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Steven R. Hardage, M.D.

Primary Care Sports Medicine

“I enjoy interacting with patients and spending time with them.”

Dr. Hardage joined Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center in 2004. After receiving his medical degree from The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Hardage went on to study family practice medicine at The University of Oklahoma – Tulsa College of Medicine, eventually becoming family practice Chief Resident. After residency, Dr. Hardage completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine from The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

When he’s not seeing patients at Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center, Dr. Hardage serves as team physician for Rogers State University, Northeastern State University, Claremore High School, and other area high schools. Outside of his practice, Dr. Hardage enjoys playing golf and other sports and spending time with his family.

Dr. Hardage is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

He also has Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.


  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

"It’s an exceptional experience being treated by Dr. Hardage. During the past few months, he has seen my mother, Olive, who is 98 years old and me. He’s always very professional and makes you feel as if you are his only patient that day. He is never in any rush to push you out." -- Bill B.

"My experience at Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center was very positive. I had very little wait for my appointment and the staff was friendly and helpful." -- Linda B.

"Dr. Hardage has been treating my lower-back pain for several years and the epidural steroid injections have definitely helped.  The last one in early February has had the most positive outcome to date.  His caring manner and patience is also greatly appreciated.  Dr. Browne provided a total right-knee replacement in December of 2012 and although the recovery was longer than I had anticipated, I couldn't be happier with it now.  While I only actually saw Dr. Browne twice, his staff was always very helpful and considerate." -- Betty A.

"When I injured my knee at first, I wasn't sure what to do. My husband had knee surgery in the past, so he thought a sports medicine doctor would be able to help me. Dr. Hardage and his team were great! They really listened and worked hard to find the cause of my discomfort. They were also very helpful in finding good and an affordable MRI imaging center on my insurance plan. I would definitely recommend this facility!" -- Heather L.

"When Dr. Hardage first saw me in early 2013, my right knee was already bone-on-bone. I was not prepared to admit to the knee replacement, although I was into my second year of severe chronic pain. I allowed the pain to rule me so consequently, my active lifestyle turned into something that represented counting steps and stairways where ever I went for work and for pleasure. Dr. Hardage worked with me to prescribe physical therapy but again, I came to a personal "tipping point" and knew I was not going to ever get any better with physical therapy. I absolutely did not want my knee to be my defining moment in life! Period.

In December 2013, Dr. Browne gave me my "happy knee" and two months almost to the date of my surgery, I have been released both from Dr. Browne's care (I see him in 1 year!) and from physical therapy.  I am very pleased with every aspect of my care and I am grateful that I now have another lease on life!  I can be active again and I am thankful.

Leading up to the surgery, I worked to lose 10 pounds. I actually only lost 8 pounds, but I believe minimizing the gravity of my body's weight was key to my healing. I also continued to be active at the Claremore Recreation Center, focusing on leg and upper body strength and flexibility. I believe these variables enhanced my overall healing. Dr. Browne told me he would take my pain away and indeed, he has. The knee replacement procedure is not difficult and when the physical therapy exercises are followed consistently, the outcomes are quite positive and rewarding.

I work at Rogers State University, so coming back to work part-time was essential to my total healing.  Although Dr. Hardage has identified a secondary lower back issue, I am very confident the pain management will continue to be resolved and the active lifestyle will be the result in the near future. I believe Dr. Browne, his very capable physician's assistant, and nurses make up a plan of care that is superb.  Everything precisely worked and continues to work, giving me enhanced mobility, strength, and flexibility to accomplish my work at RSU but to also have FUN in life. Thanks you!" -- Susan B., Ph,D.