At Rockwood Sports Orthopedics, 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
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
Valley Sports OrthopedicsValley Hospital Medical Office Building
1414 N. Houk, Suite: 200
Spokane Valley, WA
(509) 724-4320 FAX:
(509) 838-1478Map Location
Christopher B. Dewing, M.D.
Christopher Dewing, M.D., joined the Rockwood Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Center in July 2015. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from Columbia University in New York, NY. Dr. Dewing is also a Commander in the United States Navy, currently serving in the Select Reserves. After completing an internship in general surgery, he spent two years as a Battalion Surgeon with Marine infantry units and was deployed to Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then completed his orthopedic residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA, and studied sports medicine and hip arthroscopy at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. After training, he served at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, where he served as Director of Sports Medicine and Hip Arthroscopy, training residents from the Uniformed Services and the University of California at San Diego. He also served as the primary orthopedic surgeon to the BUDS classes and the US Navy SEAL teams based in Coronado, CA. Dr. Dewing is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.