Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Specialist
For athletes who rely on being in peak physical condition, sports medicine offers a two-pronged approach: treatment and prevention of injuries. Dr. William Burns of Craig Ranch Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Frisco, Texas, is armed with the latest science and technology to help keep you on top of your game; he works closely with each of his patients on prevention techniques and treatments designed to limit downtime.

Sports Medicine Q&A

by Dr. William C. Burns II

What is a sports medicine specialist?

In short, a sports medicine specialist is a doctor with extensive training in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury. To become a specialist in sports medicine, a doctor must become board certified in sports medicine by passing a national sports medicine certification program. In addition, a specialist in sports medicine will have active roles as a leader of sports medicine teams.

As one of the first orthopaedic surgeons to be Board Certified in Sports Medicine, Dr. Burns is highly trained and qualified in all aspects of sports medicine and has continually honed his skills at the helm of several athletic organizations over the past 20 years.

What makes sports medicine different?

Sports medicine largely deals with the non-surgical prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. In fact, The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine states that 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical, meaning that most of problems can be treated non-invasively and without the downtime and risks associated with surgery.

Typical musculoskeletal injuries include:

  • Acute injuries, such as muscle strains, sprains, joint injuries, and fractures
  • Overuse injuries -- carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff issues, tendonitis, and stress fractures
  • Arthritis and joint issues

Sports medicine specialists also address non-musculoskeletal issues, such as:

  • Concussion
  • Chronic or acute illnesses
  • Nutrition and supplements
  • Exercise prescriptions and strength training

Should I see a sports medicine specialist?

Dr. Burns specializes in treating athletes, as well as patients who maintain active lifestyles or who wish to become more active.

If you fit any of the following categories, you could benefit from seeing Dr. Burns to prevent and quickly treat injuries:

Athlete -- Athletes who rely on the performance of their bodies are the mainstay of sports medicine.

Weekend warriors and amateur athletes -- If, outside of work, you pursue physical activities regularly, you could benefit from sports medicine to ensure your physical pursuits remain enjoyable and injury-free.

The beginner -- If you want to become more physically active for overall health benefits or weight loss, a sports medicine specialist can show you the best ways to pursue physical fitness while avoiding injury.

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