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Sports, Spine & Orthopedic Health

UW Medicine Sports, Spine & Orthopedic Health is a multidisciplinary team of specially trained, highly experienced rehab medicine and sports medicine physicians, orthopedic, plastic and spine surgeons, podiatrists, physical and occupational therapists and sports psychologists. As a partner in your patient’s care, surgical treatment is considered a last option. That is why our specialists offer the latest advances in non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy, to restore your muscle strength and range of motion or joint injections that help reduce inflammation and pain at the injury site. However, sometimes surgery is necessary. Patients who require surgical treatment are able to consult with skilled orthopedic surgeons who have extensive experience performing a variety of procedures, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgeries at our state-of-the-art, outpatient facilities.


Osteoporosis: Susan M. Ott, MD, discusses how osteoporosis is a common disease, but not simple.

Skills Test After ACL Injury May Not Predict Vulnerability: Tearing the ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, in the knee is an injury common to sports participants. The treatment typically involves surgical reconstruction of the tissue, and then the patient must pass a physical skills test to return ...

When Does Someone Get Spinal Fusion Surgery?: It's been called a "medical marvel" in news headlines. Tiger Woods was dealing with back spasms and pain, going through three operations before he underwent an anterior lumbar interbody fusion, a procedure he said gave him his life back.

Physical Exam and Imaging of the Foot and Ankle: Bruce J. Sangeorzan, MD presents physical exam and imaging tips of the foot and ankle, including radiographs and assessing standing, walking and functionality in four quadrants.

Osteoarthritis - When Hips and Knees Get Rusty: Hip and Knee Surgery for the Non-Surgeon: Paul A. Manner, MD, FRCS(C) talks about arthritis, provides treatment options, and discusses what conditions may need surgery.

Physical Exam and Provocative Maneuvers of the Wrist: Jerry Huang MD, demonstrates a physical exam of the wrist, and identifies any potential deformities of the wrist as part of the annual UW Hand Course event.

Ulnar-Sided Anatomy: Michael Galvez MD, and Adnan Prsic MD, review the Ulnar side of the anatomy of the wrist, as part of the annual "UW Hand Course" event.

Geriatric Hip Fractures Avoiding Pitfalls When Taking Call: Thomas Burns, MD and Conor Kleweno, MD discuss treatment of geriatric hip fractures and the frequency of incidents affecting hospitals.

Current Controversies in Anatomic Shoulder Arthroplasty: Jason Hsu, MD, and Zahab Ahsan, MD, review controversial topics in anatomic shoulder arthroplasty and highlight surgical principles during this grand rounds presentation.

Cervical Total Disc Replacement: Haitao Zhou, MD, and Jonathan Kark, MD, provide a history of pathophysiology of degenerative disc disease, adjacent segment disease and cervical arthroplasty and discuss the evolution and outcomes of these procedures during this grand rounds presentation.

Posterior Malleolus Fractures - Why We Should Care: Claudia Christman-Skieller, MD, and Sean Nork, MD, discuss case examples, anatomy, classification schemes, historical perspectives and more during this grand rounds presentation.

Pyogenic Flexor Tenosynovitis: Historical Perspective, Diagnostic Challenges, and Clinical Decision Making: An historical perspective on Pyogenic Flexor Tenosynovitis and discussion on diagnostic challenges and the clinical decision making process.

2015 Hand Course - First Demonstration: 2015 Hand Course - Stuck, Cut, Can’t Conduct: Nerve Injuries and Reconstruction - Morning Surgical Demonstration.

Adolescent Scoliosis and Adult Spinal Deformity: A discussion about adolescent scoliosis and adult spinal deformity

Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletes and Young Adults: David S. Owens, MD, MS, discusses sudden cardiac arrest in young adults and share his experience with diagnosis and treatment.

Making Bent Fingers Go Straight: Stephen Kennedy, MD, assistant professor of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at University of Washington, explains the common causes of a "bent finger" and discusses recent advances in the treatment of Dupuytren Disease.

Computer Assisted Accelerometer Guided Total Knee Arthroplasty (Replacement) - A Surgical Technique: Computer assisted accelerometer guided total knee arthroplasty - a surgical technique in total knee replacement.

Contemporary Approach to Managing ACL Injuries in the Young Athlete: Pediatric sports injuries are becoming more common; around two million high school sports injuries per year due to increased participation rates & higher levels of competition.

Terrible Triad Injuries and the Complex Elbow: Elbow Stiffness after a Terrible Triad: Douglas P. Hanel, MD, discusses the treatment of elbow injuries, surgical strategies and post-operative treatment.


Why the Next Big Prescription Medicine Might Be Exercise: According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for mortality in the world.

Exercise Rx: Helping Patients Stay Active for Life: Cindy Lin, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Assistant Director of Clinical Innovation for The Sports Institute led the exercise vital sign initiative at UW Medicine.

Common Sports Injuries and Sports Injury Prevention Tips: With the start of a new school year, it's a good opportunity to remind anyone thinking about participating in sports of some simple things to do to prevent some common injuries.

Effectiveness and Safety of Ankle Arthrodesis Versus Arthroplasty: A study led by Bruce Sangeorzan, MD, at several institutions shows that ankle replacement is a worthwhile consideration for patients with end-stage ankle arthritis.

Load, Overload, and Recovery in the Athlete: Select Issues for the Team Physician - A Consensus Statement: This document provides an overview of the concepts of load, overload and recovery, as well as the musculoskeletal and psychosocial issues related to overload injuries and illnesses that are important for the team physician to understand.

Infographic: Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport: The 2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) consensus statement is designed to build on the principles outlined in the previous statements and to develop further conceptual understanding of sport-related concussion (SRC).

Discoveries 2018: Discoveries 2018 issue, a publication of the University of Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Researchers Find Valuable Similarities Between Connective Tissue Disorders in Mutant Zebrafish and Humans: Charlotte Gistelinck, PhD, Ronald Kwon, PhD, David Eyre, PhD, and Mary Ann Weis worked with researchers from Ghent University in Belgium to assess the extent to which human type 1 collagenopathies are repeated in mutant zebrafish.

Rain Increases Joint Pain?: People’s activity levels - increasing as temperatures rise, to a point - are likelier than the weather itself to cause pain that motivates online searches, UW Medicine researcher says.

Shoulder Research: There is a critical connection between medical research and improving the care for each patient. UW Medicine research is sharply focused on restoring comfort and function to individuals with shoulder arthritis.

Sports Medicine Overview: The UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center are a group of specialists in several areas: orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation medicine, primary care sports medicine, sports cardiology, physical therapy and sports psychology.

Hip & Knee Center Overview: The UW Medicine Hip & Knee Center provides surgical treatment and comprehensive care of simple and complex disorders of hip and knee joints, from diagnosis through rehabilitation

Hand, Elbow & Shoulder Center Overview: UW Medicine’s Hand, Elbow & Shoulder Center team includes specially trained highly experienced orthopedic and plastic surgeons, rehabilitation medicine physicians and physical and occupational therapists


Blog: Shoulder Arthritis / Rotator Cuff Tears: causes of shoulder pain

Reverse total shoulder - humeral stress shielding 

Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:36 PM

Short-term evaluation of humeral stress shielding following reverse shoulder arthroplasty using press-fit fixation compared with cemented fixationThese authors compared the functional outcomes and humeral stress shielding ...

What is the effect of prior surgery on shoulder arthroplasty outcomes? 

Saturday, April 25, 2020 10:35 AM

Impact of previous non-arthroplasty surgery on clinical outcomes after primary anatomic shoulder arthroplastyThese authors sought to determine the effect of previous non-arthroplasty surgery prior to primary anatomic shoulder ...