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Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine services offered in Sunnyvale and Kaufman, TX

Playing sports or engaging in any regular physical activity isn’t just enjoyable but serves as a great way to stay healthy. If you have any musculoskeletal problems slowing you down, Dallas Orthopedic and Shoulder Institute surgeon Reed Bartz, MD, specializes in sports medicine to help you prevent and treat injuries. Dr. Bartz provides a range of nonsurgical therapies and minimally invasive surgery for all sports injuries. Call the Sunnyvale, Texas, practice today to find out more, or schedule a consultation online.

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine focuses on your recovery after an injury that prevents you from participating in physical activities and training. 

Dr. Bartz has specialized training and considerable experience in diagnosing and treating injuries resulting from sports and other forms of exercise. He sees a variety of orthopedic and shoulder injuries related to physical activity. 

As well as treating your injuries, sports medicine expert Dr. Bartz helps to prevent injuries by advising you on how to warm up properly, exercise and train, and look after your overall health.

How are sports medicine problems diagnosed?

At your consultation, Dr. Bartz asks you about how the injury occurred and what symptoms you’re experiencing. He looks at your medical history as well and carries out a physical examination.

You might also need to undergo diagnostic tests, for example, X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans, or MRI scans. These can confirm a diagnosis and allow Dr. Bartz to see the extent of any damage to your bones or other tissues.

It’s vital to get sports injuries checked out if they result in limited movement, moderate to severe pain, visible deformity, or a mild condition that doesn’t improve after a few days. If you persevere with training or playing despite the pain and other symptoms, you could make the problem significantly worse. You’re also more likely to develop degenerative problems like osteoarthritis if you don’t take care of your injuries.

How are sports medicine problems treated?

You can help yourself by following the PRICE guidance whenever you experience an injury. PRICE stands for:

  • Protection
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Following PRICE might be all you need to do for a minor injury. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also help reduce pain and swelling. Don't use them to mask the pain so you can carry on playing, though, or you could make your injury much worse.

If you need to see Dr. Bartz, he may use conservative treatments for sports injuries that include:

  • Immobilization
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections (viscosupplementation)

If these approaches are unsuccessful or you have a condition that isn't treatable using nonsurgical methods, Dr. Bartz may suggest surgery for your condition.

He uses cutting-edge arthroscopic techniques, and his focus is always on a rapid but safe return to play for athletes using the least invasive methods possible.

To find out more about the sports medicine services available, call the practice today or book an appointment online.