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Sports Injuries Specialist

Jessen Mukalel, MD

Spine, Sports, and Interventional Pain Specialists & Ketamine Infusion Specialist located in The Woodlands, TX

If you’ve been hurt in a game, your body needs holistic, supportive, and regenerative therapies that speed your recovery and get you back in play. Interventional pain specialist Jessen Mukalel, MD, in The Woodlands, Texas, takes the time to determine the full extent of your injuries with advanced diagnostic tools and then devises cutting-edge, customized strategies that promote accelerated healing. Whether you have an acute injury or long-term pain from an old sports injury, Dr. Mukalel helps your body heal. Schedule a sports injury consultation by phone or online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries can affect anyone, from a professional athlete or dancer to a weekend warrior. If you push your body to the max, you’re at risk for a sports injury. Some of the most common types of sports injuries involve your joints and their supportive tissues, and include:

  • Ligament sprains
  • Tendon and muscle strains
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage tears
  • Joint instability

Dr. Mukalel understands how important sports and exercise are for your physical and mental health. His goal is to get you pain relief no matter your injury and get you back in the game.

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

Whether your sports injury is acute or chronic, Dr. Mukalel takes a full history of your pain and conducts a thorough physical examination. He also evaluates your injured joint’s range of motion. 

Dr. Mukalel performs a Sonosite® ultrasound-guided diagnostic examination that allows him to look inside your joint. With ultrasound, he can determine which tissues are inflamed or torn, locate complications such as bone spurs or arthritis, and devise a treatment plan.

How are sports injuries treated?

Dr. Mukalel prescribes a holistic treatment plan that could include immediate pain relief, as well as regenerative medicine. He often recommends platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to heal both acute and chronic sports injuries. 

To get PRP, Dr. Mukalel withdraws a small amount of your blood, which he spins in a sterile centrifuge to separate the platelets from the plasma. He then mixes a highly concentrated number of platelets into a small amount of plasma to create the injectable serum. The entire process only takes about 15 minutes.

He then uses ultrasound guidance to inject the PRP directly into the site of injury. Sports injuries that respond well to PRP include:

  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Torn knee meniscus
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Tenosynovitis in your wrist
  • Trochanteric bursitis in your hip
  • Gluteal tendinopathy

The PRP injections contain proteins and growth factors that instigate and accelerate your body’s healing processes, including collagen remodeling. 

Can I use physical therapy to heal a sports injury?

In contrast to PRP, physical therapy doesn’t completely repair damaged joint tissues. That’s why you may injure the same body part again, even after completing a full course of physical therapy.  

Heal and prevent sports injuries with PRP by contacting Jessen Mukalel, MD, by phone or online today.