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Dr. Christopher Hajnik

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Encinitas, CA
19 years experience male

Locations

Office

Encinitas, CA

Address

332 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 110, Encinitas, CA
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

United healthcare

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Specialties
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Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

155 Answers
44 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Unlikely: Based on your age, the more likely scenario is patellofemoral syndrome, which will often respond to anti-inflammatory medication and focused physical ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: It depends on the diagnosis. There are too many possibilities to consider in this format. You may benefit from a visit to your pcp to help determine... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Possibly surgery: If the meniscus is causing knee locking and/or your knee is now unstable during pivoting activities, you may need surgery.
A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Not long: You should be evaluated as soon as possible by your hip surgeon or another orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Probably: I'm no expert on insurance jargon, but the meniscus is a type of knee cartilage that is treated with arthroscopic surgery.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Many things: Rest, ice, over the counter pain meds, and activity modification is a good starting point. Your orthopaedic surgeon can give you more specifics.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Conservative: Begin with low-impact exercise, weight-loss, and over-the-counter pain meds. Your surgeon may recommend joint injections as well. Surgery as a last ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
No: Spine or muscle strain won't, but a kidney infection can. See your primary care physician.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Symptoms such as pain and knee locking may require surgical intervention.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: It all depends on your symptoms and your response to conservative treatments such as over-the-counter pain meds, icing, low-impact exercise, weight lo... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Pro-: Joint replacement or arthroplasty, when performed correctly with the proper indications, is a true success story in that it can return patients to man... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: My orthopaedic diagnoses can now be treated arthroscopically when surgery is indicated. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon regarding your particular p... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Don't Know: Worsening symptoms 3 months after a hip replacement can mean anything from simply overdoing it in rehab or having inadequate rehab to having an infec... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Pain: Pain and inability to move the joint that it crosses.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
No: Patellofemoral syndrome is a common source of anterior knee pain and it is often related to mild patellar maltracking. Usually physical therapy, acti... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Patience: Recovery from surgery for a hip fracture can take up to a year, with a significant proportion of patient regressing in their ambulatory status compare... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Many factors come into play. Usually conservative treatment with bracing and pt is affective for acute, non-recurrent patellar dislocation. Recurren... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Yes, but many factors affect the success of meniscus repair. These include age of the patient (better if younger than 40), location of the tear, and ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Pain and instability: Pain and an unstable feeling especially with pivoting type activities may indicate an acl injury.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: A torn meniscus does not usually heal on its own. However, sometimes it will become asymptomatic (i.e. Doesn't hurt). Depending on the overall degen... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
No: When performing a hip replacement, your surgeon will ensure that your hip is stable. Thus, laxity at other joints should not affect the stability of ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Not Necessarily: Often a PCL injury can be treated with bracing and physical therapy. It depends upon other pathology within your knee, and your functional requiremen... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
High: Following strict criteria, only 5-10% of patients with knee arthritis are appropriate candidates for partial knee replacement. The goal of knee arthr... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Normal: As it is a man-made device, it is not unusual to hear/feel painless clicking in your knee after a successful knee replacement. If concerned, have you... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Sometimes: Patellofemoral syndrome is often successfully treated with aggressive, committed physical therapy aimed at strengthening the inside portion of your qu... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Scar tissue: Rehab after a total knee replacement is a race between the formation of scar tissue and achieving appropriate range of motion. Appropriate pain contr... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: I tell my patients that their job rehabing the knee is much more difficult than my job replacing the joint. On a pain scale of 1-10 (with 7/10 being ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
No: Meniscus tears will not heal on their own, but they may become asymptomatic. Cortisone acts as a local anti-inflammatory agent and may decrease the s... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Usually not: Nerve blocks and IV pain meds usually provide good post-op pain relief.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: If your meniscus is amenable to repair, you will usually be non-weight bearing for 4-6 wks. Early therapy will focus on range of motion. Follow your... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Possibly: Age, genetics, and activities can all contribute.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Possibly: Hip dislocation is a risk after this surgery. Make certain that you follow your surgeon's instructions before attempting certain yoga poses.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
PT: Your knee has both static stabilizers (acl and pcl) and dynamic stabilizers (quads and hamstrings). Hamstring and quadricep strengthening is usually ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: It depends on whether you are referring to articular or meniscal cartilage (there are two types within the knee). Many factors influence a recommenda... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Most surgeons follow a protocol of IV antibiotics for 24 hrs after the surgery. This is evidenced-based. Antibiotics are usually advised for other p... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Usually anywhere from 30 min to 3 hrs depending upon the amount of pathology being addressed by the surgery.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
None: Assuming that you mean an uncomplicated total hip replacement, you should be up with physical therapy by the day after surgery if not the day of surge... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Work on motion: I usually don't prescribe pt for a simple knee arthroscopy. Usually a stationary bike is sufficient to help with achieving good range of motion.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Your gp can usually make a generalized diagnosis. If necessary, they will refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Concerning: You could have inflammation of your rib cartilage or asthma. More info is needed. You should probably see your gp.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Don't know: Possible piriformis strain or trochanteric bursitis. If symptoms continue, see you orthopaedic surgeon.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: First, you should be assessed by your orthopaedic surgeon to help identify the problem. Reasons for your problem can include patient factors such as ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: While certain diagnoses such as osteoarthritis typically cause hip pain later in life, some problems such as avascular necrosis, dysplasia, or perthe... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Multiple causes: Anything from inadequate rehab to infection can cause pain. Typical recovery can take up to one year. Ask your surgeon.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Hard to say: Many joints make noise, and without accompanying pain, it is unlikely to be a cause for concern. Sometimes is may be an indication that there is ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Usually a dislocated patella will spontaneously reduce with knee extension.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: People can harbor allergies to many different foods.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Follow directions : Usually 4000 mg per day of Acetaminophen and 1600 mg per day of Ibuprofen are safe. All medications have side effects and risks so please follow the ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
3 months: Assuming that it has been repaired with surgery, you are looking at 3+ months of protected knee motion to allow for the repair to heal.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 19 years experience
Rest: Rest, ice, compression, and anti-inflammatory medications (follow advice on the label) can help with the acute symptoms. Physical therapy may help as... Read More

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Apr 6, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hajnik is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hajnik is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you so much i've been freaking out. Do you have advice for knee bone contusions? I have some on my left patella from an injury 2YrsAgo
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Thanks for your quick reply! I am still under my surgeons care I just can't seem to get satisfactio
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A friend is about to go thru this.Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 2003MD

Awards

Top Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgeon , First Place, California - Winter
2013
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

CORE Orthopedics PC
Scripps Memorial Hospital
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