Benton A. Emblom, MD, specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. He has subspecialty expertise in hip preservation surgery and hip reconstruction.
A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama, Dr. Emblom earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at UAB Hospital. He then completed a one-year orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship with Dr. James Andrews at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI). Following that, he completed additional training in hip arthroscopy with Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, which provided focused training in arthroscopic and mini-open hip preservation surgery. Dr. Emblom’s certification in robotics allows the most technologically-advanced option for active individuals with arthritic conditions.
Dr. Emblom is a member of the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, co-founder of The Hip Center at Andrews Sports Medicine, and board member of the American Sports Medicine Institute. He has also authored numerous research papers and book chapters on topics related to orthopaedics and sports medicine. Dr. Emblom actively performs clinical and biomechanical research at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI).
Dr. Emblom holds a special passion for the field of sports medicine because he participated in several team sports throughout his childhood. One aspect of sports he admires most are the goals that a TEAM can accomplish TOGETHER. As a team physician for Auburn University, the University of Alabama, Samford University, and Hoover High School, Dr. Emblom is able to passionately play an integral role on the team of accomplishing a shared goal: to foster player safety and to facilitate safe return to play after an injury. Furthermore, maintaining a lasting active lifestyle is an area of interest for Dr. Emblom. After an injury at any level, an active state of mind often endures, however, physical challenges can ensue. Dr. Emblom’s commitment to overcome these physical challenges for his athletes and patients is paramount.
Dr. Emblom’s focus area in the hip provides a continuity of care from adolescent and young adult hip preservation surgery to reconstruction in the more advanced stages. Non-arthritic hip preservation surgeries would include arthroscopic treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), labrum repair/reconstruction, endoscopic gluteus medius and proximal hamstring repair, and mini-open treatment of core muscle injury (sports hernia).
Robotics have enabled Dr. Emblom to accurately and precisely restore hip mechanics in the setting of hip reconstruction (total hip replacement). He utilizes the direct anterior (DA) approach preserving muscle and tendon, allowing quicker recovery, and eliminating long-term movement and activity precautions. The Mako robotic-assisted platform creates a mini-GPS environment within the operating room. This 3-D mapping and positioning technology ensures unmatched accuracy relative to component sizing and positioning. Patient’s leg length and muscle tensioning can be accurately restored maximizing pain relief and function.
Dr. Emblom's commonly performed arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures include: shoulder surgeries such as rotator cuff repair, instability and labral repair, and AC joint reconstruction; elbow surgeries such as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John), distal biceps tendon repair, arthroscopic loose body removal, and tennis elbow release; knee surgeries such as ligament reconstruction (ACL, PCL, MCL, posterolateral corner), arthroscopic meniscus repair, and patella instability (MPFL reconstruction).
Dr. Emblom and his wife, Anna, have two sets of twins: fraternal girls, Ella and Camille, and identical boys, Lawton and Haston. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, flying and spending time outdoors with his family.
Hip Arthroscopy Fellowship:
Nashville Sports Medicine - J.W. Thomas Byrd, MD - (Nashville, TN)
Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship:
American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) - (Birmingham, AL)
Participated: 2008 - 2009
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency:
University Hospital (Birmingham, AL)
Participated: 2003 - 2008
Internal Medicine Internship:
Baptist Health System(Birmingham, AL)
Participated: 2002 - 2003
University of Alabama School of Medicine at UAB (Birmingham, AL)
Attended: 1998-2002 I Magna Cum Laude
University of Alabama - Bachelor of Science (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Major: Chemistry Minor: Mathematics I Summa Cum Laude
In August of 2021, I changed schools entering my junior year. During our first football practice, I went to kick a field goal and I felt my right, hip pop. My family doctor figured out that it was an avulsion fracture to my right hip. I went to physical therapy right away and did several visits. I had to sit out 4 games before I could play again.
Bradley Thompson | Luverne, AL
Back in April of 2021, I went on a vacation to St. Lucia. We did a pretty strenuous hike and it was very long and tiring. The next morning I woke up and thought I had pulled a muscle in my right glute. I laughed it off thinking it was no big deal. I didn’t think it was too severe to need any medical attention. However, the pain got worse and it was a nagging sort of pain. It hurt to sit for long periods of time. I talked to a former student of mine, Ryan Huff, who works at the ATI Physical Therapy in Oxford where I am from.
Tammy Angle | Oxford, AL
After researching the clinic and doctor, my parents and I had pretty good confidence with Andrews Sports Medicine. We submitted my paperwork and MRI to Dr. Emblom’s clinical team. They said they wanted to see me immediately because it was a fresh ACL and that they deal with growth plates all the time, so we made the appointment. However, we were still a bit skeptical until we drove the 15 hours and met the staff and Dr. Emblom. My family and I realized at that moment it was the best possible direction for me!
Brooke Bittinger | Iron Mountain, Michigan
At the beginning of the pandemic, Spring 2020, the marathon that I had signed up for Fall 2020 was cancelled. I decided to do what any rational runner would do, and train harder, faster, and longer than ever so that when races returned I would be ready to crush them all. It didn’t work out that way. By late July/early August, I was having quite a bit of hamstring tightness and hip pain during my training runs.
Meg Gore | Birmingham, AL
It all began ten years ago. I slipped and fell inside my son’s school. I saw my primary care physician who prescribed physical therapy, but my hip continued to bother me. Three years later, I realized that I had started walking differently and my body even adapted to run in a strange way. I saw an orthopedic physician in Chattanooga where I live. He recommended that I have my hip replaced.
Krystye Dalton | Chattanooga, TN
- American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) - Board of Directors
- Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital Orthopaedic Co-Management Group - Board of Directors
Leadership in Athletics
- Auburn University Athletics, Team Physician
- Samford University Athletics, Team Physician
- University of Alabama Athletics, Team Physician
- Auburn University Athletics, Team Physician
- Hoover High School Athletics, Team Physician
- Pell City High School Athletics, Team Physician
- Moody High School Athletics, Team Physician
- World Wrestling Entertainment, Hip Consultant