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

Thursday: 8:00am - 12am
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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 female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Edema/ fluid : Best to be examined. But swelling in the hand and fingers can occasionally occur after large rot cuff tears( esp w/ long head of biceps too). Edema ca... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Swelling causes ...,: Increased pressure in a compartment( of the leg , for example) from trauma , surgery, fracture, etc. W/ resultant swelling, bleeding may lead to impai... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Obamacare: In fla. Especially w/ aging population more and more ors are retiring or not accepting ' new' medicare pts. This is unfortunate and related in part t... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Depends on surgery: I would say that most board certified orthopedic surgeons are well- trained. Like any other field, however, there are better skilled and gifted surgeo... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Get: Get (2)opinions if possible prior to oral surgery.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Sports: Sports injuries that strain or muscle or tendon need to heal completely before return to sport.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Start: Start slow and gradually increase the weight and duration of workouts to avoid overuse injuries.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Follow: Follow your surgeon's advice implicitly and work hard!
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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 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Not sure: Possibly the pa who saw you believes you have rotator cuff tendinitis and not a tear. Then a trial of rotator cuff strengthening exercises is appropri... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Descried ? : Not sure what your are saying... But if u have a non- displaced distal fibula fracture and your ankle mortise is symmetrical than a cast or boot w/ in... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Don't understand?: Not sure what you are asking about the ACL? How it manifests itself after injury( symptoms, exam etc.) or how it can occur. Please clarify and I will ... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Rotator cuff tear: If u did not fracture your proximal humerus in the fall( thank goodness) and now have pain in your shoulder w/ motion away from your body or above you... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
??: Rotator cuff impingement ( "bursitis") or frank rotator cuff tears can be quite painful especially w/overhead and 'away from the body' motions of your... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Very common : As an ORS; greater trochanter hip bursitis is commonly seen; 'weak' outer hips is not frequently heard. He or she may be referring to weak hip abducto... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Ultrasound?: Ultrasound is very rarely used for knees. Usually weight - bearing ( standing) X-rays and MRI ( if needed) are useful w/ history and physical examinat... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Let it heal: " Gamekeepers" or "Skier's" thumb is a common injury after a fall on the thumb or a significant 'stretch' of the thumb away from the index finger.The ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Be sure of diagnosis: Unless you are an overhead athlete ( pitcher or tennis, etc.) full - thickness rotator cuff tears in your age are very unusual. More commonly seen are... 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 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
See ORS : See an orthopedic surgeon if pain is not improved in 10-14 days. 'twisting ' injuries can sprain the medial coll. Ligament but isolated injuries w/ yo... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Get X-ray if...: Sounds like a contusion to your thigh. ( bruise). If you are able to walk and weight bear on that side a fractured femur( thigh bone)extremely unlikel... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Get 2nd opinion: Osteoarthritis that requires knee replacement in a 35 yr. Old is rare.I would seek a 2nd opinion and bring your last arthroscopic photos w/ you when y... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Quad strain?: Difficult to say w/out examination but sounds like you may have strained your quadriceps muscle or quads tendon w/ symptoms u are describing. Best to ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
May help pain , but: A steroid injection in your knee may help your knee temporarily but will not resolve your meniscus tear. In fact, some injections can "mask" the pain ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Several: 'burning' knee pain without any injury may be caused by tendinitis( patellar, quads, it band etc.) or from kneecap (patellofemoral) cartilage wear mos... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Let it rest: Hamstring muscle/ tendon strains esp.@ the knee take a while to heal.If you strained your "semi- t" then rest , ice , compression , elevation(rice) is... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
4-8 wks: Removing the 'bump' below your knee if it continues to be painful@ age17 will require you to be on crutches for a period of time after surgery.If your... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Wait until...: You are over your knee scope completely . Some patients who have their knee ' fixed' feel better and have less hip pain and a better gait @ 6-8 wks. H... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Usually cardio: Most people have better 'mood improvement' or endorphin release after a good> 30 min cardio workout. Some people do after a @weight workout but thi... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Rest ...: 'shin splints' respond often to a definitive time of rest( usually from running...4-6 wks), nsaids and stretching exercises for your lower leg muscles... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
See your surgeon: Snapping and popping after a shoulder 'scope' is not unusual and is usually temporary . If it is not improving make your surgeon aware of this @ follo... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Well, it is...: If u fell and pulled your hamstring tendon( most probable) or adductor muscle / tendon. Ecchymosis( black and blue discoloration ) is normal after you... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Arm workouts: " core" arm strength , or rather, exercises that can build up your arms: wrist curls/ extensions, biceps curls and triceps extensions , . For your upp... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Groin strains...: Hip flexor ( or adductor also) strains respond well to immediate ice( 12-24 hrs), ibuprofen( or other otc nonsteroidal antiinflammatory med) and rest.... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Subacromial: If u have impingement syndrome and a secondary adhesive capsulitis an injection into the subacromial space is warranted followed by a pt program to re... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Possibly: Sounds like u had bilateral ankle fx.'s @ age 21.Apparently no surgery? . 28 years later (if your fractures required no surgery) then it wouldn't be u... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
X-ray : This is really impossible to answer intelligently without looking at good quality ap and lateral x-rays of your tibia and/ or ankle.A second opinion i... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Not indicated : Aspirin is probably the oldest anti/inflammatory medicine around; it works well in this regard for some patients.!it's also used as an anti-pyretic to... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Rest it: Possibly the peroneal muscles ( on the side of the leg) are being affected as they are compensating for your ' weak' ankle. Rest is the obvious soluti... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Jog: Jog a mile or fast walk. Work up to 2 miles every night. With a simple diet you will lose your 10-15 lbs. Good luck!
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
No: Not sure which muscle you have ' strained' but surgery for a muscle 'strain' is not an option.., it will slowly get better w/ time. If you have avulse... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Need exam: If u had orif prox humerus and have the motion now u are describing that is quite good. I assume you still have a plate in your prox humerus... Someti... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes,possibly: Patellar maltracking can cause knee pain and instability. Anything that causes knee pain may result in muscle spasms about the knee.See your ors for e... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: Depends on the reason for lateral release( kneecap instability, ? Kneecap pain, etc) and your present symptoms and physical exam. Would need to examin... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Need exam!: A steroid injection in your knee may not help the underlying problem which is causing your knee to swell.A torn cartilage, early arthritic changes, lo... 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 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 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 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Normal: If you are having posterior knee pain 3 months post/op acl reconstruction this could be a normal 'discomfort ' , esp. If you haven't regained complete... 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
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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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