Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Services Offered in Houston, TX

Sports medicine is a specialized area of health care that treats and prevents sports and exercise-related injuries and improves fitness and performance. Alain E. Elbaz, MD, PLLC, with two offices in Houston, Texas, specializes in sports medicine. Dr. Elbaz is a board-certified sports medicine physician who uses the most innovative treatments and therapies to heal injuries quickly and safely. Call or schedule a sports medicine appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q&A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. Sports medicine specialists aim to help athletes and individuals engage in sports and exercise safely and effectively so they can accomplish their training goals.

Dr. Elbaz is a sports medicine specialist. He diagnoses and treats sports injuries and illnesses, focusing on the medical, therapeutic, and functional aspects of exercise, working directly with athletes and individuals to improve their overall performance.

What does sports medicine treat?

Sports medicine treats a wide range of physical conditions, including acute injuries and chronic overuse injuries. Common sports injuries Dr. Elbaz treats include:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
  • Fractures
  • Knee Cartilage Injuries
  • Meniscal Tears
  • Nerve Compression Injuries
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Any injury that happens during physical activity is a sports injury. These injuries may occur from an accident, poor training, improper use of protective equipment, or insufficient stretching and warm-up exercises.

When should I see a sports medicine specialist?

You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Elbaz if you have a severe sports injury or an injury that fails to improve within a few days of at-home care.

Dr. Elbaz is an experienced and skilled sports medicine physician who always uses the simplest, least invasive treatment to help you heal and get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.

He performs a thorough examination at your initial visit, asking detailed questions about your injury, usual workout routine, and goals. He examines your injured body part and may request imaging to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

What are some sports medicine treatments?

Dr. Elbaz customizes sports medicine treatment plans based on the location and severity of the injury and your goals. Initial treatment includes:

  • Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (Rice)
  • Activity Modification
  • Physical Therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory Medication
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
  • Lipogems® Adipose/Fat Therapy

Dr. Elbaz may recommend surgery if you have a serious sports injury like a complex fracture, bone displacement, or soft tissue tear not treatable using conservative methods.

In addition to treating injuries, Dr. Elbaz guides preventing sports injuries, including advice on training, nutrition, and the importance of rest.

For expert sports medicine care, call Alain E. Elbaz, MD, PLLC, or book an appointment online today.