Dr. Craig W. Goodhart M.D., Sports Medicine Specialist
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Dr. Craig W. Goodhart M.D.





Craig W. Goodhart, MD, works with OrthoTexas Physicians and Surgeons PLLC located in Flower Mound, Texas. His current practice includes sports medicine, complex joint replacement and reconstruction of the shoulder and knee specializing in use of the arthroscope, as well as general Orthopedic Surgery. For all of his success and acheivements in the past 23 years, Dr. Goodhart was named a Texas Super Doctor in 2004 by Texas Monthly magazine and currently serves on the Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Physician Panel. Always dedicated to the field, during his time of residency at Ohio State University he was chief resident in orthopedic surgery and winner of several research awards. He remains active in orthopedic surgery by maintaining his certification with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is a member to various medical associations such as the American College of Sports Medicine.

Education and Training

Ohio State University

Oh State Univ Coll of Med, Columbus Oh 1984

Ohio State University College of Medicine And Public Health,Columbus, Ohio, United States 1984

Ohio State University College of Medicine 1984

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery- Orthopaedic Surgery

Sports Medicine

Orthopaedic SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryABOS

Provider Details

MaleEnglish 38 years of experience
Dr. Craig W. Goodhart M.D.
Dr. Craig W. Goodhart M.D.'s Expert Contributions
  • Can acupuncture help with ankle pain?

    Good morning. Depending on the cause of pain acupuncture can be helpful. It tends to be more helpful for soft tissue pain. Nerve, muscle, ligament rather than bone. Try to determine the cause of the pain and then address treatment. Massage, physiotherapy, exercising can all be helpful depending on the cause. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Can I walk on my heel after bunion surgery?

    In most cases yes unless work is done around the heel. Your surgeon will be the person to determine this. Discuss what your limitations are prior to surgery. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Do you get a cast after foot surgery?

    Hello. You need to discuss this with your doctor. This depends on the procedure. Often times a cast or splint is placed on temporarily and the fracture boot. The length of time and need for a cast depends on the procedure, bone quality, age, and activity. Discuss with your doctor. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Why is my child's heel hurting?

    Hello. If no history of trauma from sport or activity then most common reason is called “Severs’ disease. This is inflammation around a growth area of the heel bone(calcaneus). This can be associated with overuse or growth. If overuse make sure heel is well cushioned and or get heal gel insert. Stretching the Achilles and hamstrings may also help. If not improving over 2-3 weeks or gets worse for any reason then yes you should see a physician. Google Severs or calcaneal apophysitis for more info (AAOS. Org). Good luck. READ MORE

  • What can I do for knee pain?

    Hello. For knee pain first try to determine what may have caused it and discontinue the activities for awhile until the knee is back to normal. Most problems will resolve if minor over several weeks. For Acute pain for no apparent reason ice regularly( every 3-4 hours for 20 minutes), mild compression with ace or brace), elevate and light strengthening. If pain gets worse with these suggestions seek evaluation and radiograph. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Can chiropractors help with heel spurs?

    Chiropractics relieves pain, maybe alters disease, by aligning the spine to relieve nerve irritation. Since heel pain due to spurs or plantar fasciitis is structural problems (bone and facial tear) manipulation is unlikely to help. However many Chiropractors use therapy, and other modalities they may be of assistance. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Can hip surgery be done with spinal anesthesia?

    Yes it is very common to use spinal anesthesia for hip surgery. Often times this occurs with mild sedation to limit any significant movement during surgery. In some case spinal anesthetic is actually safer then a general anesthesia depending if you have other medical conditions. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Knee injury?

    Hello, It is not common in someone your age to have a stiff, swollen knee for three weeks. Unfortunately, you did not mention how the injury occurred. You are doing the correct thing to rest, ice, and take anti inflammatory medications. If you have no tenderness, clicking sensation, or catching, less likely a problem. If you continue to have the swelling, you may need the knee drained or further tests done. Give yourself another week or two and if no improvement, see an orthopedic surgeon. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Is that bad that I have been cracking my ankle a lot?

    Hello, Cracking in a joint is fairly normal and of no concern unless there is increasing pain, swelling or stiffness, instability. Also of more concern if history of trauma or multiple sprains. As a first step, avoiding having the hint crack is the first treatment. Then working is strengthening and nerve function with therapy is next. If symptoms do not improve, you should have a more thorough exam by an orthopedic surgeon. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Hand and wrist injury?

    Good afternoon. An X-ray would be the definitive way to see if a bone is broken. If you are healthy, it would be very unlikely to break a bone opening something. More likely a sprain. If very painful, get yourself a wrist splint and wear all the time until pain free. Then a week or two when at high risk (lifting, pushing, twisting, etc.). During this time, work on light range of motion and strengthening. If pain persists with the splint allowing to rest, go to an orthopedic doctor and have an X-ray and evaluation performed. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Constant hip pain?

    Hello. True hip related pain due to arthritis or bursitis is located in the front of the thigh and radiates towards the knee. Pain in the lateral thigh is more likely trochanteric bursitis and radiates towards the outer knee. In either case avoiding aggravating activities, heat and stretching will help. Probably best to have an exam, radiograph and appropriate guidance in treatment. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Foot drop?

    Hello sorry to hear about your foot drop. Hopefully it will resolve. Yes it can cause back, hip and knee problems. Best you can do is try to walk normal as possible and maintain good range of motion and strength best possible. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Foot drop?

    Hello. Sorry to hear about your foot drop. Treatment is a ankle-foot-orthosis. A good brace professional can assist you with this. Discuss with your orthopedic surgeon or therapist. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Knee problems?

    Hello. Most common reason is an Osteochondroma which is a benign tumor, myositis ossificans which is calcification within the muscle and sometimes just abnormal bone. Probably should at least have it looked at with Xray. Probably nothing to worry about unless some pain or appears to be getting more prominent. Good luck. READ MORE

  • What should I do if my ankle hurts after running?

    Hello, There are a lot of reasons your ankle can hurt after running. This could be from past ankle sprains, tendonitis, improper shoe type…. Best treatment for now and also so no permanent damage is to be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon, X-rays and, if indicated, other tests. Good luck. Happy Holidays. READ MORE

  • Hand numbness and tingling?

    Good morning, Great history. Two things come to mind, assuming there is no obvious obstruction from trauma (spurs, scar, etc.). The one is Thoracic outlet syndrome, which is what your doctor is probably looking for with the tests ordered. The other would be a connective tissues disorder having a component of Raynaud syndrome (swelling, cold intolerance, color changes). These would be evaluated by a rheumatologist. These are both complicated and may take time to sort out, so try to be patient. Work with your physicians and they should be able to get to the cause. Good luck. READ MORE

  • How do you treat a lower back injury?

    Hello. Sorry your back hurts. First try to figure out what caused injury and avoid this activity as much as possible. No lifting, pushing or even sitting to long. Light moist heat, massage to back. Anti inflammatory medication taken routinely with food for several days. Tylenol for pain. Check google out for light stretching exercises. When pain free perform back stretching and strengthening routinely so it doesn’t continue to be problem. If pain persists or pain in butt, legs then should see a physician for further evaluation. Good luck. READ MORE

  • What is causing my leg cramps?

    Good evening. Cramps can occur for many reasons. Most common are being out of shape, claudication which is pressure on nerves ( most likely back) or vascular (arteries in leg). You should discuss this with your doctor and pretty easy to work through possible causes. Good luck. READ MORE

  • What causes knee swelling?

    Hello. Your problem is very common. Your knee is inflamed and you have mildly excess fluid present. This occurs when the knee is inflamed. Usually this occurs due to activities which elevate the force across the knee cap. This includes squatting, kneeling, stairs, bike and many other activities. It also aggravated with tightness of your hamstrings and calf muscles, lifting, increased weight. So in your case you are doing an excellent job with icing, anti inflammatory meds. Try stretching the muscles several times daily. Do not sit with knees bent to long. Avoid stairs and squatting until inflammation resolves. If swelling does not improve, pain worse then see an Orthopedic surgeon. The noise only is significant if pain an swelling are getting worse. Good luck READ MORE

  • I have foot pain?

    Hello, Looks like you bruised soft tissues or have a small fracture of bone. If you can walk with little pain, then ice, elevate, projected for 5-7 days. If still painful after this time, have radiograph taken. If cannot walk without significant pain, have radiograph now. Good luck. READ MORE

Expert Publications

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Areas of expertise and specialization

Sports Medicine

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Local Public Speaking -


  • Chronic Pain
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tear


  • Ohio State University


  • University of Oklahoma

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine

What do you attribute your success to?

  • Personality and Patients

Hobbies / Sports

  • Sports and Gardening

Favorite professional publications

  • Journal of Sports Medicine

Dr. Craig W. Goodhart M.D.'s Practice location

4780 N JOSEY LN -
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