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Dr. Scott Graham

Orthopedic Surgery
Laguna Woods, CA
27 years experience male

Locations

South County Orthopedic Specialists

Laguna Woods, CA

Address

24331 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA
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Wednesday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Orthopedic Surgery

Sports Medicine

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98 Answers
19 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Ice: Ice the area, elevate, rest it and if contraidicated, take some nsaid's like advil (ibuprofen).
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Many things: He could have a frozen shoulder, a rotator cuff tear, bursitis or even a neck issue. Have him see a shoulder specialist, often a good physical exam... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
See a Rhumatologist: I would suggest you have a consult and blood panel done with a rheum specialist.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Ice and go to PT: If you are still having symptoms, you should still be icing and should be in a physical therapy program. It is unfortunately normal for a ankle sprain... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Stretch, ice, NSAIDs: If you have just some mild back pain which is non radiating, simple hamstring stretching, icing of the back and some over the counter anti-inflammator... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Surgery: The fact that there is a displaced portion to this meniscus tear is important. This tear, and most, has no chance of healing. If it is bothering you, ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Possibly...or not...: Unfortunately, these partial tears can just continue to hurt with sports. Always treat these first with hamstring stretching, avoiding plyometric expl... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Get it checked out : Tis may becouse you have swelling inside the knee joint which can be a sign of an internal injury. An effusion (joint swelling) will cause tightness w... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes you should: When you tear an acl, a person often feels as though the knee went the wrong way. It is usually a non-contact injury. The knee will swell. Later after... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Achilles tondonosis: This is a chronic degenerative process of the tendon as it tries to heal from micro injuries but mostly lays down scar tissue. Ice, stretching, heel c... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
A good exam then MRI: Although most people think a MRI is necessary to diagnose a torn acl, most knee specialists can tell from a couple of simple test that can be done. Wi... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Get it looked at: This is a area where different things can go on. Get it looked at by a md>.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Having a strong leg and thigh is helpful, in recovering from an acl injury and in getting ready for surgery to reconstruct. I suggest non impact, inli... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
No, Knee Specialist: I hear time and time again how much a waste of time it is to go to an er for a suspected acl tear. They will x-ray it, give you an immobilizer and cru... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
No, labral tear: You likely have injured your labrum from the injury. While in general, popping of the shoulder is not a significant problem, popping after a dislocati... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes, but be careful: There should be no problem with you snorkeling at all. However, i would suggest you be careful getting in and out of the area you are going to snorkel... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
PT or Surgery: Depending upon your activities and lifestyle, most people will likely undergo surgery to reconstruct the ligament as it will not heal. If you do not d... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Stretch, ice, NSAIDs: If you have just some mild back pain which is non radiating, simple hamstring stretching, icing of the back and some over the counter anti-inflammator... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Kind of: Most acl tears are complete or grade 3 tears. It is rare that an acl tear is a partial tear or a grade 2 injury. A MRI is really not the best way to t... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Very Different: The rotator cuff is the tendon that attaches the small muscles of the shoulder to the ball and controls rotation. The labrum is the meniscus or shock ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
GIving way/unstable: When you tear an acl, a person often feels as though the knee went the wrong way. It is usually a non-contact injury. The knee will swell. Later after... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes you should: When you tear an acl, a person often feels as though the knee went the wrong way. It is usually a non-contact injury. The knee will swell. Later after... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Stretch and strength: You should work on shoulder retraction(pulling shoulders back) which can help. If you sit alot, put a small pillow in your low back which will pull yo... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Too many things: A frozen shoulder is very painful and does not typically show up on a MRI like the other items do. These things typically do not go together. I would ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
No: I would not suggest any intervention for painless metatarsus adductus if they are asymptomatic. Comfortable shoewear is the answer. Surgery cannot mak... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Get it looked at: Anytime somithing inside the knee causes irritation, the knee will swell. This is called an effusion. Effusions are not normal in a normal knee. At y... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes but be careful: The acl is not needed for inline activities; it is needed for twisting/turning/changing directions. The symptoms of recurring instability, like you do... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Ice and ice more: After having a knee to knee collision, you can have some delayed bruising. Ice it at least a few times a day for 15min for a few days. It will help an... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Costrochondritis: It is common for the area in the ribcage where bone meets the cartilage to have some inflammation. This can be from an injury or just sleeping on it w... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
A few things: You have chondromalacia patella. This is an early degenerative problem of the cartilage on the back of the patella and the stress with up and down act... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
This is common: It is very common for someone to have this after surgery. It occurs more often with autogenous PT grafts. Ice often, stretch you hamstrings, do cross-... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Depends....: It depends on where the pain is. The most common non-injury cause could be patellar tendonitis which would be in the front of the knee below the kneec... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Actually, it is!: The low back is stressed with almost all activities. The muscles help keep us erect with standing, running, sports, sitting...essentially everything. ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Likely not..: The only way you can re-tear an ACL is with an injury that you will compare to the first time you tore the ACL. It is not uncommon for someone even at... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Normal: The cord does not travel exactly as the bony architecture does. This is likely more of a comment by the radiologist rather than any real pathology.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
A good exam then MRI: Although most people think a MRI is necessary to diagnose a torn acl, most knee specialists can tell from a couple of simple test that can be done. Wi... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Chondromalacia: Chondromalacia is softening of the cartilage and can cause some noise while going up and down stairs. It is not arthritis but is the earliest form of ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Core strenthening: Work on core strengthening and increase your cardio workouts. Keep your heart rate up for at least 20-30 minutes 5 times a week. Evaluate your diet an... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: There are many natural supplements that have been shown to be natural anti-inflamatories. Omega 3's and anti-oxidents are commonly used ones. Remember... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: A fracture of the knee can mean so many things. What is fractured, is it displaced, is it a weight bearing region, is it comminuted, is it intraarticu... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes, continue: It is very important to maintain motion of all your joints, even the arthritic ones, so staying active is important. Use pain as a monitor of what you... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Get some labs: It is possible you have a endocrine problem like low thyroid and need it addressed. Tell your md and get some lab/blood work done.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
I can be: This can be symptms of a meniscus tear, early arthritis or a loose body floating in the knee. The history of onset along with some weight bearing xray... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
It depends: It really matters where the frature is, how large it is and whether or not it involves the articular margin. It can be treated by a splint, cast or ev... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
NSAIDS/Ice/Heat/PT: Calcific tendonopathy is a self limiting problem. Try meds/heat/ice first. The natural history is it will resolve on its own. Unfortunately, it is a v... Read More
A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Core Strengthening: When you low back sways in or becomes lordotic, it can be from poor abdominal and/or core strength. Work on abdominal strength and hamstring stretchin... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Cervical spine: When symptoms like your occur, it is often caused by a pinched nerve in the neck. A good exam by a shoulder or even a neck specialist can help. Xrays ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
In line exercises: With an acl tear, you can continue to exercise. However, you should stay away from any twisting, turning, rotational or lateral movements. Stay with i... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Tendonitis: You should be stretching you hamstrings and quads, ice the front of your knee regularly and doing some cross friction massage on the area that hurts t... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Ice, stretch, NSAID: Kabaddi is a rough sport. Like other american contact sports, many joints can be hurt. Icing them and areas of injury/pain after an event is important... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Graham is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you.may God bless you
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE MED CENTER
Completed 2000

Awards

Whos Who
Best Doctors in Orange County, Orange Coast Magazine
HealthTap Top Doctor in Orange County, CA - Winter 2013

Affiliations

Arthroscopy Association of North American (AANA)
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
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