Sports Injuries Specialist

Allen Deutsch, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Allen Deutsch, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who takes an interdisciplinary approach to treating sports injuries. Specializing in shoulder and elbow surgery, Dr. Deutsch treats athletes of all ages who suffer from a wide range of sports injuries at his practice in Bellaire, Texas. If shoulder or elbow pain prevents you from throwing, swimming, lifting, swinging that golf club, or your sport of choice, call the Houston-area office or book an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What sports injuries commonly affect the shoulder and elbow?

Your shoulder is a complex, flexible joint that allows you to reach overhead and perform actions like throwing a ball. This leaves your shoulder prone to a variety of sports injuries from overuse and acute trauma.

While your elbow isn’t quite as mobile as the shoulder, it’s still heavily used and susceptible to sports injuries. Dr. Deutsch diagnoses and treats the full spectrum of sports injuries that affect the elbow and shoulder, including:

  • SLAP tears (superior labrum anterior to posterior)
  • Biceps tendinitis and tendon tears
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis and tears
  • Shoulder impingement and instability
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow

Though he specializes in injuries to the rotator cuff and biceps tendon, Dr. Deutsch also treats skeletal injuries such as humerus and collarbone fractures.

What causes shoulder and elbow sports injuries?

Everyone uses their shoulders and arms on a regular basis, but athletes who use an overhead, throwing motion, such as baseball and softball pitchers, are particularly susceptible to shoulder and elbow sports injuries.

You don’t have to be an athlete to sustain a sports injury, but participating in the following activities may increase your risk:

  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Crossfit
  • Tennis
  • Golf

Any activity that involves reaching over your head or away from your body, including weightlifting, puts stress on your shoulder. Aside from playing sports, having a job that requires overhead motions or repetitive motions, such as a construction worker and truck drivers, may make you more susceptible to shoulder and elbow injuries.

How do you diagnose and treat sports injuries?

Dr. Deutsch takes an interdisciplinary approach to managing sports injuries. He begins with a thorough orthopedic evaluation, which includes a physical exam and reviews of your medical history. He may also take an in-office dynamic ultrasound to diagnose your condition.

Then, Dr. Deutsch creates a customized treatment plan that works best for your specific needs. He finds that the vast majority of shoulder and elbow conditions improve with nonsurgical methods, such as physical therapy or joint injections.

With expertise in regenerative medicine techniques, Dr. Deutsch aims to avoid surgery whenever possible by offering biologic treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

Severe injuries or those that don’t improve with conservative treatment may require advanced diagnostic imaging such as MRI and surgery. Dr. Deutsch offers minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery for qualifying patients.

In addition to helping you recover from your sports injury and return to your favorite activity as soon as possible, Dr. Deutsch focuses on preventing recurrent injuries in the future.

For the highest quality care in sports medicine, call the office of Dr. Allen Deutsch or book an appointment online today.