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“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.
"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.
"Wonderful! I don't know how long he can keep working miracles. And I am encouraged to continue a weight loss program to take weight off my knees." -- Patty R.
"Appointments were on time and very little waiting. Dr. Hardage is an awesome doctor. He checks everything to try and find where your pain is coming from. He sent me for some therapy, which was helpful. Overall, my experience on a 0-10 scale 10 being the highest, it was a 10." -- Lucy T.
"I was having a lot of lower back pain and problems with my right leg. So my doctor referred me to Dr. Steven Hardage. After my first visit, he took x-rays and found my problem. The discs in my lower back were pressuring my sciatic nerve. He also diagnosed me with degenerative disc disease. I have had 3 steroid shots in my back with no help. But with stretching and care, it's much better if I don't do too much to aggravate it. Since then, he has helped me with my bursitis in my right hip and damaged tendons in my thumbs on both hands." -- Sharon S.
"My son received a knee injury during a college football game and was fortunate enough to be playing in Muskogee. Dr. Hardage is so kind and caring. We appreciate all he does for us. He made time to see my son, the next day and told him to contact him at any time if he had any other issues or concerns. We are so blessed to have such a special and experienced physician as Dr. Hardage. Thanks to you and your wonderful staff!" -- Susie K.