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Shaun Felcher

Orthopedist

Dr. Shaun Felcher is a top Orthopedist in Tampa, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Shaun Felcher is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Shaun Felcher is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Shaun Felcher is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Tampa, FL, Dr. Shaun Felcher is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
11 years Experience
Shaun Felcher
  • Tampa, FL
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Accepting new patients

When is a sprain considered serious?

I’m assuming you’re referring to a sprained ankle. In that case a single sprain is by its definition not serious as it means you did not break a bone and sustained a soft tissue READ MORE
I’m assuming you’re referring to a sprained ankle. In that case a single sprain is by its definition not serious as it means you did not break a bone and sustained a soft tissue injury to the supporting ligaments if the ankle. It can become serious if it also involves a broken bone or something called a syndesmosis injury (also referred to as a high sprain). Another concern can be if you’ve had frequent sprains and the ligaments are now stretched out too much, you can have an unstable ankle (rolls easy), especially when on uneven ground; this situation at times can require surgery, depending on the severity, to tighten the ligament up again and/or reconstruct the ligament.

Hope that helps.

How long does a sprain take to heal in children?

It can vary depending on the severity of the sprain and if it involved any bony injury known as an avulsion fracture. Typically, however, most sprains can be treated and rehabbed READ MORE
It can vary depending on the severity of the sprain and if it involved any bony injury known as an avulsion fracture. Typically, however, most sprains can be treated and rehabbed within 6-8 weeks with more severe sprains taking up to 12 weeks before you’re back doing activities without restrictions.

What is the healing time for tennis elbow?

Good news and bad news. Good news is given enough time in most people this condition will resolve without any invasive interventions or surgery, however, the bad news is it can READ MORE
Good news and bad news. Good news is given enough time in most people this condition will resolve without any invasive interventions or surgery, however, the bad news is it can take 1-2 years for some people for this to resolve. The initial treatment would be to take some time off and let it rest, utilize an NSAID if able (such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen), and possibly use a counterforce strap (tennis elbow strap) to help with the discomfort when doing things that might aggravate it. If the pain starts to become limiting, visiting the Orthopedic Surgeon or a primary care sports medicine doctor can be helpful in order to confirm the diagnosis and possibly obtain an injection. Just know, that frequently despite our attempts at treating this condition, often times it comes down to the passage of time for it to resolve.

My mother is diagnosed with osteonecrosis. Is there a treatment for this condition?

It depends on the location of the osteonecrosis. If it is in a location such as the hip joint then a hip replacement may be the solution, however, it is different if it is involving READ MORE
It depends on the location of the osteonecrosis. If it is in a location such as the hip joint then a hip replacement may be the solution, however, it is different if it is involving a bone in the hand, such as something called Kienbock’s disease, or some other area of the body. If a surgery is not wanted or needed for the osteonecrosis there are some medical interventions that can sometimes help with the pain and can be discussed with your Orthopedic Surgeon or primary care provider.

My 80 year old mother recently fell and fractured her ankle. How long should it take for her to recover?

There are several factors that go into the healing of an ankle fracture. The most common are the quality of the bone (severe osteoporosis can make the bone weaker and require a READ MORE
There are several factors that go into the healing of an ankle fracture. The most common are the quality of the bone (severe osteoporosis can make the bone weaker and require a longer period of protection), presence of diabetes (almost always slows the overall healing process), and the severity of the fracture. The general overall healing time for an ankle fracture is approximately 12 weeks with patients beginning to put weight on the ankle at different times during those 3 months based on those previous factors. So, it would be fair to expect approximately 3 months to start to return to a more normal life, but that’s a general target with some people being slightly earlier and others being slightly longer.

I hope that answers your question.

Shaun Felcher MD

Does a fracture take long to heal in older adults?

Fractures heal at different rates depending on the location in the body, any other medical issues such as diabetes, and at times the age of the patient. However, typically, a fracture READ MORE
Fractures heal at different rates depending on the location in the body, any other medical issues such as diabetes, and at times the age of the patient. However, typically, a fracture can be considered healed around 12 weeks if it heals in a normal manner without issues, so it is reasonable to consider the fracture not healed at 6 weeks for your mother.

Many people will start to feel better at 6 weeks because the bones are getting "sticky" from a callus that is formed during the healing process, but this needs to calcify before it can become new bone.

I hope that is helpful,

Shaun Felcher, MD