Sports Injury- Carrollton, Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Craig W. Goodhart is a fellowship trained and board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and treating various medical conditions of the shoulder, elbow and knee. The sports surgeon serves patients in Carrollton and Flower Mound, TX.

Sports Injury

Sports injuries occur due to overuse of muscles, training errors, excessive training, on-field accidents, improper equipment etc. People involved in contact/impact sports such as football, basketball ball and volleyball are more likely to suffer from such injuries

Common Sports Injuries

Sprains and Strains

Sprains results from the overstretching or tearing of a ligament. This can either be a minor tear or the ligament can get completely detached.  Sprains can most commonly be seen in wrist, knee and ankle. A strain, on the other hand, occurs when the tendon or muscle fibers are overstretched. This condition is also known as pulled muscle. The orthopedic sports surgeon may prescribe over-the-counter medications, physical therapy or surgery to treat the condition.

Knee injuries

Knee is one of the most injured joints while playing sports. Minor knee injuries may include Runner’s Knee, Tendonitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IBS) etc. Serious injuries involve bruising or damage to the ligaments or cartilage. Treatment for a knee injury may depend upon the type and extent of the damage caused. In severe cases, the orthopedic surgeon might suggest joint replacement surgery.

Tennis Elbow

It is symptomized by an inflammation of the forearm muscles as well as the tendons joining the muscles to the elbow bones. Tennis elbow is a common injury in sports that involve repetitive extending and twisting the wrist beyond its normal range of motion. The condition is treated mainly by non-surgical interventions like anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, steroid injections, extracorporeal shock wave therapy etc.

Shin Splints

This condition causes pain at the front of the lower leg, foot or ankle. Shin Splints is a common injury among runners, particularly when they have to run on hard or uneven surfaces. Incorrect running techniques, not warming up properly, wearing wrong or worn out shoes, or having ‘flat feet’ can also result in Shin Splints. The sports surgeon may prescribe certain anti-inflammatory medicines or orthotic devices to treat the condition.

Fractures

Fractures can either be minor or acute and can occur due to a direct or indirect blow to the bone. Putting excessive pressure on the bones, particularly in the legs and feet, for long time can lead to stress fractures. Treatment generally depends on the type and severity of the fracture. However, the orthopedic surgeon may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicines, ice therapy, wearing a sling or crutch etc. Surgery might be required to bring back the bone to its normal position.

Dislocations

Also known as a Luxation, dislocations occur when a bone is pushed out of its normal alignment. These are mainly seen in contact sports such as basketball or football. The most commonly dislocated joints are shoulder, hand, fingers, knees, hips and elbows. The orthopedic sports surgeon may use joint manipulation, immobilization, medication or surgical procedure to move the bones to their normal position.

Prevention of Sports Injury

Here are some useful tips to avoid getting injured while playing sports:

  • Warmup: It is important that you properly warmup before playing any sport. This will make the muscles more flexible and resistant to strains or injuries.
  • Stretching: Stiff muscles are more likely to get injured as they put stress on the adjoining bones and tendons, thus, making the tissues more prone to injury. Doing proper stretching exercises before indulging in sports activities can increase the flexibility of muscles and minimize the risk of damage.
  • Rest: Take proper rest during and after practice sessions and sports activities. This will allow your muscles to relax, thus, avoid overuse injuries.
  • Wear protective equipment: Make sure you wear protective equipment designed for the particular sport you are playing, such as helmets, knee pads, wrist guards, shin guards etc.  

To know more about the treatment of sports injuries, consult Dr. Goodhart. To request an appointment with the sports surgeon, you can call at (972) 492 - 1334 (for Carrollton) or (972) 899 - 4679 (for Flower Mound).