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Dr. Kenneth R. Brooks

Orthopedist

Dr. Kenneth Brooks is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Nassau Bay, TX. Dr. Brooks specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Brooks tends to bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Orthopaedic surgeons can specialize in certain areas like the hand, spine, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow or the knee.
Dr. Kenneth R. Brooks
  • Nassau Bay, Texas
  • Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School
  • Accepting new patients

Are "growing pains" really a thing for kids?

Yes they are real. Never a bad idea to have a doctor assess your child if he is complaining of pain, though

Will my surgery end my career?

I understand your concern and anxiety about having surgery and what may happen afterwards. I hear these same questions every day from my own patients. The more important questions READ MORE
I understand your concern and anxiety about having surgery and what may happen afterwards. I hear these same questions every day from my own patients. The more important questions to consider are: have you improved or recovered to the point that you can play at an NFL level with non-surgical treatment? Can you play at an NFL level with your back in its current condition? If the answers to these questions are “no,” then you have made the right decision to have surgery. In the end, it sounds as though you would not have been able to play without surgery. Therefore, surgery will not “end your career.” On the contrary, you are giving yourself an opportunity to heal and recover so that you can play. Make sure you understand your surgeon’s plan for your operation and you follow your surgeon’s plan for your post-operative rehab.

Good luck and work hard!

My son has tension in his legs from playing basketball. How can I help him?

Heat, massage, functional warm ups, proper warm up and cool down, and most importantly proper nutrition and sufficient hydration. He is probably dehydrated and suffering from overuse— READ MORE
Heat, massage, functional warm ups, proper warm up and cool down, and most importantly proper nutrition and sufficient hydration. He is probably dehydrated and suffering from overuse— the same repetitive use of the body until it is injured due to lack of recovery time. Make sure he takes at least 1 day off from basketball every week. Give him lots of water (not sports drinks and definitely not caffeine drinks).

Functional warm up means moving the parts of the body in gentle motions that replicate the movements performed during the particular sport, starting at the core and working out to the extremities. Professional athletes, especially soccer players, do this.

Finally, make sure he has an “off season” every year! He needs to spend 1-3 months doing something other than scheduled/supervised basketball and ideally other than basketball at all. Even the pros take an off season!

When is a sprain considered serious?

A sprain is only as serious as the limitation it causes to your desired activities. For recurrent ankle sprains, exercise/PT to strengthen the peroneal muscles and the use of a READ MORE
A sprain is only as serious as the limitation it causes to your desired activities. For recurrent ankle sprains, exercise/PT to strengthen the peroneal muscles and the use of a stabilizing brace are good first steps to take. If you have tried these kinds of treatments and your ankle is still an issue, you should see an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle problems for other options, including surgical stabilization.

Can heat packs work for a frozen shoulder?

No. Time, gentle physical therapy, corticosteroid injections are the best methods of treatment. You may also have a chronic disease (like diabetes) or injury (such as rotator cuff READ MORE
No. Time, gentle physical therapy, corticosteroid injections are the best methods of treatment. You may also have a chronic disease (like diabetes) or injury (such as rotator cuff tear) causing the frozen shoulder

How long does a sprain take to heal in children?

It depends on what is sprained and how old the child is. The younger the child, the more quickly things tend to heal. Anywhere from 2-6 weeks is typical.

How long will my elbow dislocation take to heal?

That is a good question for your surgeon, who knows precisely what procedures were performed and thus what rehab is required. It also depends on how you personally define recovery. I READ MORE
That is a good question for your surgeon, who knows precisely what procedures were performed and thus what rehab is required. It also depends on how you personally define recovery.

I wish you well.

My son is having pain in his hand after his surgery. What painkillers would you recommend?

Tylenol and Ibuprofen are safe and effective pain killers. I don’t know how old your son is, but opioids in general are not safe and should be avoided when possible. Ice and elevation READ MORE
Tylenol and Ibuprofen are safe and effective pain killers. I don’t know how old your son is, but opioids in general are not safe and should be avoided when possible. Ice and elevation of the hand can help as well.

Pain in right arm

It sounds like an injury to your rotator cuff, which would make sense if you are a pitcher or other overhead athlete. If not, and it truly started in the cold, then it may be a READ MORE
It sounds like an injury to your rotator cuff, which would make sense if you are a pitcher or other overhead athlete. If not, and it truly started in the cold, then it may be a problem with blood flow to your arm and you should see a doctor like a vascular surgeon. If it is your rotator cuff, stop the activity causing pain (like sports), rest your arm, take NSAIDs (like Advil or Aleve), and when the pain stops begin light exercise. To condition your rotator cuff, perform lateral arm raises and external rotations with light (no more than 5 pounds) dumbbells. If the pain does not stop, see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and shoulder injuries.

My 80 year old mother recently fell and fractured her ankle. How long should it take for her to recover?

It depends on her medical problems (diabetes? Rheumatoid arthritis?), activity level, nutritional status, and whether or not she had surgery. In general, it should take about 8-12 READ MORE
It depends on her medical problems (diabetes? Rheumatoid arthritis?), activity level, nutritional status, and whether or not she had surgery. In general, it should take about 8-12 weeks to heal broken bones in adults. Make sure she has enough help with ALL daily activities.

I wish her well.

I feel like I have a hunchback. What should I do?

You need to work on postural exercises. Scapular retraction, abdominal strengthening, and programs like yoga or tai chi will help. If there is a family history of arthritis or READ MORE
You need to work on postural exercises. Scapular retraction, abdominal strengthening, and programs like yoga or tai chi will help. If there is a family history of arthritis or autoimmune disorders, you should see your primary care doctor to begin to work these up.

I am suffering from pain around my wrist. What could be causing it?

There are numerous causes of pain around any joint in the body. You need to see an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand problems for a thorough history (when it hurts, where READ MORE
There are numerous causes of pain around any joint in the body. You need to see an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand problems for a thorough history (when it hurts, where it hurts, what medical problems may exist in you or your immediate family members), physical exam, and X-rays. The majority of issues can be delineated with those items.

Until then, keep a log of your pain episodes so that your visit to the doctor will be more efficient and productive.

Why do my fingers hurt when I try to make a fist?

You may have a form of arthritis in your hands. You should see an orthopedic surgeon specializing in Hand surgery to get X-rays and an exam. You need to ask your parents if anyone READ MORE
You may have a form of arthritis in your hands. You should see an orthopedic surgeon specializing in Hand surgery to get X-rays and an exam. You need to ask your parents if anyone in the family has a history of arthritis.

Can I start playing tennis six months after my knee replacement surgery?

It is not just time that determines whether you can return to your desired activities. You must have restoration of adequate range of motion, full strength in your muscles, and READ MORE
It is not just time that determines whether you can return to your desired activities. You must have restoration of adequate range of motion, full strength in your muscles, and resumption of training and practice. Most importantly, you must have permission from your surgeon before returning to play.

Could my fall have caused a serious back injury?

If the pain does not improve on a day to day basis; if you have pain when deep breathing, coughing, laughing, or sneezing; if you have weakness in your leg muscles; or if you have READ MORE
If the pain does not improve on a day to day basis; if you have pain when deep breathing, coughing, laughing, or sneezing; if you have weakness in your leg muscles; or if you have numbness or tingling in your pelvis or legs; then you may have a serious back injury. If the injury occurred at work, you should report it to your employer.

For my knee pain should I use hot treatment or cold?

You are quite fortunate to have knee pain only twice a year! The use of heat or cold depends on the circumstances in which your pain occurs and associated symptoms. Cold is great READ MORE
You are quite fortunate to have knee pain only twice a year! The use of heat or cold depends on the circumstances in which your pain occurs and associated symptoms. Cold is great for acute onset of pain, especially with swelling. Heat works well for aching pain associated with stiffness.

Can a fracture during childhood cause problems 10 years later?

Yes, there can be a connection. However, you also need to take into account his current activities. Does he play sports? Does he pitch in baseball? Is it associated with clicking READ MORE
Yes, there can be a connection. However, you also need to take into account his current activities. Does he play sports? Does he pitch in baseball? Is it associated with clicking or popping or locking? As always, a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon who specialized in conditions of the elbow will provide the information you need to help your son feel better. 

Kenneth R. Brooks, M.D.

What is the best course of treatment for femur fracture?

You had the appropriate surgery. Now it is a matter of waiting for the fracture to heal and then doing your prescribed physical therapy to regain your hip and knee motion and muscle READ MORE
You had the appropriate surgery. Now it is a matter of waiting for the fracture to heal and then doing your prescribed physical therapy to regain your hip and knee motion and muscle strength.

Does a fracture take longer to heal when you have diabetes?

Diabetes does typically delay fracture healing. Some fractures, especially in older people with diabetes may take twice or even three times as long to heal compared with age-matched READ MORE
Diabetes does typically delay fracture healing. Some fractures, especially in older people with diabetes may take twice or even three times as long to heal compared with age-matched people without diabetes. Maintaining strict control of blood sugars and having stable, rigid fixation of the fracture will promote successful healing. Make sure you have regular follow up with your orthopedic surgeon to monitor the progress of fracture healing, or union.

I am experiencing slight numbness and some pain after my elbow fracture surgery. What could be the reason?

Yes it is very normal. Pain is normal and expected after surgery, especially for a broken bone. It is likely that your nerves were bruised and/or stretched in the injury, which READ MORE
Yes it is very normal. Pain is normal and expected after surgery, especially for a broken bone. It is likely that your nerves were bruised and/or stretched in the injury, which may be one cause of numbness. In addition, swelling from surgery can compress the nerves and cause numbness. In the vast majority of cases, it resolves with time.