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Dr. John Shim

Orthopedic Surgery
Tampa, FL
42 years experience male

Locations

Florida Sports Orthopaedics and Spine Medicine/Westchase

Tampa, FL

Address

12780 Race Track Rd, Suite 200, Tampa, FL
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

8138149261

About

Bio

http://shimspine.com/tampa-bay-orthopaedic-specialist/dr-shims-cv/

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

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

62 Answers
33 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Sorry to hear.: Sounds like a very complicated situation. I am sure you were in a significant amount of pain as few would select such large surgeries. Unfortunate... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Muscle pull?: Without more specifics, it is hard to say, but likely you pulled a muscle in the back, or have developed a bursitis of the ischial tuberosity. T... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Get x-ray.: If he is having difficulty standing on it, or cannot fully bend or straighten, you need to get it evaluated. Children also have growth plates, an... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends.: Is the knee swelling up again? Does you knee get "stuck" or locked? Does you knee feel loose again? If you answered yes, it might be. If it j... Read More
A 81-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe: Unfortunately, spinal fusions are not as predictable as one would like. Usually a fusion is performed secondary to instability, or secondary to the ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Exercises : You are pretty young to develop chronic shoulder tendonitis. Have you had a history of injury? Even so, after evaluation, you can try nsaids, exer... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Muscle strain.: May be a pulled muscle, or an irritation of the nerves to the muscles of the back. At age 64, I am guessing that you may have arthritis of the back ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Rest, ice : Sound like a pulled muscle. Rest, ice and use of over the counter nsaids are helpful. If you do not get better in a few days, please see a physician.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Unpinch the nerve.: Sounds like you have a disk herniation. As long as the pain is tolerable, and you do not have progressive increasing weakness, or lose the ability to... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Technically no.: The epidural space is closer to the skin so, if you do not go deep enough, you will be outside of the spinal canal. The subdural space is deeper... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Means neck spasms: Sounds like you are having neck pain with loss of motion. Marginal osteophytes mean early arthritis changes. Usually we see these finding starting in... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Pinched nerve: Nerves exit your spine from the head to the buttock and these nerves correspond to the sensation to different parts of your body. The mechanical p... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Nothing: At 22, you should be skeletally mature. Bracing will not change the curve. At this point you need monitoring. If your curve is less than 40 degrees... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Sounds like sciatica: Sciatica is caused by a pinched nerve in your spine. It usually presents as a back pain with radiations down the buttock onto the back of the thigh i... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe: For athletes, there is a matter of confidence and drive. The placebo effect may provide the motivation to stay committed to the program, follow the... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Crepitus: Crepitus is the sound generated when joints move. The sound can be the bones rubbing against each other. The other possibility is the vacuum eff... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Back arthritis?: How old are you? If over 40, arthritis is a strong possibility. It causes degeneration of the facet joints, and degeneration of the disks. It... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes to both: Mild scoliosis by itself usually does not cause muscle pain or pinching of the nerve. It is likely you have sciatica like most people. Common ef... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Usually not: Many children are knock kneed, or have genu valgus. As long as the angle is small, it usually does not cause pain. On the other hand, if there is a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Generally yes: A bit confused by the question. If you have belly fat, but need to gain weight, it means you are out of shape. A gentle low impact aerobic cardi... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Arthritis: Unfortunately, you may be developing the manifestations of perthes, which is premature development of arthritis. Please have your hip checked by an ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Sciatica.: If she has back aches with leg radiations, it is likely she has sciatica. That is a pinching of a nerve in the back that causes corresponding back an... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Get active!: Your MRI from 4 months ago identified potential irriation and injury to the tendon. Now, 4 months later, it sounds as if the pain is improving, wit... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Tendinitis: Hand pain can be secondary to inflammation of the tendons, and ligaments. It may be over use, arthritis, or rheumatologic. Depending on other sym... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Do you mean sciatica: For a 20 yo with back pain, first you must make sure it is not something more serious. As long as there is no associated weakness, loss of bladder c... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: When you fall on the bottom, you can cause various injuries to the ligaments attached to the tailbone. In rare instances, you can also break the bon... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Could be the neck: Sounds like you are having irritations of the nerves. The possibilities include neck spine stenosis causing entrapment of the spinal cord. It will c... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Exercise, diet.: Herniated disks are a fact of life and will effect the majority of the population at least once in their life. Do not gain weight, stop smoking an... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Should be ok.: Tendinitis that flares on and off is typical. What is of more concern is a pain that progressively worsens over time, without any periods of impr... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Mild arthritis: Cystic changes can be incidental, or the beginning of the develpoment of a ganglion cyst. Unless there is severe pain, this is usually nothing to be... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Tough situation: Acl/meniscus can be a drawn out recovery. You doctor I am sure, has ruled out infection. Sometimes it takes longer for certain individual. Discus... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
First ice: If you are having an acute inflammation, you want to decrease the swelling. That is why we usually recommend ice. But, if it is a chronic condi... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Sciatica vs meniscus: During pregnancy, women do have increasing release of relaxation hormones. It makes then prone to soft tissue injuries, including meniscal tears to ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Brace.: Compression fractures are common in the older, more osteoporotic patients. For younger patients, it can be associated with a significant fall. Usua... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Disk herniation: Sounds like sis may have a herniated disk to the lower thoracic or upper lumbar spine. Radiating pains to the ribs, with corresponding back and leg... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Get another x-ray: If you still have pain, and it is increasing, there is a chance you had a non displaced fracture that did not show up on initial x-ray. Consider a ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Probably not: I am confused by the description. If you are talking about a cyst or fluid mass around your knee, that is probably secondary to continued joint irr... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Walk: Walking is cheap, can be done at your own pace, and easy on the joints. I suggest you go for a 15-20 minute walk three times a week, and gradually... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
4-6 weeks: Why is a 23 yo asking the question? Recovery is faster than totals. But, it is still dependent on proper technique. In general, the procedure is... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
X-rays looks through: X-rays beams go completely through the body part, so the back of your chest was evaluated as well. But, if you want a specific back x-ray, you... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Why do you need it?: At 22, you must have either a significant prior trauma to the ankle, or a severe rheumatologic condition. Either option is pretty extreme. As far... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Narcotics can have all sorts of effects. If you read the label, it will list many of what you are complaining about. In addition, some do not ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Bone spur: Most people have foot surgery secondary to issues with the bones or muscles/ligaments. In the process, often times, a bit of bone may be removed... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Probably not scoli: Please make sure your doctor does a good neurologic exam. Scoliosis caused by a neuromuscular cause can have some bowel and bladder associations. Bu... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Theoretically, any drug can have effects including angioedema. Having said that, it seems like a rare occurence. But, if the effect is intense, ob... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Why can't you go?: If you are having severe pain with weight bearing, or bending, you may have a significant knee problem. Possibilities include meniscal tears, loose... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
May need more tests.: X-rays of the spine are useless unless there is a history of trauma. Vitamin tests do no tell you about your pains. Need more info. Did this occur ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
No: Osgood schlatters disease is associated with the tibial tubercle apophysis, or growth plate. In simple terms, the patella tendon inserts on this tib... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
You may need testing: Sounds like either a neck problem, or an intrinsic shoulder problem. Please see an orthopaedic physician as you need to determine the source of the p... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Shim
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Maybe.: Rsd is a very complicated problem and can be frustrating to secure a diagnosis. First you must be evaluated to make sure there is not another ca... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanx It happened due to change in activity,there are no bruises nor dey are swollen... look normal. Docs hv suggsted for MRI of ls spine.
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Thanks for your quick reply!! :). Its not like cracking neck/knuckles though. The spritz/rice bubble sound is like fluid moving.
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Thank you.My.doc tests did confirm.nerve damage is from the back surgery .I am such a mess now a complete mess.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York at UPSTATE MEDICAL CTR
Graduated 1987MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Tampa, FL - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Tampa, FL - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Tampa, FL - Winter
2013
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