Wayne O. Alani, MD
Wayne O. Alani, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon located in Sugarland, TX & Houston, TX
Dr. Wayne O. Alani understands that sports medicine cannot only help you recover from an athletic injury, but it can also help enhance performance and prevent future injuries. Through his practice in Sugar Land and Houston, Texas, Dr. Alani helps men and women of all ages and all fitness levels find relief from injuries and make the most of their athletic potential. If you’ve sustained a sports injury and need care, schedule an initial appointment right away. Online scheduling is available, or you can simply call the office.
Sports Medicine Q & A
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine is a medical specialty focused on preventing and treating both illness and injury. Many people believe that only professional athletes require sports medicine care, but nothing could be further from the truth. Most athletic teams do have sports medicine pros on staff, but anyone who is physically active and sustains an injury could benefit from working with a sports medicine specialist.
Some of the more common injuries seen by sports medicine specialists include:
- Ankle sprains
- Knee and shoulder injuries
- Muscle strains
- Rotator cuff injuries
Some patients turn to Dr. Alani after an on-the-field acute injury, while others seek diagnostic and treatment health when they experience joint pain after starting a new fitness routine.
How can I prevent athletic injuries?
Working with a sports medicine specialist is a great way to improve your athletic performance and reduce your risk of injury. Dr. Alani works with you to assess your overall fitness and identify any areas of weakness.
Next, he creates your customized fitness plan to increase strength where needed and condition your body to operate at its optimal performance level. That combined approach is a powerful way to protect against strains, sprains, muscle damage, and many other joint health issues.
What are some treatments for sports injuries?
Dr. Alani understands that downtime can affect your fitness and athletic goals. He makes every effort to get you back on your feet and back to peak performance as quickly as possible. Dr. Alani takes a conservative approach to all orthopedic needs, advising you on the least invasive treatment options as well as more aggressive or surgical interventions.
In some cases, a thorough diagnostic work-up reveals that you’ve simply overtaxed a muscle, tendon, or ligament. A period of rest is all that’s needed for your body’s natural healing process to take effect. Dr. Alani can help you identify the action that likely caused the injury and look for ways to avoid similar outcomes in the future.
For minor joint pain, non-invasive treatments like physical therapy, targeted stretching, and ergonomic aids are always a good place to begin. If you’ve sustained damage to joint tissues, minimally invasive techniques like arthroscopy can be very effective.
To learn more about Dr. Alani’s approach to sports medicine, schedule an appointment today. Be sure to bring a list of questions and concerns and an overview of your medical history and medications.