Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
If you’re an athlete, then you know that having an excellent sports medicine doctor you can rely on is a must. But with so many to choose from, how do you find a Houston sports medicine doctor that’s right for you? Whether you’re looking for a physician in Texas or elsewhere, consider a few of these tips for selecting the right sports medicine physician for you.
Find a Houston Sports Medicine Provider
- Look for athletes. I recommend choosing a sports medicine doctor that’s physically active. Personally, I’m an avid runner (three-time Ironman Triathlete and marathoner!), so I know quite well the physical and mental challenges posed by running. I encourage you to look for a doctor who “gets” what you do and why you do it.
- Ask around. Talk to your coaches, teammates and friends. Get recommendations.
- Evaluate experience. Is your potential doctor board-certified? Does she specialize in certain areas of the body, muscle groups or joints that you’re having problems with?
- Consider volume and diversity. With a specialization like sports medicine and orthopedics, diversity is important. A physician in a rural area may see a low-volume of cases with little variation. A physician in a downtown urban environment, on the other hand, may be more likely to see a diverse range of cases – and more of them. Increased volume and greater diversity could make for a more well-equipped sports medicine doctor.
- Focus on communication. Just because you’ve had one appointment with a doctor, it doesn’t follow that you’re stuck with them. If your physician isn’t a good communicator – or doesn’t maximize your office visit – consider looking elsewhere for health care.
Schedule An Appointment With A Houston Sports Medicine Provider
If you’re in need of a sports medicine doctor here in downtown/midtown Houston, give us a call at (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.