Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Richard Steadman of The Steadman Clinic

Written by Laura Dyrda | September 21, 2010 | Print  |
Richard Steadman, MD, has treated patients and professional athletes for more than two decades at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., which he co-founded with Richard Hawkins, MD. Dr. Steadman focuses on treatment for knee injuries and is currently treating famous patients such as Ryan Sweeny of the Oakland Athletics and Owen Hargreaves of Manchester United.

Recently, he spoke with Soccer Lens about Mr. Hargreaves' recovery from knee injury.

"The problem was with the tendon attached to the patella on each knee, which is difficult to resolve," said Dr. Steadman in the report. "Owen has spent a lot of time with us here in Colorado and he just has a great work ethic. He's never given up on us and we never give up on him. The recovery was arduous and took a long time…and his condition looks promising now. You can't rush this type of injury."

During his career, Dr. Steadman has developed numerous techniques for knee surgery and rehabilitation which has been adopted worldwide for treatment. Prior to founding The Steadman Clinic, Dr. Steadman practiced orthopedics in Lake Tahoe, Calif., where he was named chief physician for the U.S. Ski Team. He worked with several competition champions and Olympic medal winners.

Dr. Steadman also founded the Steadman Phillippon Research Institute, which is a non-profit sports medicine foundation supporting research in knee surgery and rehabilitation projects.

Dr. Steadman graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed his residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He also spent two years in the army and completed an internship.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr Lawrence D. Dorr of Dorr Arthritis Institute in California

- Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Tal S. David of Arthroscopy & Orthopedic Sports Medicine Associates in San Diego

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