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Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists

Experts in sports medicine and orthopedic care

To make an appointment, get a referral from
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1-866-811-3091 or 952-946-9777

What you should know about concussions in sports

A concussion is a blow to the head that affects how the brain works.

Concussions can happen in free play, recreational sports, youth leagues, or in high school and college sports.

ImPACT™, a 20-minute computer test, would help your child in the event of a future concussion.

Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or simply have an aching joint, rest assured we provide outstanding care for people with injuries and other muscle, joint and bone issues. When you’re in pain, you will quickly see a specialist who treats you with compassion and respect.

At Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, every surgeon also is a fellowship-trained subspecialist in an area such as total knee or shoulder replacement. You'll have access to a full range of treatments for:

  • Shoulder injuries
  • Elbow injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Strains and sprains
  • Fractures

If you need additional services, such as physical therapy, pain management, nutrition counseling and more, we'll connect you.

To make an appointment, please call 952-946-9777 or 1-866-811-3091.

Meet Dr. Elizabeth Plocher.

Cyclist, home chef and hand surgeon.

Help us welcome Dr. Plocher to the Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists team.

Learn more about Dr. Plocher.

Five convenient locations

These locations offer a variety of orthopedic and musculoskeletal services. Those with an asterisk (*) after the city name also offer primary care sports medicine services.


Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists - Edina
8100 West 78th Street
Suite 230
Edina, MN 55439
Phone: 952-946-9777 or 1-866-811-3091
Fax: 952-946-9888

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Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists - WestHealth
2805 Campus Drive
Suite 465
Plymouth, MN 55441
Phone: 952-946-9777 or 1-866-811-3091
Fax number: 952-946-9888

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Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists - Minneapolis
2800 Chicago Avenue
Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Phone: 952-946-9777 or 1-866-811-3091
Fax: 952-946-9888

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Maple Grove*

Allina Health Maple Grove Clinic
7840 Vinewood Lane
Maple Grove, MN 55369-4655
Phone: 763-236-0200 or 1-866-811-3091
Fax: 763-420-5531

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St. Cloud

Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists
1301 33rd Street South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 952-946-9777 or 1-866-811-3091
Fax: 952-946-9888

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* Offer primary care sports medicine services.

Patient services

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A wide variety of patient services are provided by the physicians and staff of Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists. Each physician works with a team of patient care professionals who coordinate all aspects of patient care. Patients undergoing treatment and/or surgery receive ongoing support from our Physician Assistants, nurses and other members of the care team.

Patients have access to the collective knowledge of some of the most experienced specialists available. A complete array of diagnostic and treatment and management resources are available, including:

  • Outpatient evaluation and ongoing operative and/or non-operative treatments - for patients with shoulder, elbow, knee and hip diseases or trauma.
  • Physician consultations - for medical professionals to review diagnoses and treatment options with Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists' physicians.
  • X-ray evaluations - for medical professionals to confer with Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists' physicians.
  • Referral to outside specialists and practitioners - medical consultants, radiologists, physical therapists.

Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists serves a large client base drawn from local, regional, national and international communities. We also respect the individual needs of each patient and emphasize their education and personal involvement in the treatment process.

Sports medicine

Sports medicine physicians treat a variety of injuries including acute injuries (such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries, and fractures) and overuse injuries (such as tendonitis and stress fractures). They also have training in aspects of sports medicine that do not involve the skeletal frame and muscles.

Common examples include:

  • Pre-participation physical exams
  • Strength training and conditioning programs
  • Injury prevention
  • Injury assessments and management
  • "Return to play" decisions
  • Mild traumatic brain injury and other head injuries
  • Chronic or acute illness (such as mononucleosis or asthma)
  • Sports psychology issues
  • Addressing banned-substance use

About Us

Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists is a nationally recognized orthopedic surgery and sports medicine practice. Founded in 1999, the practice serves Minnesota and patients from across the United States at our five Twin Cities locations.

Our physicians come from the top medicine programs in the nation, including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell and Rush. All of our physicians subspecialize, focusing their expertise on just one or two areas of the body, assuring you of expert care. Our physicians conduct and present industry-leading research to ensure we use the most advanced and effective medical and surgical treatments.

Research published by Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists is referenced by top orthopedic surgeons all over the world. Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists provides medical coverage for over 20 teams and clubs in Minnesota, including the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club and the Life Time Fitness Minneapolis Triathlon.

The practice was named one of the top sports medicine practices in the nation by a well-respected industry publication. Surgeries are performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, which is ranked 13th in the nation for orthopedic surgery by US News & World Report.