Charleston Sports Medicine in Charleston, SC

Combining Traditional Orthopedics &
Cutting-Edge Regenerative Medicine

Bright McConnell, III, MD »

Founding Physician & Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon


Eric Friedman, MD »

board certified in emergency medicine, fellowship-trained with a certificate of
added qualification in primary care sports medicine


Sports Medicine & Orthopedics

Sports medicine is a sub-specialty and focuses on injuries to the musculoskeletal system as they relate to athletes. We also focus on general orthopedics, bone health, and orthobiologics.

FitMed Partners

FitMed Partners offers scientifically based medical programs to help you live life better from age and weight management to bioidentical hormone replacement.

Shock Wave Therapy

Focused Shock Wave Therapy is a revolutionary treatment that relieves pain and heals your body faster without surgery or downtime.


The new regenerative treatment, Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Technology, treats numerous musculoskeletal disorders and pain syndromes.


Charleston Sports Medicine provides the latest gait assessment and custom orthotic technology available to provide support and relief from pain.


We offer in-house,
pharmaceutical-grade supplements. Ask about our Prevecare and StemRX supplements.

Regain Your Life

Dr. Bright McConnell, using the latest non-operative and operative treatments, helps patients regain function so they can quickly return to daily living, competition, and work. On the forefront of pioneering regenerative medicine treatments, Charleston Sports Medicine offers advanced healing treatment options for sports injuries.

Speed Your Recovery

Orthobiologics, also known as regenerative orthopedics, utilize substances that help orthopedic injuries heal more quickly. As we age, our ability to heal diminishes. These biologic products are made from substances that are naturally found in your body and used in higher concentrations to power your body’s natural healing process.

Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine Services

Charleston Sports Medicine has provided orthobiologic services to patients for many years. Orthobiologics, also known as regenerative orthopedics, utilize substances that help orthopedic injuries, such as broken bones and injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments, heal more quickly. As we age, our ability to heal diminishes. These biologic products are made from substances that are naturally found in your body and used in higher concentrations to power your body’s natural healing process. Depending on the patient’s individual condition, orthobiologic treatments may include several healing substances.

Regenerative cellular therapies

Regenerative cellular therapies act as natural healers. Recent advancements in cellular therapy have allowed the use of stem cells for orthopedic treatment.

Adult stem cells are found in all of us and play a key role in the body’s healing process. They lie latent in your body until they receive signals that the body has suffered an injury and then they follow your platelets to the injured site. Autologous or adult stem cells are able to transform into the same type of cell that was injured to promote healing. They are tasked to heal injured ligaments, tendons, tissues, and bones.

After an injury, or as a natural result of aging, the number of stem cells needed in certain areas of the body declines. Regenerative Cellular Therapy solves this problem by delivering a high concentration of autologous stem cells into the injured area promoting natural healing.

Adult stem cells continuously replicate and regenerate new tissues. Stem cell therapy takes advantage of this unique quality to promote faster healing of sports injuries and arthritis. Charleston Sports Medicine’s Bright McConnell, MD has extensive experience extracting your own (autologous) stem cells and injecting them into damaged tissues, where they help repair your injury. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for stem cell therapy, call the office in Daniel Island, SC, or book an appointment online with Dr. Bright McConnell.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Charleston Sports Medicine specializes in Orthobiologics treatment known as “platelet-rich plasma” or PRP. PRP therapy for inflamed tendons has been used to treat such injuries as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis, patellar tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.

PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain large reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon, and ligament regeneration and repair, promote the development of new blood vessels and stimulate the wound healing process.

To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient. The blood is placed in a centrifuge, which spins and automatically produces the PRP. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 500%. When PRP is injected under ultrasound guidance into the damaged area, it stimulates the tendon or ligament, triggering a healing cascade. As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures, it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligaments of the damaged area. Results are often seen after one injection, however, sometimes it requires several therapies, scheduled six weeks apart.

Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (ADMSC) is beneficial for patients looking for a less invasive option to total joint replacement surgeries. In this procedure, adult mesenchymal stem cells are taken from the patient’s own adipose stores following the tendon or joint delivery protocol. An MRI scan may be used before beginning treatment in order to determine the primary pain generator. If the pain is generated from the joint, ADMSC is a good solution. In dealing with knee osteoarthritis, if there are still progressive symptoms after the traditional treatment course of intraarticular medications and biomechanical optimization with the use of an appropriate knee brace, further options should be considered.

An innovative technique, Cellmyx Intellifat BOD, was developed to obtain micro fragmented adipose tissue and Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) with a high regenerative capacity. This technology was clinically available since 2013. Dr. McConnell is among the first in the area to bring this new regenerative medicine to orthopedic patients.

Bone Marrow Aspirate / Marrow Cellutions®
Studies show patients are receiving significant improvement in their pain and function over several years utilizing less invasive treatment options, like Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMA). BMA is considered a more advanced form of regenerative therapy, in which blood is withdrawn from the patient’s bone marrow and concentrated on a special device. Stem cells are then collected by aspirating bone marrow from the posterior iliac crest. This procedure is beneficial to patients with significant tissue damage. BMA may be used either separately or in conjunction with adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSC).

Vasper Charleston

Vasper is based on three scientifically proven principles – compression technology, cooling, and interval training. When all principles are working together, the results are extraordinary.

From elite athletes to baby boomers, orthobiologics continue to provide solid regenerative outcomes for orthopedic patients seeking relief without major surgery or swifter recovery from surgery or injury. We have further enhanced the rehabilitation performance for patients pre-surgery, post-surgery, or in lieu of surgery with the addition of Vasper Charleston. Located in our newly renovated physical therapy suite on Daniel Island, Vasper Charleston is the orthopedic rehab suite’s centerpiece. When combined with orthobiologics patients are improving function faster than ever.

Physical Therapy

ROMTech Rehab

Patients that rehabilitate using ROMTech have been consistently observed to be up and moving faster, with greater Range of Motion and functional independence than any other known rehab technology.

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ROMTech is patented technology and medical protocol that noticeably improves and expedites the rehabilitation of the lower extremities. It can benefit nearly any patient after a lower extremity orthopedic injury or surgery, especially Knee or Hip Replacement.


The ShoulderSphere is an innovative exercise device designed to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles. The ShoulderSphere strengthens the rotator muscles so the shoulder’s strength and endurance will improve.

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The ShoulderSphere is attached to the wrist via splint that immobilized the wrist completely. With the wrist locked in places, this has the rotator cuff muscles doing all the work when the patient spins the ball within the ShoulderSphere.

MLS Laser Therapy

The innovative and patented Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser was developed to produce an efficient and simultaneous effect on pain, inflammation, and edema safely.

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MLS technology delivers therapeutic wavelengths that produce greater anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects while enhancing the speed of healing.

The unique combination and synchronization of continuous and pulsed emissions characterizes MLS and distinguishes it from other therapy lasers. What does that mean for patients seeking pain relief?

MLS Laser Therapy helps Charleston Sports Medicine Physical Therapy relieve pain and restore lives. Simply put, patients can expect the following with MLS Laser technology:

  • Management of Pain
  • Reduction of Immflamation
  • Faster Recovery & Healing
  • Enhancement of Orthobiologic Treatment Results

Bright McConnell, III, MD

Charleston Sports Medicine’s founding physician, Bright McConnell, III, MD, is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and specializes in sports and regenerative medicine. He uses the latest treatments and technologies including minimally invasive procedures and surgical solutions to treat general orthopedic, sports injuries, and degenerative disease. He specializes in the treatment of knee and shoulder disorders. Dr. McConnell is also certified as a clinical densitometrist in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. A long-standing proponent of orthobiologics, his Daniel Island-based practice is the orthopedic regenerative medicine leader in this area.

Dr. McConnell received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia, followed by a surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Florida. Additionally, Dr. McConnell completed a sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute.


He is the most intelligent and compassionate orthopedic in SC, to say The least. Dr. McConnell cares and doesn’t rush. He works hard for his patients and truly cares about you.

- Patrice P.

“I’ve seen a lot of doctors for my shoulder injury. He was the 5th, and the only one whom I felt took the time to explain things to me in a way I can understand. Wish I would have seen him the first time!”
- Jason R.

“Dr. McConnell is great. He provides such great patient care and he has an extensive amount of knowledge.”

- Deanna S.

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