Christopher G. Mazoué, MD
About our team
Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center sports medicine includes physicians, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, athletic trainers, sports performance and biomechanics specialists and registered dietitian nutritionists dedicated to delivering high quality care to active patients.
Our physician team includes six orthopedic sports medicine surgeons and one primary care sports medicine physician, all of whom are board-certified and fellowship-trained. As a group, our clinical interests and expertise spans a wide variety of pathologies. Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery is the cornerstone of sports medicine surgery, and all of our surgeons have expertise in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and ankle. We also perform ligament reconstruction and cartilage repair.
We are sports medicine
From the weekend warrior to the elite athlete, our patients receive complete orthopedic care in advanced facilities offering all the resources they need to take them from diagnosis and treatment to recovery.
Official team physicians for the USC Gamecocks
Our sports medicine team serves as the official team physicians for the University of South Carolina Athletics, the Columbia Fireflies and dozens of other professional, university/college, high schools, middle schools and recreational teams throughout South Carolina. In addition, we supervise one of the largest athletic trainer outreach programs in South Carolina. Our physicians and a team of athletic trainers serve 34 high schools and seven colleges on the sidelines to prevent, diagnose and treat injuries.
Common sports medicine conditions and treatments include:
- Head and neck:
- Cartilage transplantation
- Collateral ligament sprains
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome and greater trochanteric bursitis
- Jumper's knee (patellar tendonitis)
- Meniscal injuries
- Multiple ligament injury repair
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Osteochondral injuries
- Patellofemoral stress syndrome
- Posterior cruciate ligament ruptures
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Stem cell therapy
- Lower leg, foot and ankle
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever’s disease)
- Cartilage transplantation
- Compartment syndrome
- Hip labral tear
- Shin splints
- Stress fractures in the female athlete
- Turf toe
- Shoulder/arm injuries
- Adhesive capsulitis
- Impingement syndrome
- Labral (SLAP) tears of the shoulder
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Scaphoid (navicular) fractures of the hand and wrist
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder instability
Research and education
We are committed to being leaders in the community as well as in orthopedics. Our physicians stay active in the community with a mission of improving health care in the Midlands.
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Apex Athletic Performance
Led by Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center sports medicine physicians, Apex provides safe advanced sports performance training, sports nutrition, sports science and accelerated physical therapy. We help prepare athletes physically and mentally for intense competition.
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Athletic Training Residency Program
Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center's residency program for certified athletic trainers is designed to help trainers expand their knowledge and diagnosis skills in musculoskeletal evaluation. We aim to further awareness in all aspects of sports medicine in a variety settings and are one of six programs in the country accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
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About Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group
We are proud to be part of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.
Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.