Sports Injury – Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, TX
Dr. Richard Burg is a board certified and fellowship trained spine surgeon providing advanced orthopedic treatment for back pain, neck pain, fractures of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine and various sports related injuries. His specialties include:

  • Minimally Invasive Decompression Spine Surgery
  • Major Spine Surgery
  • Degenerative and deformity condition of the cervical
  • Thoracic and Lumbar Spine surgery
  • Sports injuries to the spine and back

Common Sports Injuries

Strains & Sprains

Spinal Strains and Sprains are the most common injuries in sports. They result from poor body mechanics, sports techniques, improper exercises, insufficient warm-up and trauma. According to the spine surgeon in McKinney, these conditions are most common in athletes participating in sports like skiing, tennis, rowing, and golf. In addition, people who engage in frequent heavy lifting are also at a risk for Spinal Strains and Sprains.

Treatment for Spinal Strains and Sprains:

  • The orthopedic doctor may recommend you take proper rest and exclude/limit any athletic participation.
  • The doctor may also use ice along with pain medications to control back pain and restore motion.
  • He may also recommend you medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories.
  • You may be taught certain exercises to improve flexibility and strength of the spine as well as to help decrease risk for another similar sports injury.

Spondylolysis & Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolysis & Spondylolisthesis are the most common causes of low back pain. Athletes participating in sports that require twisting and hyperextension of the spine are at a greater risk of suffering from these sports injuries.


  • Pain relieving medicines may be prescribed by the doctor.
  • A range of stretching and motion exercises may be suggested to strengthen the trunk muscles.
  • In some cases, bracing may be recommended to allow proper healing of the injury.

Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc, also known as Slipped Disc refers to a condition in which a spinal disc bulges out or ruptures from its proper place. It may press on nearby nerves and cause severe back pain. Activities like repeated bending or twisting of the back and heavy physical exertion increase the risk of developing the disc problem.


  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Traction  (to relieve pressure from the affected area)
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections (to control pain and inflammation)

Scheuermann's Disease

Another common sports injury seen in the young athletes is Scheuermann's Disease. Pain associated with this condition occurs in the mid back. The athlete demonstrates a hunch back that worsens to a "dome" appearance of the back with bending forward.


  • Extension-based back exercises are greatly beneficial in treating the condition.
  • Orthopedic surgeons also recommend the use of support braces if the athlete is able to tolerate wearing the brace.
  • For severe conditions, surgical correction may be recommended.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burg, call (972) 727 – 9995.