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Orthopedic Surgeons Carrollton TX

Orthopedic surgeons use surgical and non-surgical methods to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital disorders. See below to find local orthopedic surgeons in Carrollton that give access to treatment for knee arthroscopy, and lumbar spinal fusion, as well as advice and content on pediatric orthopedics and surgical sports medicine.

Thomas M Schott, MD
(972) 556-2885
400 W Lyndon B Johnson Fwy
Irving, TX
Business
Allstar Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Robert E Bayless, MD
(972) 438-4636
2120 N MacArthur Blvd
Irving, TX
Business
Irving Orthopaedics & Southwest Spine Institu
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Huntly G Chapman, MD
(214) 370-3006
3600 N Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX
Business
North Texas Spinecare, LLP
Specialties
Orthopedics

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C Dwayne Trammell, DDS
(972) 492-3386
3730 N Josey Ln Ste 126
Carrollton, TX
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Phillip Madsen Graehl, MD
(972) 492-1334
4780 N Josey Ln
Carrollton, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Irvine, Ca Coll Of Med, Irvine Ca 92717
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Trinity Med Ctr, Carrollton, Tx
Group Practice: Metrocrest Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine; Southwest Orthopedic Inst

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Hugh A Frederick MD
(214) 528-4185
9301 N Central Expwy
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Robert Chapman, MD
(214) 824-7744
1015 N Carroll Ave
Dallas, TX
Business
Sports Medicine Clinic of North Texas
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Stephen Chu, DDS
(972) 394-8887
3620 N Josey Ln Ste 228
Carrollton, TX
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Terry L Thames, DDS
(972) 394-8989
1940 E Hebron Pkwy
Carrollton, TX
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Felix Segovia, MD
(972) 242-7684
1810 S Josey Ln
Carrollton, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Nuevo Leon, Fac De Med, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1954
Hospital
Hospital: R H D Mem Med Ctr, Dallas, Tx
Group Practice: TX Rehab

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Leg, Knee, and Hip Pain

 



Knee and hip pain are the most common cycling injuries. The most common cause of knee (and hip pain) in cyclists is iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome. The IT band is a thick fibrous band of tissue, which runs on the outside of the leg from the hip to the knee. Pain is caused when the band becomes tight and rubs over the bony prominences of the hip (greater trochanter) and/or the knee (lateral epicondyle). Tight inflexible lower extremity muscles may worsen the condition.

As injury is generaly a problem of overuse, it is often seen in the cyclist just beginning a training program or early in the training season when the temptation is to do too much too fast. In order to minimize knee and hip pain in the early season, take it easy for the first few weeks - pedal with low resistance and keep that cadence up to at least 80-90 rpm allowing your body to adjust again to road riding. (Likewise with any change that leads to a slightly new bike position.) Minimize hard riding or hill work for the first few weeks. Add in a stretching program for your lower extremities, especially for the gluteus and IT band to help transition you into your riding season.

The most common causes are:

  • Faulty saddle height or position
  • Crank too long - especially if you have chondromalacia
  • Pushing excessively high gears (slow cadence in cold weather)
  • Too much leg work in the gym
  • Cleat alignment
  • Individual cyclist anatomy

And finally don't forget about the low back as playing a role in leg pain - especially the back of the leg and hamstrings. All leg pain is not from problems "where it hurts".

Q. I have a question about lower back and leg pain that I sometimes experience while riding. Sometimes when I am riding my legs will become so racked with pain that I can no longer pedal. I know I have lower back issues from years of heavy Olymic style weightlifting, but this is ridiculous. Sometimes I cannot climb even the smallest hills without stiffness and pain so bad that I almost black out. Any ideas? SG

A. A lot of leg pain is really back pain. So if you have a history of low back problems from the past, I'd start with a good massage therapist that deals with sports injuries combined with a program of back stretches.

Knee Pain

Knee Pain Location

One way to classify knee pain (and identify possible solutions) is to look at the location of the pain.

  • Anterior (see chondromalacia below)
    • Reasons
      • patellar tendonitis
      • patellofemoral syndrome
    • Causes
      • pushing BIG gears - cadence too low
      • saddle too low or too far forward
      • foot too far forward on the pedal
      • crank arms too long
      • leg length discrepancy with seat set for shorter leg
    • Possible solutions
      • ride at 75 rpm or higher
      • raise seat (in small increments of less than 5mm) or move seat back
      • move cleat forward 1 to 2 mm
      • shorten crank arms by 2.5 cm
      • set seat for longer, not shorter, leg with correction for the shorter leg
  • Posterior
    • Reasons
      • hamstri...

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