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How To Make The Most Of Your Sports Med Doctor Visit

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

Want to make the most of your next appointment? Of course you do. Whether you’re an amateur athlete or a pro, your next visit with a Houston sports medicine doctor is your chance to improve your health and, thereby, your performance. Here are a few tips and questions to ask your Houston sports medicine physician.

Preparing for Your Upcoming Appointment

  • You may wish to keep a log of your symptoms. This information – though not necessary – could be helpful to your physician.
  • Feel free to bring a friend or family member to your appointment. The other person may hear or remember something that you forgot.
  • Wear comfortable and practical clothing. Think about the area that your Houston sports medicine doctor will likely examine, and make it easily accessible.

The 1 Question to Ask Your Houston Sports Med Physician

Perhaps the most important piece of information you should take away from your appointment is the answer to this question:

“What’s the diagnosis?”

Knowing that something’s torn in your shoulder or that something popped in your knee isn’t sufficient. When at all possible, your Houston sports medicine doctor should provide you with a specific diagnosis that has a clinically recognizable name. This knowledge can allow you to do research on your own to learn more about the injury or condition.

Other important question:

  • Are there tests that confirm the diagnosis?
  • Are there exercises I should be doing? What should I not do with this injury?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend?
  • About how long could it take for this injury to heal?

Schedule an Appointment With a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor

I treat pediatric and adult patients for a variety of sports and ortho-related injuries at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. We are currently accepting new patients. To schedule your appointment at our downtown Houston office, call (713) 756-5546. Or, schedule your appointment online.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.