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Dr. Jim Hsu

Sports Medicine
Seattle, WA
28 years experience male



Seattle, WA


10330 Meridian Ave N, Suite 300, Seattle, WA

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Dr. Hsu is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and orthopedic sports medicine specialist whose practice focuses on the arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. Dr. Hsu received his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, NY, followed by a residency in orthopedic surgery at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO and a fellowship in sports medicine/arthroscopic surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA, where he trained and worked as associate fellow physicians for top-tier and professional sports teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), Lakers (NBA), and Galaxy (MLS). He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine and the King County Medical Society. <br /><br />Dr. Hsu's surgical practice emphasizes arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery for sports injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and knee, including: <ul> <li>All-arthroscopic rotator cuff and instability/labral repairs; </li> <li>Elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction ("Tommy John Surgery"), with training under Dr. Frank Jobe, the inventor of the procedure; </li> <li>ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic meniscus repair, and arthroscopic cartilage restoration of the knee; </li> <li>Clavicle fracture and nonunion, and AC separations; </li> </ul> Dr. Hsu is currently team physician for a variety of local high school sports teams, a consulting physician for Seattle Pacific University and an event physician for the Rat City Roller Girls. Outside of his practice, Dr. Hsu enjoys cycling, fly-fishing and photography.

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Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English, Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jim Hsu
Dr. Jim Hsu answered
Sports Medicine 28 years experience
Hello: : Hello: is the pain still ongoing? And did you notice any swelling, clicking or catching since? Knee pain associated with sudden movement, especially while kneeling and squatting, can cause internal problems as severe as meniscal tears. Fortunately, those are relatively rare, and there are many other far more benign possibilities like iliotibial band symptoms. There is no easy way to tell exactly what caused your knee pain, but if you feel the incident has caused a lingering, consistent change for the worse in your knee, such as fluid buildup, limited movement range, persistent pain in the knee where before the incident there was none, and popping or catching sensations, especially if those signs are ongoing and it's been a couple of weeks or more from your initial injury, then it is important to see a local orthopedic specialist who will be able to examine your knee, listen to your history, and help diagnose and treat your knee. An MRI may be necessary if the initial xrays are not revealing significant injuries or existing arthritis or other bony problems. However, your orthopedist may be able to make many diagnoses without an MRI and elect to recommend conservative treatment first then consider MRI if you are not improving. I hope this has been helpful. Even though you are in brooklyn and i'm in seattle, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jim Hsu
Dr. Jim Hsu answered
Sports Medicine 28 years experience
Hello: Since : Hello: since oats are being performed in many body areas now, including knees, shoulders, ankles, and elbows, i will make a guess that your question pertains to the most common scenario: oats in a knee with an area of focal cartilage damage on the weight-bearing surface of one of the femoral condyles. There are some differences in opinions amongst orthopaedic surgeons on the exact time frame, certain portions of rehabilitation may progress faster for some individuals, and the detailed location of the oats in the knee also makes a difference (direct weight-bearing portion of the femur versus the trochlea of the femur, for example), but here is an approximate time frame: -range-of-motion restoration, with help of a cpm (constant passive motion) machine, starts immediately; -low-resistance pedaling on a stationary bike can start about 3 weeks after surgery; -protective weight bearing (crutches) for the first 6 weeks after surgery, then wean to full weight bearing; -normalizing walking, then a gradual transitioning to more vertically-oriented activities (proprioception, jumping/landing), then agility/pivoting drills, usually happens between 6 to 12 weeks after surgery; -back to sports and activities, without restrictions: 12 to 16 weeks after surgery. For me, the first six weeks of the outline is strict, as that time frame rationale is based on time for bone-to-bone healing that will revitalize and stabilize the bone plug, which is the key to a successful oats procedure. Some patients may progress very well through the time frame after the "crutch time;" as long are there are no shortcuts taken and they follow the general guidelines on activities advancement i will allow some flexibility during that time frame. I hope this helps! sincerely, jim hsu, md.
A male asked:
Dr. Jim Hsu
Dr. Jim Hsu answered
Sports Medicine 28 years experience
Hello: Since : Hello: since there are many possibilities of shoulder issues with your descriptions, i would recommend an evaluation by an orthopedic physician. I will discuss three possibilities: the most common would be a rotator cuff strain. The muscles controlling the stability of your shoulder joint are irritated and with use or strains from prolonged postures (at night, especially) they can hurt. Usually this is successfully treated with anti-inflammatory medications and activity modifications. Physical therapy may be necessary, and usually will speed up recovery. A more concerning problem would be a rotator cuff tear. Does your shoulder feel weak? Does holding an object away from your torso , especially at shoulder-height level, cause a lot more pain than you expect for the weight of the object? This is a problem that may present exactly the same way as cuff strain, but the difference is that a tear will not heal and will usually get worse over time. This is a condition your orthopedic physician can help you rule out, on physical exam or other imaging studies (mri, ultrasound). Finally, your symptoms may also indicate frozen shoulder syndrome. This is an often spontaneous loss of shoulder range of motion that starts out with shoulder pain, especially at night. Start of physical therapy and stretching exercises can nip this potentially long-lasting and debilitating problem before it gets too severe. Again, your orthopedic doctor will be looking out for this condition and prescribe appropriate treatments. Once again, if your symptoms have been ongoing for a month or more, it is important to be evaluated to make sure you are getting the right treatment to feel better sooner, and that you are not missing out on a window of treatment opportunity. I hope this helps! sincerely, jim hsu, md seattle, wa.

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Dec 16, 2012
My son sustained a football knee injury Friday night and we were glad to find out from the trainer that the Sports Medicine Clinic is usually open Saturdays early morning! We were able to see Dr. Hs...Read More
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Dec 16, 2012
Jim was thorough in helping me understand my arm injury. He was honest and upfront. I definitely recommend him.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hsu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I love the fact that you take time to explain your possible diagnoses. You are the kind of doctor I would want to visit in real life!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you...I wasn't sure if it was rotator cuff or tendinitis .
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This saved my life. Thank You! This is exactly how l feel.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Graduated 1999MD

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University-Bloomington
Graduated 1993MD


Barnes Jewish Hospital


Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Arthroscopy Association of North America
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