Sports Medicine Doctors in Arlington, TX
Athletes ask more of their bodies than the average person. So an injury comes with higher stakes. The good news is – with prompt diagnosis and treatment – you can return to full function quicker than you think. On the other hand, continuing to train through an untreated injury can cause further damage.
Sports injuries we treat
Here are the most common sports-related injuries that we treat:
- All knee ligament injuries – ACL/MCL/PCL
- Broken bones/fractures
- Muscle swelling/injuries
- Pulled muscles
- Tendon sprains, strains and tears
- Rotator cuff sprains, strains and tears
- Hand injuries
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Running injuries
- Shin splints
- Shin/calf injuries
- Spine injuries
When should you see a sports medicine doctor?
Don’t be tempted to tough it out. Make an appointment with a sports medicine specialist if you:
- Suspect you have a fracture or ligament injury
- Have an injury that requires crutches or a sling
- Have pain or dysfunction, especially lasting more than 10 days
Evaluation by an orthopedist experienced in sports medicine can identify injuries that won’t simply get better with time. For example, is your knee just strained, or is the pain caused by a torn meniscus? Did you sprain your ankle, or do you have a hairline fracture?
After a sports injury, it may take an X-ray, MRI or other imaging study to determine if the injury is only a strain or sprain, or if it is something more serious, such as a fracture, torn ligament, or meniscus that could lead to future problems if not addressed.
Once we make a diagnosis, you will receive a treatment plan tailored to your specific case. Many conditions can be managed with simple treatment protocols, medication and physical therapy. However, some injuries may require surgery. We will thoroughly discuss all your options, so you can make the best choice and get right back in the game.