Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics

The Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics began in 1979 as a medical practice in Chattanooga, TN that evolved over time to address back pain, neck pain and other spine-related issues. Over the years, CSMO has added specialties to meet the needs of the patients with a wide array of orthopedic challenges. And with locations in Downtown Chattanooga, the Corporate Image Center and Memorial North Park Hospital, access to excellent health service has never been easier.

The physicians of the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics are considered leaders in their profession, not just in Chattanooga, but the Southeast region. The practice take prides in its surgeons and their training in the latest in procedures and technologies. And it is this group that, from its inception, set the standard for sports medicine in the Tennessee Valley.

Whether detecting osteoporosis, treating a work-related or sports injury, relieving pain, or replacing a joint, the focus is on quality care. Their goal is to serve their patients with the best possible orthopedic care and exemplary human kindness, dignity and respect.

Chattanooga Spine Doctors and Spine Surgeons at the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics


Dr. L. Shay Richardson, MD, Chattanooga, TN, 37404
Pain Medicine and Management Physician

Areas of Expertise


  • Back Pain
  • Cervical Spinal Disorders
  • Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Lumbar Spinal Disorders
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Work-related Injuries


  • Ankle Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Back Surgery
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Foot Surgery
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Hand And Elbow Specialties
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Shoulder And Knee Arthroscopy
  • Spine Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Traumatic Injuries