Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect during my visit?
The initial visit will include a comprehensive history and exam of the affected area by your Sports Medicine orthopedic physician. A thorough inquiry regarding the nature of your injury will be conducted by your provider including questions concerning
when the pain started, how you were hurt, and the level of fitness or activity you engage in during training, or an athletic event. These are all pieces of information that will help your provider gain the full knowledge necessary to determine a diagnosis
and prevent re-injury in the future. After a diagnosis, your physician will create a full treatment and recovery plan that may include medication, physical therapy, or surgery.
What if surgery is recommended? What should I expect?
If your provider considers you as a candidate for surgery, the UTMB staff will provide post-operative instructions and schedule your surgery at one of our campus locations. The type of surgical procedure will depend on your injury and discussed in detail between you and your physician. Outpatient vs. inpatient procedure, recovery time, physical therapy, post-operative medications, and more are all topics of discussion that will be addressed to create the recovery plan that best fits your needs and lifestyle.
What if I am not ready for surgery?
If you feel like surgery isn’t for you at this time, non-surgical alternatives exist to help rehabilitate your injury, prevent further injury, and manage the pain with medication. For example, rest, exercises, medications, injections, or physical therapy are options to consider. UTMB offers a convenient outpatient pharmacy located at our League City, Clear Lake, and Galveston campuses where we can dispense medication for you. Furthermore, our League City, Clear Lake, and Galveston campuses feature physical therapy locations to help you regain strength and mobility in the affected area.