Sports Injuries Specialist

Dr. Patrick McCulloch

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Houston, TX

Dr. Patrick McCulloch is an orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience treating sports injuries in professional and collegiate athletes. He and his team provide high-quality sports medicine for adolescents and adults at three Houston, Texas, locations, including Spring Valley, Bellaire, and the Texas Medical Center. Call today for sports injury care that elite athletes have trusted for years.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are common sports injuries?

Dr. McCulloch and his team provide comprehensive care for all types of sports injuries, but they have particular expertise in treating problems with the shoulder, elbow, and knee. Examples of common sports injuries include:


A fall or collision during sports can cause you to break almost any bone in your body. The clavicle (collarbone) is one of the most commonly fractured bones, making up about 5% of adult fractures. Clavicle fractures usually result from a fall on the shoulder or an outstretched arm.


Dislocations happen when a strong force pushes the joint out of place. The shoulder and the kneecap are the two most frequently dislocated joints. A dislocation can lead to recurrent instability.

Knee injuries

The knee plays a central role in sports that require running and jumping, so it’s prone to many injuries. Common knee injuries include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and meniscus tears. 

Rotator cuff tears

Rotator cuff tears can result from a sudden traumatic injury, such as falling on an outstretched hand. More often, they develop slowly from repetitive overhead motions with your arm, like playing tennis.

Elbow injuries

Elbow injuries are especially prevalent among athletes who use an overhead throwing motion. Tennis elbow and ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears are two of the most common elbow injuries. 

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

First, Dr. McCulloch or a member of his team asks you to describe the injury, including how it occurred. They review your medical history and perform a physical exam. They may take imaging tests, such as an X-ray and MRI, to help them confirm a diagnosis. 

How are sports injuries treated?

Dr. McCulloch and his team provide individualized sports injury treatment with a conservative and compassionate approach. Depending on the type, location, and severity of your injury, treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  • Activity modification

If your condition doesn’t improve with  nonoperative care, then surgery may help relieve pain and restore function. You may also need surgery to repair a severe acute injury, such as a complex fracture or completely torn tendon or ligament. Dr. McCulloch uses advanced arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible.

For the most advanced care in sports injury treatment, call the office of Dr. Patrick McCulloch today.