Wondering what exactly sports medicine is?

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from the expertise of a sports medicine specialist. A doctor who specializes in sports medicine helps athletes and weekend warriors alike boost performance and heal from injury.

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Sports medicine is health care targeted to athletes of all levels, including professionals, amateurs, college students, and the occasional recreational sportsperson.

When you seek a sports medicine specialist, you can trust that the doctor has an extensive understanding of body mechanics and respects the needs and goals of someone who has an active lifestyle. They understand that you want to get back on the field, pitch, or court as soon as possible.

Benjamin W. Szerlip, DO, and Robert Graham, MD, of Austin Shoulder Institute understand the priorities of an active lifestyle and tailor treatment to you.

Sports medicine providers

Dr. Szerlip and Dr. Graham have undergone specialized training so they understand how to help injured athletes and get them moving again as soon as possible. With board certifications in orthopedics, they understand the nuances of the musculoskeletal system and can provide support for problems concerning soft tissue, bones, and joints.

Because they also have training in orthopedic surgery, our doctors at Austin Shoulder Institute can diagnose and treat serious tears, sprains, and fractures caused by overuse or trauma during play.

Issues a sports medicine specialist addresses

Sports medicine providers address a number of specific injuries, usually associated with an active lifestyle. These include injuries to cartilage, tendons, or ligaments. Tendinitis, ankle sprains, and knee and shoulder injuries also often fall under the auspices of sports medicine treatment.

Shoulder injuries that athletes commonly experience include labral tears, shoulder tendinitis, recurrent dislocations, rotator cuff injuries, and fractures.

The doctors at Austin Shoulder Institute may also provide recommendations to help you prevent injury in the future. These may include specific exercises, taping, or protective equipment.

Reasons to visit a sports medicine doctor

If you have an emergency that involves intense immediate pain, swelling, bleeding, or a suspected fracture, seek treatment immediately at an urgent care facility or emergency room. A sports medicine doctor offers follow-up care for these emergencies should you need physical therapy, surgery, or further treatment once the injury is stabilized.

If you experience weakness, diminished performance, limited range of motion, dull aches, or other nagging pain that interferes with your sport or daily activity, seek the help of a sports medicine specialist. They can evaluate your issue, diagnose it, and offer treatment before it becomes serious or further affects your performance.

Treatments that sports medicine exphoerts offer

At Austin Shoulder Institute, our doctors often recommend minimally invasive treatments first, if possible. These include bracing, physical therapy, and medication. Physical therapy that changes the way you perform specific movements or adds balance to your muscles can go a long way toward healing injury and preventing future ones.

When surgery is required, you can trust Dr. Szerlip and Dr. Graham to expertly repair your injury to help you get back to play quickly and effectively.

Depending on the nature and extent of the injury, treatment can include medication, physical therapy, alterations to the way you perform your activity, assistive devices like splints or braces, or in some cases, surgery.

Physical therapy often plays a major role in recovering from a sports-related injury, and you may also receive guidance on how to avoid and prevent injuries in the future.



Dr. Benjamin Szerlip is a fellowship trained Orthopedic Surgeon. He specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee including joint replacement, rotator cuff repair, and other sports medicine injuries. He utilizes the most recent and minimally invasive techniques including hip replacement through an anterior approach. Dr. Szerlip also provides services in fracture care, and general orthopedics.

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