Watauga Orthopaedics, PLC, was founded in 1950 by Howell Sherrod, MD. In addition to offering general orthopaedic care, Dr. Sherrod focused the practice on innovative treatments in sports medicine, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. Over the last decade, Watauga Orthopaedics has expanded the services of the practice to encompass a comprehensive musculoskeletal continuum including total joint replacement, arthroscopy, sports medicine, fracture care, reconstructive hip, knee, foot and ankle surgery, hand and spine surgery, euromusculskeletal care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnosis, and community outreach services.
In recent years, the practice has developed a reputation for understanding and responding to the unique needs of the injured worker and the employer. Watauga Orthopaedics places emphasis on access to care, timely and complete communication, and consistent cost effective treatment plans and protocols for all injured workers.
Watauga Orthopaedics is among a small number of practices in Tennessee that offers the expertise of treating athletic injuries within the scope of sports medicine. Since 1950, when Dr. Sherrod became a team physician for East Tennessee State University, Watauga Orthopaedics has added to their sports medicine staff enabling them to offer services to a wide variety of athletic teams. Watauga Orthopaedics acts as the team physicians for many high schools in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Additionally, Watauga Orthopaedics has provided sports medicine services for the following athletic organizations: East Tennessee State University, Atlanta Falcons, Virginia Intermont, Milligan College, Johnson City Cardinals, Elizabethton Twins, Bristol Tigers, Kingsport Mets, Johnson City Silver Bullett's Rugby Team, Masters Water Skiing Tournament, and several professional and Olympic athletes.
Watauga Orthopaedics recently affiliated with Nashville-based OrthoLink Physicians Corporation, a majority physician owned and crafted musculoskeletal practice management corporation. The affiliation gives Watauga Orthopaedics the ability to focus on optimizing each patient's care and outcome. The physicians retain their own identity, autonomy and relationship with their patients but are able to share information and procedures with other leading orthopaedists in the country, producing the best possible patient outcomes.