Sports Injury Specialist

Austin Shoulder Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Shoulder Specialists located in North Austin, Austin, TX & Austin, Cedar Park, TX

Dr. Robert Graham and Dr. Benjamin W. Szerlip are recognized as a skilled orthopaedic surgeons and treatment providers for sports medicine injuries among patients in North Austin, TX, and the surrounding region. Dr. Graham, Dr. Szerlip, and their team at Austin Shoulder Institute offer a comprehensive array of treatment options based on each patient's individual needs.

Sports Injury Q & A

What 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 heal properly and return to their activities. Treatment begins with a thorough evaluation and exam to determine the nature and extent of the injury and the impact the injury has on your sport. Therapy and other treatments focus on restoring flexibility, strength, function, and range of motion, and therapeutic activities can be tailored to each patient's unique needs for optimal healing.

Is sports medicine solely for professional athletes?

No, sports medicine is for athletes of all levels, including pros, amateurs, students and weekend warriors. Even those who enjoy only occasional activity or recreational activities like hiking and biking can 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, a physical exam will help determine the underlying causes of your symptoms through the use of passive and active movements like 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 performed in order to provide an “inside view” of your joints, muscles and other structures.

How are sports injuries treated?

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.

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