Sports injury experts get patients back to doing what they love

Is an injury keeping you from doing things you enjoy? If so, you’re not alone. Injuries can happen to anyone, whether you’re a weekend warrior training for a marathon, a professional athlete, an elementary school student playing soccer or a retiree enjoying a round of golf. 

“We see patients from a diverse range of age groups,” explains Frank Moussa, MD, an orthopedist with HonorHealth Orthopedics Shea who specializes in sports injuries. He notes that sports injuries aren’t always athletic in nature. “That’s because injuries from either intense sports or just an active life are very similar,” he says.

An integrated approach to ortho care

HonorHealth recognizes that patients need quality, coordinated care when it comes to orthopedics. They’ll find that through HonorHealth Orthopedics, a fully comprehensive program with two convenient locations: HonorHealth Orthopedics – Shea and HonorHealth Orthopedics – Sonoran Crossing.

“I’m excited to be part of HonorHealth Orthopedics, which offers patients a team of orthopedic sub-specialists who take an integrated approach to patient care.”

These subspecialties include revisional knee and hip surgery, orthopedic oncology, wound care, bone health, fracture care and sports injury—and they’re all conveniently part of the HonorHealth network. That means that if a patient suspects she/he is having a hip problem but the doctor determines it is a different kind of injury, the doctor is able to refer them to another provider within HonorHealth’s Orthopedics program for a seamless patient experience.

“This approach helps us provide excellent care while also offering our patients convenience,” adds Dr. Moussa. 

A range of non-surgical and surgical options

Many patients come to Dr. Moussa and his colleagues with knee and shoulder damage, ankle sprains and hip injuries, among other injuries and conditions.

He’s found that sometimes patients delay seeing a doctor when they become injured because they don’t want to have surgery. However, there are many non-surgical treatment options available to patients. 

“I find that 90 percent of the time we can get the patient better without operating,” he says.

These non-invasive treatments include physical therapy, injection therapy, medications and lifestyle modifications

When patients do require surgery, advancements in medical and surgical technologies mean most surgical patients experience shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, better pain management and a reduced need for pain medications. 

Avoiding injury

Although not every injury is preventable, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of getting hurt. 
“The best advice I can give is to maintain a general level of fitness and a healthy diet,” says Dr. Moussa. 

That’s because exercise and proper nutrition can help you achieve a healthy weight, which puts less stress on the body’s musculoskeletal system. “This will mitigate the level of symptoms from any orthopedic state,” he adds.

When to see a doctor

Sometimes it’s obvious that you need to see a doctor—say if you hear a pop in your knee when you fall or you break a bone.

“In a traumatic injury situation, it’s easier to evaluate it earlier rather than later when more damage has occurred,” he cautions. 

With chronic injuries, it’s not always clear cut. If rest, icing the injury, using compression and taking anti-inflammatory medication don’t help, it may be time to be evaluated by a health care provider.

“I always tell people to look at the trends,” advises Dr. Moussa. “If your symptoms continue to get worse and you are hurting more and more despite giving it a rest, then it’s time to see a doctor.”

“The best part of my job”

Dr. Moussa is dedicated to helping his patients achieve the best possible outcome so they can pursue their passions. 

“I still say, 20 years into this, the best part of the job is when someone comes to me and says thank you, my pain is better, and I’m able to do what I wasn’t able to do before,” he says. “The fact that they’re able to return to what they love and think you played a part in it – that makes your day.”