Sports Medicine Specialist

Premier Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Specialist located in Hattiesburg, MS

Whether a killer baseball pitch has saddled you with shoulder arthritis or you’ve ruptured your ACL in a skiing fall, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Thomas Baylis offers unparalleled diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries. At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Baylis and his team provide a full scope of the most advanced sports medicine treatments to get elite athletes and weekend warriors alike back in the game as quickly as possible. Call their office in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, or use the convenient online booking feature to make your appointment.

Sports Medicine / Sports Injuries Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine specialists like Dr. Baylis undergo an additional, year-long training after medical school in the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of sports-related injuries. The goal of sports medicine is to alleviate pain, restore function, and prevent re-injury.

At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Baylis and his team are experts in treating sports injuries in adults and children. They’re experienced in meeting the unique needs of musculoskeletal injuries in growing bones and joints.

What are the most common sports injuries that require treatment?

Dr. Baylis treats a full spectrum of sports injuries. Among the most common are:

  • Ligament injuries, including those of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), and medial collateral ligament (MCL)
  • Ankle instability and recurrent sprains
  • Tendon injuries, including those of the patellar tendon and quadriceps tendon
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Hamstring pulls
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Arthritis of the shoulder
  • Patella dislocation

If you have a recurrent injury, he can offer treatment solutions to strengthen the area, prevent further damage, and stop re-injury from occurring.

What are the most common causes of sports injuries?

A variety of things can lead to a sports injury. At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, some of the most common include:


Repetitive movements cause a wide range of injuries. Runners, swimmers, and tennis players are especially prone to overuse injuries, including tennis elbow, tendonitis, shin splints, and shoulder impingement.


Falls can occur in any sport and can cause breaks, sprains, and torn ligaments.

Improper equipment.

This includes everything from ill-fitting helmets and shoes to racquets or weights that are too heavy.

New or increased activity.

Trying a new activity or increasing your activity level too rapidly can result in pain, cramping, and muscle strain.


Getting adequate rest is essential to preventing muscle pulls and accidents.

How are sports injuries treated?

Depending on the specific injury and its severity, treatment can entail one or more of the following:

  • Rest
  • Medication
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Joint replacement

If you’ve had a sports injury that you’re afraid is impacting your game, seek the help of a renowned sports medicine physician. Book your consultation with Dr. Baylis today or call the office to schedule.