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For the past 20 years, we’ve all watched sports reporters tell about a professional athlete who injured his or her knee and required a “knee scope” to fix the problem.  Although orthopaedic surgeons use a “scope” to fix a variety of problems in the knee joint, by far t...

Almost any adult looking back to their days of high school athletics will recall the yearly ritual of the pre-participation physical exam.  Most physicians feel that the pre-season physical is a crucial part of any sports medicine program.  If you or your child partici...

People who continually put stress and strain on their knees are much more likely to develop certain subsets of knee disorders than the average person.  The kneecap joint it especially prone to overuse and mal-alignment disorders and is the subject of countless orthopae...

Sports medicine is a rather unique field that encompasses many different disciplines in medicine and health care.  A sports medicine practice is generally centered around a physician who has special expertise in dealing with the unique problems of physically active peo...

Most active people have dealt with the problem of a “pulled muscle” at one time or another.  The topic dominates the injury reports given to coaches as well as the sports page of the newspaper on a daily basis.  Many competitive athletes as well as “weekend warriors” h...

Orthopaedic surgeons make use of dozens of diagnostic tools every day in the management and treatment of sports injuries.  These range from the relatively simple to the unbelievably complex and from free to very expensive.  From X-rays to MRIs, orthopaedists use over a...

In sports medicine, football injuries are discussed all of the time.  Football players can injure just about anything while playing the game.  Fortunately, most things will not cause significant morbidity in the long run.  Even when dealing with knee ligament tears or...

The term "growing pains” has come to be associated with everything from calf pain to the trials of adolescence.  In orthopaedics and sports medicine, growing pains are well characterized and very common.  Specifically, the type of growing pain to be discussed today is...

Ski season is upon us.  The fact that finding a place to ski in Texas is impossible does not mean the sport is unpopular with Texans.  On the contrary, skiing is an extremely popular sport among people in this area.  Orthopaedic and sports medicine clinics throughout N...

In our zeal to promote fitness, several aspects of the healthy lifestyle are often emphasized.  Strength and endurance training are the cornerstones of fitness.  However, there are several other important aspects of health that aren’t talked about as much but are equal...

If you follow this column with any regularity, you are aware that injuries in the overhead athlete are relatively common, Arguable, the shoulder bears the brunt of many injuries in throwing athletes, as was discussed in the last column. However, elbow injuries are exce...

Although other lower extremity joints take up much of the sports medicine specialist’s time, injuries to the hip and pelvis are not uncommon and can present a variety of diagnostic and treatment problems.  From an anatomical standpoint, the hip should be differentiated...

Osteoporosis is one of the most significant health problems facing medicine today.  It is estimated that about 30 percent of post-menopausal women and 70 percent of women over the age of 80 are afflicted with osteoporosis.  The costs of treating this disease in not onl...

One of the chief reasons people visit any doctor is low back pain.  It is estimated that four out of five people will experience low back pain at some point in their life.  It is a major contributor to health care dollars spent and in money lost in time off of work.  A...

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