Located in San Diego, California, Dr. William Tontz Jr. is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who is Fellowship Trained in all Spine Conditions.

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MENISCUS TEARS. 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE KNEE’S SHOCK ABSORBER.

Meniscus tears are quite common.  Often times when I’m seeing a patient for a degenerative disc disease, meniscus tears will reveal themselves. I saw a patient last week who was referred for her low back.  After watching her walk and examining her knee, it was obvious that something else was going on.  As it turns […]

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MARSHALL STEELE. WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM AN INNOVATOR.

I had dinner recently with an orthopedic surgeon named Marshall Steele. The purpose of the dinner was to introduce a program he developed to other doctors in the community.  Dr Steele has developed an exceptional program over the years for spine and joint replacement patients. The purpose of the program is to deliver a high quality […]

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OSTEOPOROSIS AND KYPHOPLASTY. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

Yesterday was a special day when I got an opportunity to appear on The Doctors TV show.   I talked about kyphoplasty as an option to treat symptomatic fractures in the back from osteoporosis.   A gracious patient of mine allowed the show to film her during a kyphoplasty procedure.  She is doing well and was an […]

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ANKLE SYNDESMOTIC INJURY. WHEN A SPRAIN DOESN’T GET BETTER.

An ankle syndesmotic injury is not often appreciated on the soccer field.  I saw several patients last month who “sprained” their ankle.  They came to the office with significant swelling and bruising over the ankle.  They could not walk on the affected leg.  I obtained radiographs in the office which demonstrated widening of the tibia […]

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PARKINSON’S DISEASE IN ORTHOPEDICS. WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BALANCE DISORDERS.

Parkinson’s disease is a condition that is seen in the orthopedic office.  I saw a patient several years ago who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.   He was referred to me for an osteoporotic compression fracture and possible kyphoplasty.  He also had frequent falls.  He developed a hip fracture after I saw him in […]

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HAZARDS OF SMOKING IN THE LITERATURE. ANOTHER REASON TO KICK THE HABIT

We all know that smoking is bad for us.  We tell our loved ones and patients in the office to kick the habit before it kicks them.  Recently the New England Journal of Medicine published a quality article on the hazards of smoking.  The lead author Dr. Jha had some interesting points to illustrate in […]

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