Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is specialized medical care for treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries. From athletes to active individuals, sports medicine helps patients continue injury-free active lifestyles.

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Total Joint Replacement (TJR)

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with an artificial joint, which is designed to move just like a healthy joint.

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ACL Reconstruction

The goal of ACL reconstruction surgery is to prevent instability and restore the function of the torn ligament, creating a stable knee. ACL reconstruction surgery has allowed many patients to return to physical activities.

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Rotator Cuff Surgery

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff most often involves re-attaching the tendon to the head of humerus, or upper arm bone. There are a few options for repairing rotator cuff tears, however the main goal is getting the tendon to heal.

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Dr. Richard A. Wathne

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine
Shoulder and Knee Orthopaedic Specialist in Pocatello, Idaho

Dr. Wathne was born and raised in New Jersey and did his orthopaedic training at the renowned Hospital for Joint Diseases — Orthopaedic Institute in New York City. He subsequently moved west and completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado in Denver and Boulder, where he provided orthopaedic care for athletes at the University of Colorado and University of Denver. He then started an orthopaedic private practice in Pocatello, Idaho, in 1995. His orthopaedic practice now primarily focuses on the treatment of shoulder, knee and sports medicine conditions both non-operatively and operatively. He has stayed at the forefront of surgery in these areas and enjoys caring for the people and athletes of eastern Idaho.

He loves living in Idaho with the easy access to the outdoors and its many beautiful areas. He participates in a variety of sports and is an avid biker and skier.


  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Degree – Biology, and
    Minor – International Relations, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  • Medical: M.D., UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ


  • Surgical Internship: NYU/Bellevue, New York, NY
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Hospital for Joint Diseases – Orthopaedic Institute, New York, NY
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship: University of Colorado,
    Denver and Aspen, CO

Certifications / Licensure

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Idaho State Medical Licence
  • National Board of Medical Examiners – Parts I, II, III
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Basic Life Support

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Northwest Pacific Orthopaedic Society
  • Idaho Orthopaedic Society
  • Idaho Medical Association
  • Southeast Idaho Medical Society

Hospital Affiliations

Make an Appointment (208) 233-2100
Dr. Richard A. Wathne

Richard A. Wathne, MD

Dr. Wathne specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopaedic conditions and performs several orthopaedic procedures including:

  • Sports Medicine
  • ACL Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Computer Assisted Surgery
  • Fracture Care