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Dr. Kim Fagan

Sports Medicine
Birmingham, AL
35 years experience female

About

Bio

Currently I have a private practice focusing on the care of athletes and all those interested in an active lifestyle. Prior to opening my own practice I was fellowship director for a primary care sports medicine training program. Previous academic experience included teaching faculty positions within the Baptist Healthcare System and the University of Alabama Hospital System in the Internal Medicine and Orthopedic departments respectively. I have had the good fortune to care for athletes ranging from t-ball, NCAA to Olympic level. Best decision ever-finding a way to balance it all so that I could be around for my now nearly grown 3 children and wonderful husband.

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Sports Medicine

Doctor Q&A

185 Answers
77 Agrees
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Unfortunate problem: After initial shoulder dislocation related to an injury it's sometimes possible to do therapeutic exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff /scapular (... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Yes it can. It can also last quite a long time. Standard treatment is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Indocin, (indomethacin) one of ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
?: So sorry you are still having pain. If an x-ray was not done at your initial doctor's office visit this would be a great place to start. Even if it wa... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Athlete: If a purist the origin of the word "athlete" is from the greek word "athlos" meaning contest; therefore, the definition of an athlete would be one who... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Exercise/NSAID: The rotator cuff is the work horse for the shoulder. It is made up of four muscle/tendons. If injured, and deemed not torn, the standard treatment f... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Varies: This depends on location of the injury. Stress fracture of the back such as a pars intra-articularis fracture (spondylysis) usually requires 6-12 week... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Immediately RICE: R-rest, i-ice, c-compression, e-elevation is a good initial step in most musculoskeletal injuries. Your question covers a broad array of injuries fr... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: It is not unusual to have some swelling with stress fractures.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Preseason condition: I love football! unfortunately there are no exercises, braces, dietary supplements that can prevent injury in this game. Without a doubt the better ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Go to doctor: So you missed your appointment, we've all been a little delinquent at times. There"s a reason why we want to see our patients to follow up- to make s... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Blood flow: It is all about blood flow. Blood goes to where it is needed. When exercising blood is needed in the exercising muscles.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Change in gait: Following total hip replacement lower back pain may be the result of an alteration in your gait, a change in leg length, new exercise routine or a sec... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Appropriate med RX: The most important thing for you right now is to make sure your thyroid issue is adequately treated. Once this is handled there should be no limitat... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Sports med doc: I would recommend a sports medicine physician. The option includes a non surgically trained sports medicine physician who is skilled at evaluating mus... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Unload/ Visco: Post operative pain after meniscal surgery usually implies underlying degenerative changes. A special brace designed to unload the affected side of th... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Well balanced program: You are young and I am assuming in otherise good health so your program should be well balance. Aerobic exercise in the form of walking, cycling or l... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Duh!: Yes it will hurt some because it is surgery. But you wouldn't be thinking about surgery if your knee didn't hurt from the meniscal injury. The surge... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Rest/ ice / NSAID: Tendinitis is an acute inflammatory process of the tendon (attachment of muscle to bone). The area of involvement needs rest from the offending activ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: A "charlie horse" is essentially a cramp in the muscle. During and immediately following this the muscle fibers are tight and sore. When the muscles... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
What?: You didn't say what body part was casted. Regardless, my advise is no! after a limb has been in a cast even if the bone is healed the surrounding musc... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Not likely: It would be an unlikely association. Vaginal burning is usually the result of infection or irritation. Sounds like you are sure there is no infection... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Deltoid: Major muscle involved is your anterior deltoid. Your pectoralis major is also significantly involved. Triceps help with extension of your elbow. Su... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Likely both: Description sounds like pain is located on the back side of your elbow , the olecranon, where the triceps tendon inserts. Most likely problem is an i... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Kundalini yoga is an excellent full body work out. It is a form of yoga that focuses on the breath as well as the movement. It also has a large spir... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Maybe not: If there is no pain associated you probably have nothing to worry about. It sounds most consistent with a condition referred to as metacarpal bossing.... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Variable: This is a situation where the x-ray really needs to be seen and you really need to be examined in order to provide you with a valid response. The ankl... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
?: Please go get a pregnancy test. This is the best way to determine if you are pregnant. Next, since you have made the decision to be sexually active, b... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
No: Unfortunately no. I'm five feet tall and believe me if any stretching exercises helped i feel confident i would have performed them daily. Genetics ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
See your doctor: A LDL of the level you have listed is concerning. Further studies need to be performed. This requires a comprehensive medical evaluation.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Doctor: This is definitely a situation where you need to see a physician now! if you injured your spine and now have neurological deficits with loss of stren... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
See below: The glomerular filtration rate is designed to reflect how well your kidneys are functioning. Typically > 60 is considered normal. Each lab is differ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
NO: Creatine is simply a building block for muscle. If taken appropriately and you stay well hydrated it should not be a problem.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
See below: Tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis typically the result of repetitive overuse of the extensor muscles of the wrist and/or supinator muscles (turns pal... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
See below: Thoracic pain after a motor vehicle accident may simply be sprain as diagnosed. Thoracic segmental dysfunction where the facet joints (joints where t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Several options: The L5 and s1 nerve roots exit at the level of the lower spine and send fibers all the way to the foot. If compressed it can produce a radiculopathy. ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
See M.D.: The first thing to do if you are sexually active is to take a pregnancy test. The next question is are you having any other associated symptoms? Hav... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
See doctor: You have diffuse musculoskeletal pain. Only way to fully access this problem is to have a comprehensive physical exam. Your primary care physician is ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
See doctor: If symptoms are significant enough that you are still having pain with weight bearing you need to see the doctor. It is possible that you have a more... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Need more info: If you did not have surgery then the labrum is still torn. This does not necessarily mean that you have to have surgery. Labral tears vary in size, lo... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Variety: The body does not become resistant to "adrenaline" however, thecan get "used to" a workout with the same routine seemingly producing less results. M... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Avoid refined sugars: Try to avoid refined sugars, alcohol, salt. Drink plenty of water. Exercise. Remember the best recommendation is that slow and steady weight loss i... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Variable: Ganglion cyst of the anterior cruciate ligament is most commonly noted as an incidental finding on an MRI of the knee. If large enough it can cause l... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Seek medical care: Most sprains are just that, sprains. If symptoms persists or weight bearing causes pain theses are considered "red flags" for more significant injury ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Swelling in a tendon: Trigger finger is a result of a nodule or focal thickening of the flexor tendon getting caught in one of the fascial tunnels that it passes through w... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: There is no normal. Breast come in a multitude of different beautiful and lovely sizes and shapes. I hope you love yours just the way they are.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Stretch: Knee stiffness in teenagers if not associated with redness and swelling is typically related to tight hamstrings, quads, and calf muscles. Teenagers... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Red flags: There are some clues as to whether your shoulder is dislocated or not. 1. Did you have an injury? 2. If not do you have a history of shoulder dislo... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
See doctor: Sounds like this is possibly a hip flexor strain (illiopsoa) based on the location you described. Other possibilities include capsular strain of the... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Surgery?: The injury you are describing in someone your age would likely require surgery. Symptoms of locking, catching, persistent swelling and pain are clear ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 35 years experience
Biomechanical exam: So frustrating. A thorough physical exam focusing on spine, pelivs, sacro-iliac joints, associated muscles including piriformis, leg length and other... Read More

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Nov 29, 2012
Dr. Fagan is a national leader in the sports medicine world but more importantly she cares about her patients and it shows
Dec 3, 2012
A great doctor with great answers.
Dec 3, 2012
Fast and great responses.
HealthTap member
Thank you! My PCP is nice, but he hasn't been any help w/this; The pain is causing a lot of anxiety & making it hard to work. Thanks again!!
HealthTap member
Thnx for help dr but is LDL and LDH same test? My test was cardiac profile CPK n LDH. I have a follow up with my dr lets hope for best :-)
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Thank you i had a tilt table test done and i got the diagnosis of having POTS but they think something else more than that is going on

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama School of Medicine, AL
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HOSPITAL

Awards

fellow american college of physician
board certified internal medicine
board certified sports medicine

Affiliations

american medical society for sports medicine
american college of sports medicine
american college of physicians
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