U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free

Dr. Thomas Deberardino

Orthopedic Surgery
San Antonio, TX
34 years experience male

Locations

The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group

My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Show more

Practice website

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

CIGNA Health Care

Oxford Health Plans

State Farm Insurance Companies

UnitedHealthcare

WellCare Health Plans

WellPoint Health Networks Inc

Tricare

About

Bio

Graduated from NY Medical College in 1989. I completed Orthopaedic Residency program at Tripler Army Medical Center. I completed the John A. Feagin, Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship in 1997. After 4 years in San Antonio, I moved to the United States Military Academy. I recently retired in 2009 from active military service as a Colonel with 24 years of service after serving as the Director of the Feagin Sports Medicine Fellowship and Head Team Physician for West Point. I was an Assoc Professor at UCONN Health and served as a Team Physiciain for the UCONN Athletics 2009-16. I am now in practice in San AntIonio, TX with the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group specializing in the surgical management of complex shoulder, hip & knee injuries. I am the Co-Director of the Texas Sports Medicine Fellowship

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: New York, Texas

Doctor Q&A

826 Answers
110 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Cartilage flap: You are describing an apparently asymptomatic meniscal or cartilage flap. If you develop mechanical symptoms of pain and catching, then you would bene... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Give 1 wk- then MD: If your symptoms are not improving within a week of injury, seek evaluation from your MD.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Motion at fracture: A stress fracture by definition is still an intact bone issue, whereas a normal full fracture entails a bone break in to at least two parts (or more).... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Strength & endurance: You need a program that somewhat balances gains in strength (muscle mass) and endurance. The final balance is largely determined by your position. If ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Rule out fracture: you would benefit from a thorough orthopaedic foot and ankle evaluation that will include basic Xrays to evaluate for a bony fracture or subtle signs ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Get Ortho evaluation: With complaints of constant pain and a sense of instability, you would be best served by having a thorough orthopaedic examination to assess whether o... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
ER X-ray, then Ortho: Obtain X-rays and initial exam ASAP via ER, then to Ortho office for definitive care
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Meniscus tear: A fixed flexion deformity or "locked" knee needs urgent evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon. The most common cause in your setting is a likely menisc... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Sit out if possible: If your knee is getting better, but still sore and difficult to bend, you may need to sit this one out. The difficulty being that because you cannot f... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
See ordering MD: It means you should discuss these findings and any potential treatment options with the ordering physician. Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine, and... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ortho Evan needed : An orthoapedic examination will help uncover why your knee is painful and swollen. The most common reason is a posterior horn Meniscal tear with secon... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Mega patella OCA: Isolated patellar high grade (3 and 4) chondral lesions can be treated by fresh matched for size osteochondral allograft (OCA) transplantation surger... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Medial Unloader: A Valgus producing medial joint unloading brace is often tried to decrease compression load across the medial ( inside) aspect of a varus ( bowlegged)... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Symptoms important: MRI findings is only one important variable used to help decide what is best for your knee. More important by far are your symptoms. Does knee feel lo... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
EDM to small finger: Extensor Digiti Minimi is a thin muscle of the forearm. It arises from the common Extensor tendon by a thin tendinous slip, from the intermuscular s... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Meniscal tear likely: Although it is possible you injured your ACL, it is more likely that the clunk you mentioned is from tearing your meniscus. An MRI would clearly delin... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Absolutely no motion: Locked joints by definition are stuck in a fixed position somewhere along the normal arc of motion from fully straight to fully bent. There are classi... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Sternoclavicular jt: Injury or arthritis can cause the sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) to become swollen and more prominent. The right and left SCJs are just off the midline... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Check with surgeon: You need to check with your surgeon's office for details concerning your specific case. In general, we prefer our post surgical patients to avoid air ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Seek Ortho eval: A thorough hip exam by a physician specializing in hip problems can help discern whether your sympts are from your hip ( snapping psoas tendon, labral... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Likely tendinitis: Pain with overhead activities in young adults is less likely a frank rotator cuff tear and more commonly bursitis or rotator cuff tendinitis, both ame... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ortho Eval needed: Sounds like a thorough evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon may help. With chronic unresolved pain, you may need x-rays and even an MRI to best deline... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Ortho evaluation now: Seek evaluation form an orthopaedic surgeon who can evaluate and treat the cartilage lesion to the ankle articular surface. Surgical treatment options... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Slow progression OK: Once the inflammation and local pain have resolved it is OK to begin to regain full active range of motion, stretching and strengthening.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Shin splints likely: Make sure you are wearing a reasonable running shoe that fits well. A sudden increase in distance and/or running intensity can harken shin splints whi... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Sounds reasonable: Physical therapy is a standard recommendation after a patient undergoes hip fracture surgery with a DHS or Dynamic Hip Screw.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Many graft choices: The latest multicenter level I clinical trials confirm that both allograft (donated cadaveric frozen tissue) and autograft (your own tisse; e.g., pate... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Transient joint pain: A flu shot can provoke transient arthralgia (joint pain) and muscle achiness, especially when combined with working out. Any additive symptoms from th... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Exam not 100%!: A thorough knee exam will discern the vast majority of knee problems, BUT not all. You could have pain from an underlying "bone bruise" from an impact... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
More options monthly: Treatments for arthritis are numerous and multiplying monthly. Oral supplements such as chondroitin sulfate and/or glucosamine can help. Viscosuppleme... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Acute pain @ 5-7/10: The acute pain form a finger fracture can be painful enough so as to perhaps require a brief period of prescription level pain medication. We will as... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Healing by 6-8 weeks: Newer osteotomy techniques and implants may allow for earlier weight bearing (in a locked hinged brace) than the historical standard of 6 weeks on cru... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
One in the same: Knocked knees is a slang term for genu (knee) valgum (describing the inward angulation of the knees). The opposite being bowed legs (or genu varum-- k... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Levo = left curve: Levoscoliosis describes a spinal curve to the left ("levo" = left). Left curves are common in the lower lumbar spine and rare in the upper thoracic sp... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Joint laxity by exam: Ligaments are actually static or passive restraints that connect bones at a joint. They also serve to help control and constrain or limit the range of... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Arthroscopy can help: Meniscal tears that are symptomatic, whereby pain and mechanical symptoms of catching and painful giving way of the knee persists despite adequate res... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Mild curve- no worry: Postural differences from day to day can cause a mild spinal curvature. Obtain a repeat exam in several months and check to see that any mild curvatur... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Periosteal hematoma: If you had some local blunt trauma to your shin, the periosteal coating that surrounds the bone ("hot dog casing") is injured. As it is very vascular,... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Absolutely: Men more so than women suffer from tight hamstrings. Low back, hip and knee pain can result from this condition. Shortened stride will also occur. Str... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Pec Major injury?: The Pectoralis Major muscle and tendon course across the chest laterally across the axilla to insert onto the arm bone. Pain about the muscle may be a... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Only helps hip issue: Hip arthroscopy will only address the actual hip issue directly. Any other secondary gain such as improved gait patterns are possible not not the main... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Urgent Clot eval- ER: Urgent evaluation for a clot is needed as the discolored toe may represent diminished blood flow, and the painful calf represent the nidus of the deep... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Sports Ortho Eval: Recommended that you undergo a through evaluation by Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon who manages complex shoulder issues. The shoulder blade (scap... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Muscle/tendon injury: Without a history of a specific injury, your pain could be coming from the fact that you strained the muscles (deltoid or rotator cuff) around the sho... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Toe extensor tendon: The big toe extensor tendon runs along the top of the foot and crosses the metatarsals between 1st and 2nd toe. The fact that the pain is exacerbated ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Rest, ice, NSAIDs: Relative rest, ice and NSAIDs may work. It may likely be that the rapid acceleration and overall intensity of your recent early season workouts pushed... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Callus forms at Fx: Callus (prominent new healing bone) often forms at the site of the bony fracture
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Highly variable time: Foot and toe swelling after a significant ankle sprain lingers until the ankle swelling diminishes, since it is in part due simply to the limited outf... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Arthroscopy can help: Arthroscopic debridement or repair is indicated to treat a meniscal tear that continues to be symptomatic with mechanical symptoms such as pain and ca... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Toe fracture: A painful swollen toe after blunt trauma that leads to bruising (local bleeding) is more likely than not a toe fracture. Ortho evaluation and appropri... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

4
Recommendations
1.0K
Thank you notes
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. DeBerardino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. DeBerardino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Dec 13, 2015
Thank you for your prompt reply. It puts my mind at ease.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! month 3 of PatellarDislocation with fullthickness tear to mpfl and retinaculum. Invasive surgery scares me this gave a tiny bit of hope. 5 weeks of PT. I get a second op...Read More
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks a lot I really appreciate it! Are you pretty confident that's what happened? I would say it doesn't feel like a bicep tendon. This this injury happened years ago ...Read More
HealthTap member
I've been told that the general quad stretch often doesnt stretch the larger rectus femoris since the other muscles involved stretch first. But i'll give it a shot. Thanks.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Medical College
Graduated 1989MD

Residency

Tripler Army Medical Center
Completed 1995

Awards

Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Graft Choice Impact on Outcome in the MARS Cohort - awarded the 2014 O'Donoghue Award for Best clinical research at 2014 AOSSM Meeting
Top Doctor, Third Place, Hartford, CT - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Hartford, CT - Winter
2013

Affiliations

AOSSM, AAOS, AANA, ACL Study Group, Herodicus Society, AOA
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less