BIOGRAPHYAs a non-surgical orthopaedic and sports medicine physician at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Cherie Miner, MD, works closely with orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, nutritionists and coaches to provide comprehensive, non-surgical treatment to patients of all ages.
Dr. Miner's love of sports began early in life. In college, she was a Division 1 field hockey and softball player at Boston University. An early career in cardiovascular health eventually led her to pursue a medical degree in the field of sports medicine.
Dr. Miner earned her medical doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worchester, Mass. and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Pennsylvania State University Hospital in Hershey, Penn. From there she was chosen as one of a select few to receive her fellowship training under Dr. James Andrews at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala.
Dr. Miner has specialized training and more than 10 years of experience in the non-surgical treatment of all orthopedic injuries. She chose this specialty because she enjoys educating young athletes on injury prevention. Dr. Miner specializes in fractures, dislocations, muscle, tendon and ligament injuries, as well as pain related to arthritis. She also has specialized training in ultrasound-guided injections, such as hyaluronan and platelet-rich plasma (PRP), as well as experience in regenerative stem-cell injections for tendinopathy and arthritis. Dr. Miner has published articles in journals, as well as published multiple chapters in academic medical textbooks.
Today, Dr. Miner is still an avid sports participant and trains as an Ironman triathlete, which gives her a unique understanding of the rigors of training and elite athlete performance. Dr. Miner has a special interest and expertise in evaluating pediatric and adolescent injuries, in addition to injuries related to recreational and amateur sports as well as elite athletes such as runners and triathletes. She not only assists in diagnosing those injuries but also maintains close communication with surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers for her patients' follow-up care. Her goal is to ensure that each athlete fully understands the injury, so that he or she can safely return to sport.
Dr. Miner has provided sports medicine coverage for The Ironman Triathlon World Championships, Men's Olympic Marathon Trials, The Mercedes Marathon, the Chicago White Sox's AA affiliate team - the Birmingham Barons, Birmingham Ballet, Birmingham Steeldogs, Birmingham Track Club and Team Magic Triathlons, as well as complete coverage of sports and physicals for several local high schools. She also assists in overseeing a biomechanical running laboratory to assess runner's strides and impact loading with a local physical therapy practice, and is working on developing safe return-to-running programs with runners after stress fractures. She was instrumental in helping to develop a safe, CrossFit-like fitness program for endurance athletes.
A primary care sports medicine physician takes care of medical and orthopedic problems in athletic individuals of all ages. Her patients range from highly competitive athletes including runners, cyclists, tri-athletes and student athletes, to weekend warriors, industrial workers, and anyone with general aches and pains. Primary care sports medicine is a non-surgical specialty working closely with orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, nutritionists, and coaches. Since many injuries do not require surgery, her goal is the treat illnesses and injuries, order appropriate testing, and refer patients to an orthopedic surgeon when indicated.