Dr. Margaret Elfering, MD

Dr. Margaret Elfering, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 78
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Dr. Margaret Elfering, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Santa Maria, CA and has been practicing for 47 years. She graduated from Oregon Health and Science University School Of Medicine in 1966 and specializes in orthopedic surgery and pain medicine.

201 N College Dr Ste 101

Santa Maria, CA 93454

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Elfering performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Spondylosis
very high
more than 94% of peers
Joint Pain
very high
more than 94% of peers
Knee Disorders
high
more than 86% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Elfering "For me, as a physician, I have two passions in life, My family and my work. I am honored to care for the patients and their families who select me as their physician. To me Life is such a gift and the distress created by disability interferes with the enjoyment of that gift as well as inhibiting the expression of that gift in the patients' world. Together we work to restore the balance."

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

106  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Foot
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Midfoot
  • Arthritis of the Neck
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Arthritis of the Toe
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Toe
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tendonitis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
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8  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Oregon Health Sciences University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1965
  • Oregon Health and Science University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1966
  • Los Angeles Co Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1967
  • Los Angeles County University Of California Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1971

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Elfering has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Elfering's Reviews

5.0
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Elfering to family and friends
4 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (4)

  • 5
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Dr. Elfering's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Patient Comments (4)

Not wanting to undergo a total knee replacement surgery I underwent a PRP injection with Dr Elfering. I could not be more pleased with the results. My knee pain is a one on a one to ten scale. I am able to walk unassisted .. I am grateful this procedure is now available on the Central Coast
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An amazing Dr! Kind, caring & takes time to listen to you. She's the BEST Orthopedic Dr I've seen in Central Coast. Just wonderful & her staff is just great.
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Outstanding doctor/communicator. She exceeded all my expectations in regard to professionalism, medical expertise and patient care. The office staff is efficient and wait time has been almost non-existent for all my visits.
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One of the best doctors and person I have found. With her experience she was able to look at all my X-rays and MRI and explain what was going on in multiple areas where other would only want to deal with one. Dr. Elfering is warm and caring a rare quality to find.
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