Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine Specialist
Dr. Cockrell graduated from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Cockrell completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. He also completed his fellowship training in sports medicine with Dr. John Garrett at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Cockrell is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He specializes in disorders of the knee and shoulder. He is a member of most area hospital staffs, the American Medical Association, The Medical Society of Mobile County, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Additionally, he is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of South Alabama.
Dr. Cockrell is the team physician for several local high schools. His other community sports medicine involvement includes serving as medical director of the Azalea Trail Run, orthopaedic director of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star high school football game, and medical team orthopaedist for the GMAC Bowl and Senior Bowl.
University of South Alabama
Doctorate of Medicine, University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery, University of South Alabama Medical Center
Sports Medicine, Piedmont Hospital, under Dr. John Garrett
Board-Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Medical Association
- The Medical Society of Mobile County
- Arthroscopy Association of North America
"My story is very typical of a young man growing up in the South. I love the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. In high school, I participated in track and football. Some of the injuries I received in my younger years set the stage for what I have experienced growing older. I had minor injuries running track but my first real injury occurred while playing football. I played first-string defensive tackle and second full back. It was a crazy combination even back in those days. My first football injury was the result of what was legal at the time, a ‘chop’ block that was ok to hit below the waist, particularly the knees. When my first injury occurred, I wore an ACE bandage for about 2 months and it gradually healed. It was still tender at times, as I grew older. My real knee injury occurred while I was deer hunting. It was dark as I made my way back to my truck. I stepped into a deep hole with my ‘bad’ knee. I thought I had broken my leg because the pain was pretty tough. My knee was swollen and I could not put any pressure on it. I was referred me to Dr. Mike Cockrell.
I started the full treatment for recovery. I had a knee scope procedure, injections, physical therapy, occasional knee fluid removed, joint lubricant therapy and finally, a brace. The final diagnosis was a combination of heredity and my numerous knee injuries. My injured knee just did not have much cartilage to begin with. The only recourse was to have a complete knee replacement. To make matters worse, I have been a type 1 Diabetic for 53 years so there was concern over healing and possible complications. I was in so much pain that I was ready to try just about anything. I will be the first to admit that the recovery from knee surgery was no piece of cake. However as the weeks progressed, I started to see and feel an improvement. During all of my treatments I received, I cannot tell you how great the sincere concern and quality of care was that I received from Dr. Mike Cockrell and his nurse Susan. I had such great support and had someone I could count on no matter what time of day it was. I am truly indebted to them for what they did for me. It has been over six years since my knee replacement and when I look back on it, I wish that I could have done it sooner. I had no complications and have full use of my knee with no concerns with my daily activity. I am back doing what I love the most in life – taking care of my family and enjoying the great outdoors. Thank you again, Mike and Susan for making it all possible for me." -- Joe C.
"I was in so much pain when I came to the office. Also, I had problems driving and doing housework, but after several weeks of physical therapy I was doing a little better. With the program you have and the staff in the physical department are really good at what they do. A special thanks goes to Tara. She was real good and I mean real good at what she does. I have made a lot of progress with my upper back and shoulder and my lumbar." -- Beatrice B.