The mental and physical benefits of an active life are almost too numerous to list — and they’re made perfectly clear when you’re sidelined by an injury. The role of the sports medicine services we provide is to ensure that you remain active for as long as possible so that you can continue to reap these benefits.
At our practice, Dr. Henry Small and our team specialize in musculoskeletal problems of all kinds, including sports injuries. We understand that your active lifestyle is important to you, and we offer a wide range of sports medicine services that are designed to get you back into the game, as quickly and as safely as possible.
To give you a better idea of the types of conditions we address through our sports medicine services, here’s a look at some of the more common injuries we treat:
- Ankle sprains
- Knee injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus tears
- Repetitive stress injuries, such as tennis elbow
- Achilles tendon ruptures
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Muscle strains
This list is designed to give you an idea of the breadth and scope of sports medicine, but it’s by no means comprehensive. There are any number of ways you can injure yourself when you lead an active life and our job is to help you heal as quickly as possible.
The role of sports medicine
One of the obvious roles of sports medicine is to treat your injury using the most advanced techniques available so that you can get back to your activity of choice as quickly as possible. But sports medicine goes far beyond treating your injury, as we also place great emphasis on prevention.
For example, if you’re a daily runner and you start to feel discomfort in one of the joints in your lower extremities, we thoroughly assess the problem with the goal of avoiding a serious injury. Once we identify the cause of the discomfort, we may recommend preventive measures, such as rest, physical therapy, and regenerative medicine to restrengthen the connective tissues.
And when it comes to healing your sports injury, we do so with an eye toward helping you regain your strength so that you avoid re-injury. Once a tendon or ligament is damaged, it may be more susceptible to re-injury, which is why we, again, turn to regenerative medicine — namely stem cell therapy — to help the tissues heal on a cellular level. In doing this, we provide your body with the tools it needs to rebuild so that you can return to play with minimal risk of doing irreparable damage to the area.
If you’ve been injured playing sports or you’re concerned about injury, please contact our office in Houston, Texas, to set up an appointment.