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Dr. Tal David

Orthopedic Surgery
San Diego, CA
28 years experience male

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Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

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78 Answers
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Repair Meniscus: When a meniscus tear requires surgery, there are two types: meniscal repair or meniscal resection. Resection means "removal" and repair means that no... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Core exercises: Other than spine/back exercises, strengthening your abdominal muscles would be a great way to improve your core strength.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Weights and kids: Lifting weight when your growth plates are open (immature) can damage the growth plate. Since most weightlifting is not particularly beneficial until... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
HGH: Human growth hormone is a very closely regulated drug. Taking hgh without a physicians' monitoring can lead to serious health problems. Some cited s... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Light leg exercises: After a pulled hamstring, light leg exercises are encouraged. Riding a stationary bike may be the best exercise. Non-weightbearing exercises like sw... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Risks of TKA: The risks of knee replacement are the same regardless of the location of surgery. The main issues being (but no limited to) infection, persistent pai... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Rotator cuff surgery: The answer to your question depends on many factors including the size of your tear, your range of motion before surgery, the length of time that your... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Weight lifting: Stress on an open bone growth plate can damage the growth plate and cause premature closure (bone stops growing). If your growth plates are still ope... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Costochondritis: Untrue. There is no evidence that costochondritis will affect any of the underlying organs.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Shoulder surgery: The hope is that your dislocated shoulder can be stabilized with surgery allowing you to return to normal play. Success rates for shoulder instabilit... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Broken thumb: Thumb fracture usually takes about 6-8 weeks to heal. A thumb sprain can take twice as long, depending on the ligament that has been sprained.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
AC injury: Ac injuries are often related to a tearing or stretching of ligaments. These injuries can often require 6-8 weeks of rest and activity modification b... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Knee muscles: Both the quadriceps and hamstring muscles are responsible for extension and flexion. Both muscle groups are equally large and powerful.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Hardware removal: The answer totally depends on where the pin/plate is and what structure it is supporting. Most orthopedic implants are made to stay in the human body... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Meniscus tear: You have the symptoms of a meniscus tear or torn cartilage in your knee. See an orthopedic surgeon, an MRI is the best test to evaluate/diagnose this... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Tramadol: Use of tramadol should be limited to 5 days. The main concern with long-term usage involves gastrointestial problems such as ulcers and gastritis.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Knee injury: Unlikely. You are describing a very serious injury that likely will result in a poor functional level for you unless you consider surgery. Find an o... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Foot pain: Your son may have a midfoot sprain or a metatarsal fracture. I would recommend seeing a doctor unless the pain is improving daily.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Shoulder pain: You may have a torn labrum and may need surgery to repair it. See an orthopedic shoulder specialist. An MRI is the best test to determine if this is... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
ACL v. bruise: A bruised knee will recovery completely. An acl tear will usually result in a knee that feels unstable and gives out when you jump or pivot on it.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Meniscus injury: I suggest obtaining an MRI of the knee to evaluate the meniscus. You may have re-torn your meniscus.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Hamstring surgery: Depending on where along the hamstring your surgery was: weakness, stiffness, sciatica, cramping, early fatigue during muscle contraction.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Knee sprain: Several possibilities: most commonly, torn cartilage, meniscus tear, ligament injury or sprain. You should see an orthopedic surgeon if you still hav... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Challenging: It can be difficult to burn calories when you are recovering from knee surgery. You can probably get on a stationary bike after several weeks. Swim ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
ACL surgery: You will likely be on crutches for 1-3 weeks. You will likely be enrolled in a rehab or physical therapy program. You will likely use a brace to pro... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Hamstring strain: Depending on the severity, a hamstring strain can take between 3 and 12 weeks to heal. Some severe tears require surgery. If your symptoms do not im... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
ACL recovery: Acl recovery is a long process. Depending on several factors, your recovery will probably require 6-9 months of activity modification. Having said t... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Double jointed : Being double jointed usually means that you have extra flexibility in your joints. It is not a bad thing.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Meniscus tear: A torn meniscus can often cause intermittent symptoms. Meniscus tears usually do not heal so it is likely that your meniscus is still causing you pro... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
ACL tear: Most acl tears hurt immediately after the injury but then the pain goes away. A torn acl often presents with no pain but rather knee instability. If... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Meniscus root tear: Your symptoms may be mechanical in nature. That is, it feels like something is mechanically "blocking" your range of motion. A catching or popping f... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Labrum: In an 18yo athlete with shoulder pain, your complaints may represent an injury to the labrum of the shoulder. I suggest an evaluation by an orthoped... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Knee immobilizer: The purpose of knee immobilization after surgery is to prevent the bones from shifting. Usually used for 6 weeks after screw placement.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Hairline fracture: The quick answer is 8 weeks. However, it depends on several factors, the most important being what bone is fractured and how long it has been fractur... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Fibula: Usually yes. The issue is what position the fibula is in when it heals. If it is not properly aligned, you may develop knee or ankle problems after ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
ACL or MCL: These two injuries are often associated with trauma. A tear or strain to these ligaments will present with instability and swelling. While mcl tears... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Growth: It can. Injury to the knee's growth plate can affect growth and should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Guitar hands: Nondisplaced 4th mc fractures are generally stable as long as you are careful. The fracture usually heals by 6 weeks. If this is your strumming hand... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Finger stiffness: The hand/fingers stiffen very quickly after fracture. Particularly after immobilization. Early rom is a good remedy but you have to make sure the fr... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
MCL sprian: Mcl injuries can take up to 8 weeks to heal.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Knee instability: Use crutches or some aide to avoid the knee from repeatedly going out. Use ice and elevate the extremity.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Muscle building: Proteins are the building blocks for muscle tissue. If your diet is not providing enough protein for muscle building, you should consider a protein s... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
ACL + weight loss: Try activities that do not require pivoting, jumping or twisting. Swimming, bicycle riding, and straight-line jogging all produce minimal strain on t... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Finger fracture: One of the criteria for surgery following metacarpal fracture is rotation of the bone. If you slowly flex your fingers together (like you are making ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Sciatica: All of the medications that you have listed can be used to help with neuropathic leg pain. I suggest an anti-inflammatory (naproxen, ibuprofen, etc.)... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Displaced meniscus: The term displaced generally means that a protion of the meniscus is "out of place" and this generally implies a tear.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Crush injury: Most crush injuries of the foot involve significant damage to the tissues. These injuries can be very serious and often require 2-3 months for full r... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Neck shoulder: Have your neck checked. Most shoulder problems can radiate to the elbow but not as far downstream as the forearm or hand.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
AC separation: Grade 3 ac separations will generally heal in 6-8 weeks. It may, however, take you longer to be comfortable lifting weights with your arm. Working o... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Thoracic disc: Yes. Generally extension exercises can help with a thoracic disc due to the fact that the native thoracic spine is in flexion (which compresses the d... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. David is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. David is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! You were spot on..SLAP tear, I just had it repaired last week, thanks!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! checks out would that also have affected my elbow as well? many thanks
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Its nice2 know Ican play polo outside of highschool&it's not over 4 me

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1994MD

Awards

Top Orthopedic Surgeon , Third Place, California - Summer
2013
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