Ask the Doctor: Hockey Injuries

Hockey is an exciting, physical sport that has become increasingly popular in Texas. Currently, Texas has more professional hockey teams than any other state in the country, a whopping 23 total. More hockey playing means more hockey injuries, many of which are unique to the sport. That’s where Dr. Mark Muller comes in. He is an orthopedic surgeon at North Central Surgery Center and the WB Carrell Clinic. He specializes in orthopedic sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, hip, and shoulder and is a team physician for the Dallas Cowboys. He also served as a team physician for the Dallas Stars from 2008-2012. We asked him questions about hockey injuries, including the most common types and ways to treat them.

What you need to know about flu season

This time of year, one of the most major medical concerns is contracting the flu. This illness, which can last up to two weeks, brings nasty respiratory symptoms and generally makes you feel awful. The influenza virus, commonly known as the flu, is also highly contagious. It’s possible for flu patients to spread the disease to others up to seven days after first experiencing symptoms.

Concussions and mild brain injuries: what you need to know

Most athletes (and parents of athletes) have been made acutely aware of the danger of concussions. It is estimated that more than 300,000 sports-related concussions occur in both contact and non-contact sports each year. But athletes aren’t the only susceptible population. Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests there are hundreds of thousands of non-sports-related concussions each year.