Orthopedic and Sports
1975 Alpha Rd #204
Rockwall, TX 75087
2241 Peggy Lane #A
Garland, TX 75042
Todd Johnson had a wonderful role model, growing up in Humboldt, Iowa. A compassionate and friendly family doctor made such an impression on him that by junior high Todd knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps. Challenged by orthopedic problems as a youngster, he chose a career in orthopedic sports medicine and has found it a perfect fit. “I am able to work with all ages and am able to truly help people,” he said. “My practice is based on the golden rule; treat others the way you’d like to be treated and treat patients like members of my own family. I often ask myself, ‘what would I do if it were me; what would I want a doctor to do for my mom?’ ”
Over his 19 years with Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, Dr. Johnson has sometimes been accused of spending “too much time” with his patients. But to him there’s no such thing. “It’s important for me to take the time necessary, to really look a patient in the eye and get to know them,” he said.
“Patients are often nervous, when they come to see me. They’re in pain. They’re afraid I’ll recommend surgery. A little small talk person-to-person can go a long way; caring enough to remember something special about them; to remember them as a person, helps them relax so together we can get at the root of their issue and find ways to get them back to living the life they enjoy living—whatever
“If I can spend the time it takes to help each patient understand their diagnosis and their treatment options, I can ease their anxiety,” he said. “People think because I’m a surgeon, I’ll want to operate on them but surgery is always the last option. 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. Often it’s just a matter of me assuring them their body will heal itself with time.”
When surgery is the best choice, Dr. Johnson seeks the least invasive option available. “New technology and instrumentation allows us to operate through smaller and smaller incisions,” he said. “That means less trauma to the operation site, less scarring, shorter recovery time, less risk of infection and much less pain for the patient. 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 easier and quicker.”
A graduate of the University of Iowa, Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, 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. His special interests include sports medicine, joint replacement and orthopedic trauma. He is a Diplomat to the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, 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 two time Living Magazine Readers Choice Best Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Johnson serves as team orthopedic for Garland High and works closely with the trainers at Heath High as well. He maintains an “open door policy” with local sports teams, treating athletes, even when they’re uninsured or underinsured. He also donates his time to The Hope Clinic in Garland.
When not on the job, Dr. Johnson enjoys boating, fishing, spending time on his cattle and bass farm in Edgewood and helping his wife adjust to their recent empty nest status. “We were high school sweethearts,” he said. “We spent time on the East Coast and West Coast but couldn’t find anyone as friendly as the folks back home in the Midwest, until we came here to Texas. Now it is truly home to us.”
Dr. Johnson specializes in all areas of sports and orthopedic medicine including:
- Sports Medicine
- Joint Replacement
- Orthopedic Trauma