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If I had to do it again - I would!
"I am a 45 year old white male. My scoliosis SHOULD have been detected at age 10 or around 4th grade. It did not appear to me until I was 32 years old. Due to my aversion to BACK SURGERY, I did nothing from 32-44 years old. My normal adult height was ..."
-  Tom Kirgid ‚ Tucson


Upcoming Events

More Health Lectures Coming Soon in the Fall

September 15, 2014
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2010 and Prior

Don't blow it: Strengthen Muscles that Support the Knees

May 12, 2008
"One of the most dreaded mishaps in sports, from pickup basketball to the NFL, is the knee injury. It can start you on the cycle of pain,…




Please enjoy the latest orthopedic news, current events, regional health events, and achievements representing Tucson Orthopaedic Institute's commitment to excellence.  We've highlighted practice information as well as news coverage demonstrating our dedication to leading edge technologies and community involvement. 


About Our Doctors and Patients

3/3/2014 Dr. Nielsen Talks Orthopaedics with High School Students
Mrs. McSpadden's Anatomy/ Physiology classes were privileged to have an orthopedic surgeon give a presentation about his career and teach some very interesting things about the anatomy of our own human bodies. Dr. Brian Nielsen, a surgeon from the Tucson Orthopaedic Institute, showed the classes pictures of some patient's accidents that he had witnessed and help repair.…more
11/18/2013 TucsonOrtho Doctors Return to Ecuador for Second Year to Help Patients
This November, Tucson Orthopaedic Institute surgeon, Luis Piedrahita, MD, returned to Ecuador with a team of volunteers, including Dr. Russell Cohen and Dr. Murray Robertson, to provide orthopaedic treatment to underprivileged patients. The humanitarian effort was set up by Dr. Piedrahita; this was the second year he organized the trip to Quito.…more
10/9/2013 TucsonOrtho: Well-balanced Approach to Diagnosis
TUCSON, AZ (Explorer News) - When it comes to orthopaedics there are plenty of areas in the body where doctors work with patients to find the best option for non-surgical and surgical treatment.…more

By Our Doctors

11/25/2013 Helpful Tips for Post-Operative Elbow, Hand and Shoulder Surgery
You have just had hand surgery, elbow surgery, or shoulder surgery. These are some helpful hints and frequently asked questions that may help with your recovery and manage your pain. By staying ahead of your pain and swelling, you do not have to catch up. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!…more
3/13/2013 Northwest Medical Center: Stay Active with Safe Sports Practices and Proper Medical Care
We all know that regular exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise makes you look and feel good - promoting greater muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, weight control, and cardiovascular fitness. However, too much of a good thing can lead to an injury that can sideline you from the activities you enjoy.…more
3/8/2013 Introduction to Spine Care
The care of patients with spinal disorders has become increasingly complex. As a result more health care providers have become involved in caring for these patients. The spectrum of providers is wide and includes operative, nonoperative, and pain management specialists.…more

In The News

7/1/2014 Orthopaedic Surgery Q&A: Dr. Stephen Curtin
Tucson Orthopaedic Institute’s spine surgeon, Dr. Stephen Curtin discusses his insights about current trends in orthopaedic spine surgery with Tucson Lifestyle Magazine for the Best Doctors issue.…more
4/1/2014 Steps to Healthier Feet
Standing, walking, running...we rely on our feet for so much. Here's how you can make these valuable appendages happier and healthier.…more
3/25/2014 Hand Expert Talks About Aging, Pain
Numbness in the hands is common in aging and is often the result of the ulnar nerve being compressed, according to a hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgeon at Tucson Orthopedic Institute.…more
2/1/2014 Replaceable You
If all those hours spent doing the Twist have finally caught up to you, there is help for your aching knees and hips. Read on about advancements on the bionic frontier.…more
1/28/2014 Tucson's 'Operation Walk' Gets People on Their Feet
TUCSON (KGUN Ch 9-TV) - Doctors at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute are putting people back on their feet through the "Operation Walk" program. It helps financially or insurance challenged patients get the joint replacement surgery they badly need, but can't afford.…more
1/28/2014 Tucson's 'Operation Walk' Gets People on Their Feet
TUCSON (KGUN Ch 9-TV) - Doctors at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute are putting people back on their feet through the "Operation Walk" program. It helps financially or insurance challenged patients get the joint replacement surgery they badly need, but can't afford.…more
12/23/2013 Tucson Family Helps Give Honduran Girl Life-Changing Surgery
TUCSON (KVOA Ch 4-TV) - Through an organization called Healing the Children, eleven-year-old Silvia traveled from Honduras to Tucson in November, for a life-changing surgery. Silvia had a severe case of scoliosis and her widowed mother, who sells bread back in Honduras, didn't have the money to get her daughter the surgery she needs.…more
12/11/2013 TucsonOrtho Surgeons Team Up with Operation Walk USA to Change Lives
Recovering from major surgery isn't something anyone looks forward to - unless you're 49-year-old Carlos Lopez. Lopez is home after spending the past few days in TMC's new Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower. For him, the recovery process means he's finally received something he's dreamed of for years - a new hip.…more
12/5/2013 Deserving Southern Arizona Patients Receive Free, Life-Changing Surgery
On Friday, Dec. 6, 10 patients from around Southern Arizona will receive the joint replacement surgery they so desperately need, but are unable to afford.…more
10/31/2013 Surgeons vs. Chefs - 4th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
Over 400 people attended the 4th annual ‘Surgeons vs. Chefs’ Pumpkin Carving contest at the Embassy Suites Tucson-Paloma Village. Surgeons from Tucson Orthopaedic Institute and chefs from local restaurants carved unique and one of a kind pumpkins to raise money for TMC for Children, Children’s Miracle Network.…more

Press Releases

7/1/2014 TucsonOrtho Remains Prominent on Best Doctors List
Selected by their medical peers, 27 Tucson Orthopaedic Institute physicians are ranked as Best Doctors in America® for 2014, as published in Tucson Lifestyle Magazine.…more
9/4/2013 TucsonOrtho Welcomes Physiatrist Dr. Calvin Damper to Tucson
Walter Calvin Damper, D.O., a fellowship trained physiatrist specializing in non-operative musculoskeletal treatments of spine, joints and nerves, returns to Southern Arizona where he grew up.…more
8/22/2013 A. Mark Braunstein, M.D. -- On Board at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute
His hands are specially trained to fix our hands. A. Mark Braunstein, M.D., a fellowship trained orthopaedic hand surgeon, has joined Tucson Orthopaedic Institute.…more