Dr. Kenneth R. Brooks, MD
Orthopedist301 University Blvd Route 5302 Galveston TX, 77555
Arthroscopy of the Shoulder, Hip, and Knee, Sports Medicine, Ligament and Tendon Injuries, Reconstructive Surgery of the Hip, Knee, and Shoulder, Personalized Total Knee Arthroplasty, Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty, Patellofemoral Disorders and Skeletal Malalignment, Arthritis of the Hip, Knee, and Shoulder, Fractures of the Extremities
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Education and Training
Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery- Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopaedic SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryABOS
Dr. Kenneth R. Brooks, MD's Expert Contributions
How do you know if your foot is dislocated?
Severe pain, swelling, bruising, inability to bear weight, loss of normal foot shape, loss of ability to move or control your foot or toes— these are some associated symptoms. However, if you truly think you have dislocated your foot, get crutches and see an emergency medicine physician or orthopedic surgeon immediately for an examination and X-rays READ MORE
Can you change your leg cast?
Do NOT try to change or remove your own cast. Contact your doctor’s office, discuss the problem with them, and decide on an intelligent solution. READ MORE
How long does a dislocated foot take to heal?
If you do not require surgery, you will likely require 6-12 weeks in a cast or boot, followed by 1-6 months of rehab to return to activities depending on what you do. READ MORE
Do orthopedic doctors treat back pain?
Orthopedic spine specialists may treat back pain. Most orthopedic surgeons fo not. READ MORE
How long does it take for tennis elbow to heal?
It depends on what caused it to start, whether you seek medical treatment, and how long you rest from the activity that caused it. I generally recommend a wrist brace — to prevent you from repeatedly moving your wrist up and down (the action performed by the muscles involved); cessation of the aggravating activity (often for at least 6 weeks); NSAIDs if you can tolerate them for 4 weeks (do not take them if allergic, if you are on blood thinners, or if they will interact with your other medications or worsen an existing medical condition); and then an exercise program of stretching and strengthening. If it occurred because of tennis, have your grip assessed— you may need a larger grip on your racquet and/or a change in your swing. Hopefully, you will feel better in anywhere from 2-12 weeks READ MORE
How can I relieve shoulder pain?
Look onto reputable websites for rotator cuff exercises. That is the most likely cause READ MORE
How can I heal a sprained ankle?
Rest, ice, compression, elevation, anti-inflammatory medicines (Advil, Aleve, etc.). It takes 1-3 weeks for it to get better. Then do exercises for the peroneal muscles in the lower leg to improve stability. READ MORE
Why is my hip pain worse at night?
Given that you have provided no information on the location, character, or history of your hip pain this is a question that cannot be answered. That said, most people are able to suppress their pains during the day when they are busy and have things to accomplish. At night, when they finally try to relax for sleep, they notice that their bodies hurt. Try changing positions, taking NSAIDs, or doing stretches for the painful area. READ MORE
What is wrong with my ankle bone?
It is likely just a bruise and should recover within a week. If not, an X-ray will rule out a fracture READ MORE
How to treat a child's sprained ankle?
It is normal for a sprained ankle to continue to have symptoms beyond 1 week. The treatment generally goes like this: rest, ice, compression (Ace wrap or wraparound soft ) brace; crutches if it hurts to bear weight or the athlete is limping; Ibuprofen for pain and swelling. Once these symptoms have resolved (may take 2 weeks or even longer), allow the athlete to return to walking. Once she can walk without pain she can run. Then, she needs to do exercises to strengthen the muscles on the outside of the lower leg (peroneus longus and peroneus brevis) to provide dynamic stability to the ankle and reduce the risk of recurrent sprains (you can look up exercises online). She can return to play when she has no swelling, no pain, no feelings of instability, can run full speed, and can make soccer moves at full speed. READ MORE
How to help a child with scoliosis?
First, you should discuss this with the physician who prescribed the brace, as he or she will have a wealth of experience dealing with these issues. Second, you can talk with her about how wearing the brace will help make her taller, stronger, and more able to play sports and have fun because she will be able to stand up straight when her treatment is done! Plus, it’s only temporary! READ MORE
How can I get rid of shin splints?
You need to change your shoes to accommodate your foot shape. Flat feet are usually pronated feet that respond well to shoes with a lift or post under the big toe “knuckle” (first metatarsophalangeal joint or ball of the foot). Brooks (no relation) makes running shoes for all foot shapes READ MORE
What makes my wrist hurt at the end of the day?
It is probably due to the position of your wrist when performing your work or exercise. You may want to invest in a wrist pad for your computer or a rigid wrist brace to wear during activity. If the pain is associated with numbness or weakness in the fingers, seek out medical care from an orthopedic hand surgeon as soon as possible READ MORE
What kind of doctor should I see for my muscle injury?
Orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine READ MORE
Can I get my torn cartilage repaired?
Absolutely! You should see a surgeon who not only performs meniscus repair, but believes in the importance of the meniscus to normal knee function. I perform hundreds of meniscus repairs a year. I believe that it will help reduce the future incidence of arthritis. Just know that it will take 4-6 months to return to tennis after a repair. Do NOT let someone cut your meniscus out. #savethemeniscus READ MORE
When do most people stop growing?
Males tend to stop growing by or before 19 years of age (I grew until I was 19). Sorry, but you are likely done. You can blame your parents if you are unhappy with your stature. Of course, it is all about how you carry yourself, establishing good posture, and maintaining your physical fitness. Plus, perhaps you don’t have to worry about having enough leg room on airplanes or in movie theaters! (Like I do) READ MORE
Is there any way to ease sciatic nerve pain?
Anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxing medications, gentle low back stretching and abdominal strengthening. If that fails, see a physician who specializes in epidural steroid injections READ MORE
Is there a cure for osteoporosis?
There is no cure. It requires medication, a well balanced diet, and regular weight bearing exercise to treat READ MORE
How can I treat Charley horses?
There are a number of potential causes and solutions to your issue. First, make sure you are drinking enough water to combat dehydration. If you feel thirsty during or after your workouts, you are not drinking enough water. You may also have an imbalance in the electrolytes (salts) in your blood— do you take any medicines (diuretics or water pills, for example)? You may need to add some Gatorade or Powerade to your drinking routine during your workouts. Bananas also are high in potassium and may help. Make sure you stretch and warm up prior to working out. Yes, it takes extra time but may prevent the problems you are having. Finally, if none of these interventions works, you may need to see a sports medicine specialist to be evaluated for a condition called exercise induced compartment syndrome. This is a condition where increased blood flow to the muscles in the lower legs causes swelling and increased pressure in the muscle compartments (surrounded by tough connective tissue), causing microinjury to the muscle tissue and pain. READ MORE
What does a discogram involve?
Injection of dye to allow improved visualization of a potentially herniated or bulging disc, which is like the cushion between two adjacent vertebrae in the spine READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Assistant Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, 2010-Present -
- Local and Regional Public Speaking -
- Clinical Appointment, United Surgery Center Southeast, 2012-Present -
- Advisory Board, Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, 2013-Present -
- Patient's Choice Award, 2013
- Compassion Doctor Recognition, 2013
- ROSE Award for Outstanding Service Excellence, Oregon Health Sciences University, 2000, 2001
- Provost’s Honors List, Dean's List, University of California, San Diego, Muir College, 1991-1993
- American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and Texas Orthopaedic Association
- Oregon Health Sciences (Preliminary Surgery); University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Surgery)
- Wayne State University (Orthopedic Sports Medicine); University of Texas Health Science Center (Adult Reconstruction); Detroit Medical Center (Orthopedic Sports Medicine)
Professional Society Memberships
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Texas Orthopaedic Association
Articles and Publications
- Has been Published
- Capo JT, Kinchelow T, Brooks K, Tan V, Manigrasso M, Francisco K. Biomechanical Stability of Four Fixation Constructs for Distal Radius Fractures. Hand (N .Y). 2009, Sep; 4(3): 272-8.
- Brooks KR, Lin SS, Berberian WS, Abidi NA, Vieira P. Calcanectomy for Treatment of the Infected Os Calcis. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. Sept 2004; 3(3): 165-176.
What do you attribute your success to?
- Hard Work, Support from Family, Staying Focused, Love of the Field, Getting Patients Healthier
Areas of research
- Biomechanical Comparison of Modern Internal Fixation Devices for Fractures of the Distal Radius: A Cadaveric Study, The Modified Direct Lateral Approach to the Hip: A Description and Patient Evaluation Using Electromyography
Hobbies / Sports
- Family, Coaching Youth Soccer, Golfing, Body Surfing
Areas of researchBiomechanical Comparison of Modern Internal Fixation Devices for Fractures of the Distal Radius: A Cadaveric Study, The Modified Direct Lateral Approach to the Hip: A Description and Patient Evaluation Using Electromyography
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Patient Experience with Dr. Brooks
Get to know Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Kenneth R. Brooks, who serves patients in Houston, Texas.
A highly trained surgeon with over 10 years of experience performing advanced orthopedic procedures, Dr. Brooks has served the Greater Bay Area for the past seven years, currently working with patients at Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital. He engages in each person's care with the same passion and commitment he would give if he were the patient.
Believing that effective communication is the foundation for a successful physician-patient partnership, he empowers his patients with information to make the treatment decision that is right for them and then determines a positive plan of care. He also believes each patient can realize the outcome he or she seeks through a positive and motivated approach to their plan of care.
In regards to his education, Dr. Brooks earned his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, Finch University of Health Sciences in 2000. While in medical school, he discovered his true desire to help people of all ages return to the sports and activities they love. After completing his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, he earned a fellowship in sports medicine from Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, and a second fellowship in joint replacement and adult reconstruction from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
With an unwavering commitment to his specialty, the doctor is board-certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS). The ABOS is an organization with the goal of establishing educational and professional standards for orthopedic residents and surgeons as well as evaluating the qualifications and competence of orthopedic surgeons.
Recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (FAAOS), he is an active member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and Texas Orthopaedic Association.
Orthopedic surgery is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, spine diseases, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.
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