The Sports Medicine section within the UT Southwestern Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has welcomed two new individuals into the fold: Edward Arrington, M.D., and Steven B. Singleton, M.D., the latter serving as the new Sports Medicine Section Chief. Along with Jay Shah, M.D., and David Tietze, M.D., the section expanded its service area this year, providing care to patients not only at the main UT Southwestern campus and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Richardson/Plano but now also at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Las Colinas and the UT Southwestern Moncrief Medical Center at Fort Worth. In the fall of 2022, the section will welcome Nate Boes, M.D., a former resident at UT Southwestern who completed his fellowship in shoulder reconstruction and sports medicine this past year at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas. Dr. Boes’ primary practice location will be at Parkland Memorial Hospital.
The team provides comprehensive operative and nonoperative care to patients presenting with sports-related injuries and conditions. The section continues to be partners in collegiate athletics with the University of Texas at Dallas and Dallas Baptist University, and the team formed a new partnership this year with Texas Christian University. The section continues to be partners in collegiate athletics with the University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Baptist University, and formed a new partnership with Texas Christian University this year. These opportunities emphasize the importance of a clinical relationship with community organizations.
Sports Medicine offers minimally invasive procedures to patients to enhance recovery time and allow athletes to get back into their respective sports on a shorter timeline. These procedures include but are not limited to stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma injections, and arthroscopic surgeries. The section has identified the potential use of extracorporeal shock wave therapy to treat various tendinopathies in patients.
The Sports Medicine section continues to focus on research impacting the sports world and sports- related injuries. Over the past five years, Dr. Singleton has initiated, participated in, and published multiple studies that have investigated biomechanical effects of ACL reconstructions on the hip, knee, and ankle of both lower extremities. In addition, he has guest lectured nationally and internationally on the renewed interest in the sports world about lateral stabilizations to augment the ACL. Other studies have continued, thanks to Drs. Shah and Tietze and the multidisciplinary efforts of the Department of Radiology related to ACL reconstruction and the ACL tibial footprint. By using 3D and 2D MRI measurements, the study found that this MRI method can be reliably used with these patients. The section meets monthly to discuss progress in team members’ research endeavors and to evaluate new and upcoming topics that may be of interest to investigate further.
The Sports Medicine section hosts residents through its rotation that provides exposure into various patient care opportunities. In the department program, residents rotate to Sports Medicine in their second year. This rotation allows for experience in a high-volume clinical space as well as research. Didactic indications and post-surgical correlations conferences are held on a weekly basis for students, residents, and fellows to attend, along with monthly cadaver labs and journal clubs to enhance their training and education. The faculty has also collaborated with Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine by hosting their residents as well. Medical students are also provided with Sports Medicine preceptors to enhance their education through the UT Southwestern Medical School.