Dr. Scott Ruhlman, MD

Orthopedic Surgery •  Male • Age 42
  
Dr. Ruhlman
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Ortho Specialists of Seattle

2409 N 45th St Seattle, WA 98103

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(206) 633-8100

Dr. Scott Ruhlman, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Seattle, WA. Dr. Ruhlman has more experience with Elbow and Hand/Wrist than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Northwest Hospital and Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center - First Hill Campus. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Ruhlman to book an appointment.


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Dr. Ruhlman accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
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Practice Areas

Elbow

Elbow surgeons perform proceduras including arthroscopy, replacement, resurfacing, or tendon repair to treat conditions affecting the elbow, such as arthritis, dislocations, and hyperextension.Compare with other Elbow specialists.

Typically treats 85% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Elbow Sprain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruhlman treats Elbow Sprain more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Ruhlman treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Elbow Injuries
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruhlman treats Elbow Injuries more than 88% of their peers

Dr. Ruhlman treats this condition more than 88% of their peers

Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruhlman treats Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow) more than 70% of their peers

Dr. Ruhlman treats this condition more than 70% of their peers

Hand/Wrist

Hand and wrist conditions including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, and fractures or sprains, with treatment options such as surgery or physical therapy.Compare with other Hand/Wrist specialists.

Typically treats 67% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 10 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Trigger Finger Release
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruhlman performs Trigger Finger Release more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Ruhlman performs this procedure more than 97% of their peers

Trigger Finger
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruhlman treats Trigger Finger more than 92% of their peers

Dr. Ruhlman treats this condition more than 92% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ruhlman treats Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist more than 91% of their peers

Dr. Ruhlman treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

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Dr. Ruhlman's conditions and procedures:

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Surgery
  • 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
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

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Dr. Ruhlman's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ruhlman

3.5

Based on 19 ratings

5 Stars
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I went to see Dr. Ruhlman because he did a great job fixing my son's fractured scaphoid bone. I had a minor problem by comparison, but it bothered me a lot. I had trigger thumb. He explained the treatment options in great detail, left if up to me, and I had an injection in the office. It wasn't fun, but it totally cleared up the trigger finger. If the problem ever comes back, I wouldn't hesitate to have him fix it surgically. Two happy thumbs up!
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wh – Apr 29, 2020
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This doctor made us wait twice for one hour each time. We left both times. He has no respect for our time.
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sally J BJORNSEN – Aug 28, 2019
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After 2 less than informative appointments, I came in for a discussion of an MRI for my broken ankle. I waited 1.5 hours in the office. Yes really. When Dr Ruhlman finally came in and asked how my KNEE was. It was downhill from then on. I would like to give negative stars. No specific information. After insisting he see my knee, the only answer to all my questions was that I had a sprain. No treatment recommended.
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Linda in Seattlr – Jan 12, 2019
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Dr. Ruhlman is careless. I was L & I patient, and his negligence in ignoring the ED MD notes and the ED radiologist's recommendation led to the permanent damage to my thumb joint. Despite having seen me only one time, he signed off on me being maximum medically improved. The office never checked in, despite the legal requirement after seeing an L& I client. Be very cautious, and keep in mind that this MD does not have your best interests in mind.
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Claire Page in CT, WA – Jun 28, 2018
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I suffered from a bimalleolar fracture of my right ankle and needed surgery (hiking injury). I really lucked out getting Dr. Ruhlman. His somewhat aggressive approach to recovery was exactly what I needed to get back to my active/outdoorsy lifestyle. His advice of "the longer you baby it, the longer it will take to heal" ran through my head constantly, and ultimately is what propelled me to have the fastest recovery that my physical therapist has ever seen.
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Holly Johnson in Seattle, WA – Apr 19, 2017
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He was very professional and personable. Once we got back to the room things moved quickly. There was a bit of a wait in the waiting room though. But he was a great Doctor.
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Jody in Wood – Mar 26, 2017
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I had surgery for a ruptured bicep and Dr. Ruhlman was an excellent choice. He's very patient, attentive and skilled.
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Dr. Scott Ruhlman, MD is a Orthopedic Surgery Specialist in Seattle, WA. Dr. Ruhlman has more experience with Elbow and Hand/Wrist than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities Northwest Hospital and Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center - First Hill Campus. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Ruhlman to book an appointment.

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

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Locations

Ortho Specialists of Seattle

Seattle Orthopedic Center2409 N 45th St Seattle, WA 98103
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Practice

1959 Ne Pacific St Seattle, WA 98195
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Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

Seattle, WA

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

Swedish Medical Center - First Hill Campus

Seattle, WA

73% Patient experience rating, 4% higher than the national average

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)