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Dr. Scott Hacker

Orthopedic Surgery
La Mesa, CA
25 years experience male

Locations

Office

La Mesa, CA

Address

5565 Grossmont Center Drive, Bldg 3 Suite 256, La Mesa, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(619) 462-1731

About

Bio

Dr. Hacker specializes in sports medicine, both on and off the field. Dr. Hacker completed extensive training in bioengineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and was given a Regent’s Fellowship as well as a National Science Foundation Honorable Mention for his work. He completed a Master’s Thesis in Engineering on the properties of meniscal tissue in addition to multiple projects including pioneering research in ACL healing and repair. He then served as director of the Coutts Institute in San Diego, a leading center for Orthopaedic research. Dr. Hacker completed an orthopedic research fellowship studying the ability to grow and transplant cartilage. After attending medical school at UC Irvine, and was offered a residency position at the University of Washington. Dr. Hacker has completed additional training in Vail, Colorado at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic under Dr. Steadman and Dr. Hawkins, both world authorities in knee and shoulder surgery. While in Vail, he specialized in sports related injuries and conditions. His cumulative training has provided expertise in knee, shoulder and elbow surgery, traumatic injuries, joint and cartilage injuries, and the degenerative changes associated with osteoarthritis. He is an avid outdoorsman and athlete. Dr. Hacker currently works with the United States Olympic Team in Southern California, providing support to our athlete, has traveled worldwide with the United States Ski Association and Olympic Ski Team. Dr. Hacker sees patients at offices at Alvarado and in La Mesa on the Grossmont Hospital Campus at Helix Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He is involved in teaching of family practice sports medicine physicians several days a week, expanding their experience of sports medicine from the surgeon’s point of view. COLLEGE University of California, San Diego Bachelors Degree in Bioengineering, Magna Cum Laude POST GRADUATE EDUCATION University of California, San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering Master’s Degree in Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Biomechanics Thesis on Biomechanical Properties of Meniscal Tissue MEDICAL DEGREE University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Irvine, California ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY RESIDENCY University of Washington, Seattle, Washington Harborview Medical Center Children’s Hospital Veteran’s Administration Medical Center Virginia Mason Medical Center POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL TRAINING University of California, San Diego Orthopaedic Research Fellowship Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, Colorado under Drs. Richard Steadman and Dr. Richard Hawkins Publications 7 scientific papers in peer reviewed orthopaedic journals 1 Book Chapter 15 scientific abstracts presented at national meetings Team Coverage Denver Broncos Football Team Colorado Rockies Baseball Team Eagle Valley High School Athletics US Olympic Ski Team Physician US Olympic Team Physician Grossmont High School Football Team and Athletics Valhalla High School Football Team and Athletic Department San Diego Surf Dawgs Professional Baseball Team Physician PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Alvarado Hospital Alvarado Hospital Sharp Coronado Hospital Sharp Grossmont Hospital Physicians Surgery Center, San Diego Qualified Medical Examiner TEACHING Clinical Instructor Sports Medicine Family Practice Fellowship Program PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons American College of Sports Medicine American Society of Biomechanics American Society of Mechanical Engineering California Medical Association California Orthopedic Association San Diego County Medical Society Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society-California Psi Founding President Media Appearances Dr. Hacker has appeared in the San Diego media on several occasions. Click here to view Dr. Hacker’s Interviews Dr. Hacker may be reached by email at: sportsmedicine@cox.net

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: California, Missouri

Doctor Q&A

36 Answers
2 Agrees
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
From the injury: At only 7 weeks out, it is too early to say the burning sensation is anything more than healing of the injury. This is a significant ankle injury and... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
R.I.C.E.: Rest, icing, compression and elevation are the simple first steps to help heal your knee. If still having trouble after a few weeks of this, you will... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: You should be concerned if your knee is unstable. This may indicate a ligament injury that will not improve without surgery. Have your surgeon evalu... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Likely Yes: If you have had an injury and cannot bend your knee, something may be stuck inside. If not getting better on its own, sometimes a quick outpatient su... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Wont stop it !: Braces have not been shown to decrease the risk of tearing your acl. They do provide reassurance, but the brace itself will not stop an injury. If d... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Up to you !: Replacements are done for severe pain associated with knee arthritis. Arthritis is like losing the tread on your car tire. Many treatments short of ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Xray: The only way to know if your rib is truly broken is with an xray. This simple diagnostic test creates a picture of the rib cage which your physician ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Most likely: Using crutches after surgery allows you knee more time to heal and not take the pressures of daily life so quickly. While not a rule, usually a perio... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Osteoarthritis of the knee usually the result of many factors - age, activity level, weight, and genetics among others. A strong family history shoul... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Talk to your surgeon: Sorry to hear of your struggles. Stiffness after knee replacement can be a result of many factors: surgical technique, level of therapy after surger... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends on Diagnosis: Arthroscopy is a method used to treat knee problems - a wide variety of procedures can be done 'through the scope' depending on what is seen - from si... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Normal or arthritis: Everyone has a slightly different appearance to their legs and knees. This may be a variation of normal. If you have pain with activities, there may... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Sign of inflammation: 'water' or fluid in your knee usually indicate your knee is 'unhappy' about your activity level. This can often be from arthritis or a meniscus tear.... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Expected pain: The postop course after a knee replacement is challenging ! pain can often be up and down the entire leg. A rare but real concern can be that of a b... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Nomal: Cracks and pops are normal for knees, as bands of tissue pass over your joint surfaces when they are under normal tension. If these become more sign... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Up to Six Months: Recovery from a rotator cuff that has been repaired surgically typically takes up to 6 months. The tendon heals to bone slowly, and at 3 months, that... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Pain: Symptoms of a neck sprain can include pain, limited or painful movements, muscle spasm, and stiffness. Pain which radiates down an arm to your finger... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Genetic problem: A connecive tissue disorder can be genetic problem in how connective tissues like ligaments and tendons are made. A building block of these tissues c... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Rare Things !: Complications are rare. These include the usual players like infection, blood loss, and pain. Special issues include blood clots, which can be reduc... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
They can't: While bites can cause infection and illness from the venom or developing infection, such bites cannot directly cause severe osteoarthritis and the nee... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Speak with your doc: A complicated question to answer in todays healthcare world ! costs include the doc, the facility and anesthesia which can vary in total from a few $... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Your muscles and joints all work differently and can handle different levels of activity. As you don't walk on your arms, lifting weights may cause s... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Unlikely: Jumping barefoot vs jumping with shoes on does not put extra stress on your knee. Of course, landing wrong may hurt something! cushioned shoes will ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Absolutely: Nonoperative treatments like strengthening and therapy are always the first choice before surgery. When you have given these a real effort, and are s... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Its ok: Squatting itself is not a problem and is a normal activity, however if you do this repetitively, and it becomes painful, it could be causing damage. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Both: While a knee replacement is often quite painful, this usually resolves over 6-12 weeks and one can return to normal activities. A 'reconstruction' ca... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
6 to 12 weeks: Most fractures heal in about 6 weeks. The tibia often breaks in a region with little muscle around it near the ankle. This area does not have as goo... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Stretch/Strengthen: Most physical therapy is directed to improve range of motion and muscle function. Exercises are designed to improve posture, and decrease pain and st... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Absolutely: While a complex hip operation, a fusion can be converted successfully to a hip replacement. Be sure to see a surgeon well versed in this procedure to... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
At least 120 degrees: A knee replacement, if done correctly, is designed to bend almost fully-especially at a young age, it is essential to regain full range of motion for ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Knee replacements can provide years of pain-free activities. The more aggressive the activity, the greater chance to cause problems down the road. T... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Work hard on it !!: A knee replacement, if done correctly, is designed to bend almost fully. It is essential to regain full range of motion after surgery for a good resu... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
A number of things..: First, was there an injury ? If no, then usually an inflammatory process or infection which is concerning. If injured, a knee is commonly warm and w... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Not likely: It is rare to see a tendon rupture after a knee replacement. There is a lot of remodeling that occurs after replacement surgery. Stretching and stre... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Get them checked: Small 'dots' or lesions on your knee may be of no significance, or could signify a wide variety of conditions. Any skin lesion of which you are conce... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Yes: Weakness is most often the result of reconditioning - getting stronger requires effort by the patient to get your leg and thigh muscles strong. When... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hacker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hacker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Feb 21, 2014
Caring, comprehensive and knowledgeable!!!!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Concerned because my dad had similar symptoms in one knee 3yrs ago and he found out it was staph
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC Irvine School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDICAL CTR

Affiliations

San Diego County Medical Society
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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