Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center

Dr. Todd Johnson SD 3-16 Prof Rock:Rich_WEBTodd Johnson has been accused of spending too much time with his patients. But to him there’s no such thing. “Patients are often nervous when they come to see me,” he said. “They’re in pain. They’re afraid I’ll recommend surgery. It’s important for me to take the time to really look a patient in the eye and get to know them; to help them relax and trust me, so we can get at the root of their issue and find ways to get them back to living the life they enjoy living—whatever that means for them.”

Conservative Nonsurgical Care

“Because I’m a surgeon, patients often worry that I’ll recommend surgery,” Dr. Johnson said. “But the majority of our patients can get better without surgery, through a program of exercise, injections, bracing, and pain management, specifically tailored to them and their condition. It’s my job to slow down and take time to help each patient understand their diagnosis and their treatment options; to ease their mind and assure them their body will heal itself with time.”

Minimally Invasive Surgery

During his two decades with Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, Dr. Johnson has enjoyed partnering with patients of all ages. When surgery is the best choice, he consults with them about the least invasive option available. “New technology and instrumentation allows us to operate through smaller and smaller incisions,” he said. “For my patients that means less trauma to the operation site, less scarring, shorter recovery time, less risk of infection, and much less pain. And advanced pain-control techniques allow us to apply a combination of regional block with oral and intravenous medications to keep discomfort at a minimum and make recovery quicker and easier.”

Meet Dr. Johnson

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery and fellowship in sports medicine, reconstructive procedures, and joint replacement at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He has practiced general orthopedics with a special interest in sports medicine, joint replacement, and orthopedic trauma for 25 years. He is a Diplomate to the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, and a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Dallas County Medical Society. He was named one of the “Best Doctors in Dallas” by D Magazine and is a two-time Living Magazine Readers’ Choice Best Orthopedic Surgeon in the Rockwall, Heath, Rowlett, Forney, Royse City, North Richardson, North Garland, Firewheel, Sachse, and Murphy areas.

Supporting Local Athletes

Dr. Johnson serves as team doctor for Garland High School, works with the trainers at Heath High School, and donates his time to The Hope Clinic in Garland. He maintains an “open door policy” with local sports teams, treating even uninsured or underinsured athletes.

When not on the job, he enjoys boating, fishing, spending time on his cattle and bass farm in Edgewood, and helping his wife adjust to their recent empty nest status.

Dr. Johnson specializes in all areas of sports and orthopedic medicine including:


  • sports injuries and orthopedic trauma
  • fractures and dislocations
  • knee arthroscopy and ACL Reconstruction
  • partial or total knee replacement and total hip replacement
  • hand, wrist, elbow, foot, and ankle surgery[/one_half]
  • tendon repair and carpal tunnel release
  • excision of cysts
  • trigger finger release
  • joint injections
  • neck and back pain/spinal conditions[/one_half_last]

Todd C. Johnson, MD

1975 Alpha Drive, #204

Rockwall, Texas 75087

2241 Peggy Lane, Suite A

Garland, Texas 75042

(972) 276-0536


Text: Meredith Knight

Photo: Marcie Florance

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