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Dr. James McClurg

Orthopedic Surgery
San Diego, CA
36 years experience male

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San Diego, CA

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10672 Wexford St Ste 240, San Diego, CA
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About

Bio

Compassion and understanding make recovery easier.<br />"I'm often asked why I became an orthopedic specialist. I'll never forget what led me to the profession. In the 6th grade, I had a serious knee injury. I had two surgeries and a cast, and my recovery took months. The orthopedic surgeon who took care of me was great and truly inspired me. "That experience also taught me a great deal about caring for patients. My surgeon explained everything to me and was simply a nice, good person. I always remember that as my patient, you need not just my medical expertise but my compassion and understanding. It can make a hard time in your life easier, and I'm glad I can be here for you." Dr. McClurg comes from a military family. He was born on the Air Force base in Puerto Rico and grew up there. He also served in the Army Reserve Medical Corps, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. In his free time, Dr. McClurg enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, swimming, and the outdoors. He is a history buff and is also active in his church. Meet the pioneering orthopedic specialist who cares about you.<br />Dr. McClurg is a board-certified orthopedist with a Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopedic Sports Medicine and has over 20 years of medical experience. He is a pioneer in leading-edge orthopedic surgery. In fact, he was among the first surgeons in the region to perform knee and shoulder surgeries that are considered commonplace today. Dr. McClurg has an excellent, documented track record and has helped more than 10,000 people with all kinds of orthopedic conditions. You&rsquo;ll also find that Dr. McClurg is sincerely interested in you and your recovery. He never forgets that when you need his specialized care, you may be in pain and feeling vulnerable about your situation. Dr. McClurg&rsquo;s experience and personal attention can help make it easier for you to get the results you need, so you can get back to your life again.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Hand Surgery

Sports Medicine

Doctor Q&A

118 Answers
13 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
The : The fatigue, visual problems, frequent urination, photosensitivity and probably some degree of vertigo suggest a systemic origin of your symptoms. The... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
You : You have a classic picture of an s1 radiculopathy. More likely than not you have a disc problem at l5-s1. Another less common problem is compression o... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Even : Even though you do not indicate the age of your daughter children normally do not scream with pain for this kind of problem. Have an evalution as soon... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Based : Based on your description two possibilites come to mind. One is arthritis to the great toe metatarsophallangeal joint known as hallux rigidus, and the... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Your : Your foot should be doing a lot better. The loss of the arch means there could be other associated problems. I would have follow up x-rays and probabl... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Go : Go to the hospital right away. She could have a deep abscess. You don't play with this kind of stuff. She could have a leg amputation if you sit on th... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
It : It is actually the other way around. A meniscal tear causes the baker's cyst. The collagen fibers of the meniscus are arranged in a parallel arrangeme... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Periosteal : Periosteal reaction may be from the blunt trauma or could be from infection. Wounds should be debrided and deep cultures taken. Infections with multip... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Carpal : Carpal tunnel syndrome is a fairly common condition specially in manual laborers. Even though there are classical manifestations of numbness and tingl... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
You : You could have a cord compression or myelopathy but this is not very common. This type of problem is more common with pinched nerves to the low back. ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
What : What determines the need for surgery is the degree of symptoms that you are presenting with. If the pain is not too bad and you can live with it simpl... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Revision : Revision surgeries are needed from time to time. Prior to considering a revision surgery you should try sleeping with an elbow extension brace at 45 d... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Doctors : Doctors choose to treat patients based on training and experience. They don't have to rubber stamp someone else's treatment protocol.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Many : Many things can be causing it. Since is bilateral this may be a neuropathy such as diabetic neuropathy, or a large lumbar disc herniation pinching ner... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Arthroscopic : Arthroscopic surgery is normally an elective procedure. Going under general anesthesia with an upper respiratory infection is not a good idea. You are... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
I : I would avoid wearing shoes if the stitches have not been removed.
A male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
It : It is hard to give you much of a game plan without the benefit of performing a comprehensive examination, reviewing x-rays and mris. In general terms ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Proper : Proper spelling is synvisc (hylan g-f 20). Response is measured by pain relief. You either have it or you don't. Due to your age i would try an arthro... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Vertebral : Vertebral compresion fractures are very common in post menopausal women especially caucasians. The fracture may or may have not been related to the ac... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Do : Do you have any locking, popping, grinding, giving way or recurrent swelling? If it is just pain i believe the most common problem would be patellofem... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Something : Something is not right. Have some follow up x rays. The fracture may not be healing normally. If the fracture is good look into the peroneal tendons.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
The : The injections have nothing to do with these symptoms. You have mechanical problems and should be treated surgically. These problems never go away wit... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Please : Please provide more information such as age, any medical conditions such as diabetes, and other problems such as back pain. How long have you had thes... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Several : Several things can be causing your problem. The most common factors include a meniscal tear, loose bodies in your knee, flaps of cartilage impinging o... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
A : A dislocation is nomally has significant trauma associated with it. There are some rare instances in which dislocation may occur with minmal injury bu... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Reconstructive : Reconstructive procedures in CP are challenging since it requires a big picture analysis of the individual. In general terms it can be said that getti... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Edema : Edema means swelling or inflammation. I agree that an MRI report in a vacuum really means nothing.
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Try : Try basics first with hot packs, anti inflammatories and stretching exercises. If you have persistent symptoms further evaluation may be needed to dif... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
You : You need to see an orthopedist that knows what he or she is doing as son as possible. The doctor should evaluate the neck and the shoulder. You may ne... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
You : You are a good man caring for your disabled wife. You are 71 and doing all this physical activity has added extra loads to your shoulder. It is almost... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
That : That blanket statement may not be true at face value. The falls may be have an underlying mechanical problem or be a poor training problem. Look into ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
The : The rapid alternating test is very good identifying malingerers. The sustained grip test done in a computerized system gives you some great curves wit... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
You : You could indeed be a candidate for an atfl reconstruction. This is by far the most common ankle injury and is treated conservatively with bracing, pr... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
I : I am sure the er gave you instructions for outpatient follow up which more likely than not included seeing an orthopedist. You are clearly cutting cor... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
The : The drug screening is likely part of the mandates of the workers' compensation system in california. If this is the case you do not have the same priv... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Which : Which joints pop? If there is popping to the hips see a pediatric orthopedic surgeon asap!
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Breat : Breat reduction is likely to help you to a significant degree. The full clinical picture has to be taken into consideration but decresing the loads to... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
It : It is incredible that you haven't had x-rays. It sounds like you have a managed care arrangement. Based on your description you may have a fibular fra... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
This : This is not an orthopedic question since she had an abdominal surgery. The main concern is not if she has woken up but is she breathing on her own or ... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
It : It will be another 2 year until you can fully benefit from the law with the creation of the exchanges. You are the perfect example as to why this law ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
You : You need to see a doctor based on the persistence of symptoms and the degree of pain. I personally like to use a cervical traction device which works ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Please : Please provide more information. What is your age? Do you have medical problems or conditions? Are you having problems with stools such as blood, muco... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Your : Your condition is likely surgical. You may require a tibiotalar fusion to complete the pantalar arthrodesis or an ankle replacement. Before going for ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
The : The prominence of the sternoclavicular joint is more likely than not arthritic in nature. If there is any concern with increased pain or deformity you... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
You : You have a complex problem that truly requires a comprehensive analysis of the situation. Giving you a simple answer would be inappropriate. You may w... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
You : You should have nerve conduction studies. Please specify if the numbness is at the top of your foot or at the sole.
A male asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Under : Under the right set of circumstances breat reduction surgery is a very good procedure. I have never heard a single woman say she is sorry she had it d... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Can : Can you afford to be crippled? You should be doing a lot better by now. This degree of pain is not normal. You need to be examined by an orthopedist a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
This : This does not seem to be an orthopedic problem. It may be something retroperitoneal. Discuss with your doctor about having additional work up.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. McClurg is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks for thorough medical answer! Intense pain! I have osteoporosis. The Baker's cyst was present first 1 month now! MRI booked for possible menisca
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! How long Is recovery it's been two weeks so far
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I may have to check my knee out.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

University of Puerto Rico Hospitals

Residency

University of Puerto Rico Hospitals

Awards

Physician Recognition Award, American Medical Association
Top Doctor, Third Place, San Diego, CA - Winter
2013
Top Orthopedic Surgeon , First Place, California - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Medical Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
San Diego County Medical Society
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