Dr. Ralph Morales, DO

Dr. Ralph Morales, DO

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
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Age 60
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Dr. Ralph Morales, DO is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Brunswick, GA and has been practicing for 23 years. He graduated from University Of Medicine and Dentistry Of New Jersey / New Jersey School Of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and more.Read his story

3231 Glynn Ave

Brunswick, GA 31520

Contact Information

(912) 265-9006

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerihealth
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
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Top Care Areas

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

Joint Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 96% of peers
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Dr. Morales' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Morales "Dr. Morales is a board certified Orthopaedic surgeon and the founding partner of Southern Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He founded the practice focusing on the delivery of expert care utilizing the most advanced treatment options available. He is a fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the Georgia Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Morales received his medical training at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Following medical school, he completed his internship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center as an active duty Captain in the US Army. After Walter Reed, he served as a general medical officer at Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, Kentucky. His orthopaedic surgery residency was completed at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Following residency training, he completed his eight years of active duty as a Major in the US Army Medical Corps at Moncrief Army Community Hospital in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. While serving at Fort Jackson he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his service as an orthopaedic surgeon. After completing his tour of duty with the US Army he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the world-renowned Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia where he was trained in advanced shoulder and knee arthroscopic surgery. He has authored several research studies and presented research findings at several national meetings. Dr. Morales currently sees patients of all ages that have sports-related injuries with an emphasis on treatment of all shoulder and knee conditions. He performs the most advanced arthroscopic techniques available for the shoulder and knee along with total joint replacement surgery for the shoulder and knee joints."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Morales "I try to identify the main cause of a patient's musculoskeletal pain as accurately as possible in order to offer all appropriate treatment options. It is very important to match the best treatment with the patient's individual circumstances so that the most optimal outcome can be achieved.  One treatment does not fit all patients with a given diagnosis.  Surgical treatment will often be the last treatment option in many cases."

6  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

57  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
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39  Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Georgia.

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

  • Lafayette College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • University Of Medicine and Dentistry Of New Jersey / New Jersey School Of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • Walter Reed Army Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Eisenhower Army Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Hughston Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Rutgers University / New Brunswick Campus
    Other Education | Completed 1983

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Morales has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Morales' Reviews

3.0
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Morales to family and friends
20 total reviews (10 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (20)

  • 5
    (6)
  • 4
    (3)
  • 3
    (2)
  • 2
    (2)
  • 1
    (7)

Dr. Morales' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well

    GOOD
  • Answers questions

    GOOD
  • Time well spent

    GOOD

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment

    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness

    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time

    31 to 45 minutes

Patient Comments (10)

I've been going to the other orthopedic group for over 3 years and was told by many friends to switch. I am so glad I did. Yes, the wait was a little long, but only because they do a better job than other ortho groups. Dr. Morales and his staff were extremely knowledgeable and caring. I had a far...more
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Dr. Morales performed Rotator Cuff surgery on me in 2014. His expertise is beyond reproach in this field. In his first consultation, he explored options to pursue and try prior to having to go through surgery. Every aspect of his role in my well being was very professional and thought through...more
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Dr. Morales has treated me for injuries involving both shoulders on separate occasions. The treatment involved surgeries to repair the torn rotator cuff in each shoulder. In my left shoulder, the damage was a little more extensive and also involved the successful repair of a torn tendon. Today,...more
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Dr Morales did wonderful job with my torn meniscus and arthritic knee. Thank you Dr Morales I have been pain free for two years, physical therapist were awesome also. Very satisfied only wish I had done it sooner.
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This was the 1st time I had seen Dr. Morales, only because I could get into his office faster than I could my regular ortho doctor. I really like how he explained what was going on and what to expect. I was given a cortisone shot and anti-inflammatory meds. Advised to come back in 2 weeks for...more
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