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TJ Ridley, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Eligible Sports Medicine Fellowship Area of Focus in Knee, Shoulder, Hip & Elbow

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Areas of Focus

Foot & Ankle Care
Hand & Wrist Care
Hip Care
Knee Care
Pediatric Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Medicine

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Dr. TJ Ridley is a sports medicine fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, as well as minimally invasive knee, hip and shoulder replacement. He offers assessment and diagnostic care as a sports medicine/orthopaedic surgeon for all musculoskeletal conditions as well as activity-related sports injuries. He provides treatments ranging from medications and therapies to surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Dr. Ridley graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College while playing both football and hockey. He went on to earn two Academic All-American awards. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Dr. Ridley completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Minnesota. While at Minnesota, he was a resident team physician for Patrick Henry High School football and served as a reviewer for the Journal of Arthroscopy. He was awarded the Gustilo Resident Research Award for his extensive research during residency.

Dr. Ridley pursued specialized training at the world-renowned Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He trained under leaders in sports medicine, including Doctors Tom Hackett, Armando Vidal, Peter Millett, Marc Philippon, and Matt Provencher. During this fellowship, Dr. Ridley learned advanced arthroscopic and reconstructive surgical techniques for the treatment of complex disorders of the knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow as well as all sports-related injuries. While there, Dr. Ridley cared for professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, ATP/WTA, and PGA tours in addition to treating collegiate, high school, and recreational athletes. He served as the team physician for the US Men’s & Women’s Ski and Snowboard Teams.

Given Dr. Ridley’s specialized training and breadth of experience, he performs a unique set of surgical treatments when non-surgical treatments have failed. He firmly believes in listening to his patients so he can better understand their needs, limitations, and goals.

Throughout his training, Dr. Ridley has received awards for teaching and research. He has been published in peer-reviewed journals, written book chapters and review articles, and produced instructional surgical videos. His work has been presented at numerous local, regional, national, and international meetings.

Dr. Ridley was also recently a patient himself, undergoing both right and left hip arthroscopies for femoral acetabular impingement with labral repair.

Dr. Ridley’s wife, Courtney, works for General Mills and they currently live in Northeast Minneapolis. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys skiing, biking, fishing, and golfing.

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Clinical Interest

Elbow Care, including Treatment of Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow, Distal Bicep and Tricep Injuries, Treatment of the Overhead Athlete including Ligament, Tendon, Cartilage, and Traumatic Injuries. Procedures Performed include Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery), Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) Treatment, Biceps and Triceps Tendon Repair, and Open and Arthroscopic Treatment of Tennis Elbow

Hip Care, including Treatment of Femoroacetabular Impingement with Labral Tears, Proximal Hamstring Tendon Injuries and Total Hip Replacements. Procedures include Total Hip Replacement, Hip Arthroscopy for Both Primary and Complex Revisions Involving Labral Repair, Labral Reconstruction and Capsular Reconstruction

Knee Care, including Treatment of ACL Injuries, Multi-Ligamentous Knee Injuries, Meniscus Injuries, Patellar Instability, Chondral Injuries, Knee Malalignment Surgery, Quadriceps and Patellar Tendon Injuries and Knee Ssteoarthritis. Procedures include Knee Ligament Reconstruction (including ACL Reconstruction), Articular Cartilage Repair, Meniscus Surgery, and Total Knee Replacement

Shoulder Care, including Treatment of Shoulder Instability/Labral Injuries, Shoulder Separation Injuries, Proximal Bicep Tendon Injures, Rotator Cuff Tears and Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder. Procedures include Total and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Labral Repair, Rotator Cuff Repair, Treatment of Shoulder Instability, AC Joint and CC Ligament Reconstructions and Treatment of SLAP Tears

Sports Medicine, including Non-Surgical and Surgical Treatment of a Broad Range of Sports Injuries in Athletes of All Ages

Pediatric Care, including Treatment of Upper and Lower Extremity Sprains/Strains, Sport Injuries and Common Fracture Care

Hand & Wrist Care, including Treatment of Common Fractures, Trigger Finger, Ganglion Cysts and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Ankle Care, including Treatment of Common Fractures, Ligament Injuries, Instability, Cartilage Injuries and Tendon Injuries

Fracture Care, including Treatment of Common Orthopedic Fractures involving the Knee, Hip, Shoulder, Ankle, Elbow and Wrist


Board Eligible, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Vail, CO

University of Minnesota, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Minneapolis, MN

Medical Degree
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Blaine Orthopedic Surgery Center
Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids
Mercy Hospital, Unity Campus, Fridley

Professional Affiliations

Arthroscopy Association of North America, Resident/Fellow Membership
Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, Resident/Fellow Membership
Minnesota Orthopaedics Society, Resident/Fellow Membership
American Orthopaedics Society of Sports Medicine, Resident/Fellow Membership

Achievements & Awards

6x Student Athlete Award Gustavus Adolphus College
2x Academic All-American, Gustavus Adolphus College
W.R. Ingram Award for Superior Achievement in Medical Neuroscience, University of Iowa
Michael Bonfiglio Award for Orthopaedic Research, Iowa Orthopaedic Society & UI Department of Orthopaedics
American Association for Hand Surgery, 2017 Annual Meeting, Waikoloa HI, Best Resident Clinical Paper Presentation
Gustilo Research Resident Award, Best Scientific Paper, University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Sports Affiliations

U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Team Physician, National & International Team Coverage

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Jackie M.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

December 16, 2020

Angela B.

After a fluke accident, my daughter fractured her finger and mangled her nail. The ER referred us to Dr. Ridley at TCO. We got an appointment quickly and soon learned that this injury to her tiny finger would require surgery. From the very beginning, Dr. Ridley and his staff made the process as easy as possible. Both Dr. Ridley and his assistant, Bradley, are kind, funny, gentle, and patient. They both did all they could to make my daughter feel comfortable and ease her fears. As a parent, I appreciated the fact that they travel together to their different clinic locations– familiar faces helped to ease my daughter’s nervousness, and provided for excellent continuity of care.

Dr. Ridley explained things thoroughly and took plenty of time to answer our questions and address any concerns. COVID (combined with a holiday) made scheduling tricky. But between Dr. Ridley and his care coordinator, Jackie, they took action to not only secure an open operating room, but assisted in getting same day scheduling for the COVID test and pre-op exam. Dr. Ridley demonstrated superb bedside manner. In the world of orthopedics, I suspect that this is one of the most minor cases. However, an injury is painful and scary for a 10 year old and Dr. Ridley was respectful and compassionate towards both of us. Immediately following surgery, Dr. Ridley filled us in on how things went and what to expect next. The surgical experience was flawless and my daughter experienced NO surgical pain at any time after. We are now three weeks post-surgery and she is healing, as expected, and nearly ready to return to all her usual activities.

Scheduling post-op appointments has been easy and efficient. We have been able to schedule at times convenient to us, and have experienced almost no wait time while at the clinic. While I would prefer no more broken bones in our future, I would definitely return to TCO and would have no hesitation in returning to Dr. Ridley. He is knowledgeable, competent, and patient-focused. In the words of the patient herself: “Five out of five stars! He is fantastic!” She also sought out a business card on her way out. I will have to monitor this, as she may now think they are old pals and be calling just to chit chat.

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