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Dr. Don Buford

Sports Medicine
Dallas, TX
29 years experience male

Locations

Sports Medicine Clinic Of North Texas

Dallas, TX

Address

1015 N. Carroll, Suite 2000, Dallas, TX, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Fax

(888) 818-0383

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Aetna

Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

Private Healthcare Systems, Inc (PHCS)

Great-West Healthcare

Medicare

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

24 Answers
15 Agrees
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
PT and maybe surgery: The initial choice is usually for physical therapy to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles and to strengthen the scapular stabilizing muscles. If ther... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Watch your eating: At 6 mph you will only burn about 100 calories per ten minutes. You need to burn 7700 calories more than you eat to lose 1Kg! That works out to 77 da... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
History and physical: Typically a clinician can make this diagnosis with a history and good physical exam. Imaging may add to the diagnosis but often is not required for th... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
A cartilage tear: The labrum is a structure attached to the edge of the bony socket, the glenoid, that has several functions. Anteriorly the labrum serves as an attach... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Depends on Sxs: A partial thickness tear that is not causing knee instability can be managed without surgery or bracing typically. If a partial thickness ACL tear is ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 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 ther... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
First: rest: You should lay off any activities that cause discomfort until you feel better. You can use a med like Motrin or Aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen). U ca... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Arthritis/Chondrosis: It depends on the reason you had surgery. You could have ongoing osteoarthritis that can continue to bother patients after arthroscopy. If you had a... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Ibuprofen or Aleve (naproxen): You can start with over the counter Ibuprofen or Aleve (naproxen) for relatively minor injuries. Any symptoms that persist should be evaluated by a d... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Low weight, high rep: After an initial period of rest, most patients do best with a rehab protocol based on low weights and high repetitions. In my practice that means two... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Sleeper stretches: In my practice we see the most improvement when patients do sleeper stretches. This exercise eliminates scapulothoracic motion and allows the patient... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Torn tendon? Muscle?: 7 years after injury with continued dysfunction, it is difficult to guess what the pathology may be and really the best answer can only come from a hi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Yes, but depends: Any surgery can cause pain and discomfort. Arthroscopic surgeries are typically less invasive and involve less soft tissue injury so compared to a su... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Injury or congenital: There are 2 broad categories of shoulder instability. Some patients have a traumatic injury that leads to a shoulder dislocation or subluxation and so... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Tendon Tear?: Patients with your symptoms sometimes have rotator cuff injuries ranging from tendinitis to a tendon tear. Your loss of strength is worrisome for your... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Depends on the surg: There are a very large number of different shoulder surgeries so recovery time absolutely cannot be determined as a single time for all shoulder surge... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Up to 6 weeks: Shoulder bursitis typically resolves with appropriate treatment within 6 weeks or so. Treatment options include rest, ice, nsaids, and sometimes a su... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Motion, strength....: Chief complaints of patients with significant rotator cuff tears include pain (with motion and at night), loss of strength, loss of motion, and with m... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Could be joint prob.: In addition to concern about the rotator cuff, your doctor will also need to evaluate you for any intra-articular pathology like a label tear or a "sl... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
XRAY: The only way to tell for sure is with an x-ray. Signs of a fracture would include pain and swelling and stiffness around the fracture site.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Meniscus Tear Often: A significant meniscus tear can cause the knee to "lock up" which means that there is less than full extension or full flexion of the knee, not necess... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Hand Surgeon: Typically a hand surgeon does these types of repairs. You should seek out an orthopedic surgeon or plastic surgeon who has done a hand fellowship and... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Rest, meds, ice: First rest from any aggravating activities for at least several weeks. U can try Motrin or Aleve (naproxen) to help decrease inflammation. Ice someti... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Don Buford
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Muscular Pain?: Hi, your recent onset of symptoms and your age suggest that at this point the most likely diagnosis is that you have a shoulder/upper back/neck strain... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Buford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Buford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
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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