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Sports / Family Medicine

Why should I utilize a sports medicine trained physician?

Specialized training and other advantages of using a sports medicine trained physician Musculoskeletal Issues in the athlete:

Ways to prevent injuries

Overtraining vs overreaching

Exercise prescription for the athlete or the general population Better guide rehabilitation care Synchronize care and accelerate referral to an orthopedic surgeon Better communication with athlete’s athletic trainers, and coaching staff Overuse injuries including stress fractures, tendinosis and osteoarthritis

Non-musculoskeletal issues in the athlete:

Concussions/Head trauma

Difficult concussion recovery

Consultation for acute health issues (such as return to play for mononucleosis and other viral or bacterial infections) and chronic health issues (such as diabetes, asthma, heart conditions) in the athlete Guidance on nutrition and supplements for the athlete Return to play guidelines for the athlete from injuries and illnesses Proper management of the college or professional athlete’s medications per World Anti-doping Association guidelines Sports psychology issues Pre-participation physical examinations (sports physicals) Diagnostic ultrasound for musculoskeletal issue

Special procedures that a sports med physician is trained in:

Injections for OA including Viscosupplementation and steroid injections using ultrasound guidance (Landmark or ‘blind” injections are not guaranteed to go where you want them to go) Dry needling Percutaneous needle tenotomy PRP or whole blood injections Compartment pressure testing for chronic exertion compartment syndrome Difficult injections

Foot and Ankle

Foot and ankle pain is a common disorder. Almost 80 percent of the population will experience foot pain in their lives. At Hays Orthopedic Institute, we believe that no one should have to live with pain in their feet. We are trained and equipped to diagnose and treat all problems involving the foot and ankle. We treat people of all ages, for problems such as calluses and bunions, as well as serious injuries and disorders. Many foot and ankle problems can be remedied with conservative care, including correctional orthotic devices. For patients with conditions that fail to respond to conservative care, surgical intervention may be necessary. The board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Hays Orthopedic Institute are fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgery. Their expertise and experience will help you through every step of the way of your treatment, whether it is through orthotic therapy or corrective surgery.

Frequently treated problems:
  • Ankle instability
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Diabetic symptoms
  • Hammer toes
  • Heel pain
  • foot tingling
  • Flat foot
  • Fractures and truama
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Structural deformities
  • Tendon injuries


Your hip joint is integral in keeping your body in motion. But when that joint causes you pain, everything you do suffers—playing sports, working in the yard, even the simple act of walking. Our goal at Hays Orthopedic Institute is to ease your suffering from hip pain and get you back to your daily routine. To that end, we offer technologically advanced facilities in a relaxing atmosphere of caring, comfort, and complete understanding. We provide state-of-the-art care for fractures, complex and common hip arthritis, and other degenerative conditions of this joint. If conditions warrant replacement surgery, our physicians are specialty-trained, experienced, and skilled in all aspects of total hip replacement. Using the most modern technology and surgical techniques, which allow for more rapid recovery and longer lasting joint function, the physicians at Hays Orthopedic Institute are able to restore the joy of movement and truly revitalize lives.

Frequently treated problems:
  • Congenital dysplasia/congenital dislocation
  • Failed total joints
  • Inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Joint circulation disorders (osteonecrosis)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post traumatic arthritis

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MIS) at HaysMed specializes in the comprehensive treatment of diseases and disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, including musculoskeletal problems, disc problems and degenerative conditions, spinal deformities and fractures. Find out more HERE.

Shoulder and Elbow

The shoulder and elbow are two of the most complex joints in the human body. Their function is key to many sporting activities as well as many day-to-day activities. Injuries affecting one or both of these joints are common and can drastically affect one’s quality of life. The physicians at Hays Orthopedic Institute are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for patients suffering from a wide range of shoulder and elbow injuries. They are expertly trained in shoulder and elbow surgery, and continue to be leaders in the treatment of tendon, bone, joint, and nerve disorders of the shoulder and elbow. They provide the most up-to-date treatment for their patients, including arthroscopic and reconstructive techniques.

Frequently treated problems:
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Instability
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder trauma
  • Sports injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Elbow arthritis
  • Golf elbow
  • Tennis elbow

Hand and Wrist

The human hand is very complex and delicate in structure. Hand surgery requires a totally different surgical approach whether treating fractures, arthritis, or deformities. Hand surgery traditionally includes treatment of the entire hand, wrist, and forearm. Again, this whole region works as a single unit, and the dysfunction of a single part needs consideration of the whole. An additional year of training (fellowship) is required for those surgeons seeking certification in hand surgery. The Hays Orthopedic Institute’s fellowship-trained physicians treat conditions involving the bones, tendons, and muscles of the hands, wrist, and forearm. Under their experienced guidance, your recovery will be expertly diagnosed and carefully monitored from start to successful recovery.

Therapy may be necessary for any surgery involving the hand, wrist, or elbow. The objective at Hays Orthopedic Institute is to provide exercise and activities designed to help return the patient to an active, productive lifestyle.

If you are among the millions of Americans experiencing hand and upper extremity problems each year, finding expert care is all-important. Whether your condition is due to arthritis, a sports injury, an accident, or a congenital or work-related disorder, you can feel confident choosing Hays Orthopedic Institute for your care.

Frequently treated problems:
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Work-related injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sports injuries
  • Hand or arm pain
  • Lacerations
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Sprains and strains


The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured. Perhaps you have had to give up some of your favorite activities. Just getting out of bed in the morning may have become an ordeal, and sitting on the floor to play with your children is out of the question. Whether you are suffering from a past injury, or from gradual wear and tear of arthritis, knee pain can make it difficult for you to maintain an active lifestyle. The dedicated physicians at Hays Orthopedic Institute are experts in caring for people with knee pain. From managing medications and physical therapy to the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery or total knee replacement, our specialists work with you every step of the way to provide the treatment that will restore your quality of life. It is a well-earned reputation for incorporating excellence in orthopedics with complete, individualized care for each patient. Our goal is to provide you with outstanding orthopedic care that will help you get back to enjoying the everyday activities of life.

Frequently treated problems:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Congenital deformity
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Failed joint replacement
  • Fractures and trauma
  • Sprains and strains
  • Ligament and tendon tears
  • Cartilage damage
  • Dislocations

On Site MRI

Hays Orthopedic Institute offers the state-of-the-art GE 450 Short Bore MRI with a wider opening – as comfortable as having a CT exam done. This magnetic resonance imaging system is a method used by physicians to look inside the body to obtain diagnostic information. The MRI produces images of the anatomy without the use of radiation found in X-rays and CT scanning.


The spine is literally the supporting structure of the body. Your spine must allow significant motion during everyday activities such as bending, lifting, looking overhead, or even simply shaking your head. When the spine is injured and its function impaired, the consequences can be painful and even disabling. Fortunately, Hays Orthopedic Institute works with patients and their families to improve the quality of life for patients with spinal disorders through innovative approaches to diagnosis, treatment, research, and patient education. Our spine surgeons have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of all spinal disorders, including management of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disk herniations, spinal cord compression, spine instability, trauma, tumors, infections, and scoliosis. By offering the very latest surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for orthopedic injuries and disorders, Hays Orthopedic Institute has become one of the most comprehensive and trusted facilities of its kind.

Frequently treated problems:
  • Arthritis disorders
  • Cervical
  • Chronic pain
  • Disc problems
  • Discography
  • Failed back surgery
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Services
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Canal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Nerve compression
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation through
    structured programs at The Center for
    Health Improvement
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Injections
  • Stenosis
  • Thoracic Decompression and Fusion
  • Thoraco-Lumbar Stabilization
  • Whiplash

High Plains Sports Medicine

HaysMed Sports Medicine Mission Statement

To provide western Kansas high school and college student athletes, school districts, and recreational athletes with access to quality sports medicine healthcare through highly qualified Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC).

The purpose of HaysMed Sports Medicine is to:

  • Provide preventative measures and early intervention of athletic injuries
  • Perform recognition, evaluation, and immediate care of athletic injuries
  • Provide rehabilitation and reconditioning of athletic injuries
  • Provide health care administration, education and counseling to area athletes
  • Provide ongoing educational opportunities for area athletes, coaches, and parents regarding the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries, as well as improvement of athletic performance

Find out more HERE.