Dr. Peter Gerbino

Orthopedic Surgery
Monterey, CA
37 years experience male

Locations

Office

Monterey

Address

900 Cass St, Ste 200, Monterey
Directions

My office hours

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

8316555477

Insurances accepted

UnitedHealthcare

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Medi-Cal

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About

Bio

I was educated at Stanford and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. I am Board Certified in orthopedic surgery and Subspeciality Board Certified in sports medicine. I care for athletes of all ages and levels of achievement. I have written and published more than 50 papers or textbook chapters on sports medicine topics.

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

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: California, Massachusetts, Ohio

Doctor Q&A

64 Answers
11 Agrees
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
You can't have OS.: If you are 21, your growth plates are closed and the diagnosis of Osgood-Schlatter's is not possible. More likely you had OS as an adolescent and now ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Get it seen.: Nails come off either due to trauma or if blood gets in between the nail and the nail bed. Either way, if the nail comes off it should be checked so t... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
One x-ray is ok.: Before performing any x-ray on a 28 year-old female, the question of whether you could be pregnant should have been asked. After that, an apron coveri... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Usually yes: Only your doctor can say whether the backpack will be a problem.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Need more info.: Structures in that area are spleen, kidney, diaphragm, and intestines. True muscle spasm that comes on after exercise is most likely diaphragm and wil... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Could be a problem: The lunate only gets "stuck" if there has been a severe injury to the ligaments that keep it in place. This would need to be corrected surgically. You... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Do not delay: Your ob-gyn needs to figure this out for you. Even if you are not pregnant, it could be a problem with ovaries or uterus. Get it checked out now, not ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Not enough info: Someone ordered a D-dimer level and it came back high? If done for pain in legs, DVT (blood clots) were suspected. By scans, I guess you mean ultrasou... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Maybe supraspinatus: The muscle in your upper shoulder blade is your supraspinatus. Pain there can be from injury to the muscle, impingement to its tendon (the rotator cuf... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Need proper rehab: Ankle sprains recur if not properly rehabilitated, especially balance. Start jumping rope for 2 minutes. When that is easy, switch from one foot to th... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Lots of options.: Neck pain that is associated with arm and hand pain could be a herniated disc in your neck. Is it one side or both sides? The left foot should not be ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Ice for 48 hrs.: At a minimum, you have a contusion. RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is standard first-line treatment. Oral anti-inflammatories like Aleve (na... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Ice and medicne: Push on the bones in the center of the bones. If a bone hurts, get an x-ray. If the pain is at the places where the tissues attach to the bone (front ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Doubtful.: Growing pains usually stop by age 7. Knee pain in this age group is usually Osgood-Schlatter's syndrome. Ankle pain in this age group is usually Sever... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Swelling near nerve: Swelling can squeeze the nerves and cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Just because no bones broken doesn't mean no injury. See an orthopedic surgeon for d... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Osteoarthritis: By the "tibial epiphysis" I am assuming that you're referring to the proximal tibia near the knee joint. MRI changes called oedema in that area associ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Is it osteoarthritis: If you have osteoarthritis of the knee, arthroscopic surgery doesn't help. Get a second opinion.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Get it checked.: Any new mass, whether soft tissue or bone needs to be evaluated. A mass on your rib could be a healed fracture, arthritis at the bone-cartilage joint ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Arthritis: After all those injuries and operations you undoubtedly have some arthritis. You need to see an orthopedic surgeon about treatment until such time as ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Need neck x-ray: You are describing symptoms consistent with a herniated disc in your neck. You need to see a doctor and start with an exam and neck x-rays. Don't be a... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Find : Find an orthopedic surgeon and get seen asap. Whatever it costs you now is trivial compared to having a stiff, painful knee that might not get better.... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Ingrown toenail?: That you are putting peroxide on the nail indicates that the pain is there. If the nail is pinching the tissue on either side, it could be getting "in... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Color doesn't matter: 6 months after ACL reconstruction is considered minimum to be fully ready for sports. Most of us want you to have full motion, strength that matches t... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Hard to say: The only things near there that could "pop" are your ribs. Try tracing out the individual ribs and seeing if one is the culprit. You might be able to... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
2-piece bone: The acromium is a small part of your shoulder blade on top of your shoulder. As it forms, 2 parts fuse to make one solid bone. In your case, the 2 par... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Arthritis. 3 options: Osteoarthritis: blood work negative, possible family members with similar findings Autoimmune arthritis: Rheumatoid, psoriatic or other. Blood work... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
3 possibilities: Costochondritis: the place where the bony rib meets the cartilage rib can become injured and painful. Not broken unless major trauma or defect in rib.... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Probably not : Scoliosis can be idiopathic (we don't know what causes it) or from a skeleton or nerve problem. Either way, no specific exercise have been shown to im... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
3 possible sources: Foot pain can come from local (foot) issues, from nerves that go to the foot or from the spine. If there is back or leg pain as well, look to the lumb... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Dozens: Arthritis means joint (arthr-) inflammation (-itis). A joint becomes inflamed when something undesirable is in that joint. The irritant can be bacteri... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Many possible causes: Knee pain can arise from the knee, the hip or the spine. The sensation of "cold" in the knee could most likely be from an arthritic condition or from ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Depends on details: Hip labral tears occur because of 3 reasons: following traumatic partial dislocation, if there is femeroacetabular impingement (fai), or in young peop... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Possibly. : Sprained means different things to different people. All sprains are torn ligaments. The severity varies. Most ankle sprains occur when you roll over ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
No idea.: Once people stop growing as teenagers, the growth plates have fused and no more growth in height is possible. With steroids or growth hormone, muscles... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Hard to say: HR of 177 in a jogging, fit 68 year old is a bit high. I recommend getting a thorough cardiac workup. At best, you know your heart is in great shape. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Need MRI.: You could have torn your labrum. See a sports medicine orthopedist to get an MRI.
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Need x-rays.: Pain as you describe could be contusion, tendinitis, stress fracture, sesamoiditis or sesamoid fracture. See a foot specialist.
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A female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Not safe.: Opiates are not considered appropriate for chronic back pain. You will become tolerant, then dependent. Get referred to a pain management specialist.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Neurologist is best: If you are having neurologic symptoms in the facial nerves the best person to check with would be a neurologist. It sounds like he needed good physic... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Need more detail: Please see an orthopedic surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. Your symptoms could mean several things.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
No: In the past (and even now) some doctors have worried that lifting heavy weights would damage the growth plates and stunt growth. Excellent, extensive ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Acl reconstruction: Most often, an acl tear requires reconstruction with tissue from the patient's hamstrings or from the tissue bank. Some patients can get by without an... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Train specifically: Any workout only develops those muscles and qualities that are being used. If you want to be a faster runner, you need to run. If you want to be a fas... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Every : Every doctor has different amounts of time after surgery to protect against blood clots. Some like 10 days, others 3 weeks, others up to 6 months. Dep... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Get it evaluated: A simple wrist sprain will heal in 2-6 weeks. A Velcro splint that you can buy in a drugstore will protect you while it is healing. If there is tend... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Not a problem: Genu valgum or "knock knee" is not usually a problem. It is not a reason to declare someone unfit for military service (i am a navy doctor.). On the ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Decrease uric acid: High uric acid levels in the blood cause gout. The most effective treatment is to lower those levels. The previous doctor spelled out how we do that w... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
3 possibilities: Things that go "crack" in the knee include bands of scar tissue snapping over other structures, cracks or defects in the joint surface cartilage or te... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Some heal slowly.: For most fractures, Dr Wittenberg is correct. For a few like scaphoid wrist fractures or fifth metatarsal foot fractures, healing can take much longer... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Gerbino
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Can be long: Hip arthroscopy is evolving. We are learning that we need to take away more bone than we used to think. By 6 months, you should be improving. If not i... Read More
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Dec 18, 2019
I have a swollen knee with a little bump and is red hot and there is it red line now going up my thiegh
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gerbino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gerbino is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I've many questions for them & will get to all of them soon. Thank you
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have no idea what's wrong with me, and seem to be getting nowhere
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for answer it confirmed what I expected. Will follow up.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA

Residency

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BOSTON

Awards

Golden Pine Cone Award -- Best Orthopedic Surgeon
Top Orthopedic Surgeon , Second Place, Arizona - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, the Salinas Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

Seaside High School Football
Monterey Bay Derby Dames League Physician
United States Figure Skating Team Physician
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