A patient experience that is second to none
You don’t have to be an elite competitive or professional athlete to receive world-class orthopedic care when you need it. Even non-athletes and casual weekend warriors can suffer painful muscle, bone or joint injuries that literally stop them in their tracks. That’s why our physicians and physical therapists invest a great deal of time in each patient. We listen carefully to you and get to know you on a more personal level. This helps us design a treatment program that meets your needs and lifestyle. Throughout the process, you remain the primary focus of our team.
Why Steadman Hawkins
Steadman Hawkins Clinic – Denver physicians are the official team doctors for the Denver Broncos and official health care partner for the Colorado Rockies, providing expert care for these professional athletes.
In 1993, Drs. Martin Boublik and Theodore Schlegel co-founded the Steadman Hawkins Clinic – Denver. Dr. Thomas Noonan joined the partnership in 2002 and since then, they have assembled the finest team of orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, physical therapists and sports performance experts in the Denver, Colorado area.
In 2016, the Steadman Hawkins Clinic joined UCHealth to become UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Clinic – Denver. Together, our goal is to provide the finest orthopedic care to athletes and every day individuals alike – in Colorado – and across the nation.
At Steadman Hawkins we are driven by one simple goal: to deliver the highest standard of orthopedic care and personal attention to each and every patient that seeks our help. Whether you are an injured professional athlete or just want to be able to walk again without pain, our physicians will do their best to help you achieve your goal.
It is the successful implementation of this mission, as well as our exceptional medical staff, that attracts people from all walks of life—recreational to elite athlete—from all over the country, to our facilities.
Because of their outstanding reputation, our sports medicine doctors have a long history of treating top athletes and Olympians from a variety of sports, including the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, U.S. Ski Team, and gold medalist swimmer Missy Franklin.
Our people and programs
In addition to our experience treating high profile athletes, all of our physicians are board-certified and fellowship-trained.
We stand among the most highly respected, advanced orthopedics and sports medicine fellowship training programs in the county.
For more than two decades, experience and research conducted at the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation have led to significant advances in the fields of orthopedics and sports medicine.
Our leading-edge non-surgical treatment techniques, surgical procedures, and progressive rehab protocols produce many excellent outcomes.
Multidisciplinary treatment approach
Perhaps one of the most unique features of our practice is our multidisciplinary treatment approach, which our physicians believe is integral to a patient’s successful recovery. Our doctors work in conjunction with physical therapists, occupational therapists, performance coaches, and athletic trainers to create an evidence-based, individualized treatment plan for each patient.
UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Clinic – Denver combines the best in experience, techniques, and technology with a true individual focus to meet your orthopedic needs.
Comprehensive orthopedic care from start to finish
As a patient, you will appreciate the ease and convenience of having all your orthopedic care – from first visit until final discharge – delivered in one location. Patients also appreciate our team-based approach to care that allows you, your doctor and your physical therapist work closely together toward a full recovery.
Most of all, patients appreciate our conservative approach to care that can help you avoid surgery. Should you need surgery, however, we can perform many procedures on an outpatient basis at the state-of the-art orthopedic surgery center that is located in the same building as our Denver office. That means you can come in for surgery and go home within a few hours.
As a patient of the UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Clinic – Denver, you don’t have to go anywhere else to find the care you need. For your convenience, our comprehensive orthopedic and sports medicine treatment plans include services you will find under one roof.
Conditions we treat
Exceptional sports medicine for John Elway (and John Everyone)
Whether you’re a high school or college athlete, a weekend warrior or an elite professional, you strive to perform at your highest level. But when you suffer a sports injury, your ability — on and off the field — may be diminished.
No matter what type of bone, muscle, or joint problem you have, you’ll find the comprehensive, personal care you need at Steadman Hawkins Clinic-Denver. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained sports medicine specialists can help relieve your pain and get back in the game or back to your everyday routine.
We treat all sports injuries using the latest nonsurgical and minimally invasive techniques (many of which we have pioneered). We guide you from diagnosis through rehabilitation and full recovery.
Advanced sports medicine solutions for your injury
We offer state-of-the-art procedures that can provide welcome relief from your pain and lost function. We can also help you achieve your personal performance goals. We can reconstruct your torn ACL, MCL, PCL or LCL or repair your torn shoulder rotator cuff or elbow UCL with less recovery time than you might think possible. Imagine being able to return to the activities you love – skiing, golf, tennis, biking, hiking – and all your favorite team sports, even stronger than you were before your injury.
We have vast experience working with:
- Shoulder injuries: rotator cuff, instability and dislocation, bursitis, impingement, frozen shoulder
- Knee injuries: torn ligaments, tendons and cartilage, patellar tendonitis
- Elbow injuries and conditions: tennis and golfer’s elbow, cubital tunnel syndrome
- Foot and ankle injuries: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon tear, stress fractures
- Hand and wrist injuries and conditions: carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon and nerve injuries
- Sprains, strains and fractures
Conservative treatment is always your first option
Our sports medicine doctors take a conservative approach to your care. This means you will never receive care that’s unnecessary for your particular injury. It also means that surgery will only be performed if it’s clearly the choice for your continued optimal health.
If your sports injury requires surgical intervention, you won’t need to travel far. Our orthopedic surgeons perform many procedures, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, in an ambulatory surgery center located in the same building as our Denver office.
Our team includes physical therapists, athletic trainers and strength and conditioning specialists who will work with you after treatment or surgery. This will help you recover faster and prevent re-injury while improving your strength and performance.
Trusted by amateur and professional sports teams
If the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies trust our doctors, you can, too. Our surgeons have taken care of the Broncos’ football players for more than two decades and the Rockies’ baseball players for more than 10 years. Many of our sports medicine specialists also serve as the team physician for local high school programs, such as Cherry Creek, Mullen, Regis Jesuit, Valor Christian, and Chaparral High Schools.
No matter what sport you play or what level athlete you are, you’ll receive the same high quality care as professional athletes and Olympians. Right here in Denver.
Take your game to the next level
If you work hard, you play hard. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, you always want to improve your game. You want greater strength, endurance, and flexibility so you can perform at your highest personal level. That’s why you need UCHealth Steadman Hawkins – Denver Sports Performance.
If sports performance is a science, Steadman Hawkins is on the leading edge
Our techniques are leading-edge, with evidence-based treatments and progressive rehab programs designed to achieve optimal results. That’s why we’re the choice of professionals, Olympians, collegiate and high school athletes and fitness-minded people of all ages.
As board-certified, fellowship-trained sports medicine specialists, we constantly seek ways to improve athletic performance. Through the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation, we have gathered data on thousands of athletes, their treatment protocols and their results. This means your sports performance program is always based on the best outcomes experienced by others with similar conditions and goals.
Certified athletic trainers plus strength and conditioning specialists for optimal performance
You’ll train with some of the best sports performance coaches in the business. In addition to their certifications in athletic training and strength and conditioning, they offer years of experience working with all types of competitive athletes:
- NFL Denver Broncos Football Club
- MLB Colorado Rockies Baseball Club
- Olympians in several sports
- College and high school athletes
World-class sports performance training is just a phone call away. Improve your game today.
What to bring
My Health Connection
My Health Connection is UCHealth’s free, easy-to-use “patient portal.” It offers patients personalized and secure online access to portions of their medical records. It enables you to securely use the Internet to help manage and receive information about your health. With My Health Connection, you can easily:
- Email your doctor
- Renew or refill a prescription
- View test results
- Request an appointment
- Appointment reminders
- View your medical record
We feel fortunate to have received reflections from our patients about how the doctors and staff at Steadman Hawkins have helped them. Here are some of our favorites:
“Dr. Schlegel performed a revision reconstruction to my shoulder and had a very positive experience and recovery and Dr. Metzl has treated me for a broken bone also with a positive experience and recovery. There are seemingly long wait times at both offices but that is a small price to pay for excellent medical care. I would recommend SHC Denver to anyone.”
~ Mark B.
“Well, I spent 8 months out of the doctors office/physical therapy clinic (cleared in March 2015 for my torn ACL & ended up back in the ambulance in November 2015). Luckily, Steadman was able to get me in right after my accident in November and this time – I shattered my shoulder blade. Dr. Jameson saw me for all but 1 of my appointments for this (I saw Dr. Boublik for the other appointment)… I would highly suggest either (or both!) doctors. I also highly suggest my physical therapist Caitlin O’Brien – she’s is very knowledgeable and personable!
Luckily, my shoulder was healing MUCH faster than my knee did (1 full year of recovery post injury – including a surgery that happened 5 months post-injury compared to a 4 month recovery with no surgery!). Dr. Jameson, Dr. Boublik and Caitlin were all SO great during my recovery – and they all cared that I was recovering quickly, which was nice since they all knew I wanted to get back to skiing quickly (especially after last years injury!).
Hopefully I’ll stay out of the doctors office and physical therapy clinic for at least a year but if I do get injured again – I know where I’ll be going!”
~ Kim A.
“After some initial fears, never having had major surgery before, everything about my experience with Dr Schlegel was excellent. I had a fall that resulted in a complete tear in my rotator cuff, and a SLAP tear. I was referred to Dr. Schelgel by Dr. Ray Kim, a personal friend with another group who specializes in hips and knees—so he made a personal call to Dr. Schlegel. Though Dr. Schlegel was out of town, he called me personally to talk about my MRI results. My initial consultation with another doctor with S-H left me a little nervous, so getting his second opinion was calming and crucial in my experience.
I’m now six months after surgery and the contrast is amazing. My shoulder is back to full range of motion and gaining strength each week. Guided by Dr. Schlegel’s meticulous instructions to my physical therapist, Ken Bush (a former S-H physical therapist now in private practice near me) I have an almost new shoulder. As a bonus, I also found the front desk folks and business office to be helpful and courteous each time I had dealings with them. I can’t thank Dr. Schlegel, Nate, and his entire team too much!”
~ Stephen B.
“Dr Metzl repaired my ankle 2 years ago and it is like a brand new ankle. I’ve been back to playing volleyball and doing yoga. I was in so much pain I couldn’t walk for months before the surgery and I am pain-free since. The recovery for micro fracture is long and it takes dedication to PT to recover range of motion. It took a year of PT for me, but now the ankle feels just like the other. I also sent a family member to Dr Metzl JD she’s also had a positive experience.
~ Summer W.
“A big thanks to Dr. Schlegel, his team, and my physical therapist, Dr. Sarah Hyslop, for the amazing work they did on my shoulder. A second time around- arthroscopic surgery could not have gone smoother. Five months out and I was back to playing hockey like nothing had changed. Would highly recommend, very comfortable, friendly and efficient team at SH.”
~ Thomas B.