Shoulder Surgery

As one of the most flexible joints in the body, shoulder injuryyour shoulder joint is highly susceptible to injury. In some cases, damage can be severe enough to require surgical repair. As with all joint injuries, early diagnosis and treatment can make a huge difference in your long-term shoulder mobility.

At Chattanooga Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, we will diagnose your shoulder problem by looking at a variety factors, including swelling, tenderness, range of motion, weakness and instability. Depending on Dr. Thomas Brown’s assessment, you may be recommended for shoulder surgery, which may follow an arthroscopic procedure or an open surgical procedure.

Common Shoulder Problems

Many shoulder injuries arise from repetitive activities such as playing piano, swimming or weight lifting. When the repetitive motion rubs or squeezes the rotator cuff in the shoulder, it can cause significant pain or discomfort. Sometimes chronic inflammation of the rotator cuff causes spurs to grow in the joint. If conservative treatments like modifying exercise and physical therapy are not successful, Dr. Brown may recommend surgery to repair the rotator cuff.

Other shoulder problems may develop out of tendonitis, fractured or joint dislocation or arthritis. To repair severe injury to the joint, Dr. Brown may recommend an open surgical repair or possibly a joint replacement. Remember, many shoulder problems develop out of chronic irritation and can worsen if left untreated.

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Hip Surgery

hip pain in the joint can be due to arthritis, injury or other conditions.

One of the most common sites for injuries and pain among active individuals is the hip. Our understanding of the hip joint has evolved rapidly in the past few years as medical technology allows for more efficient diagnosis and treatment. At Chattanooga Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, you can expect a comprehensive treatment program for your hip pain or condition.


If you experienced a recent hip injury, from either a fracture, dislocation or strain, you may need treatment and rehabilitation to get back to a normal level of mobility. Some diseases and conditions may also contribute to pain and instability in your hip joint. Treatment varies depending on severity of the joint damage, and at CSMO, Chattanooga’s preeminent Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Brown III, M.D., will recommend the best options available to you that will get you back up to your regular speed.


When symptoms are mild, usually rest, rehabilitative exercises and medicine can relieve hip pain. If, however, damage to the joint is more severe, you may need more progressive treatment. At CSMO we provide comprehensive treatment for hip joints, including hip arthroscopy, implants, resurfacing and minimally-invasive hip replacement.


Common Hip Problems

Injuries from falling and sports-related strain or fracture cause a host of hip problems, from hip tendonitis to joint dislocation. There are also musculoskeletal conditions, such as Hip Bursitis, Snapping Hip, Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) and arthritis, that cause damage to the hip joint.


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Knee Arthroscopy


Pain in the knee joint

Knee arthroscopy is the most common surgical procedure performed by orthopedic surgeons. A celebrated treatment by both patients and doctors alike, knee arthroscopy allows the surgeon to repair damage to joints, torn ligaments and cartilage in a procedure that requires less recovery time an open surgery.


Commonly associated with sports-related injuries, knee arthroscopy is a procedure that Dr. Thomas Brown III, M.D., has performed on hundreds of athletes, from football players to basketball players. Knee injuries are common, especially at high level sports and activities, and often result from a damaged or torn meniscus or ligament. Minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery lets athletes do what they do best: get back to normal activity as quickly as possible.


As an added benefit, there is much less scarring in knee arthroscopy because the Orthopedic Surgeon uses much smaller instruments that make small incisions (about 4 mm) compared to traditional instruments. Before the procedure, a trained anesthesiologist will perform local, regional or general anesthesia, depending on the method best for you. The arthroscopic procedure itself will just take thirty minutes to an hour, depending on your diagnosis and treatment. After the procedure, you’ll be taken to the recovery room, and after an hour or two you’ll be able to go home. Be sure someone is there to drive you home.


Although knee arthroscopy promises a speedy recovery, it is important to follow the recommendations of your doctor and physical therapists at Benchmark Physical Therapy and Chattanooga Sports Medicine & Orthopedics. After the knee arthroscopy, there will be swelling, which can take up to three weeks before it settles. You must not do any exercise until we say it’s alright to do so or until swelling goes completely away. While in most cases you’ll be able to return your normal activities after 6 to 8 weeks, it is important to make sure you’ve been cleared by Dr. Brown and the CSMO staff before you get back to your regular sports activities or exercise routine.


Common Knee Problems

 Many knee problems result from an injury to one (or more) of the four major ligaments in the knee. In contact sports, such as soccer or football, a blow to the outside of the knee can cause a tear in the medial collateral ligament (MCL). The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can be injured by changing direction rapidly, slowing down in a sprint, jumping or missing a step. Other possible causes of a knee injury include torn cartilage or damage to the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL).


If you have injured your knee or you feel consistent pain in the knee, seek treatment from CSMO. Depending on the damage in the knee joint, Dr. Brown will provide a solution that gets you back on the field or in the gym in optimal time.  At CSMO, we specialize in excellent surgical results and an optimal patient recovery experience. Our priority is your safety, health and comfort.


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Dr. Thomas Brown

Dr. Thomas W. Brown III M.D.

Dr_Thomas_W_Brown_3Dr. Brown moved from his hometown, New Orleans, to Chattanooga in 1990. He was honored to work alongside Dr. Paul Thompson M.D. – an orthopedic legend. Dr. Brown continues to serve the community. He established Chattanooga Sports Medicine & Orthopedics in 1994.

Dr. Brown attended Tulane University, LSU Medical School and completed his Orthopedic Residency through Tulane. He then completed a Total Joint/Sports Medicine Fellowship with Dr. Ray J Haddad M.D., Chairman of the Orthopedic Department. Dr. Haddad’s expertise served the New Orleans Jazz professional basketball team, the New Orleans Saints, Tulane University Athletics and various high schools in the area.

During his residency at Tulane, Dr. Brown also trained at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus as well as the Louisiana Veterans Administration Hospital. In addition, he trained at the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.

Dr. Brown was the team orthopedic surgeon caring for the athletes at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for 15 years. He has continued to provide care for local high schools and residents for over 20 years.

Dr. Brown is especially sought after by those with aging joints and arthritic pain. Professional athletes & student athletes seek Dr. Brown’s 20+ years of expert surgical experience and orthopedic sports medicine to improve their levels of performance and quality of life. Dr. Brown and his wife are the parents of 4 boys and continue to serve the Chattanooga community.

Credentials and Professional Associations



  • HealthGrades Honor Roll
  • Recipient of Compassionate Doctor Award
  • Recipient of Patient Choice Award
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