams choose our expert orthopaedic team to treat their aches and injuries.

With their expertise and surgical skills, Freeman orthopaedic physicians are the regions' specialists in hip and knee replacement, as well as corrective surgery on shoulders, elbows, ankles, and feet. Our physicians use the most advanced techniques, including digital diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgeries, to provide cutting-edge treatments, procedures and services including:

  • Fracture treatment
  • Total joint replacement (knee, hip, shoulder)
  • Joint revision (knee, hip)
  • Sports care and injuries
  • General orthopaedic care (sprains, strains and tears of the muscles and ligaments)
  • Arthroscopy (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip resurfacing)


Orthopaedic Services

    Freeman orthopaedic physicians use the most advanced techniques, including digital diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgeries to provide cutting-edge treatments, procedures and services. Additionally, Freeman offers the most experienced clinicians and comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation therapy and inpatient physical rehabilitation services.

    Arthroscopy is a frequently used procedure by orthopedic surgeons to examine, diagnose and treat disorders inside a joint. The Freeman orthopaedic team performs many arthroscopic surgeries to restore joints and alleviate pain. Arthroscopic surgery differs from open surgery in that it requires only very small incisions and is usually done on an outpatient basis. As a result, patient recovery is faster and there is typically less pain than there would be with larger incisions in an open surgery.

    Arthroscopic surgery is an option for a number of medical conditions, including:

    • Achilles Tendonitis
    • Arthritis
    • Bone Fracture
    • Heel Spur
    • Herniated Disc
    • Hip Dislocation
    • Hip Pain
    • Joint, Knee, Elbow Pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteomyelitis
    • Osteonecrosis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Sciatica
    • Scleroderma
    • Scoliosis
    • Tendonitis
    • Tennis Elbow
    Arthroscopic Surgery

    The adult human body is made up of 206 bones which are all susceptible to fractures. Freeman orthopaedic physicians are uniquely qualified to assess any type of fracture, perform a diagnosis and provide the best treatment available. Some treatments may include splints, casts, or slings, while others will require corrective orthopaedic surgery. There are times when even a routine fracture will be delayed in healing or will heal in a way that does not allow for the maximal return of function. When that occurs, Freeman orthopaedic physicians intervene to ensure the patient’s injuries heal correctly.

    For 2017, Carechex® ranked Freeman’s hip fracture repair among the Top 100 in the nation, Top 10 percent in the nation, Top 10 percent in the region, #1 in the state, Top 10 percent in the state and #1 in the market for patient safety. CareChex, one of the nation’s largest privately-held healthcare quality-rating systems, help patients evaluate the quality of inpatient care using a patent-pending quality scoring system, which integrates the most reliable quality indicators available in the industry into a single, multi-dimensional, composite score and rating.

    Types of Bone Fracture

    Joint revision surgery may be necessary for younger individuals who demand a lot from their joints or for patients with older implants that may have worn down significantly over time through mechanics or by friction.

    If the implant used in a joint replacement loosens, wears, or becomes infected, the affected joint may become swollen and painful. When this occurs, a joint revision procedure may be recommended to remove the old implant and replace it with new components.

    It may be time to consult with a joint revision surgeon if the patient experiences any of the following symptoms:

    • Limping
    • Stiffness
    • Instability

    Joint revision surgery is a complex procedure that requires an experienced and skilled surgeon, extensive preparation, and the use of a special implants and tools.

    Freeman orthopaedic surgeons have undergone additional advanced training to perform joint revision replacement surgeries and work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans.

    Joint Revision

    Joints can be damaged due to injury or as a result of a medical condition such as arthritis. When joints are damaged, the patient may be in pain or find it hard to perform daily activities. In some cases, nonsurgical treatments like medications or physical therapy may relieve pain and help regain motion. However, nonsurgical treatments are not always successful and joint replacement surgery may be the best solution.

    During a joint replacement surgery, the damaged joint is removed and replaced with a prosthesis. The prosthesis is a metal, plastic or ceramic device designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.

    Freeman’s highly-trained team of orthopaedic physicians are the regions' specialists in hip, knee and shoulder replacement. Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is recognized by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, US News & World Report and United Healthcare. Freeman Health System was recognized by “Becker’s Hospital Review” as being tied for fifth in the nation and is among the top 36 hospitals with the lowest 30-day readmission rates for hip and knee replacement surgery.

    Types of Joint Replacement Surgeries

    Freeman Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers a wide range of joint replacement surgeries including:

    • Knee Replacement
    • Hip Replacement
    • Shoulder Replacements
    Hip Replacement

    From medical evaluations, exercise counseling and rehabilitation to innovative surgical treatments, Freman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine helps patients get the care they need to return to an active lifestyle and prevent future injuries. Freeman’s dedicated facilities allow close coordination between sports medicine physician and therapists so patients can benefit from a team approach to care. Freeman’s excellent physical therapy and rehabilitation services - so crucial to recovery from sports injuries – combine the talents of certified athletic trainers and physical therapists with modern exercise facilities.

    Freeman’s expert sports medicine team has experience in delivering focused care to athletes from every sport. Physicians and athletic trainers serve as the team physicians and trainers for collegiate, high school and middle school athletic programs. This includes Pittsburg State University, Missouri Southern State University, NEO A&M College and more than 26 area schools.

    Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine specializes in:


    • ACL injury
    • Knee fractures
    • Knee conditions
    • Cartilage repair


    • Rotator cuff tear
    • Broken collarbone or clavicle fracture
    • Shoulder impingement
    • Shoulder conditions

    Head Injuries

    • Sports concussions

    Foot and Ankle

    • Cartilage damage
    • Ankle arthroscopy
    • Foot and ankle fractures
    • Foot and ankle conditions

    Hand, Wrist and Elbow Conditions

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    Strains, sprains and tears are common injuries. These injuries are similar, but involve different types of body tissue. Most of these injuries happen during sports or active play but can occur at any time. A strain, sprain or tear can be painful. However, with the right treatment, most heal with no lasting problems.

    sprain is an injury to the ligaments or capsule that holds a joint together. There are no broken bones. Most sprains take about three to six weeks to heal. If the ligament is completely torn (severe sprain), it can take months to recover.

    strain is an injury to a muscle or to a tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone). It is sometimes called a “pulled muscle.” A strain happens when a muscle or tendon is stretched too far or is partially torn. Symptoms of a strain are pain, swelling, and having a problem moving or using the injured area. The hamstring (thigh muscle), calf muscle and Achilles tendon are commonly strained.

    A tear often occurs when a joint is forced beyond its normal range of motion. This can stretch or tear the ligament, much like the fibers of a rope coming apart. Both surgical and nonsurgical treatment has been used to recover from a tear. Treatment often consists of medications to relieve inflammation and pain, physical therapy (PT) to strengthen the injured area and other options if the injury is more severe.

    Freeman orthopaedic physicians provide the most up-to-date, effective treatments. The expert team at Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is dedicated to ensure patients receive optimal care.

    Ankle Injury

    Leading-Edge Orthopaedic Procedures

      Our shoulder joints have three main bones: the collarbone (clavicle), the shoulder blade (scapula) and the upper arm bone (humerus). The glenoid (part of the scapula) and humeral head (part of the humerus) are normally the parts of the shoulder that have to be replaced because they rub together when you move your arm.

      In a healthy shoulder, these portions of bone are covered with cartilage, which enables painless motion for lifting, pushing and pulling. Arthritis can damage this protective cartilage making these motions painful. Click here for more information about ExactechGPS®


      When sensory nerves transmit pain (sensory) signals from the affected region to the brain, the brain then instructs that specific (affected) region in the body to alter its function to help mitigate the pain.  The body’s natural response to pain, especially musculoskeletal pain, disrupts physical function. This pain affects and inhibit one’s normal daily activities.

      The iovera® technology disrupts the transmission of pain signals to the brain by taking advantage of the body’s natural response to cold. This mechanism is referred to as cryoanalgesia (cryo = cold, analgesia = pain relief) – and Freeman is the first and only hospital in the region to utilize this technology. Click here to learn more about iovera®.

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