E. Lyle Cain, Jr., MD specializes in arthroscopy and treatment of sports-related injuries, as well as open arthroscopic treatment of the knee, shoulder and elbow injuries. In addition, he is certified to treat cartilage injuries in the knee with articular cartilage implantation and meniscal transplantation.
Dr. Cain is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine. Dr. Cain's research interest involves the evaluation and prevention of injuries in youth sports, as well as the treatment of adult injuries in the shoulder, elbow and knee, including cartilage and meniscal transplantation. Dr. Cain also has a special interest in the emerging field of biological treatment options, including bone-marrow aspirate and growth factors associated with healing.
Dr. Cain has presented papers and instructional courses for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and The International Society for Arthroscopy and Knee Surgery on the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of knee, shoulder and elbow injuries. Dr. Cain's orthopaedic research extends to the treatment of ulnar collateral ligament injuries of the elbow in baseball players.
A native of Birmingham, Dr. Cain graduated from the University of Alabama with bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery internship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, followed by a position as chief resident at the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic in Memphis. He then completed an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship with James R. Andrews, M.D., and William G. Clancy, Jr., M.D., at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI). Following his fellowship training, he was invited to become a member of the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and later founded the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center.
Dr. Cain is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) and the American Baseball Foundation (ABF), where he conducts research, provides community outreach services to youth athletes, and actively educates and trains young orthopaedic surgeons. He is also on the Board of Directors of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and holds memberships in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, Alabama State Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, International Cartilage Repair Society and the International Society for Arthroscopy and Knee Surgery.
Dr. Cain serves as team physician for the University of Alabama and medical director for Jacksonville State University and the University of West Alabama. He is also an orthopaedic consultant for Birmingham-Southern College and the Birmingham Barons, AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Dr. Cain is also a team physician for several high schools including Mountain Brook, Hoover, Homewood, Hewitt-Trussville, Shades Valley and Oak Grove. Dr. Cain leads an outreach program through the University of West Alabama, which provides medical services to more than 40 schools in the West Alabama area.
Dr. Cain and his wife, Jill, have four children: Sarah, Virginia, Edward and George. He participates in wildlife habitat management and enjoys golf, hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities with his family.
Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship:
American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) - (Birmingham, AL)
Orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship with James R. Andrews, MD and William G. Clancy, Jr., MD
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency:
University of Tennessee - Campbell Clinic (Memphis, TN)
General Surgery Internship:
University of Tennessee (Memphis, TN)
University of Alabama School of Medicine at UAB (Birmingham, AL)
University of Alabama - B.S. - Chemical Engineering (Tuscaloosa, AL)
In February 2021, our spring season just started, and we were playing our first game of the season versus Columbus State. During the early part of the game, I was dribbling the ball down the field, when a player on the opposing team came to push the ball away and her foot caught my leg.
I came down on my right leg and heard a pop. It felt like someone shot my kneecap and it blew out. I thought, “please don’t let it be my ACL.”
Riley Mattingly Parker | Flower Mound, TX
In May of 2021, I was driving down the road in Charlotte and noticed a very large limb of a Bradford pear tree slowly breaking off a tree to my right. It fell across the road in front my of car. Unfortunately, there was no way to avoid slamming into it. When I hit the limb, it spun up in the air and came thru my windshield and impaled my right chest.
Brett Boner | Charlotte, NC
Dr. Cain had such a calm demeanor. I knew he had treated various knee injuries on not only water ski athletes, but also NFL, NBA and MLB superstars.
When Dr. Cain advised that I had torn my ACL I was really upset because I was at the peak of my performance, and just could not be out for the season or longer. He told me to take a deep breath and look around. I saw all the jerseys of pro and college athletes and he said most of them have torn their ACL and they came back better than ever.
Regina Jaquess | Santa Rosa Beach, FL
While playing football with my friends in May of 2021, I took a weird step and immediately went down as pain shot into my knee. My parents and coach were concerned, but we decided to let it rest, and I was back to running with only a little bit of discomfort after a couple weeks. When I twisted it again on a family beach trip and the pain refused to subside, we finally went to the doctor for an MRI. He confirmed the worst news possible: my ACL was completely torn, and surgery was the only option.
Hannah Adams | Homewood, AL
After rehabbing my entire sophomore year of high school, I returned to the field as a junior and had the best season of my life. I was recruited by Georgia Tech that summer and my elbow felt great for four years. In the spring of 2021, I was pitching during my sophomore year at Georgia Tech, and I began experiencing a different kind of elbow pain. After four healthy seasons, I had torn my UCL again. I knew exactly where to go. The people at Andrews Sports Medicine had taken care of me before and I knew they would do it again.
Ben King | Calhoun, GA