Queen's Medical Center POB1, 1380 Lusitana Street, Suite 808, Honolulu, HI 96813

Sports Medicine and Joint Preservation

4 Tips To Keep you Safe While Active

Sports Medicine Service in Hawaii

Sports Medicine deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries that occur to athletes and teams.

An orthopaedic surgery residency is a five-year training pathway that involves sports medicine and surgical services.  Dr. Morton provides both nonsurgical and operative treatments. The appropriate treatment will be provided for your injury to give you the best ability to return to an active lifestyle.

Dr. Morton uses minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques through small incisions. These smaller incisions minimize injury to your soft tissue.  His goal is focused on joint preservation and prevention of arthritis down the road.



Prevention of Athletic Injuries

Common Athlete Injuries

Athletic Game Coverage

Specialized Sports Care

Dr. Morton's Approach

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Prevention of Athletic Injuries

4 Tips to Keep you Safe While Active

Sometimes the best way to treat an injury is to avoid it all together.  Dr. Morton is a firm believer that his athletes should take care of themselves before, during and after physical activity. This approach helps patients maintain an athletic lifestyle for a long time.  Some helpful tips include:

  • Stay hydrated - dehydration can lead to heat cramps, fatigue and injury
  • Take a break - Resting allows time for recovery and enough energy to reach your goals
  • Warm-up - Warming up before exercise gives your muscles and tendons the opportunity to get going and prevents tears
  • Increase activity gradually - Rushing into an activity too soon is a recipe for injury.  Slowly develop your strength and endurance.

Injuries Common to Athlete Medicine

There are many injuries common to athletes. Dr. Morton also provides treatment for common injuries:

  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Bruises (muscle Contusions)
  • Shin Splints
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Torn Ligaments and Tendons
  • Evaluation of sport injuries
  • Physical Therapy 
Runner using Knee support bandage. Leg injury. Calf Pain in an Athlete

Athletic Game Coverage

Dr. Morton covers several athletic events including jiujitsu and mixed martial arts. He has previously been team physician for wrestling, race, and football events


Joint Preservation

Dr Morton is an expert in joint preservation. Meniscus tears, ACL tears and cartilage injuries are common in athletic events. He takes pride in providing your joints with excellent care and help you return to your sport to the best of your ability. Using arthroscopy, small incisions and minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Morton will do his best to repair your injuries.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

Specialized Sports Care

Dr. Morton's Approach

Dr. Morton takes a cooperative, patient-focused approach to determining how to proceed with your treatment. Not all patients do well with surgery and not all patients do well when trying to avoid surgery.  During your history and exam, Dr. Morton will help you determine the best course of action. He will discuss your preferences for  how we should proceed - whether you are looking for nonoperative or operative treatment.

As an avid outdoor enthusiast and Brazilian Jiujitsu practitioner, Dr. Morton understands your desires to get back into activity and maintaining a physical lifestyle.

Just like on the field, sports medicine requires a team approach. Dr. Morton works with athletic trainers, physical therapists, your personal physician and other orthopedic surgeons to help you get the best outcome you can achieve.

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Meet Dr. Paul N. Morton, MD

Dr. Paul N. Morton, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon in Hip and Knee Replacement, specializing in robotic joint replacements, sports injuries, and trauma. Reach out to him to learn more about treatment options for your problem.