Dr. Steven Stahle
Dr. Steve Stahle is the co-founder and Primary Care Medical Director for the US Center for Sports Medicine. He has dedicated his life to sports and sports medicine. Growing up in the heartland of Iowa, he competed year round in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He was a four year starter for both baseball and basketball at Luther College. Dr. Stahle graduated with honors with a B.S. in 1987. He combined his passion for sports with his academic drive in math and science when he decided to pursue a career in medicine. Dr. Stahle graduated with honors from The University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1991. He then completed his residency training at Phoenix Baptist Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. While training in Phoenix, Dr. Stahle worked with the Phoenix Suns and Arizona State University athletes. He was awarded a prestigious Sports Medicine Fellowship at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. During his fellowship, Dr. Stahle worked with several professional sports teams including the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Cleveland Ballet, along with providing medical care for the Cleveland State University athletes.
Dr. Stahle arrived in St. Louis almost 15 years ago and started the US Center for Sports Medicine with Dr. Lehman. The original premise for opening the medical practice was to provide unprecedented sports medicine and orthopedic care for the elite athletes of St. Louis and the surrounding Midwest states. He has provided individual consultation for athletes from the St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, and the St. Louis Rams. He served as the St. Louis Marathon Medical Director for several years and continues to provide medical care and consultation to the St. Louis Track Club. Dr. Stahle provides independent medical consultation at his practice in St. Louis and at sites around the country for professional athletes who train all over the world.
Dr. Stahle is the first St. Louis physician trained in the use of the FAST procedure in treating serious soft tissue tendon injuries. He currently runs the only clinic in St. Louis solely dedicated to the FAST procedure. This procedure is considered a proven major break-through in the treatment of plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow. Dr. Stahle is currently researching the use of FAST for treatment of other tendon injuries including knee, hamstring, and shoulder.
Dr. Stahle is considered a regional pioneering expert on the use of Platelet Rich Plasma for treatment of soft tissue injuries and arthritic conditions. His research has increased the overall management of arthritis, and dramatically decreased the recovery time of musculoskeletal injuries. He is also currently researching stem cell advancements for musculoskeletal conditions.
Dr. Stahle is one of the country’s leading experts in the use of synovial fluid replacement therapy used to treat osteoarthritis. He has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada lecturing and educating physicians on technique and research advancements.
Dr. Stahle is dedicated to maintaining the health of young athletes. He has provided volunteer medical coverage to St. Louis area High School football teams for 15 years. He is an expert in the field of football related concussions. Dr. Stahle is also passionate and highly knowledgeable about the use and abuse of nutritional supplementation, growth hormone, and steroids. He works closely with local athletic trainers, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches who are training young St. Louis athletes to inform them of new research, rules and regulations, and other physical safety matters. He regularly educates and consults with area coaches/pros regarding overuse injuries in young athletes including tennis, baseball, soccer, and cross country.