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)
I was unsure if I could walk again, let alone play sports. I couldn’t put any weight on my foot for a month and had to trust the process to slowly regain mobility and strength. Thanks to Dr. Norman Waldrop, his staff, and physical therapists, what was supposed to be a year-long recovery, was only eight months. I am thankful to Dr. Waldrop, who stepped up in a high-pressure emergency and got me back healthy and to competing quickly and safely.
Ashton Domingue | Birmingham, AL
One day, during a gym workout session, I was doing overhead shoulder presses when I felt a burning sensation in my shoulders. I knew it did not feel right, so I took time off from the gym and did the RICE method for two weeks, hoping it would heal independently.
Summer Moses | Lincoln, AL
While refereeing a high school basketball scrimmage in October of 2022, I felt a pop in my right knee. I had never experienced knee problems before and so I hoped there was nothing wrong. Waking up the next morning, my knee was very swollen, and the pain continued to get worse. I knew something needed to be done in order for me to continue refereeing basketball and working during the upcoming football season.
Doug Simpson | Hillcrest, AL
During a game versus Helena High School, I was playing in the wide receiver position. As I jumped in the air to catch the football, my knee collided with another girl. As soon as I took a step, I heard a pop. I felt some initial pain, but was able to keep playing. The situation was really scary because our flag football coach also happened to be my soccer coach. We were both worried about what an injury could mean for me as the starting goalie.
Kate Murray | Birmingham, AL
During an away basketball game vs Sumiton Christian my senior year, I leaped to block a shot and when I landed felt intense pain as my knee twisted. The diagnosis revealed a torn ACL and a partial meniscus tear, which felt like a major setback.
Brady Nelson | Bessemer, AL