Meet Dr. Shane Miller
Pediatric Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics
As a primary-care pediatrician whose practice is 100 percent sports medicine, Shane Miller, M.D., can often be found at Dallas-area sports events, where he provides medical services for athletes. He is also the team physician for several professional and high school teams. When it comes to young athletes, Dr. Miller says, "We are out there on the front lines with them. We don’t just see them in the office. "
As both a pediatrician and a sports-medicine physician, Dr. Miller brings unique expertise to children and adolescents with sports-related problems. "As pediatric patients, they have one particular set of issues, and then as athletes, they have another set of issues and unique needs," he explains of his patients.
In addition to his work with sports teams, Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. At the Sports Medicine Center, he cares for injured children, offers specialized exams, and consults with pediatric orthopaedic surgeons and other members of the sports medicine team to achieve the best outcome for his patients.
When caring for young athletes, Dr. Miller makes it a priority to figure out how the injury happened and how to keep it from recurring once the child returns to play. For instance, “Patellofemoral pain is a common knee problem," Dr. Miller says. "If I just tell them to rest it might get better, but if they go back to their sport immediately it's going to come right back unless we address the underlying problem."
That means asking a lot of questions, he says. "It may be their anatomy, their alignment, maybe they started training too quickly. It may be that their coach just changed something in their form. It may be that they've grown 6 inches in the past 6 months. It may be that they got new shoes. It could be a host of reasons," Dr. Miller explains. "That's one thing that makes us unique: We try to identify what is causing the problem."