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Dr. David Trettin

Orthopedic Surgery
Monroe
35 years experience male

Locations

Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic of North Louisiana

Monroe , LA

Address

1201 Louisville Avenue, Monroe, La., Monroe , LA
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: Closed
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Office

Monroe

About

Bio

Orthopedic surgery; arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery, sports medicine;partner Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic of North Louisiana. Board certified in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic sports medicine.Head team physician University ofLouisiana@ Monroe. Clinical Assistant Professor LSU/ Shreveport Medical School.Fellow AAOS,AOSSM.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: Louisiana

Languages spoken

English

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Set goals: If you like the way you look in the mirror and feel when exersising regularly this should be all the motivation you need.Sometimes working out w/ a pa... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Start slow: Get the ok from your ORS before u begin running again; @ 1 year post - injury you should be able to start... My reccomendations would be make sure you... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Depends on surg: Depends. Alot of ors would say infection as this is prob. The most common post- op complication.Esp. In joint replacement surgery. Other " worries" wo... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Pain, swelling...: Bakers' cysts are common in osteoarthritis of the knee associated w/ degenerative meniscus( cartilage) tears. You can 'expect ' pain, swelling, stiffn... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Syndresmosis?: "high" ankle sprains can occur from all sports but are especially common in american football. If your ankle, when you landed awkwardly, turned 'out' ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: Plain film x-rays should be able to 'pick up' tumors that are of bony origin or cause destruction of the bone( such as a signifigant metastasis to the... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Avoid: Scapular winging is extremely common! 98% cases will not require surgery . Only those that are due to congenital abnormalities or nerve injury would r... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
See podiatrist: Podiatrists are adept at treating bigtoe nail injuries.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: If you had a knee arthroscopy and had a plica or shelf removed then your ors would routinely inspect and probe your meniscus for tears and or instabil... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Difficult to say: Your pain may improve w/ time, exercises , wt loss etc. But it's difficult to say if your pain or your chrondromalacia will go away completely.The nat... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
See your surgeon: Again best option is to see your treating orthopedist... Your fracture undoubtedly healed but during casting and 'boot' or cam walker use your ankle w... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Depends if ...: Depends if your knee is symptomatic ( painful or feels loose!) if u have no symptoms than no treatment is necessary for a knee that "hyperextends"( re... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
4-6 wks.: Hardware removal from the distal fibula(near the ankle ) is commonplace. At your age you should be nearly 'recovered' @ 6 wks. Or so. The screw holes ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Many: Some of the best exercises to strengthen the 'leg'(thigh and lower leg) are squats, lunges , leg presses and leg curls, hip adductor and abductor 'pre... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Overuse injury: Sounds like you were in good swimming 'shape' then quit for ten days and resumed at your previous pace and time swimming.This is very suggestive of ov... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Work-out mats..: chin-up/ sit -up bar, exercise bike( usually can pick up a cheap used one).that would be a good start. As you start working out and enjoy it you can p... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Ideally, both: For a sports medicine physician stretching BOTH before and after exercising is optimum.If you are unlikely to do this than stretching before u run or ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Scar tissue?: Don't really understand the question.Have you developed a 'frozen shoulder' 3 months following arthroscopic rotator cuff repair ? ART?( PT? Manipulat... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Tendinitis: Most common after beginning this type of exercise is knee tendinitis ( usually patellar, sometimes it band). My advice would be to cross train ( swim,... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Try ex. bike: This is a common complaint to me..." i'd like to lose weight doc but my knees hurt too much"!" what do I do"? You can start by dieting(less calories i... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
See ORS: I don't know if u had any other problems in your knee when u had your meniscus arthroscopic surgery but to still have pain a year later is not normal.... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Inflammation : 'shin splints' are basically the muscles that move the ankle and foot back on the lower leg bone getting inflamed on the tibia ( shin bone).Hope that ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Aerobic: Start @ the gym slowly w/ 3 twenty minute work-out sessions this upcoming week if u haven't been doing anything aerobic before. This could include jo... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Yes, without examining you or knowing much history the treatment would be non- operative( touch- down weight bearing w/ crutches, rom and strengthenin... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
See md: If you have pain in the same ankle 5months after a sprain it may be related or not.Talar dome chondral injuries, impingement syndrome of ankle and oth... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Cross train : Try riding an exercise bike or using an elliptical machine to burn the calories.If they aggravate your it band tendinitis you can always swim . Stairm... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Answer hard to decipher but it sounds like you sprained your ankle and have bruising and numbness into your toes..? This is fairly typical of moderate... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
?what: You definitely tore your biceps tendon insertion off your elbow?At the radial tuberosity...? Not in your shoulder..? If it's torn @ the elbow have it ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Exam and xrays: The only definitive way to know whether u 'sprained' your wrist is by x-rays . Get an appmt. W/ ors and get examined.'walk-in' clinic is ok but fractu... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Not sure: Not sure what you are dealing with but if u are having elbow pain after a fall and u now have a deformity then see your md for exam and x-rays to rule... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
No effect: I understand u have freiberg's but consuming liquid collagen after your orthopedic surgery likely will have little on no effect on your outcome.Best o... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Tib/ fib or femur?: Healing times for ' broken legs' vary w/ which broken bone you are talking about( tibia, fibula, femur) and the location of the 'break ' in the bone(... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
~8 wks.: Transverse process fractures of vertebrae take 8 wks and occ. Longer to heal. As long as there is no other fractures in the vertebrae( and these are c... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Exercise : Best way to build muscle is to exercise muscles , best coordinated by a certified trainer who can guide you on a weight training program specific for ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: First check w/ your ors before u begin a wt. Lifting program. At your age w/ unilateral spondylolisis i would avoid squats, power cleans and dead lift... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Use muscles: Unsure exactly what u r asking but the simple answer to maintain the muscle 'mass' that u have is to exercise those muscles(3 times/ wk) and eat a bal... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Difficult to say: The' severe' ankle sprain also resulted in an injury to the talus apparently .The 'lesion' to the talus may be separate from the stress injury to the ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
See ORS: Pain in this area could be due to a slap lesion. ( labral tear involving the biceps anchor). Unstable 'slap' tears require arthroscopic fixation. Most... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Need rest: "jumpers knee" or patellar tendon tendinitis is aggravated by stop/ start, acceleration sports and jumping. So basketball is especially 'bad' on jumpe... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: @ age 23 tearing your acl is a serious knee injury. Please see my previous answers on acl injuries on health tap. Briefly, acl tears can lead to chro... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Re- injury: Your orthopedic surgeon can help make the decision when you are ready to return to football.The obvious risk is re-injury. Where was it torn?( off the... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
"Cure" ... Need to : Be examined. No one can 'cure' your neck and shoulder pain or even diagnose it properly w/o a more detailed history, and then a physical exam. X-rays ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
U can try: U can try wearing a velcro wrist brace when not working, try taking a NSAID ( antiinflammatory)and using ice massage to the wrist after your writing o... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
See pediatrician: See pediatrician. My concern as an orthopedist would be infection, esp. w/ inability to walk. Bloodstream bacterial infections in children occasionall... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Patellofemoral pain: Your symptoms suggest patellofemoral pain;the cartilage underneath your kneecap may be thinning or damaged and causes pain in the kneecap region, esp.... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Talk to your parents: At your age you should speak w/ your parents concerning your knee problem and see a physician.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Varies: Functional knee bracing after acl reconstruction is fairly common practice for most surgeons, although it's use is decreasing the past few years.For m... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
No : If the injection helped tell your surgeon( not sure if it was in the hip joint or hip bursa)... Either way if injection helped than arthroscopy may he... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
MDI: Sounds like you have a condition of generalized ligamentous laxuty that is causing your joints to 'pop and grind'. If your shoulder 'slips' or pops o... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Heat stroke is a ...: Medical emergency characterized by a core body temp.> 105 degrees. If u suspect someone of having heat stroke call 911. Try to move the person to a... Read More
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Oct 16, 2015
Dr Trettin gives excellent advice to the patients on Health Tap. Is knowledgeable about not only orthopedic problems, but also many general medical problems. This is important in making a well-round...Read More
Feb 5, 2014
It is a pleasure to read your advise Dr. Trettin! Keep up the great service to the Health Tap community and doctors alike! Highly recommend you!
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Oct 14, 2013
Dr. Trettin provides thorough responses and really tries to educate both patients and colleagues. His responses are among the best on Healthtap.
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! I had X-ray done and he said it was torn ligament. That was 5 months ago and now hand is swollen and 1st finger is starting to permanently lean on index finger. Not sur...Read More
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for the explanation, this was very helpful. This made me feel better and I hope it gets better. I hope that it is not serious. Thank you for your help and happ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks much! It is starting to dry up and feel better. Having it looked at today as it did spread a bit. Good info you provided. Have a great day.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

TULANE MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Clinical Assistant Professor LSU/ Shreveport
Louisiana Diplomat to American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine(AOSSM ); 2002-2008
Hughston Society( Sports Medicine).

Affiliations

American Academy Or Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS),AOSSM
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