Sports can be rough on joints and cartilage, especially shoulders, knees, and hips. Kelly Cunningham, MD, has cared for many young and mature athletes whose joints take a beating day in and day out. He welcomes patients from Austin, Texas, and its surrounding communities to experience the cutting-edge technology and skill offered by his team at Austin Ortho + Biologics.
Dr. Cunningham works with each athlete to develop an individual treatment plan that emphasizes the least invasive treatments possible with a goal of minimal recuperation and downtime. He combines rigorous standards and quality of care with experience and insight, integrating the best new techniques into the care of each patient.
His patients have included skilled athletes in football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, including members of the Dallas Cowboys at their Austin training camp, Austin Ice Bats hockey players, Southwestern University athletes, and many other college and high school athletes. He served for 15 years as a traveling team physician for the men’s alpine downhill US Olympic Ski Team, providing on-the-hill medical race coverage in North America and Europe, including qualifying races for the Winter Olympics.
As a sports medicine specialist, Dr. Cunningham also treats many seasoned weekend warriors such as runners, skiers (downhill, snowboard, and water), and tennis and golf enthusiasts.
After medical school and residency training in Dallas, he completed a sports medicine/knee fellowship with renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colorado, and underwent further shoulder training in England and Canada.
While with Dr. Steadman, the originator of the popular microfracture cartilage treatment technique, he developed a strong interest in the care of cartilage injuries and now has more than 20 years of experience with surgical microfracture and related procedures. In recent years, he has closely monitored cutting-edge techniques as they’re developed for use in these acute and chronic problems. He has closely monitored cutting-edge techniques as they’re developed for use in these acute and chronic problems including the use of biologics such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and Cell-Based (formerly "Stem Cell") therapy
Words from our patients
"Racing is a vital part of my life, and I am so thankful to have an ortho surgeon like Dr. Cunningham looking out for me!"
"I saw Dr. Fernandez for my sciatic pain. He was very helpful and answered all my questions. Staff was very helpful in arranging payment options ."
"I respect Dr. Cunningham and his cutting edge technology and treatments. Wouldn't trust my body to anyone else!"
"Like a good physician, he regards surgery as a last resort. I absolutely recommend Dr Cunningham and his team!"
"I have referred two other coworkers to him and they were just as pleased. I will be staying with him if I have other needs."
"Dr. Cunningham is a great surgeon with the right approach to treatment. Dr. Cunningham and his staff have gone above and beyond to help me."
"Dr. Cunningham is an excellent doctor! He has given me much needed relief in my left knee & hip!! I am now using him to treat the pain in my shoulders."
"Dr. Cunningham has worked with world class athletes, he is more interested in getting us back to our game than performing surgery."
"Dr. Cunningham took great care of me and answered all the questions I had and then some. He listened to what my recovery goals were and made suggestions."
"My husband and I have both been patients of Dr. Cunningham for a number of years. Easy to get an appointment, does a great job of explaining the issues."
5300 Bee Cave Road, Building #1 Suite 260
Austin, TX 78746