Blog Articles

Torn Meniscus a Common Knee Injury for Athletes

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...

Dec 21st, 2017
School Participation Screening Examinations Explained

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.

Dec 21st, 2017
Runners Injuries II: Taking a Closer Look at Knee Injuries

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...

Dec 21st, 2017
Physical Therapy Plays Key Role in Recovery Process

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...

Dec 21st, 2017
Muscle Pulls Explained

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.

Dec 21st, 2017
More on Imaging Diagnostics in Sports Medicine

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.

Dec 21st, 2017
Immobilization Vital for Treating Neck Injuries

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.

Dec 21st, 2017
Growing Pains in Adolescents

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.

Dec 21st, 2017
Game Keeper’s Thumb Common Ski Injury

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.

Dec 21st, 2017
Flexibility as Important as Strength, Endurance

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...

Dec 21st, 2017
Explaining Elbow Problems in Overhead Athletes

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.

Dec 21st, 2017
Explaining Common Hip and Pelvis Injuries

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.

Dec 21st, 2017
Exercise can be Beneficial in Treatment of Osteopporosis

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.

Dec 21st, 2017
Evaluating and Treating Lower Back Pain

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.

Dec 21st, 2017
Discussing Exercise Associated Amenorrhea

Exercise can be a tricky business. The vast majority of us don’t get enough exercise and don’t have to deal with the consequences of over-training. However, many high school, college, professional and serious recreational athletes...

Dec 21st, 2017
Diabetes Type II and the Benefit of Exercise

Despite the development of new treatment strategies and the improvement of old ones, the incidence of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) has increased world wide in the past decades.

Dec 21st, 2017
Contusions Can Pose Serious Problems for Athletes

In sports medicine, we often focus on the more severe and “down time” injuries and neglect the smaller, yet still important injuries. Many of these injuries are evaluated and managed not by sports doctors but by coaches and trainers...

Dec 21st, 2017
Common Knee Injuries Explained

A knee injury can threaten any athlete’s career. After headlines have assured readers that a star athlete has a minor knee sprain, arthroscopic examination often reveals that a combination of three injuries have occurred...

Dec 21st, 2017
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Treatment

There are a whole host of conditions that affect the general population that can have special consequences in the active population. One emerging occupational condition that also affects the athletic population is carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dec 21st, 2017
Body Composition and its Relation to Sports

In sports medicine, we often focus on the more severe and “down time” injuries and neglect the smaller, yet still important injuries. Many of these injuries are evaluated and managed not by sports doctors...

Dec 21st, 2017
Be Smart About Working Out and Know When to Rest

It’s no secret among successful athletes that in order to improve, you’ve really got to work hard. Many of these columns focus on not only how to work hard but also how to work smart. Part of working out smart is to know when to rest.

Dec 21st, 2017
Arthroscopy to Treat Arthritis

Degenerative joint disease (DJD), commonly known as “arthritis” has been the subject of this column on more than one occasion. Its repeated inclusion is justified for several reasons. It affects millions of people worldwide.

Dec 21st, 2017
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears Explained

More than 600,000 people each year sustain an anterior cruciate ligament tear. It is arguably one of the most discussed topics in sports medicine. Millions of dollars have been funneled into research to find the best treatment for this injury.

Dec 21st, 2017
Ankle Sprains: A Common but Treatable Injury

Few people make it all the way through life without experiencing an ankle sprain to some degree. It is undoubtedly one of the most common injuries seen in sports medicine. Ankle sprains are quite prevalent in basketball, football, soccer, volleyball...

Dec 21st, 2017