Orthopedics (Bone, Joint and Spine)

Orthopedic care at Scripps Clinic in San Diego

An Orthopedic Surgeon and his patient looking over some images pertaining to the young patient's ailments.

Steven Copp, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, Scripps Clinic  

Orthopedic care at Scripps Clinic in San Diego

Scripps orthopedic doctors are San Diego’s winning team for treating sports injuries and other complex conditions that may require a knee replacement, hip replacement, spinal fusion, or procedure for the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, ankles and feet.

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Clinic are ranked among the nation’s best for orthopedic care by U.S. News & World Report. The Donald P. and Darlene V. Shiley Musculoskeletal Center at Scripps Clinic is among the nation’s top destinations for orthopedic care.

Scripps Clinic now also provides hip arthroscopy procedures that are ideal for younger patients who suffer from chronic pain but are not candidates for joint replacement.

Orthopedic specialties at Scripps Clinic

Orthopedic specialties at Scripps Clinic

With a focus on reducing pain and improving mobility, Scripps Clinic offers comprehensive care. Our orthopedic team provides diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation of all musculoskeletal areas of the body — bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, connecting soft tissue and nerves.

Orthopedic services offered at Scripps Clinic include:

As a nationally recognized orthopedics program, Scripps Clinic Division of Orthopedic Surgery focuses on key pillars to support patient care and the advancement of medicine, including providing quality patient care, research and innovation, education, international outreach and philanthropy.

Physician-scientists and researchers at Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education (SCORE) at Scripps Clinic in Torrey Pines are pioneers in the effort develop new treatments and enhance existing ones. They are testing new devices and surgical techniques; developing artificial cartilage; and conducting publicly and privately funded clinical research to support the highest possible orthopedic care.

The division is also a regional leader in educating and preparing the next generation of orthopedic surgeons through rich graduate medical education.

The division offers full-time fellowships in joint reconstructive surgery, sports medicine and spine surgery, enabling physician-scientists to build stronger research skills at SCORE’s innovative facility in San Diego. The SCORE team also collaborates with the Scripps Clinic Division of Orthopedic Surgery fellowship program, providing a world-class laboratory experience to trainees.

Christine Burke gets back on track after hip replacement

Christine Burke gets back on track after hip replacement

Learn more about Christine's life before and after hip replacement surgery.

Common orthopedic conditions and injuries

From sports injuries to degenerative joint diseases, orthopedic surgeons at Scripps Clinic treat a wide range of conditions.

Scripps Clinic orthopedic doctors near you

Each year, more San Diegans trust Scripps for their orthopedic care. Scripps Clinic has more than 30 board-certified orthopedic surgeons providing care across San Diego. 


Scripps Clinic orthopedic surgeons see patients at the following locations: 

Scripps Clinic orthopedic surgeons perform inpatient and outpatient surgeries at our hospital campuses in La Jolla and Encinitas.

Support services and resources

As leaders in orthopedic care, we know what it takes to keep joints healthy. That’s why we equip our patients with support services and resources to help them achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with rehab services to empowering you with educational resources, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your journey.