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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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
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
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
U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Team Physician, National & International Team Coverage
March 4, 2021
In January my husband and I were in a pretty significant snowmobile accident that resulted in multiple injuries— all of which Dr. Ridley provided treatment for. After explaining the pain and swelling I was experiencing in my elbow and knees, Dr. Ridley was extremely proactive in ordering MRI’s to ensure everything was assessed thoroughly. During my follow up appointment, Dr. Ridley took the time to talk through the MRI results in a way that was easily understandable. He made sure any and all of my questions were answered before recommending a treatment plan. I was so impressed by how knowledgeable and thorough Dr. Ridley was in my care across all injuries. I was especially impressed when he took the time to reach out after my appointments to see how I was doing. Overall, Dr. Ridley’s extensive knowledge, excellent communication, and genuine care for his patients make him one of a kind. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Ridley to anyone looking for orthopedic care!
March 1, 2021
What I thought was just an ankle sprain, turned into a life threatening emergency. After the swelling went down on my foot, I thought everything was good. Turns out, I had broken my foot and was unaware the bone had become infected. As the infection became worse, I started to feel extremely sick and ended up in the emergency room. Thanks to TCO’s Dr. TJ Ridley, they found the issue and immediately prepped me for surgery. I remember Dr. Ridley looking at the MRI and saying, “This surgery has gone from trying to save your foot, to saving your life.”
Due to the severe infection, I needed a below the knee amputation. It was a shock, but considering the alternative, there was nothing else to do. I spent 6 days in the hospital, and it took two surgeries to make sure I was clear of the infection. Dr. Ridley assured me I would be up and walking before too long, and after a few weeks of recovery at home, I was able to get the staples removed. Things were progressing nicely and Dr. Ridley referred me to some amazing people who fitted for my prosthetic leg.
By the time I had a follow up appointment with Dr. Ridley, I was able to walk into his office without aid of crutches or a cane. My goal was to be able to walk on my own by Christmas and I’m proud to say I accomplished just that. I have now finished up my physical therapy, and my life is pretty much back to normal. Dr. Ridley and his staff were excellent to work with, always available to answer any questions I had, and helped me maintain a positive attitude, which I believe helped my recovery. I can’t say thank you enough. You literally saved my life.
Dr. Ridley re-attached my bicep on November 20th and the surgery was a complete success! After therapy, I have almost full movement in my arm and am able to use it without any problems. The follow-up visits were great and he answered all of my questions.
February 8, 2021
I had shoulder surgery with Dr. Ridley. After my surgery, there were no issues and the pain I had is completely gone. I’ll be back to work in 3 months. Thank you Dr. Ridley!
January 19, 2021
My son jammed his thumb playing hockey and we went to see Dr. Ridley at TCO. We were able to get in to see him in a timely manner. My son’s appointment was on time. Dr. Ridley was professional and very knowledgeable. He shared the results of the x-ray, examined my son’s thumb, discussed next steps, and answered all of our questions. He even asked about my son’s hockey season and other sports he played. I would highly recommend Dr. Ridley. I really appreciate that he’s not only a professional and knowledgeable physician, but a personable one as well. Dr. Ridley exceeded my expectations. Thank you!
January 12, 2021
Over the last 10-15 years I’ve accumulated multiple, minor knee injuries. Recently, I had another injury but this one felt a little different. It was more scary and more painful than ones I experienced in the past. I sought out Dr. Ridley at TCO for his insight. After a very thorough exam and x-ray series, we decided to manage the issue conservatively. Dr. Ridley recommended continuing with physical therapy; consisting of weight-bearing exercises, as well as range of motion mobility. My knee is now about 99% back to pre-injury status and Dr. Ridley has checked in multiple times to see how the progress has been going. I couldn’t be happier to have his insight and professionalism as a guiding aid!
January 11, 2021
I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. TJ Ridley about shoulder issues I was having. I was having pain from a rotator cuff injury that occured a year (or so) ago. Dr. Ridley provided me a full evaluation, recommended me to physical therapy, and now my shoulder feels significantly better. I specifically told him that I’d like to be able to get back to golfing and working out without pain. He explained how I can accomplish the goal and sent me to the right place for PT, to ensure I was taken care of. For anyone that is in need of a doctor who listens, put’s their patients best interest first, has the knowledge and educational background behind his name, and is passionate about helping others accomplish their medical goals, I would highly recommend an evaluation with Dr. Ridley!
December 16, 2020
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.