The Sports Medicine Fellowship team at Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso Family Medicine at Kenworthy is not only busy seeing patients, but also gathering important research regarding concussion patients – the results of which may be out before the end of this football season.
“Football season is a time when parents should be even more vigilant of any head injuries their child might sustain,” said Justin Wright, M.D., TTUHSC El Paso Sports Medicine Fellowship director. “The data we are collecting is retroactive – based on years of data collected on concussion patients – and could change the way parents and patients seek treatment for head injuries in the future.”
“We are doing a chart review to see if there is a difference in recovery time between those who present to our clinic immediately after a concussion versus those whose presentation to care is delayed,” said Wright. “Anecdotal information is that early recognition and appropriate treatment will decrease side effects and patients get better faster.”
While the results of a delay in care may seem apparent, little research is published on the matter. The sports medicine team hopes to fill that gap in knowledge with the results of its study. The plan is to submit an abstract to the annual conference of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine by December 2015.
In addition to concussions, the team sees patients of all ages with aches, pains, and injuries related to athletic activity. Sports Medicine division faculty in the Department of Family Medicine include Drs. Wright, Gerardo Vazquez, and newcomer, Daniel Murphy, a former fellow. Fellows in the program are Drs. Namita Bhardwaj and Jose Rodarte. The Sports Medicine Division is located at 9849 Kenworthy in Northeast El Paso.
For an appointment, call 915-215-5500 or to learn more about the fellowship program, visit elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/fostersom/family/sportsmedicine.aspx.