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Houston Sports Medicine From Mufaddal Gombera, MD

Dr. Mufaddal Gombera specializes in orthopedic care that helps athletes of all skill levels get back to their active lifestyles. He focuses on minimally invasive approaches that speed up recovery and reduce the need for surgery. When you visit his orthopedic sports clinic, you receive advanced care that helps you return to doing what you love.

A Houston Orthopedic Sports Clinic

As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Gombera specializes in the musculoskeletal system, the system that includes your muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and nerves. Physical activity can put stress on the musculoskeletal system, causing injury. The joints involved in sports activities havemany components that work together for normal function. When one of these parts doesn't work properly, you can have pain, stiffness or limited movement.

Dr. Gombera can resolve these issues through medical services that treat three primary areas of the body:

  • Hip: Located where the thigh bone meets the pelvis, the hip joint includes bones, ligaments, muscles and cartilage. Your hips bear your weight as you move, making them important to keep healthy.
  • Knee: The knee joint consists of bones, cartilage and ligaments that connect the knee bone and the shin bone. It helps your legs move as you walk, run and perform other activities.
  • Shoulder: Your shoulder joint has bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons where your arm meets your torso. Thanks to your shoulder, you can pull, push, and lift using your arm.

When something damages one of these joints, Dr. Gombera can use minimally invasive methods to repair the bone and tissue in many cases.

Dr. Mufaddal Gombera — Your Sports Medicine Doctor in Houston

Mufaddal Gombera, MD, has extensive experience helping athletes with their hip, knee and shoulder injuries. His former patients include the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks, and he provides care to athletes of all ages and skill levels. Dr. Gombera uses the latest evidence-based treatments to minimize recovery time and impact on the body.

About Our Houston Exercise Medicine Facility

Located in the heart of Houston, Dr. Gombera's practice at Fondren Orthopedic Group also serves patients in Cypress and Beaumont. The Fondren Orthopedic Group houses more than 40 surgeons in 10 sub-specialties at Texas Orthopedic Hospital. You can find Dr. Gombera just south of the Texas Medical Center, conveniently located on Main Street.

What to Know About Sports and Exercise Injuries

Sports injuries happen during indoor sports, outdoor sports or exercise. They can occur because of accidents, improper technique, incorrect use of guards or insufficient stretching. Common types of sports injuries include fractures, dislocations, strains and sprains.

Professionals recommend rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) for most sports and exercise injuries:

  • Rest: Stop the activity that caused the injury and allow it to rest for 24 to 48 hours.
  • Ice: Reduce pain and swelling by applying ice packs to the affected area. To avoid frostbite, make sure to cover the ice with a towel or cloth that protects your skin from direct contact. Ice your injury for 15 to 20 minutes at a time four times a day for several days.
  • Compression: Compression, or wrapping, of an athletic injury, reduces swelling. You can use an air cast, elastic wrap, splint or another treatment recommended by your doctor.
  • Elevate: Keep the injured body part above heart-level while it heals to reduce pain, throbbing and swelling.

Following a healthy lifestyle and practicing proper sports techniques can help you prevent sports injuries. Consider strategies like:

  • Wearing correctly fitting protective gear like face masks, eye gear, mouth guards and pads, as well as comfortable clothes and athletic shoes, during sports
  • Performing warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after physical activity to keep muscles flexible
  • Gradually increasing the intensity of exercise
  • Strengthening your muscles through an exercise program
  • Nourishing your bones, joints and muscles with a nutritious diet
  • Avoiding immediate physical activity after large meals
  • Resting when tired or injured
  • Understanding your sports' rules
  • Staying physically fit enough to play your sport

Looking for more ideas for protecting yourself from sports injuries? Consult an orthopedic sports doctor like Dr. Gombera or speak to your coaching team.

Some of the common sports injuries include:


Dr. Gombera with Dana White Photo

Dr. Gombera with Dana White, the president of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)

Stem Cell Treatment is often utilized to treat sports injuries. This procedure uses orthobiologics, natural substances found in the body that accelerate healing. Orthobiologics can help your body manage many types of orthopedic conditions, including sports-related injuries. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy can treat injuries to tendons and ligaments using orthobiologics from plasma. When other methods of orthopedic treatment don't work, you can try receiving this procedure to enhance your body's healing process. To know more please click Stem Cell Treatment.

Sports Medicine Topics

Click on the topics below to find out more from the orthopedic connection website of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

You can also learn more about general topics related to orthopedics by visiting our multimedia library for patients. These videos can teach you about different orthopedic injuries and the procedures used to treat them.

Schedule an Appointment for Sports Medicine in Houston

Mufaddal Gombera, MD, helps patients like you recover from sports injuries in their shoulder, hip or knee. Whether you play sports for a living or consider it a hobby, he can identify the issue and get you back to playing. You can schedule an appointment at any time using our online form or by calling our office at 713-794-3457.

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