Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Specialist
Playing sports gives you an excellent way to get regular physical activity and participate in competitive events, but it can come at a cost. Athletic activities are some of the most common causes of injuries, ranging from minor sprains and strains to complete fractures and tears. J. Michael Bennett, MD, PA offers sports medicine for athletes in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.

Sports Medicine Q & A

by J. Michael Bennett, MD, PA

What are some common sports injuries?

When you play sports, you’re putting your body at risk of injuries caused by collisions with other players or pieces of equipment, overuse of certain joints, and sudden movements that can lead to torn tissue. Dr.Bennett, who has a fellowship in sports medicine, treats patients with a wide range of sports injuries, but some are more common than others. These include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • ACL tears in the knee
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff tears in the shoulder
  • Hamstring strains
  • Patellar dislocation

How does Dr.Bennett diagnose sports injuries?

Dr. Bennett does a physical exam of the affected area when you have a sports injury. He checks how limited your range of motion is, where pain and other symptoms are coming from, and how severe your pain is. If he needs more information about your injury, he’ll order imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, to determine the type of injury you have and how extensive the damage is. This helps him come up with a treatment plan for your sports injury.

How does Dr.Bennett treat sports injuries?

Dr. Bennett is a sports medicine specialist and orthopaedic surgeon, but he doesn’t recommend surgery unless there are no other options. Instead, he initially recommends using nonsurgical forms of treatment for sports injuries to relieve symptoms. These include:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medicine
  • Doing physical therapy to build stronger muscles and increase your flexibility
  • Wearing a brace if needed for stability and support
  • Applying ice to the affected area to relieve swelling
  • Avoiding activities that make pain and other symptoms worse

What kinds of surgery does Dr.Bennett offer for sports injuries?

Dr. Bennett prefers doing minimally invasive surgical procedures for sports injuries whenever possible. These procedures, such as shoulder arthroscopy, only require small incisions rather than larger ones, which lowers the risk of infections, nerve damage, bleeding, and other complications. If you have a severe sports injury, Dr. Bennett might recommend an open procedure that involves making one or more large incisions, such as total knee replacement surgery. If you have this type of surgery done, you can expect to have a longer recovery time before returning to sports.

If you have a sports injury, please contact J. Michael Bennett, MD, PA to schedule an appointment.

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