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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.


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 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.


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.


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 ...