McDowell Orthopedics

If you’ve ever had an injury requiring an orthopedic specialist…you know pain. From strains and pulled muscles to broken bones and injuries from repetitive movement, the need for treatment is urgent. We’re here so you can find quick relief. We’re close to home and on-call when you need help.

Our extensive experience means quality care for every type of orthopedic issue, including medical and surgical care of all injuries and diseases that occur in your muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. We’re ready to put our orthopedic expertise into action to help you.

Our Patients

We see anyone needing orthopedic care, at any stage of life. While your doctor may make a referral, you do not need a referral to see our orthopedic physicians. To schedule an appointment, please call 828-659-5459.

Is this an emergency?

When you call during office hours, the staff at Asheville Orthopaedic Associates assesses your condition and schedules an appointment as quickly as possible…immediately if necessary but usually within 24 to 48 hours. However, some injuries need treatment right away.  If we’re not in the office, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If you’re headed to McDowell Hospital’s Emergency Department, our office offers 24/7 emergency coverage. These symptoms indicate the need for medical attention:

  • Swelling, bruising or bleeding
  • Intense pain
  • Inability to move the affected body part
  • Bone puncturing through the skin

Our Services

Asheville Orthopaedic Associates provides medical and surgical treatment for the complete range of orthopedic problems, including common complaints such as injuries, arthritis, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Our skilled physician performs traditional and minimally invasive surgery at McDowell Hospital’s newly renovated Surgery Department. As orthopedic specialists, we work closely with your primary physician to ensure continuous care. Our areas of treatment include:

  • General orthopedic care
  • Sports medicine
  • Fracture management
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee
  • Hip and joint replacement surgery
  • Surgical and non-surgical care of hands
  • Foot and ankle treatment and surgery
  • Work-related injury care
  • Low back pain treatment
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder

Our patients count on receiving comprehensive orthopedic care right in our office because we provide the full range of services to meet your needs:

  • X-rays
  • Casting
  • Splinting
  • Durable medical equipment

Our Physicians

George C. Green, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Green joined McDowell Hospital in 2004 after serving in private practice in Kilamarnock, VA. He formerly served as a Staff Orthopedic Surgeon for the U.S. Navy.


Christopher L. Elder, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Christopher L. Elder, M.D. has been in practice at Asheville Orthopaedic Associates since 2002. He is a general orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine, with a focus on the shoulder, knee, and hip. 

Medical Degree
Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York

University of North Carolina Hospital, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Appointments and Information

To make at appointment, or if you have any questions, please call Asheville Orthopaedic Associates at

Fax: 828-253-1123

For more information, please visit the Asheville Orthopaedic Associates website below.


Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Asheville Orthopaedic Associates
100 Spaulding Road, Suite 1
Marion, NC 28752