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Dr. Don Buford

Sports Medicine
Dallas, TX
28 years experience male

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Thursday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Aetna

Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

Private Healthcare Systems, Inc (PHCS)

Great-West Healthcare

Medicare

Sports Medicine Clinic Of North Texas

Dallas, TX

About

Bio

Dr. Buford has been in practice for 14 years and has been voted by local physicians in the D magazine "Best Doctors" Issue as one of the best local orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Buford grew up in Los Angeles and attended Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was a member of the baseball team and had a double major in economics and pre-med. He then transferred to USC where he continued his athletic and academic pursuits. In 1988 he was named the Woody Hayes NCAA Division I Academic All-American Award recipient which recognized the outstanding NCAA Division I male student-athlete. After graduation from USC, he signed his first professional baseball contract with the Baltimore Orioles and also enrolled at UCLA Medical School. Dr. Buford played professional baseball as a second baseman and outfielder in the Baltimore Orioles organization for 4 years. Dr. Buford's father, Don Sr., played for the Chicago White Sox ('63 -'68) and the Baltimore Orioles ('68-'72) and played in 3 World Series, winning in 1970 over the Cincinnati Reds. Don Sr. is in the Orioles Hall of Fame. Dr. Buford's younger brother, Damon, had an 8 year major league career which included 2 years as the starting center fielder for the Texas Rangers. After graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Buford completed a 5 year orthopaedic residency at the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Buford also completed a one year sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Southern California Orthopaedic Institute (SCOI) in 1999 where he learned advanced arthroscopy techniques and started to focus on arthroscopic shoulder surgery. Dr. Buford specializes in arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery and is very involved in surgeon education and in new product development. He lectures nationally and internationally on arthroscopic shoulder surgery topics.

Specialties
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Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

34 Answers
21 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
General averages..: Patients move their elbow, wrist and hand immediately. No active shoulder motion for about 6 weeks. Between 6 weeks and 3 months patients are in therapy working on getting motion back to normal. After 3 months motion is close to normal and primary therapy is for strength. These are general and vary with patient age and size of tear sometimes. Return to heavy lifting and sports at 6 mos
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Can be normal but...: X-rays are a good initial imaging modality but will not reveal the capsular and labral damage that often goes along with a shoulder dislocation if it is traumatic. As long and the shoulder is stable thru a functional range then some discomfort at 5 days is expected. Beyond several weeks, if you have significant discomfort a surgeon may wish to get more diagnostic information with a MRI scan.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Trauma, pain, weak: Any significant shoulder dysfunction that persists despite resting the shoulder for a while shoulder probably be evaluated for a more significant injury or at least to get additional treatment options for may be effective. With any serious traumatic event like a dislocation or obvious deformity then a consultation with a surgeon is more urgent. Usually complaints are pain, weakness, stiffness...

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Buford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Buford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Is it possible for a 4 month old tfcc tear to heal on its own. Pain is 1/10 when i do a curling motion but doesn't seem to be going away. Wi
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Thanks for your quick reply! IS HEAT BETTER THAN ICE?
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UCLA School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1993MD

Medical/Graduate school

UCLA School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

UT SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Affiliations

Arthroscopy Association Of North America
American Academy Or Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Texas Orthopaedic Association
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