Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is specialized medical care for treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries. From athletes to active individuals, sports medicine helps patients continue injury-free active lifestyles.

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Total Joint Replacement (TJR)

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with an artificial joint, which is designed to move just like a healthy joint.

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ACL Reconstruction

The goal of ACL reconstruction surgery is to prevent instability and restore the function of the torn ligament, creating a stable knee. ACL reconstruction surgery has allowed many patients to return to physical activities.

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Rotator Cuff Surgery

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff most often involves re-attaching the tendon to the head of humerus, or upper arm bone. There are a few options for repairing rotator cuff tears, however the main goal is getting the tendon to heal.

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About the Practice

Richard A. Wathne, MD

Shoulder and Knee Orthopaedic Specialist in Pocatello, Idaho

Richard A. Wathne, MD, a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with OrthoIdaho, treats a full range of orthopaedic problems. He keeps current on the latest advances in orthopaedic care in order to bring cutting edge technology to the treatment of his patients.

Dr. Wathne is committed to making your treatment as easy on you as possible. Rather than opting first for surgery, Dr. Wathne looks for ways to help his patients with nonoperative treatments. Only after nonsurgical methods have been exhausted does Dr. Wathne arrange surgical procedures for his patients.

OrthoIdaho is conveniently located in Pocatello next to the Rocky Mountain Surgical Center just off of Interstate I-I5. In addition to his local Pocatello/Chubbuck, Blackfoot, and American Falls patients, Dr. Wathne sees patients from communities as far away as Idaho Falls, Sun Valley, Twin Falls and Montpelier. Dr. Wathne's patients consistently rate the ease of scheduling appointments, the quality of treatment, and Dr. Wathne's demeanor positively with scores substantially higher than the national average.

Dr. Wathne is fellowship trained in Sports Medicine and a recognized expert in arthroscopic reconstructions of the shoulder and knee, including rotator cuff/labral repairs and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. In practice for nearly 20 years, Dr. Wathne also specializes in total joint replacement of the shoulder and knee, including reverse total shoulder and partial knee replacement.

Certified Physician Assistants, S. Boe Simmons and Justin Pool, have a wealth of orthopaedic experience and help complete Dr. Wathne's team approach to patient care along with Brent Faure, AT-C, and his nurse, Tina DeGuili, LPN. Dr. Wathne and Dr. Tony Joseph also are the Sports Medicine Physician Directors for School District #25 in Pocatello/Chubbuck, Idaho.

If you have a question for Dr. Wathne's office, please feel free to contact us.

Phone: (208) 233-2100

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Communities Served

  • Pocatello/Chubbuck
  • Blackfoot
  • American Falls
  • Idaho Falls
  • Burley/Twin Falls
  • Soda Springs
  • Jackson, WY