For more than five decades, the experts at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine have served as team doctors for the Houston Astros — trusted to keep the players at the top of their game. But we don’t just work with elite athletes. We learn from them. By finding innovative ways to treat their injuries, we’re better able to treat yours.

 

Common Injuries for Astros Players and Fans

Our team of specialists gives you access to the latest, most advanced care — from prevention to treatment and recovery. 

ROTATOR CUFF TEARS

The rotator cuff is a network of four muscles that come together as tendons to form a covering around the head of
the upper arm bone.

HAND & WRIST INJURIES

The types of injuries result in fractures, dislocations, sprains and bruises.

ACL TEARS

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) helps to stabilize the knee. 

MENISCUS TEARS

The meniscus is cartilage that keeps the femur and tibia from grinding against one another, helping the knee joint to move smoothly.

Treatments: Applying Our Learnings

Injuries suffered by Astros players and fans are often treated the same way: rest, medications, physical therapy, advanced nonsurgical treatments and, as a last result, surgery. That's because research has proven that methods used to treat professional athletes are effective for everyone else. 


At Houston Methodist, Astros players and fans have access to the latest therapies, such as:

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment

When injected into area of an injury, PRP can optimize your body’s ability to heal. We use it to treat rotator cuff tendonitis, bicep tendonitis, UCL injury, tennis and golfer's elbow, Achilles tendonitis and other injuries.

Blood flow restriction (BFR) therapy
Uses calibrated blood pressure cuffs around the upper portions of the exercising arm or leg to partially restrict blood flow. This tricks the body into feeling as if it’s performing heavy weight training, allowing patients to receive the strengthening benefits of heavy lifting without the stress to healing tissues.

Antigravity treadmills

The reduced impact of antigravity treadmills allows patients to train through injuries such as ACL reconstruction, MCL sprain, meniscus tear, hamstring strain and Achilles tendonitis, preventing bone loss and maintaining muscle tone. 

  

Our Partnership

Our strong partnership with the Houston Astros dates back five decades, when our doctors first began providing care to the team.


The world-class team that treats the Houston Astros can help keep you moving. Pictured from left to right: Vijay Jotwani, MD, David Lintner, MD and Patrick McCulloch, MD

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