Dr. Scott J Tarantino MD
Orthopedist | Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery8322 Bellona Ave Towson MD, 21204
Dr. Scott Tarantino is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Towson, MD. He trained at the world renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the US News & World Report's #1 orthopedic surgery facility in the country. He is fellowship trained in orthopedic trauma and holds a subspecialty certificate in sports medicine from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He specializes in hip and knee replacement, sports medicine and arthroscopy, and the treatment of fractures.
Education and Training
The Johns Hopkins University BA 1990
Cornell University Medical College MD 1994
Hospital for Special Surgery Residency training 1999
Westchester County Medical Center (New York Medical College) Orthopedic trauma fellowship 2002
Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medicine Research, Pondicherry University 1994
Orthopaedic SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryABOS- Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Dr. Scott J Tarantino MD's Expert Contributions
Can joint pain be considered as a symptom for gout?
If you are having pain in multiple different joints at 29 years old, you should probably initially discuss it with your medical doctor. There are many medical issues that can cause polyarthralgias (pain in multiple joints), including gout, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc. Certain medications can also cause joint pain. There are some simple screening blood tests that can eliminate most of the possibilities. Rheumatologists are doctors that specialize in disorders that can cause pain in multiple joints simultaneously and might be of some help. READ MORE
Recovery for knee meniscectomy?
This is a difficult question for any doctor to answer without knowing the details of your case and what exactly you mean by the word "recovery". Does recovery mean off crutches and back to work OR does it mean back to normal activities with a completely pain-free knee? Many factors can affect the recovery time including age, medical conditions, pre-existent condition of the knee (i.e.--do you have any arthritis?), etc. Generally speaking, recovery times for arthroscopic meniscectomy of the knee is 6-12 weeks, but can be longer or shorter depending on those factors. Your doctor can give you a more specific answer based on the details of your specific case. READ MORE
My knee grinds when I climb stairs. What can be done?
As a knee doctor, I rarely worry about "noise" that isn't associated with pain. The audible grinding in the knee is often referred to as "crepitation" and is not an uncommon issue as we age. It may or may not be related to arthritis, especially in the kneecap area if noted during stair climbing, squatting, or kneeling. If it is painless, generally we reassure you not to worry and advise a return visit if it becomes painful. Knee replacements are only considered if patients have painful arthritis that is not responding to conservative treatment options, like medications, injections, physical therapy, or bracing. READ MORE
Recurring hip pain
The most common causes of pain in the hip area in a relatively young person would be overuse tendinitis or bursitis. There are other reasons to have hip pain, but diagnosis would require an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon and X-rays. READ MORE
I have chronic knee pain
The primary indication for knee replacement surgery is unrelenting pain from arthritis of the knee. If you have arthritis of your knee and feel like your quality of life is not acceptable, you can consider knee replacement surgery if it is unresponsive to non-surgical options. You would need to see an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation and X-rays. READ MORE
Inner thigh hurts when walking fast
Pain in the inner thigh can be caused by many reasons that might be irritated by increased activity. Some of these would be tendinitis, bursitis, hip arthritis, or even a back issue with nerve irritation. You might consider an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. READ MORE
Whether or not you need to address an ACL tear surgically depends on many factors, but the most important are your age and activity levels. The younger and more active you are in cutting sports (i.e.--football, lacrosse, basketball, skiing, etc), the more likely you will need surgery. If you are less active, older, and willing to modify your lifestyle, you can attempt a trial of non-surgical management with physical therapy and bracing. If your knee remains or feels unstable and affects your ability to maintain your desired lifestyle, you can always consider surgery at a later time. READ MORE
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Faculty Titles & Positions
- Medical Director, Orthopedic Institute University of Maryland St Joseph Medical Center 2003 - 2017
- Top Doc 2014 Baltimore Magazine
- Jean C McDaniel Award 1999 Hospital for Special Surgery
- Distinguished Housestaff Award 1998 Hospital for Special Surgery
- Howard Shriver Award 1990 Johns Hopkins University
- Christopher Pinto Award 1990 Johns Hopkins University
- Class of 1979 Memorial Scholarship Award 1989 Johns Hopkins University
- Torn Meniscus
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Stress Fracture
- Maryland Orthopedic Association
- Eastern Orthopedic Association
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
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