Dr. Patrick McCulloch: Orthopedic Surgery: Houston, TX

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Sports Injuries Specialist

Dr. Patrick McCulloch

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Houston, TX

Dr. Patrick McCulloch is a seasoned orthopedic surgeon renowned for his treatment of sports injuries in both professional and collegiate athletes. He and his team deliver top-tier sports medicine services to adolescents and adults at three convenient locations in Houston, Texas: Spring Valley, Bellaire, and the Texas Medical Center. Reach out today to access the sports injury care trusted by elite athletes for years.

Sports Injuries FAQs

What are the typical sports injuries?

Dr. Patrick McCulloch and his dedicated team specialize in the comprehensive management of various sports injuries, focusing particularly on issues related to the shoulder, elbow, and knee. Common sports injuries include:

  • Fractures: A fall or collision during sports can cause you to break almost any bone in your body. The clavicle (collarbone) is one of the most commonly fractured bones, making up about 5% of adult fractures. Clavicle fractures usually result from a fall on the shoulder or an outstretched arm.
  • Dislocations: Dislocations happen when a strong force pushes the joint out of place. The shoulder and the kneecap are the two most frequently dislocated joints. A dislocation can lead to recurrent instability.
  • Knee injuries: The knee plays a central role in sports that require running and jumping, so it’s prone to many injuries. Common knee injuries include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and meniscus tears.
  • Rotator cuff tears: Rotator cuff tears can result from a sudden traumatic injury, such as falling on an outstretched hand. More often, they develop slowly from repetitive overhead motions with your arm, like playing tennis.
  • Elbow injuries: Elbow injuries are especially prevalent among athletes who use an overhead throwing motion. Tennis elbow and ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears are two of the most common elbow injuries.

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

The process begins with Dr. McCulloch or a team member collecting a detailed account of how the injury happened. They will review your medical history and conduct a physical examination. Diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays and MRIs, may be used to assist in confirming the injury.

How are sports injuries treated?

Treatment strategies are tailored to each individual by Dr. McCulloch and his team, using a conservative and empathetic approach. Treatment options may include physical therapy, pain relief medications, and modifications to your activities. For conditions that do not improve with conservative measures, surgery may be necessary to alleviate pain and restore function. Surgical interventions could be required for complex fractures or completely torn tendons or ligaments, with Dr. McCulloch favoring arthroscopic and minimally invasive procedures when feasible.

For the most advanced care in sports injury treatment, call the office of Dr. Patrick McCulloch today.



Sports Injuries

Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Replacement
Shoulder Instability
Meniscus Tear
Cartilage Injuries
Elbow Surgery