We appreciate your patience during this time, we are pleased to announce our patient portal has returned to full functionality. Feel free to visit our patient portal for secure messaging, appointment and clinical requests, and engaging in direct communication with our clinical staff.

Shoulder Surgery Recovery

Recovery from shoulder surgery depends on the patient’s health before surgery, the extent of damage, and the difficulty of the surgery. The recovery process is generally the same regardless of the surgical procedure – arthroscopic or open shoulder surgery. Because your shoulders perform most all daily activities from brushing your teeth to getting dressed, they are in constant use. Healing from shoulder surgery generally requires on average six months, including a period of mandatory rest and immobility before active rehabilitation to restore range of motion and function. Immobilization of the shoulder allows the cartilage, tendon or ligament to begin healing. […]

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Outrun your aches and pains

Dr. Andrew Hartman, an orthopedic surgeon of Orthopedic Specialists of North County, recently published an article in “The Coast News” regarding how to outgrow your aches and pains through physical activity. In the article, he discusses the positive impact of continuous exercises mixed with daily activities against a progressing osteoarthritis condition. Fight The Aches and Pains of Arthritis with Exercise The best protection against the aches and pains of aging joints and arthritis is regular physical activity. It can relieve joint pain and stiffness, and improve joint function. When incorporated into your lifestyle you can experience improved mood, cardiovascular health […]

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Tips to keep a Healthy Spine

The spine is a complex system of bone, ligaments, discs, tendons and muscles, that provide structure and support to the body. The spine also protects are central nervous system, and allows us the ability to be upright and mobile. What incredible creatures we are! Studies show that there is a link between poor posture and depression. Stooping and slouching are associated with back pain, weight gain, heartburn, migraines, anxiety and impaired respiratory function. Good posture provides for deep breathing, improved feelings of well being and increased energy for optimal performance. As we age there is a normal decline in function […]

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Facts about Platelet – Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

What is PRP? PRP is a preparation made in a lab from a patient’s whole blood, where platelet-derived growth factors are concentrated and injected back into the same patient to stimulate healing. PRP is blood plasma that is enriched with platelets. Our blood has many components, one of which is platelets. Platelets are best known as essential for blood clotting. But platelets also contain proteins called growth factors that help in healing, and increase collagen production to repair soft tissues, and muscles. Platelets also stimulate the growth of stem cells to restore tissues, enhance blood flow, and generate firmer and […]

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The ABCs of Physical Therapy

We often gets asked about Physical Therapy and if it can help someone get better and feel better. The short answer is YES, it can help you get better and feel better. If you have not experienced PT in the past this quick blog will help provide some basic information about physical therapy, or also known as ‘PT’. PT starts with a very specific, customized treatment plan to help improve your body’s mobility. Our team of therapists will develop a detailed roadmap of Physical Therapy to help streamline activities like walking or going up stairs. If you need help with […]

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Pain in the knees

It’s not just the older folks that encounter pain in the knees, especially the front of the knees. Just think back to PE class.  Teens obsessed with football, baseball and the many other sports can end up causing pain to the soft tissues.  Knee injuries among young athletes, particularly girls are a growing problem. Boys age 11 to 15 and girls between eight and thirteen are at greater risk. Although, teenagers and young adults who are physically active may sometimes experience pain in the front and center of the kneecap, or the patella.  The condition is called adolescent anterior knee […]

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Bone Density Screening

Bone density (also called bone mineral density) is the amount of bone minerals in bone. Bone minerals give bones their hardness, and the strength to withstand breaking. Bone mineral density is dynamic in humans, continually being resorbed and renewed during the bone modeling process. This process is regulated by hormones that keep bone buildup and resorption in balance. The only way to evaluate bone density, and estimate the risk of breaking a bone is with bone mineral density screening. It will tell you if you have normal density, low density (Osteopenia) or Osteoporosis. When a patient is taking medication to […]

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OSNC Launches New Practice Website

Welcome to our new OSNC website! We hope to use this platform to improve communications with new and existing patients while providing information to help educate you and your family on a variety of medical topics. Within our site you can read about our doctors, learn about orthopedic conditions and treatment options, or you can schedule your appointments in our patient portal. If there is something you want to learn more about, please contact us. Orthopaedic Specialists of North County is the leading provider of orthopedic, physical therapy and sports medicine care in North County San Diego and nearby communities. […]

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"The entire team at OSNC is great, very professional and took the time to put me at ease. And I only have praise for the Dr. Erik Stark, a wonderful doctor who never disappoints!" Patient of Dr. Erik Stark