Sports Medicine Specialist

Orthopedic Specialists

Cori Grantham, MD

Orthopedic Surgery located in Dallas, TX & Addison, TX

Orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained sports medicine specialist Cori Grantham, MD, is a former athlete who understands the desire to return to your sport. She provides comprehensive sports medicine care for patients ages 12 and older at Orthopedic Specialists, with two convenient locations in Dallas and Addison, Texas. If you have a sports injury, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q&A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is a branch of health care that focuses on physical fitness and the prevention of injuries related to exercise. As a highly trained sports medicine physician, Dr. Grantham evaluates, diagnoses, and treats a broad range of sports injuries, including:

  • Tendon injuries, including rotator cuff tears
  • Ligament sprains and ruptures, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Overuse injuries, including stress fractures
  • Cartilage injuries, such as meniscus tears
  • Acute trauma, including fractures and dislocations

Dr. Grantham provides comprehensive sports medicine care but has a special interest in the upper extremity, including elbow pain and shoulder pain.

When should I see a sports medicine specialist?

You should call Dr. Grantham at Orthopedic Specialists any time you’re concerned about a sports injury or joint pain that interferes with exercise. If you experience intense pain immediately after a traumatic event, such as a fall or football tackle, call right away. 

Pain related to overuse tends to develop gradually without a specific injury. For example, knee pain due to patellar tendinitis may start off mild and worsen with continued activity. You should call Dr. Grantham any time you have pain that becomes worse or persists despite home treatments like rest and ice.

Without proper treatment, sports injuries can lead to further damage and chronic conditions like arthritis. 

What tests and treatments does sports medicine involve?

To diagnose your sports injury, Dr. Grantham begins by asking about your symptoms and medical history. She asks how the injury occurred and carefully examines the painful area. She may also take tests, such as:

  • X-ray
  • Blood tests
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Nerve conduction study

In some cases, she may need to perform a minimally invasive surgical procedure called arthroscopy. This involves inserting a flexible, thin camera into a tiny incision to look at the inside of a joint. If Dr. Grantham finds a problem, such as a piece of torn cartilage, she may treat it in the same procedure.

Dr. Grantham always explores conservative approaches before she considers surgery. She treats most sports injuries with nonsurgical methods, such as:

  • Rest, ice compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Regenerative medicine

When surgery is necessary, Dr. Grantham uses arthroscopy whenever possible. She also specializes in shoulder and elbow reconstruction and replacement.

For the highest-quality care in sports medicine, call Orthopedic Specialists, or book an appointment online today.