Hospital expands its sports medicine program
By FLORI MEEKS
Dr. Scott Rand knows how much athletes hate hearing physicians advise them to take it easy after injuries occur.
I take care of a lot of distance runners, and they come to me because they know I don't tell them to quit running," said Rand, a primary care sports physician with the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine at Willowbrook.
What they want to know what it will take for them to continue doing what they want to do."
Helping patients remain active is a major function of the sports medicine center, an outgrowth of the Methodist Hospital System's sports medicine facility in the Texas Medical Center.
The new program, based for now in Methodist Willowbrook Hospital's South Pavilion, is intended to provide comprehensive health care for active people, from injury prevention and surgical services to rehabilitation and athletic training.
The Center for Sports Medicine will move into its permanent home, the nearby Centerfield Medical Office Building at 13802 Centerfield Blvd., in early 2011.
The building's third floor will be fully dedicated to the Center for Sports Medicine, including its doctors' offices, exam rooms, rehabilitative services and athletic training services. The first floor, including a surgery center, will be for orthopedics.
It's an entire building devoted to taking care of active people," said Rand, who also is affiliated with the Methodist Concussion Center.
The Methodist Hospital System is really dedicated to bringing a state-of-the-art facility to the Willowbrook area."
Rand, who is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine, started working with the Willowbrook facility last month.
Rand also serves as a medical advisor for the automated external defibrillator programs for the Klein, Spring and Tomball school districts and as a consulting team physician for 15 area high schools.
For the last four years, he has directed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and trained other family physicians to care for athletes.
The center's two newest orthopedic surgeons are Dr. Korsh Jafarnia, a hand and upper extremity specialist, and Dr. Travis Hanson, an expert in foot and ankle surgery, as well as general orthopedics.
For more information on the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine at Willowbrook, call 281-737-0902.