Rockwood has provided comprehensive care for orthopedic patients
of all ages since 1951. Our surgeons specialize in the repair of
diseased, injured or arthritic bones, joints and spine as well as
care of fractures and dislocations. They use progressive medical
and surgical treatments.
When surgery is indicated, new arthroscopic techniques greatly
reduce recovery time. Advances in hip and joint replacement include
the use of ceramic and titanium hardware along with minimally
invasive surgery. These techniques result in less post surgical
pain and faster recovery for the patient.
A new treatment option is also available for persistent pain
from tennis elbow. This involves the injection of platelet rich
plasma (PRP), which speeds healing and reduces pain.
At Rockwood Sports Medicine, we believe everyone is an athlete.
Athletes can be any age and play on any level: youth, high school,
collegiate, professional and recreational. Our providers are
equipped with the specialized knowledge and skills to care for an
athlete's musculoskeletal needs ranging from arthroscopic surgery
to knee, elbow, spine and shoulder reconstruction and
rehabilitation. Our focus is on the athlete's health, and our top
priority is getting you back to life and back in the game.
Regardless of the cause or the nature of your condition, we
offer the same level of commitment to helping you overcome your
injury and achieve your goals. We work with both youth and adult
- Reduce pain from general, sports or work-related conditions or
- Discuss surgical options and/or speed recovery from orthopedic
- Boost athletic performance
- Learn injury-prevention strategies
We treat many types of injuries. Here are a few of the common
injuries we treat:
The joints of your body are supported by ligaments, which are
strong bands of connective tissue that connect one bone to another.
A sprain is a simple stretch or tear of the ligament. Most mild
sprains heal with "R.I.C.E." (rest, ice, compression and
elevations) and exercise. The most severe sprains may require
surgery to repair torn ligaments.
Your bones are supported by a combination of muscles and
tendons. Tendons connect muscles to bones. A strain is the result
of an injury to either a muscle or tendon. The recommended
treatment for a strain is the same as for a sprain using the
"R.I.C.E." method. For a more serious tear, the soft tissues may
need to be repaired surgically.
Meniscal tears are among the most common knee injuries.
Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at risk
for meniscal tears. However, anyone at any age can tear their
meniscus. Older people are more likely to have degenerative
meniscal tears. Cartilage weakens and wears thin over time. Aged,
worn tissue is more prone to tears.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
Another common knee injury is an anterior cruciate ligament
(ACL) sprain or tear. Athletes who participate in high demand
sports like soccer, football and basketball are more likely to
injure their ACL. Immediately after the injury, patients usually
experience pain and swelling, and the knee feels unstable. If you
have injured your ACL, you may require surgery to regain full
function of your knee.
The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. But the very
flexibility of the shoulder makes it prone to both sudden injury
and chronic wear. After age 40, many problems are caused by the
effect of repeated overhead motions for a long period of time.
Thanks to recent advancements in arthroscopy, many shoulder
problems can be corrected using the same techniques that
revolutionized the treatment of knee problems. Requiring just a few
small incisions, arthroscopy is done as an outpatient procedure and
results in less post-operative pain than traditional open
Arthroscopy enables the surgeon to see and work inside the
shoulder joint to treat:
- Impingement syndrome
- Partial or complete rotator cuff tear
- Bicipital labral complex tears
- Unstable joint
Referrals can be faxed to (509) 459-1336.
Northpointe Specialty Center - OrthopedicsNorthpointe Specialty Center
605 E. Holland, Suite: 101
(509) 342-3280Map Location
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center / Foot & Ankle CenterValley Hospital Medical Office Building
1414 N. Houk, Suite: 208
Spokane Valley, WA
Orthopedics: (509) 459-1336 / Podiatry: (509) 459-1595Map Location
Foot and Ankle Center - Main ClinicRockwood Main Clinic
400 E 5th Ave, Suite: 3 West
(509) 755-6580Map Location
Garen Blanchard, P.A.-C
Garen Blanchard, P.A.-C, joined the Rockwood Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Center in February 2015. He received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in Rexburg, ID, and his Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Touro University in Henderson, NV. Garen is certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.