Orthopedic Sports Medicine

EXPERIENCED ORTHOPEDIC SPORTS CARE

In private practice since 2000, Dr. Clark is proud to serve athletes throughout the Cedar Valley, state of Iowa, and nationwide with real orthopedic expertise, extensive experience, and a progressive approach to orthopedic sports medicine. As the team physician for the University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College since 2000, Dr. Clark has served as the attending sideline physician for more than 500 college football and basketball games and treated Division I, II and III athletes in a variety of sports.

Dr. Clark has also treated some of the highest-performing athletes in our area, helping them to recover and resume the sports they love, including numerous All-Americans and some who compete currently at the professional level in football and basketball.

In addition to this substantial knowledge of, and experience in treating, the orthopedic conditions commonly encountered by athletes in different sports, Dr. Clark has also treated some of the highest-performing athletes in our area, helping them to recover and resume the sports they love, including numerous All-Americans and some who compete currently at the professional level in football and basketball. These include former Wartburg College pitcher Taylor Gilson, the 2017 IIAC Pitcher of the Year, who pitched seven scoreless innings in a win for the Knights in the NCAA Division III regionals eleven days after breaking his collarbone, during which time he underwent surgery performed by Dr. Clark. To hear more about Taylor’s story, and the stories of other athletes that Dr. Clark has treated, please click here.

TREATMENTS DESIGNED TO GET YOU BACK IN THE GAME

COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES | LESS-INVASIVE SURGERY|  CONVENIENT UNI LOCATION

Every sports injury, and every athlete, is different, which is why Dr. Clark offers a comprehensive line of orthopedics sports medicine services, including:

  • Arthroscopic knee surgeries and meniscus procedures
  • ACL, MCL and PCL reconstructions
  • Arthroscopic shoulder surgeries, stabilizations, and labral repairs
  • Rotator cuff repairs
  • Achilles tendon repairs

These treatments cover many of the most common orthopedic injuries facing today’s athletes, and Dr. Clark also offers care for trauma and fracture issues an athlete may suffer, including those affecting the clavicle, upper and lower extremities, and hip. In order to provide modern athletes with a level of care that meets the advanced and ever-changing nature of their sports, as well as the complex nature of sports injuries, Dr. Clark offers the latest techniques and procedures for ACL reconstruction and arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgeries.

Dr. Clark’s clinic is located in the state-of-the-art Human Performance Complex (HPC) on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa next to the UNI Dome.

Additionally, through the mini-open technique of arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, a smaller incision than is common in the traditional form of this procedure (typically three-to-five inches long) is created in order to facilitate the insertion of the arthroscope, a small camera that allows the surgeon to inspect the area of operation. During this inspection period, the surgeon clears away loose tendon debris and bone spurs that may be present and assesses the damaged joint to determine the degree of surgery needed. The surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff is performed through the existing incision, allowing the surgeon to view the surgical area directly without the aid of a video monitor. This approach is best used in patients whose tears are not large or complex, and minimizes the intrusion into surrounding areas of the body, including the deltoid muscle, which is typically detached in the traditional form of this surgery to provide the surgeon with better access to the damaged tendon. In addition to generally requiring a reduced amount of surgical time than the open repair technique, the mini-open approach can help minimize recovery time, a critical factor for many athletes, because surrounding areas such as the deltoid are unaffected and a smaller incision is created.

To help his patients achieve optimal orthopedic outcomes, Dr. Clark’s clinic is located in the state-of-the-art Human Performance Complex (HPC) on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa next to the UNI Dome. The HPC features more than 30,000 square feet dedicated to health, athletic training, and physical education and rehabilitation, and provides Dr. Clark’s patients with modern orthopedic treatment options, including a HydroWorx aquatic therapy pool with an adjustable floor and variable speed treadmill for weight-bearing rehabilitation and in-office MRI and ultrasound equipment for faster, more convenient imaging and diagnosis. And because sports injuries can occur at almost any time, Dr. Clark offers fast-track appointments so area athletes can receive excellent orthopedic care when they need it and begin the healing process right away.

ACHIEVING SUPERIOR ORTHOPEDIC OUTCOMES TOGETHER

PURSUING PERSONAL ORTHOPEDIC VICTORIES  | SHARING DECISION-MAKING AND OUTCOMES

A positive mental attitude and dedication to teamwork are essential elements of sports and are just as important when it comes to your orthopedic health. When you are facing a sports-related injury, pursuing your rehabilitation with the type of determined, goal-oriented mindset that you apply to athletics, and working with an experienced, trusted, patient-oriented provider, can assist your recovery.

Dr. Clark’s expertise in sports-related injuries began when his college athletics career was cut short due to a knee injury. Since that time, he has directed his competitive drive to the field of orthopedic surgery to help his patients ambitiously pursue personal victory over their injuries and the physical effects of aging. He encourages every patient, regardless of age or circumstance, to adopt that same competitive approach and reach their individual victories.

Just as important as a patient’s mindset when recovering from injury is who that patient chooses to work with. A winning team communicates effectively, defines roles, and shares outcomes, which is the approach Dr. Clark takes with his patients. As part of his commitment to individualized care, Dr. Clark works one-on-one with his patients to listen and respond to their questions and concerns and communicate his objectives and information about the given injury and procedure and recovery options. During this process, Dr. Clark and the patient also share decision-making duties about how to proceed, and once a mutual decision is reached as to the appropriate course of treatment, roles and expectations for each party are defined. Throughout the time leading up to, during and following the procedure, including during physical therapy and other rehabilitation, both Dr. Clark and the patient share responsibility for meeting their roles as well as the patient’s ultimate orthopedic outcome. In this way, Dr. Clark’s patients are active participants in their own health-care and recoveries and often obtain better understandings of their own conditions, and the manner in which they achieve wellness, as well as more beneficial outcomes, than if they were less directly involved.

To experience patient-focused care that is dedicated to helping you achieve an individual victory over your orthopedic injury or condition, click here to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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