Dr. Ralph Morales, DO

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Dr. Ralph Morales, DO
Dr. Ralph Morales, DO is a sports medicine doctor who practices in Brunswick, GA. He is 59 years old and has been practicing for 31 years. Dr. Morales is affiliated with Southeast Georgia Health System - Brunswick.

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based on 20 total reviews (10 with comments)
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)
St Simons Island, GA |
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 better knee exam than I have ever had before and everything was explained to me. The other group's knee doctor barely examined me and wrote off my pain. Dr. Morales was so much more thorough.
in Brunswick, GA |
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 with my being able to get back as much range as possible in my left shoulder and arm. I have full range with hardly any pain. He is a compassionate doctor and only wants the best for his patients.
in Brunswick, GA |
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, I am pain free and enjoy full range and motion in both of my shoulders. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Morales to anyone with orthopedic issues. He is a credit to his profession.
in Brunswick, GA |
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.
in Jesup, GA |
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 follow up. He was very pleasant and seem to care that I my knee was hurting and told me he could make it feel better but any issues before my apt, to call the office.
in St Simons Island, GA |
Have been to him several times. Wait time terrible. His solution for shoulder pain was always steroid shot. Doesn't listen at all! Terrible bedside manner. Rude, rushed and curt. Waiting room like a cattle stall. So many clients packed in complaining. Best thing he did was refer me to physical therapy. The therapist there knew twice as much as Morales did and actually listened and advised things that would help me.
in Odum, GA |
Not sure where to begin. Horrible experience and still limping 4 months after meniscus surgery. That place is all about money production. If you want to wait hours, deal with rude staff and limp then Morales is your man! Felt like I had a number stamped on my forehead! I saw him about 10 minutes total. What a jerk! His last words to me were hang in there over his shoulder as he trotted out of the room. Yeah, you got my money and I got a bum knee! Guess I will hang in there! Not much choice!
in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL |
I HAVE WORKED with Dr. Morales on almost 100 Shoulder cases and he is THE most Meticulous and diligent surgeon I have ever seen. He is Painstakingly SLOW BUT I would take that trade off every time versus a Surgeon who is trying to get done and move on to the next surgery. Pick your poison. I'll take his attention to detail any day over saving time!
in St Simons |
He is a very rude doctor. Acts as if he is better than the patients. Much rather wait and use other group than endure him again
in Saint Simons Island, GA |
Dr. Morales performed arthroscopic surgery for a medial meniscus tear in my knee. Five days post-op and I'm doing well. That being said, his punctuality is horrible. Apparently his time is much more important than other's. My 3 office visits have accumulated 4 hrs, 50 minutes of wait time and surgery was delayed for 2 hrs. Bedside manner-minimal at best, short & curt, avoiding and minimal time for answering questions. Other patients AND STAFF also indicated severe lack of timeliness.
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  •  Specializes in Sports Medicine
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
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  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

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

Education

  • Medical School
    University of Medicine And Dentistry of New Jersey / New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine

    Graduated in 1986

  • Internship Hospital
    Walter Reed Army Med Center

    Completed in 1987

  • Residency Hospital
    Eisenhower Army Med Center

    Completed in 1992

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Hughston Clinic

    Completed in 1995

  • Undergraduate School
    Lafayette College

    Graduated in 1980

  • Other Education
    Rutgers University / New Brunswick Campus

    Completed in 1983

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Sports Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • 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 Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate