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Dr. Rick Pospisil

Orthopedic Surgery
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Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Insurances accepted

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

Dr Pospisil is one of Southern California's well known Orthopaedics surgeons, having practiced in Orange County for over 30 years. He has extensive experience with arthroscopic repair of knee and shoulder injuries as well as total joint arthroplasty. He is one of the few ortho Drs trained in the art of subchonralplasty to help repair early arthritic conditions to stave off the necessity of an arthroplasty.As a surgeon he has resounding success performing 200 surgeries a year for 25 years

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

469 Answers
373 Agrees
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee pain: Pain still with walking and use of a cane, consider bracing , weight loss , exercise via bike or pool , take glucosamine, consider viscosupplement inj... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder: Orthopaedist can monitor and direct treatment as this is a common problem seen by ortho drs
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee issues: Any time one sees a specialist expect focus on the part which encouraged u to seek help. They will, take your history asking what problems u have with... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Hand numbness: Numbness isolated to the hand is not typically produced by shoulder problems. As there can be many potential causes for hand numbness, you should be e... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee injuries: Any trauma can damage growth plates and some times if severe enough will result in limb shortening. Our lower extremities have areas of growth 1.one a... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder / hand: It is unusual for shoulder injuries to produce tingling in ones hand. So.. If u have hand tingling it is usually a consequence of problem away from t... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Complete cervical in: Based on your question ,I am worried that you have not been given a complete understanding of your injury. Ask your treating team to give you a better... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Bow legs: Straightening of ones tibia using the ilizarov apparatus should not affect an individual's knees, hips , or spine So.. If you r experiencing sxs in t... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Ignore: Tennis elbow You almost never see this in a physiotherapist as they know proper stretches to preven.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder sounds: Many joints can pop or click with movement. It is usually of concern if it is associated with pain or loss of motion. If that's what's occurring then ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder scope: Any surgery has potential complications of bleeding, infection, nerve injury , or failure to correct the problem u have . Fortunately these concerns r... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Post tkr: There r a variety of standard post op protocols to advance ones thigh and leg muscle strengthening. Typically one is given direction with sequential m... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Cardio with knee inj: Low impact, like exercising in a pool, using stationary cycle or rowing machine, some stair masters , . All of these can help train your heart without... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Ligament retears: Whether or not one regains full knee function is determined by the severity of the tear as well as accompanying structural damage to other knee struct... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Serious knee injury: Usually an injury which tears ligaments ,cartilage or fractures the Bone can have permanent sequela which affects function.Hence this would be consid... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Lac ca: Very common for elbow to have pain especially after coming out of a long arm cast which was used to treat both bone forearm fracture. Try warm compres... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Biceps: Having equal pain in both biceps concurrently would tend to indicate some irratative activity. Think about what has changed recently in either what u ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Mcl knee injury: Length of recovery time depends upon whether there are other associated structural injuries. Isolated grade 1 or 2 MCL tears r treated effectively no... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder injuries: Many times the circumstances or events that led to,shoulder injuries will also produce problems in the elbow and wrist. .. So it's not uncommon to hav... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Nerve vs spinal cord: Think of our spinal cord like a tree trunk with many branches coming off ( analogy to nerves). When we damage or injure a nerve it goes to one specif... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Joint replacement: First you should have several opinions as to the appropriate treatment as this is a big step for a 31 yo. You should ask for referrals to orthopedic s... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Lumbar. Pain: Taking any over the counter meds like ibuprofen,aleve, aspirin, may cause heartburn , so.. U make sure u take the dose on a full stomach, alternati... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Tendonitis shoulder: Restrict motions or positions which produce discomfort. Make consistent use of an NSAID for 2 weeks, work with a physiotherapist to isometric ally ton... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Arm pop: Popping with movements of our joints Is. Normal .typically the movement creates a small cavity which fills with gas that becomes released with motion ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
MCL /ACL: When both r repaired you have the best chance for a good functional recovery. One should not overly "tighten " MCL repair so u may still have slight a... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Sore back: Possibly u have strained part of the supporting muscles or ligaments. It is typical for one to have more discomfort the day or two after. Try heat , g... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Spinal stenosis: Although typically lumbar spinal stenosis produces symptoms in the low back and legs ,I there can also be involvement in the thoracic spine New onset... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Hand arthritis: If your experiencing early am pain ,stiffness in. Your fingers and hands try gentle low heat for 15-20 minutes. Consider a consistent use of NSAIDs s... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Painful swelling: Areas that are moderate to severely painful that are associated with swelling that lasts for more then a few days should be seen by an md, there are n... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Shinsplints: If indeed you have "shin splints" you need to learn to. Progress into activites requiring running and jumping .more slowly, The pain produced by shin... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Lumbar. Fracture: Treatment depends upon whether the fracture is stable or not and amount of compromise of The spinal canal or neuroforamen. Expect a thorough physical ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Wrist and thumb inju: ICE , Elevation, compression , NSAIDs . Avoid activities which produce pain . Consider obtaining an Ray and evaluation if u have persistent or increas... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Growth plates: Our thigh and leg bones grow from both sides of the bone (close to the hip, both sides of the knee, and close to the ankle. Closure of the growth plat... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Post knee bruise: Not unusual to have spontaneous rupture of a posterior knee cyst,without a history of trauma. expect bruising and discomfort to resolve gradually . ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Postop surgery: It is common to experience changes in feeling hot or cold , with or without fever for several days postop, treat with Tylenol (acetaminophen) . If it ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Great toe: Treatment depends upon amount of damage to the articular surface .. Fusion of mtp is a bigger surgery , and is necessary if the joint Has a lot of ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Nail injury: Keep it clean , protect it with band aid . Keep the portion of the nail bed which is missing the nail clean , protected . Most nail injuries heal slow... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
ANKLE PAIN: Ankle sprains are part of a spectrum that involve injury to parts of the ligaments , tendons and bone. It is not unusual to still have pain in the are... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Knee fracture: I would assume you have a non displaced fracture of the tibial spine or patella, both of which typically heal with straight leg immobilization over 6... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder pain: Presence of pain is the bodies way of telling us something is wrong. So yes you need to seek another opinion, perhaps some testing should be ordered .... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Frozen shoulder: Typically frozen shoulder does not produce problems with the circulation or nerves in the affected extremity . Having stated that there r many factor... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Pain in knee : Pain is the way of our body telling us something is wrong . So. U need to be evaluated by a specialist , or try a virtual consult
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Hip fracture : U should be seen to ensure they gave u the correct diagnosis as well as checking to see if the treatment is correct
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Hand trauma: You should be seen by a hand specialist, as that's not normal to continue to have shooting pain and numbness
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Ankle injury: Given the fact u have persistent ankle pain and swelling one year post injury lets us know that some structure is disrupted, you need to be evaluated!
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Nasal calcitonin: Yes it is safe with the exception that longer use may lead to irritation of nasal mucosa
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Frostbite: More a function of exposure time. 1. Cold Skin ( fingers ,toes ,nose.ears ) followed by numbness ,Change in skin color to grey or blue) .
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Muscle twitch: Many causes of muscle twitches , ALS is not likely to be the cause of them . If they persist or increase in frequency or length of time , u should be... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Head ,neck pain: Either a function of muscle spasm or nerve radiation . Either way the pathology is at the Hess or neck ,not the shoulder
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Calf pain: Strain is usually caused my a history of trauma. Very localized tenderness and swelling.Blood clots in the calf typically present with widespread swe... Read More

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Aug 21, 2020
Dr. Pospisil is an expert orthopedic surgeon. I am proud to have referred him patients, who always return happy and better off!
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pospisil is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pospisil is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for a very clear and concise answer. Now I will know how to proceed if and when another similar injury occurs. Also, please pardon the delay in replying.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank u!! I've got a puncture wound from thorn, top of hand, from weed eating a pasture. Nearest Dr, hr away. Will go.Thank u so much for your time!!!!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! im already taking glucosamine and chronditin, also, i think i have thyroid issues that arent caught in bloodwork so im taking kelp and losing weight

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

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Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA
Graduated 1978MD

Residency

DUKE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

summa cum laude-UCLA, ALPHA OMEGA ALPHA- USC, PHI BETA KAPPA -UCLA
TOP DOCTORS 2012
TEAM DR MARINAHIGH SCHOOL 1990- 2006

Affiliations

AAOS,COA,PIEDMONT ORTHO
calif ortho association
Fellow, American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgery
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