Mark your Calendar for Upcoming OSS Sponsored Events

Mark your Calendar for Upcoming OSS Sponsored Events

Save the Date: May 4, 2014


OSS Sponsors Wallingford Boys and Girls Club 1st Annual Celebrity Softball Game “Field of our Dreams” Event

OSS is proud to be a sponsor of Wallingford’s Boys and Girls Club Inaugural Celebrity Softball game on Sunday, May 4, 2014!

Event Details:

Wallingford Boys and Girls Club 1st Annual Celebrity Softball Game “Field of our Dreams”

Date: May 4, 2014

Game Time: 2:00 pm

Location: B. F. Elementary School

4020 Fremont Ave North

Seattle, WA

Admission: $10

Celebrities include: Jodi Brothers from KJR-FM, Craig Tomlinson of the Seattle Sounders, Doug Farrar from Sports Illustrated, Matt Jorgensen of Origin Records/Ballard Jazz Festival, and more. The day promises to be fun-filled with souvenirs and ice cream for purchase as well opportunities to meet your favorite celebrity.

Visit OSS’ booth and learn about their services as well as meet some of OSS’ local providers serving the Wallingford community!

The Wallingford Boys & Girls Club has been serving local youth for nearly 65 years and OSS supports the great work they do at keeping youth in the Wallingford community active.

To find out more information about the event, visit their Facebook page at: or call OSS at (206) 633-8100.

Save the Date: May 8, 2014

OSS Participates in Inaugural Wallingford Wellness Fair


OSS will be participating in the inaugural Wallingford Wellness Fair on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 4-6 pm at the Wallingford Community Senior Center. Come out and meet your local healthcare providers including OSS! Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle has been treating orthopedic injuries for over 40 years and we want you to come out and get to know OSS and our services as well as other healthcare businesses in the Wallingford community.


Admission and parking is free and there will be prizes and raffles. Don’t miss out on a chance to win one of the grand prizes!


Event Details:


The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce 1st Annual Wallingford Wellness Fair

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Address: Wallingford Community Senior Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N #140


For more information, call the event coordinator at 206-632-7154 ext. 306 or call OSS at (206) 633-8100.



OSS Sponsors Signature Events at this year’s Seafair!

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Seafair, Seattle’s summer celebration is celebrating its 65th anniversary! Seafair is 8 weeks long, includes 75 events and reaches nearly 2 million people.


Save the Dates as Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle (OSS) is the Presenting Sponsor of the following Signature Events:


Seafair Triathlon & Kids Seafair Triathlon
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Location: Seward Park

Time: 6:30 am

OSS will be onsite!

Seafair Torchlight Fan Fest & Torchlight Night Run

Date: Saturday, July 26, 2014

Event: Seafair Torchlight FanFest
Time: 2 pm to 6 pm

Location: Seattle Center


Event: Seafair Torchlight Run
Location: Seattle Center/Downtown Seattle

Time: 6:30 pm

OSS is providing a photo booth to capture runners, a booth exhibiting their services and OSS providers will be on-hand to provide warm-up exercises on the Main Stage prior to the run!

OSS is also sponsoring and participating on summer events including: Ballard Seafood Fest, the Wallingford Parade and the Summer Solstice! Stay tuned for these and other upcoming event information!

Knee Injuries on the Job


Driving down Interstate 5 through the Pacific Northwest, you see a lot of logging trucks pass you by.

Loggers and truck drivers do a lot of heavy lifting and/or climbing, but so do other professions, like nurses, construction workers, doctors or even chefs who walk long distances while lifting items they may need on the job.

You may not think of these jobs as a place where a knee injury might occur, but in fact, occasionally injure a person.

A knee injury might not be apparent at first, but over time, may become swollen and painful. The knee injury now becomes an impediment, and you are unable to lift things because your stance is unstable.

Think about the last time you wobbled a little because your knee gave out and developed a nagging pain soon after. Did you do anything to alleviate the pain you felt in your knee?

Common Knee Injuries

Meniscus Injuries: Meniscus tears can cause intense pain and instability in the knee depending on the severity of the tear. Clients with tears to the meniscus describe a sensation of their knee “giving out” or “coming out from under them” while walking or climbing stairs.

The knee will most likely swell in order to protect itself, which can be intensely painful and can limit movement. Although physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections can help reduce symptoms, an orthopedic doctor will often recommend arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear.

Ligament Injuries: Injuries to the cruciate ligaments – such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) – are sometimes referred to as sprains, but they can be much more complicated than simple muscle strains. These injuries can require months of treatment to recover, and some cruciate ligament injuries — e.g., anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears – may require reconstructive surgery.

Chondromalacia: Chondromalacia is a disorder caused by softening of the articular cartilage of the kneecap. It can be caused by traumatic injury or overuse or repetitive motion on the job. Signs and symptoms of chondromalacia include dull, achy pain in the front of the knee, increased pain when walking up or down stairs, pain in the knee when kneeling or squatting, knee pain after sitting for long periods of time, a grating or grinding sensation when you extend your knee and knee stiffness.

To diagnose the problem, an OSS physician may require you to attempt simple knee exercises or recommend X-rays or other imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan. Treatment options include rest, pain relievers or physical therapy. In rare cases, arthroscopic or realignment surgery may be options.

According to Dr. Watt, “Knee problems and injuries may be job-related or not. Sometimes it is obvious and sometimes not obvious and this may be part of the initial evaluation. I have extensive experience on all types of knee problems and injuries and would love to help anyone with a knee problem to try and regain a healthy knee.”

Dr. Watt is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon here at OSS who works with patients dealing with a wide range of orthopedic issues. Dr. Watt carefully weighs conservative and aggressive methods of treatment to devise a plan tailored to the specific needs of the individual. This personalized approach creates excellent outcomes, with patients working as close partners in the treatment process.

Seattle Mariners Opening Night at Safeco Field

Spring has sprung and OSS is excited that baseball season has started!

Seattle baseball fans, tonight is the night to cheer on the Mariners as they take on their division rivals, the Angels!  Seattle swept the Angels in a three-game series to open the season in Anaheim, and tonight’s meeting will be a rematch between the Mariners’ James Paxton and Halos left-hander Hector Santiago from the season’s third game, which Seattle won, 8-2. 

Tonight’s home game also a number of new faces, including new manager Lloyd McClendon and superstar second baseman Robinson Cano, who signed as a free agent this winter.  Fernando Rodney, Logan Morrison, John Buck, Corey Hart and Chris Young are also among the new Mariners set to be introduced tonight.

Other highlights of tonight’s home opener include:

  • The Mariners will salute the Super Bowl-champion Seahawks tonight as part of their Opening Night ceremonies at Safeco Field, with quarterback Russell Wilson among several players who will be part of a pre-game presentation and the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Opening Night festivities will begin at 4:40 p.m. PT, when the gates of Safeco Field open to the general public with a countdown at the Home Plate Gate. Pre-game ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. PT.
  • With catcher Mike Zunino and reliever Dominic Leone, the Mariners are the only team in the Majors with two players from the 2012 Draft on their active roster. Zunino was Seattle’s first-round Draft pick, and Leone was a 16th-round selection.
  • Ibanez made his first start in left field on Monday. The 41-year-old designated hitter won’t come close to matching the 832 1/3 innings he spent in the outfield with the Mariners last year, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has said he’d like to get him some time out there periodically.

OSS wants to wish the Mariners an exciting and injury-free season! Now… let’s play ball!

Are you suffering from Hip Impingement?

Patients may have hip impingement for years before diagnosis because it’s rarely painful in its early stages. Early diagnosis is important; however, hip impingement if left untreated, can cause cartilage damage and osteoarthritis.

Once hip impingement becomes more advanced, symptoms include:

  • General stiffness in the groin or front of the thigh.
  • Running, jumping or sitting after flexing will also cause pain the groin region

What is hip impingement?

Hip impingement (femoro acetabular acetabular impingement) is a more recently recognized cause of hip pain in the active adult.

Hip impingement is caused by a lack of room or clearance between the neck of the femur and the rim of the socket (acetabulum). In a normal hip, there is a gliding motion of the round femoral head within the socket, but with an impinged hip, the gliding motion is disturbed. Dr. Downer states, “Mechanical problems do not always require surgical treatment; when symptoms affect function and lifestyle then surgery is justified.”

Dr. Downer, provides specialized care in hip restoration and replacement, and has a special interest in hip impingement conditions. Treatment options may include:

  • First approach – Trying to control the pain with anti-inflammatory medications – If pain persists, surgical treatment may be necessary.
  • Surgical treatment of hip impingement involves removing or correcting the cause of the reduced clearance between the neck of the femur and the rim of the socket (acetabulum). This may require arthroscopic surgery of the hip to remove diseased portions of the acetabulem (labrum) as well as femoral neck.
  • In severe cases, it may be necessary to correct the deformity and reshape the femoral neck and/or rim of the socket through a larger incision. In cases of malposition of the socket, a redirecting procedure, called a periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) may be required.

Don’t let a hip impingement slow down your healthy, active lifestyle. Find out treatment options so that you can continue doing the things you love. Call Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle and schedule a consultation with Dr. Downer at (206) 633-8100.

OSS is the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Seafair!


Seafair, Seattle’s summer celebration is celebrating its 65th anniversary! Seafair is 8 weeks long, includes 75 events and reaches nearly 2 million people. Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle (OSS) will be on-site at the triathlon and torchlight run, and will be the presenting sponsor of our photo opportunities throughout the festival.

Signature Events include:

Seafair Festival Kick Off

Sunday, June 15

Location TBD | Time TBD

Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon – A Seafair Signature Event
Saturday, June 21 | Seattle Center | 7 a.m

Seafair Pirates Landing
Saturday, June 28 | Alki Beach | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Seafair Summer Fourth
Friday, July 4 | Gas Works Park & South Lake Union Park | 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Group Health Seafair Battle for the Paddle featuring the PCC Natural Markets Seafair Milk Carton Derby & ZICO Seafair Stand Up Paddleboarding Competition

Saturday, July 12 | Green Lake | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Also featuring the Seafair Stand Up Paddleboarding Competition and the Seafair Battle for the Paddle

Seafair Triathlon & Kids Seafair Triathlon
Sunday, July 20 | Seward Park | 6:30 a.m.

OSS will be onsite!

Thursday, July 24 | Seattle Repertory Theatre | 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 26 | Downtown Seattle | 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Seattle Center Seafair Torchlight FanFest
Seattle Center | 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Seattle Center

Michelob ULTRA Seafair Torchlight Run
Seattle Center/Downtown Seattle | 6:30 p.m.

Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade
Downtown Seattle/4th Avenue | 7:30 p.m.

OSS will be onsite!

Parade of Ships
Wednesday, July 30 | Pier 62/63 | 1:45 p.m.

Ship Tours
Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 2 | Pier 66 and Other Locations TBA | 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 3 | Pier 66 and Other Locations TBA | 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

August 1 – 3 | Genesee Park on Lake Washington | Fri. – Sat. 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup – H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing, Boeing Seafair Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Graham Trucking Seafair Cup – F1 Prop Tunnel Boat Racing, Seafair Vintage Hydroplane Exhibition, Hyperlite Wakeboard Experience, Seafair Saturday Night Concert featuring Fireworks Show, Live Music & Entertainment, Interactive Exhibits & Booths, Food Court & Beer Gardens

OSS is excited to be part of the summer celebration and hope that you will come out and enjoy the festivities!