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Dr. Ralph Anthony Gambardella, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
301 N Lake Avenue; Suite 201
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Ralph Gambardella specializes in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine and practices in Los Angeles, CA and Pasadena, CA. In his practice, Dr. Gambardella focuses on PCL injury, ACL injury, and meniscus tear. Dr. Gambardella is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and a graduate of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center's residency program. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Gambardella accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , PCL injury, sprains, ACL injury

All Interests: Knee Problems, Pain, PCL Injury, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Sprains, Meniscus Tear

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 2000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. James Tibone practices orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Tibone is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He has indicated that his clinical interests include arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and shoulder problems. His professional affiliations include Keck Medicine of USC and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Tibone honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Tibone completed a residency program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Tibone has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Recipient- Charles S. Neer Award, Shoulder.

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Relevant Interests: , sprains, ACL injury

All Interests: Pain, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Ronald Scott Kvitne, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
301 N Lake Avenue; Suite 201
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Ronald Kvitne's areas of specialization are orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine; he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Pasadena, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Kvitne is 3.0 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of rotator cuff surgery, rotator cuff injury, and PCL injury. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Kvitne has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai.

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Relevant Interests: , PCL injury, sprains, ACL injury

All Interests: Knee Problems, Pain, PCL Injury, Sports Health, ACL Injury, Sprains, Rotator Cuff Surgery, Rotator ... (Read more)

Dr. Orr Limpisvasti, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1700 East Cesar Chavez Avenue; Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Orr Limpisvasti is a specialist in orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He works in Los Angeles, CA and Anaheim, CA. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Limpisvasti has a special interest in knee surgery, golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis), and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System and Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Limpisvasti accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Limpisvasti include: Southern California Super Doctors; Orthopaedic Surgeon- Los Angeles Ballet Company; and Team Physician/Orthopaedic Surgeon- Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club.

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Relevant Interests: , golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis), tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), sprains, ACL injury

All Interests: Knee Problems, Knee Surgery, Pain, Sports Health, Tennis Elbow, ACL Injury, Sprains, Golfer's Elbow

Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
301 N Lake Avenue; Suite 201
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. F. Kharrazi is an orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and sports medicine specialist in Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, and Anaheim, CA. Dr. Kharrazi's areas of clinical interest consist of golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis), tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), and ACL injury. He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Patient reviews placed Dr. Kharrazi at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis), tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), sprains, ACL injury

All Interests: Knee Problems, Pain, Sports Health, Tennis Elbow, ACL Injury, Elbow Problems, Sprains, Golfer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Dominic Femino, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Oncology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. J. Femino's area of specialization is orthopedic oncology. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), bone tumor, and metabolic bone diseases. Dr. Femino is affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. Dr. Femino studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University for residency. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , metabolic bone diseases, bone tumor, soft tissue sarcoma, bone cancer, sarcoma (bone and soft tissue cancer), musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Metabolic Bone Diseases, Tumor, Bone Cancer, Sarcoma, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Soft Tissue Tumor, ... (Read more)

Dr. Isaac Benjamin Benjamin Paz, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. I. Paz's specialties are general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). He has indicated that his clinical interests include colorectal surgery procedures, breast surgery, and endocrine surgery. Dr. Paz takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Chile Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program and a hospital affiliated with the University of Chile. He has received distinctions including America's Top Doctors, Castle Connelly; Top Doctors, Pasadena Magazine; and Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Paz speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , sarcoma (bone and soft tissue cancer)

All Interests: Cancer Surgery, Tumor, Breast Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Sarcoma, Endocrine Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Charles Hyman Alexander, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
420 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Charles Alexander's specialty is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Alexander is professionally affiliated with Pacific Alliance Medical Center (PAMC) and Adventist Health System. Dr. Alexander accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at White Memorial Medical Center. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis, fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Wrist Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Wei Feng, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Wei Feng practices adult endocrinology in Duarte, CA and South Pasadena, CA. Patients gave Dr. Feng an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Feng include diabetes, obesity, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Feng is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital and City of Hope. Dr. Feng honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Before performing Dr. Feng's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee, Dr. Feng attended Heidelberg University for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Feng (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and German.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Osteoporosis, Hypoglycemia, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Deirdre Dunn Ryan, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4650 Sunset Blvd. Mail Stop 69
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Deirdre Ryan is a physician who specializes in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Ryan speaks Spanish. In her practice, she is particularly interested in musculoskeletal problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Before completing her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Ryan attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Georgetown University School of Medicine. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Ryan has received the following distinctions: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Poster Award Winner; Best Pediatric Poster Variability of the Anterior Humeral Line in Pediatric; and Patients with Normal Elbows 2015, Top Doctors Designation, Pasadena Magazine, 2011-2014. Dr. Ryan has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , musculoskeletal problems

All Interests: Musculoskeletal Problems

Dr. Helen K Chen, MD
Specializes in Radiation Oncology, Other
209 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Helen Chen's area of specialization is radiation oncology. These areas are among her clinical interests: esophageal cancer, rectal cancer, and lung cancer. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Chen graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Chen completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. She has received the following distinctions: Nominated Pasadena Top Doctors; Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Stanford University; and Cap and Gown Honor Society, Stanford University. In addition to English, Dr. Chen (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Filipino, and Spanish. Dr. Chen's professional affiliations include Huntington Hospital and City of Hope.

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Relevant Interests: , sarcoma (bone and soft tissue cancer), bone problems

All Interests: Gynecologic Cancer, Brain Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Sarcoma, Bone Problems, Skin Cancer, Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Gustavo Alberto Alza Sr., MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine
5224 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Gustavo Alza is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital. Dr. Alza takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Alza graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Alza (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Portuguese.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoporosis

All Interests: Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Elder Care, Hospice, Mood Disorders

Dr. Donald B Longjohn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 2000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Donald Longjohn's area of specialization is orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include knee problems and hip problems. Dr. Longjohn takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC) for residency. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Preeminent Women's Health Doctors; and Preeminent Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Doctors. Dr. Longjohn speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Keck Medicine of USC. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , arthritis

All Interests: Hip Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Replacement Arthroplasty, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven S Shin, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
301 N Lake Avenue; Suite 201
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Steven Shin is a medical specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Shin an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include dupuytren's contracture, carpal tunnel syndrome, and elbow problems. He is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Shin studied medicine at Brown University, Alpert Medical School. Dr. Shin trained at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases for residency. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , osteoarthritis

All Interests: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Dupuytren's Contracture, Wrist Problems, Elbow Problems, Hand Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma
1520 San Pablo Street; Suite 2000
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Geoffrey Marecek's area of specialization is orthopedic trauma. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Marecek is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University for residency. He has received the distinction of Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Marecek is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Keck Medicine of USC.

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Relevant Interests: , fractures (broken bones)

All Interests: Hip Problems, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Fractures, Knee Problems, Ankle Problems, Foot ... (Read more)

Dr. Ryan J Dellamaggoria, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1200 N State Street; Room 3900
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ryan Dellamaggiora is a specialist in hand surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Los Angeles, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise consist of dupuytren's contracture, carpal tunnel syndrome, and elbow problems. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dellamaggiora accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Dellamaggiora trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Dellamaggiora has received distinctions including Member, American Medical Association and Southern California Rising Stars. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Dellamaggiora is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System, Cedars-Sinai Health Associates, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Group.

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Relevant Interests: , dislocation, osteoarthritis

All Interests: Dupuytren's Contracture, Elbow Problems, Shoulder Problems, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Dislocation, ... (Read more)

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What are Musculoskeletal Problems?

The musculoskeletal system refers collectively to the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. It is what gives our bodies structure and allows us to move and do things. Because this system encompasses so much of the body, musculoskeletal problems are extremely varied and can happen almost anywhere. There are musculoskeletal problems that affect only the joints, those that affect the bones, those that affect tendons and ligaments, and those that can happen in any area of the body but cause pain and numbness.

Joint problems include bursitis and arthritis. Bursitis is the inflammation of a fluid-filled sac cushion on the outside of a joint, causing symptoms including pain and swelling. Arthritis is the inflammation and damage of a joint due to wear and tear or disease. There are several treatments for arthritis, but if the damage progresses far enough, joint replacement may be necessary. In joint replacement, a metal or plastic implant is surgically placed within the joint to make movement easier.

Bone problems include scoliosis, fractures, and osteoporosis. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, making the normally straight spine look like a “C” or “S.” It is treated with braces or surgery. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to weaken and break easily. It’s most common in women, especially older women. Fully half of all women over 65 have osteoporosis. Fractures are any break in the bone. They can be a simple crack or a severe and complicated shatter. Osteoporosis causes fractures in people who have it, but other causes are trauma (such as a fall) or overuse.

Tendon and ligament problems most often result from injury or overuse. Two good examples are ligament tears and tendonitis. The most common ligament tear is the ACL tear in the knee. This ligament supports and stabilizes the knee and is most often torn during sports activities. Tendonitis happens when a tendon, which connects muscles and bones together, becomes irritated and inflamed. This happens most often in older patients who push their bodies too far, leading to pain and swelling. Treatment for both tendon and ligament problems usually includes rest, ice, and supporting the area to let it heal.

Pain and numbness problems can be caused by overuse, disease, an injury, or a compressed nerve. Lower back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome are two of the most common conditions patients encounter. Lower back pain may be caused by sore muscles that have been overworked, or an injury to the disks separating the vertebrae in the spine. Lower back pain usually goes away on its own within a few days, but it may require medical treatment depending on the cause. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve at the base of the palm becomes trapped or pinched. Symptoms include tingling, pain, numbness, or weakness in the hand. Treatment involves rest and sometimes steroid injections.

Because the musculoskeletal system involves so much of the body, problems here can be incredibly varied in their type and severity. Some musculoskeletal problems will go away on their own or only require rest, while others may require medication, physical therapy, or even surgery.
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