Don’t letsports-related knee and lower leg injuries and disorders keep you from the game.
The goal of our sports medicine team is to return athletes to the field as quickly as possible, with little to no long-term side effects.
We offer advanced treatments, including platelet-rich plasma injections, the anatomic approach to ACL reconstruction, and carefully crafted injury prevention programs to strengthen your knees and lower legs.
We treat all sports-related knee and leg injuries, including:
Our orthopaedic surgeons are trusted by athletes throughout the community. We serve as the team physicians for a number of organizations, including the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars.
Symptoms of sports-related knee and lower leg injuries and disorders include:
Our specialists can often diagnose the cause of knee injury or leg injury by studying your medical history and conducting a physical exam.
Sometimes, as with a torn MCL or ACL, your doctor might order magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to get a better look at the ligament.
Many times, for recreational athletes or weekend warriors, we will recommend physical therapy or rehabilitation before an MRI, since the goal is to heal the lower leg or knee before surgery is required. Often, rehabilitation is enough to heal the knee or leg.
Our specialists offer safe treatments focused on reducing downtime and helping you achieve long-term performance goals. We always consider the knee injury or leg injury, your objectives, and the full spectrum of treatment options available.
Whenever possible, our team offers nonsurgical treatments before recommending surgery. These treatments include:
Our sports medicine specialists are specially trained to recognize patients who would benefit most from surgery. When surgery is needed, our doctors are experts in minimally invasive surgery, including arthroscopic, mini-open, and open approaches.
In arthroscopic surgery, a small camera is inserted into tiny incisions in the leg. The camera allows the doctor to view the joint and reconstruct it using small surgical instruments. Our expertise in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery translates into faster recovery times (sometimes days, instead of weeks) for you.
We also offer the anatomic approach to ACL reconstruction. In anatomic ACL reconstruction, the surgeon reconstructs the ACL in its natural placement, resulting in positive outcomes for patients undergoing ligament reconstruction surgery.
Following surgery, our intensive physical therapy programs help strengthen your knee or lower leg and get you back to competition quickly.
To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine specialist at UT Southwestern or to learn more about our services, please fill out the Appointment Request form or call 214-645-8300.