Orthopedic Services at Ridgeline Medical

Apr 7, 2023

According to recent statistics, it is estimated that about 30 million children and teens in the U.S. participate in some form of organized sports. Participation in sports improves physical fitness, coordination, and self-discipline, and provides children valuable opportunities to learn teamwork. Unfortunately, more than 3.5 million injuries occur in children when playing sports! In fact, almost one-third of all injuries that happen in children are sports-related. The most common injuries are sprains and strains.


There can be many different causes of sports injuries. These include: 

  • Improper training 
  • Wearing improper gear for the activity
  • Insufficient or improper warm-up exercises
  • Poor health in the athlete


Many sports injuries can be prevented. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons offer the following tips to help prevent sports injuries:

  • Be in proper physical condition to play a sport. At Ridgeline Medical, we offer FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS for athletes. This is usually required for school sports and can be very useful in screening for potential issues.
  • Know and follow the rules of the game.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear and footwear for the specific sport you are playing.
  • Know how to correctly use athletic equipment.
  •  Always warm up before playing.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Listen to your body. If you are overly tired or in pain, take a break from playing.


Our medical team at Ridgeline Medical consists of highly qualified medical professionals who strive to give their patients the highest quality of care. We are excited to announce we now offer Orthopedic Services at Ridgeline Medical! We want to introduce you to one of the top-rated orthopedic surgeons, Dr. R. Jeffrey Grondel, MD. We are so happy to have him as part of our Ridgeline Medical team!

Dr. Grondel has recently started practicing in Idaho Falls to be closer to family. He provides treatment for all orthopedic conditions with advanced training in the treatment of shoulder and sports medicine injuries. With 25 years of experience, Dr. Grondel individualizes treatment and works efficiently to help each patient return to full activity and live life to its fullest.

Dr. Grondel is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Academy of Sports Medicine. Dr. Grondel graduated from Brigham Young University and received his M.D. from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. He performed his Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University, completed a Fellowship in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, and a Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. Dr. Grondel has the experience and expertise to help with the treatment and prevention of sports injuries.

Sports can be a fun activity for children and adults of all ages. If injuries arise, contact Dr. Grondel at Ridgeline Medical for help. With in-house x-rays and experienced providers, we can help get you back in the game as soon as possible!