Sports Medicine Specialist

Austin Orthopedic Institute

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Austin, Marble Falls, and Bastrop, TX

Accidents, overuse, and forgetting to warm up before a workout or game can all lead to sports injuries. At his offices in Marble Falls, Austin, and Bastrop, Texas, Joel H. Hurt, MD, provides sports medicine services to diagnose and treat a variety of sports injuries. If you’ve suffered a sports injury, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a field of health care that treats injuries that occur during sports and other physical activities. Dr. Hurt is a sports medicine specialist who provides comprehensive care for all types of injuries that affect your bones, joints, and soft tissues.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Depending on your preferred sport or activity, you may be more susceptible to certain injuries. Some of the most common sports injuries Dr. Hurt treats include:

  • Sprains, such as an ankle, knee, or wrist sprain
  • Muscle strains, such as a hamstring or calf strain
  • Achilles tendinitis and tendon ruptures
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
  • Meniscus tear
  • Pectoralis tendon tears
  • Bicep tendon tears
  • Hamstring tears
  • Broken bones (fractures)
  • Stress fractures
  • Joint dislocations, including the shoulder and knee
  • Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinitis)
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Runner’s knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome)
  • Shin splints

Sometimes, sports injuries occur suddenly, like after a bad fall or football tackle. Other times, they develop gradually due to repetitive motions, like running or reaching your arm overhead to throw a baseball.

When should I see a sports medicine specialist?

If you experience intense pain, swelling, and other severe symptoms immediately after a traumatic injury, seek emergency medical care right away. 

For non-emergency sports injuries, you should call Dr. Hurt to schedule an appointment any time you have pain that lasts longer than a few days or grows worse despite attempts at self-care. 

Without treatment, sports injuries that develop slowly usually worsen over time and may lead to a chronic (long-term) injury.

How are sports injuries diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Hurt carefully assesses your overall health and reviews your symptoms and medical history. He may also take tests to confirm your diagnosis, like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

Then, Dr. Hurt recommends the best course of treatment for your specific type of sports injury. Depending on your needs, treatment may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol)
  • Immobilization in a cast or splint
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy 

Severe injuries and those that don’t get better with several months of conservative treatment may need surgery. Dr. Hurt uses minimally invasive arthroscopy whenever possible. 

For expert sports medicine care, call Joel H. Hurt, MD, or book an appointment online today.