What is Sports Medicine?

About 100 years ago, when a person retired from work in their 60s, they looked forward to a laid back retirement, perhaps enjoying the view of life from the rocking chair on the porch.

Now, however, people want an active retirement where they can spend more time on all their favorite recreational activities, like fishing, hunting, biking, sports, etc. They certainly don’t want to be hampered by sore joints, bad knees or creaky shoulders.

Sports medicine represents a medical focus on helping amateur and professional athletes regain and improve their athletic performance. This can include helping the athlete recover from athletic injury along with the prevention of future injuries. Sports medicine is fast-growing health care field, because the specialists use all this know-how and expertise to not just help athletes, but help everyone who wants to get back to activity, whether that be at work or at play.

In our Anaconda, Montana orthopedic center, we address the following problems:

  • Knee pain
  • Meniscus and knee cartilage problems
  • ACL Tears
  • All knee ligament injuries
  • Fractures and Dislocations of the knee and shoulder
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries and Instability
  • Shin Splints
  • Slap Lesion in the shoulder
  • Sprains and Strains of knee and shoulder
  • Stress Fractures of the knee and shoulder
  • Torn Ligaments and Tendons



Dr. Carl Schillhammer is an orthopedic surgeon based in Central Montana who specializes in the treatment of knee pain, shoulder pain and sports medicine.  Patients travel to Dr. Schillhammer's Anaconda, MT clinic from across the various cities in the region, including Butte, Billings, Helena, Bozeman, Big Sky, Great Falls, Missoula and Kalispell. He is proficient in cartilage repair involving the knee, knee surgery, ACL repair and rotator cuff problems. His clinic is a regional referral destination for shoulder replacement.