Scott Ruhlman
Scott D. Ruhlman, MD

Scott D. Ruhlman, MD

Scott D. Ruhlman, MD

Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Hand Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Amputations, Arthritis, Congenital Hand Surgery, Elbow Joint Replacement, Elbow Trauma, Hand Surgery, Joint Replacement/Reconstruction, Knee Injuries/Surgery, Ligament Reconstruction, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Orthopedic Trauma, Pediatric Hand Surgery, Pediatric Sports Medicine, Rotator Cuff, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Shoulder Injuries, Shoulder Reconstruction, Shoulder Surgery (Joint Replacement), Sports Medicine, Workman's Comp (Labor & Industry), Workplace Injuries

  • Accepting Children: Yes
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: No
Insurance Accepted:

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Philosophy of Care

I am looking forward to working with your Hand, Shoulder and Elbow conditions. I enjoy treating conditions such as arthritis, fractures, sports injuries and nerve disorders. In addition, I have a particular interest in pediatric upper extremity deformity and disorders. Having trained with some of the leaders in the field at Harvard's hand and upper extremity fellowship, I am excited to bring a personal approach to my hometown here in Seattle. For more information, visit my website at or my practice's website

Personal Interests

Hand, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, both in adults and children.

Medical School

Medical College of Ohio


University of Washington Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship, Pediatric/Adult

Treating and preventing common sports injuries

Looking to be more active in 2014? Have you been waiting all year to enjoy winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding?

There are a few common injuries that often get my patients down when they are on the go. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you prevent these common injuries and determine the best treatment options should you need it.

The most common injuries in the wrist and ankle are sprains and fractures. Throwing, twisting, weight-bearing, and impact can put you at risk for a wrist injury. Ankle sprains and fractures are typically caused by making a fast, shifting movement with your foot planted on the ground.

In most cases, I recommend the RICE approach: rest for around 48 hours; ice the injured area to reduce swelling (use a pack wrapped in a towel); compress with an elastic ACE wrap; and elevate the injury above heart level.

However, if you experience these symptoms, contact your provider for further evaluation.   
  • Pain at the time of injury
  • Swelling
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Difficulty moving the wrist or ankle
  • A “popping” or tearing sensation during the trauma
  • Warmth and tenderness of the skin
More serious injuries will likely be treated with a splint, boot or cast. The healing process can take up to six weeks. Surgery may also be required.

ACL Tears
The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is one of the major ligaments in your knee that helps with stabilization when turning or planting. ACL injuries take place during cutting or pivoting movements. The hallmark of a torn ACL is a distinct popping noise and your knee may give out. The  ...
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Orthopedic Program at Ballard
5350 Tallman Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-784-8833
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Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle
5350 Tallman Ave NW
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-633-8100

Hours available Monday through Friday for New and Established patients

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Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle
at Seattle Orthopedic Center
2409 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-633-8100
Fax: 206-633-6107

Monday - Friday

8:30am - 5:00pm

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