Sports Injury

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Robert Graham, MD, is recognized as an expert orthopedic surgeon and treatment provider for sports injuries. He treats patients from throughout the communities of Austin, Texas. Dr. Graham and his team at Austin Shoulder Institute offer a comprehensive array of treatment options based on each patient’s individual needs. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Illustration of Shoulder Pain for why sports medicine is necessaryWhat is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a specialty area of medicine that focuses on helping athletes of all levels recover from their injuries so they can safely return to their activities and reduce their risk of future injuries. At Austin Shoulder Institute, your doctor begins treatment with a thorough consultation and physical exam to determine the nature and extent of your injury and the impact it has on your performance. The doctors provide customized treatments focusing on restoring flexibility, strength, function, and range of motion. All therapeutic activities are tailored to your unique needs for optimal healing.

Is sports medicine only for professional athletes?

No, sports medicine is for athletes of all levels, including pros, amateurs, students and weekend warriors. Even if you only enjoy an occasional physical activity or recreational activities like hiking and biking, you may benefit from seeing a sports medicine specialist. Sports medicine doctors have an in-depth understanding of body mechanics, so they’re uniquely positioned to provide the most comprehensive array of care options.

What happens during an initial evaluation?

After taking a complete medical history and discussing your symptoms, your doctor performs a physical exam to identify the injury or condition that’s causing your symptoms. For example, they may guide you through a series of movements such as bending, stretching or reaching to determine when and how pain and other symptoms are occurring. You may also need to have x-rays or other diagnostic imaging studies like CT scans or MRIs to allow your doctor to examine your joints, muscles and other soft tissues in detail.

How are sports injuries treated?

At Austin Shoulder Institute, the physicians provide customized treatment plans to help you recover from your injury and return to your sport. The specific therapies depend on the nature and extent of your injury. Often, your doctor combines 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 significant role in recovering from a sports-related injury, and you may also receive guidance on how to avoid and prevent injuries in the future.

If you’ve sustained a sports injury or want to work with a sports medicine specialist, call Austin Shoulder Institute or make an appointment online today.