Conditions Treated

Dr. Flak is at the forefront of diagnosing and treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions with state-of-the-art techniques for tendon, joint and muscle pain or dysfunction.

Our in-office x-ray service allows us to efficiently utilize the latest techniques to diagnose your condition. With many years of trauma experience, Dr. Flak treats traumatic injuries with surgery, if indicated.

A fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Flak has advanced training in a variety of arthroscopic techniques.


ACL tear / Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury
Our primary goal is getting you back to sport.  We use a unique approach called accessory anterior medial portal to allow for a more anatomic reconstruction of the ACL. This procedure is rarely utilized by the majority of surgeons in The Woodlands.

Knee Arthritis
We pursue all conservative measures before surgery is undertaken, utilizing medications, patient specific exercises, bracing and injections.  If non-surgical treatment is not an option, arthroscopy or knee replacement surgery is considered.

Meniscal Tears
Meniscal tears can lead to knee pain, knee swelling, locking and giving way.  We treat meniscal tears with the latest arthroscopic techniques.

Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) / Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Tears

Knee Bursitis
Knee bursitis is a common condition we treat. Often, a conservative approach with injection, anti-inflammatory medications and therapy will alleviate the need for surgery.

Cartilage Injuries
We treat a variety of knee cartilage injuries using simple non-operative treatment to more advanced techniques of chondroplasty, or, if needed, Carticel transplantation.

Knee Tendonitis

Patellar Tendonitis

Quadriceps Tendonitis

Pes Anserinus
Often, the best approach to knee tendinitis is non-surgical, focusing on therapy, bracing and possibly a corticosteroid injection.

Knee Pain
We will aggressively explore the causes of your knee pain.  We will efficiently diagnose your pain and pursue all conservative measures to treat your knee pain.

Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
IT Band syndrome is a common malady of the active adult or adolescent.  Surgery is rarely needed.

Patellar Dislocation and Instability
We often treat patellar instability with conservative measures of therapy and bracing.  However, if your condition dictates a surgical approach, then we utilize techniques ranging from arthroscopy medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction to Fulkerson osteotomy.

Patellofemoral Syndrome

Chondromalacia Patellae
We often treat patellar instability with conservative measures of therapy, injections and bracing.  However, if your condition dictates a surgical approach, then we utilize techniques ranging from arthroscopy to Fulkerson osteotomy.

Osgood Schlatter’s Disease
Common among the child/adolescent athlete, this condition often responds well to activity modification and bracing.

Knee Tendon Ruptures
Generally, knee tendon ruptures are treated surgically.

Fractures of the Knee

  • Tibial Plateau Fractures
  • Patellar Fractures

We are experienced in providing the most up-to-date techniques for fracture care of the knee area.


  • Femoral Shaft Fractures
  • Supracondylar Femur Fractures
  • Fractures of the Tibia

We are experienced in providing the most up-to-date techniques for fracture care of the leg.


Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Tendonitis (rotator cuff problems)
Bursitis of the Shoulder
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Tendonitis (rotator cuff problems)
With advanced training in rotator cuff tears and injuries, we use a minimally invasive approach to repairing and decompressing these injuries through arthroscopy.

Arthritis of the Shoulder

Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Problems
Shoulder Separation
Whether you are suffering from acute acromioclavicular joint injury or chronic arthritis, we first pursue a conservative approach before minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery is considered.

Shoulder Dislocation or Shoulder Instability|
Often, we can treat these conditions conservatively.  However, if surgery is to be considered, we provide highly advanced arthroscopic techniques for shoulder instability surgery.

Shoulder Fractures and Proximal Humerus Fractures
We are experienced in the most up-to-date techniques of fracture care of the shoulder.

Clavicle Fractures
Clavicle fractures have traditionally been treated without surgery.  However, in the case of certain fractures, the most advanced literature shows better outcomes with surgery.  We use the latest plating techniques for treating surgical clavicle fractures.

Frozen Shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
Frozen shoulder is a common condition we treat.  Usually, physical therapy and injections allow you to be more comfortable while you are healing. If surgery is needed, we use advanced arthroscopic techniques.

Shoulder Pain
We use advanced diagnostic techniques to explore the causes of your shoulder pain; then we utilize the appropriate measures, ranging from conservative to surgical approaches.

Shoulder Trauma

SLAP Tear (labral tear)
Often, we can treat a SLAP tear conservatively.  However, if surgery is to be considered, we use advanced arthroscopic techniques of biceps tenotomy, biceps tenodesis and SLAP repair.

Calcific Tendonitis
Calcific tendonitis can cause debilitating pain, but this condition can be treated over time with the appropriate conservative approach. If conservative treatment is not effective, then arthroscopic surgery to perform a simple barbotage procedure is considered.


Arthritis of the Hip
We pursue all conservative measures to treat your pain, utilizing medications, patient specific exercises and injections.  If non-surgical treatment is not an option, hip replacement surgery is considered.

Avascular Necrosis
We utilize various techniques to treat this condition, from non-surgical treatment to more advanced techniques such as core decompression and arthroplasty.

Iliopsoas Tendonitis

Labral Tear

Hip Fracture
We have experience in repairing hip fractures and our goal is to return our patients back to walking as soon as possible.

Hip Pointer
An injury commonly seen in the athlete who is involved in contact sports, hip pointer is treated with techniques that lead to a quick return to sport.

Snapping Hip
This common hip condition can be caused by various hip issues and can be treated successfully using conservative measures.

Trochanteric Bursitis
We have experience in diagnosing and determining the cause of your greater trochanteric bursitis, which is essential to its treatment.


Arthritis of the Elbow
Elbow arthritis is a condition we commonly manage with medications, injections and conservative treatments.

Elbow Pain
We utilize the latest techniques to diagnose your elbow problems and frequently treat elbow pain with medications, injections, and conservative measures.

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

We frequently see and treat patients with these conditions. Conservative treatment measures are generally successful in helping you get you back to activity as quickly as possible.  However, if pain still persists, we are experienced in providing surgical release treatment.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital tunnel syndrome is a common condition that often leads to numbness in the ring and small fingers. Treatment initially includes splinting before surgical release is considered.

Elbow Fractures
Elbow Trauma
Radial Head Fracture
Olecranon Fracture
Supracondylar Humerus Fracture

We use the most up-to-date techniques of fracture care about the elbow to treat both children and adults.

Elbow Dislocation
This condition, frequently seen in athletes or in trauma situations, is treated with the aim of getting you back to normal life as quickly as possible.

Elbow Bursitis
A condition we commonly see and treat, elbow bursitis must be evaluated to determine whether it is infected before determining the treatment approach.


  • Humerus Fractures
  • Forearm Fractures
  • Pediatric Forearm Fractures
  • Broken arm in the child or adult
  • Elbow Fractures

We frequently treat fracture injuries in both adults in children. For adults, surgery is often the best treatment; whereas children may require a simple cast treatment.

Foot and Ankle

Arthritis of the Foot or Ankle
We pursue all conservative measures, utilizing medications, patient-specific exercises, bracing and injections before surgery is considered for foot and ankle arthritis.

Achilles Tendon Disorders
We can often successfully treat Achilles tendonitis conservatively before rupture becomes a problem.

Achilles Tendon Tears
If you have an Achilles rupture, we are experienced in the most advanced approaches to treat this condition surgically or conservatively.

Ankle Fractures
One of the more common conditions seen by our clinic, we specialize in unique treatments of these fractures.

Metatarsal Fractures
We commonly treat these injuries with a walking boot.

Ankle Sprain
An ankle sprain is very common in the child or adult athlete. Usually a period of rest followed by an aggressive therapy program is all one needs to get back to play.

Plantar Faciitis
Plantar faciitis can be a very painful but usually self-limiting condition.  We often treat this condition with therapy, stretching, anti-inflammatories and injections. Surgery is rarely needed.

Syndesmosis Injury
High Ankle Sprain
These injuries are often seen in the very active population.  Depending on the type, a high ankle sprain can often be treated with a short period of casting.

Stress Fractures
We are experienced in treating patients with stress fractures of the foot and ankle.  These injuries are often seen in our patients who enjoy running.

Foot and Ankle Tendonitis

Toe Disorders

Hand and Wrist

Wrist Fractures
Distal Radius Fractures
We frequently see and treat adults and children with wrist fractures, which are common orthopedic injuries. Children may experience distal radius, wrist, or buckle fractures. One of the top five procedures we perform is the repair of adult wrist fractures.

Arthritis of the Hand and Wrist

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
We commonly diagnose and treat carpal tunnel syndrome.  Surgery, utilizing the technique of carpal tunnel release through a very small incision, may be performed on an outpatient basis.

de Quervain’s Disease
We see and treat patients with de Quervain’s disease or tendinitis, which is a common condition.  Most of the time, this condition is treated well with a conservative approach.

Trigger Finger
This condition causes a catching sensation when the finger is flexed. Treatment usually includes rest and a possible injection.  We are experienced in performing trigger finger release, if surgery is indicated.

Hand Fractures
We are experienced in diagnosing and treatining patients with a variety of fractures about the hand.

Hand Pain

Hand Injuries


Spine Pain

Low Back Pain

Neck Pain

We frequently see patients with back and neck pain. The vast majority of his patients are treated successfully with conservative measures, alleviating the need to consider spine surgery.