About Us

Thank you for choosing Appalachian Orthopedics for your care

Having been the region's bone, joint, and muscle experts for decades, our specialty-trained doctors, surgeons, and medical staff strive to keep Appalachian Orthopedics as one of the best orthopedic practices with top doctors and surgeons. Our roots as a Tri-Cities institution of exceptional orthopedic care go back more than 50 years, when Dr. Sam Huddleston and Dr. Robert Strang, Sr., were the first orthopedic doctors in those cities, and our goals have always been to provide patients with the specialized care they can trust and to deliver the compassionate, individualized orthopedic care patients deserve.

Doctors for the Community

We take pride in our local roots in Bristol and Johnson City. Even though our orthopedic doctors and surgeons have trained in different parts of the country, we still think of ourselves as community doctors and surgeons. Other groups, doctors, and surgeons have come and gone through the years, but Appalachian Orthopedics is committed to our community and offering complete, individualized orthopedic care.

As part of that dedication to our community, our sports medicine doctors are proud to provide orthopedic and sports medicine care to our local athletic community. Not only are our sports medicine providers the official orthopedic providers for East Tennessee State University Athletics, but they are also team physicians for multiple area high schools, colleges, and professional teams.

State-of-the-Art Facilities for Expert Care

Our state-of-the-art facilities, Abingdon, Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol Midway, and Johnson City allow our orthopedic surgeons and physicians to offer our patients exceptional bone, joint, tendon, and muscle care. Our offices include convenient, comprehensive on-site services, such as digital X-rays, durable medical equipment, joint injections, open MRI, and our Orthopedic Urgent Cares. We also deliver specialized, patient-centered rehabilitation and physical therapy at our therapy centers in Bristol and Johnson City.

Along with our offices, we also have hospital and medical center affiliations, where our orthopedic surgeons and doctors can practice medicine and perform orthopedic surgery.

Specialized Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Care You Can Trust

Always striving to be top doctors, our fellowship-trained and specialty-trained orthopedic doctors and surgeons are dedicated to serving the needs of patients in Abingdon, Bristol, Johnson City, and the surrounding areas. Our experts specialize in orthopedic medicine and provide treatment for orthopedic injuries and conditions affecting the ankle, back, elbow, foot, hand, hip, knee, neck, shoulder, spine, and wrist. Our orthopedic surgeons and physicians also specialize in fracture care, joint replacement, and sports medicine.

Our medical team is made up of orthopedic surgeons and doctors, including joint replacement surgeons, sports medicine doctors, and a spine surgeon, as well as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and physical therapists. Combining their knowledge, training, and experiences, they all work together to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries and conditions and provide our patients with treatment plans that meet their individual orthopedic needs.

Whether you have a hip injury, spine condition, knee injury, or elbow injury, our specialists are committed to trying nonsurgical treatment options first before considering surgery. However, rest assured that if conservative treatment options prove to be ineffective and surgery is needed, our surgeons are highly skilled in orthopedic surgery and will use their advanced skills to help reduce or eliminate your pain.

Your Surgical Needs Met

From hip replacement to knee replacement and rotator cuff repair to arthroscopic hip or knee surgery, our surgeons offer the latest in orthopedic surgery as well as advanced minimally invasive surgery. Having undergone extensive surgical training and education, our orthopedic surgeons provide expert surgical care for the ankle, back, elbow, foot, hand, hip, knee, neck, shoulder, spine, and wrist. Our orthopedic surgeons also perform sports medicine surgery as well as joint replacement surgery, like hip replacement and knee replacement.

No matter what surgery you need, our orthopedic surgeons will be with you every step of the way, from the diagnosis to the orthopedic surgery to the postoperative recovery.

When You Need Us, We're Here

At Appalachian Orthopedics, we know that injuries occur when least expected. That's why our doctors and physician assistants proudly offer extended clinic hours for patients with acute orthopedic injuries at our Orthopedic Urgent Cares with no appointment necessary.

Available at Bristol Midway, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Johnson City, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. our providers and physician assistants at our Orthopedic Urgent Cares are able to provide sports medicine care and treat sprains, fractures, and injuries of the knee, hip, and more.

At Appalachian Orthopedics, we specialize in keeping patients active.