Greg M. Balourdas, MD

Practicing since 1991


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Show Phone Number Fax: (619) 291-4048
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  • Recommendable: 100%
  • Average Wait Time: 6 minutes

Greg M. Balourdas, MD Office Information

  • Map
    Approach from northbound or southbound I-5, exit at Washington Street heading east up the hill. First light is Goldfinch, turn left, heading north. Two blocks and the street turns left onto West Lewis. 3 stop signs and you are at Randolph. Our office is a converted home on the north-east corner.
    Approach from I-8, exit at Washington Street West. Travel west on Washington for 0.8 miles to Goldfinch, turn right, heading north. Two blocks and the street turns left onto West Lewis. 3 stop signs and you are at Randolph. Our office is a converted home on the north-east corner.
  • Mon: 9am - 5pm
    Tues: 9am - 5pm
    Wed: 9am - 5pm
    Thurs: 9am - 5pm
    Fri: 9am - 5pm
    Sat: Closed
    Sun: Closed

Office Message

WELCOME!
You have reached the online extension of my hand and arm practice. Please explore this portal for scheduling and visit our practice website TheHandDoctor.com.
Thank you for visiting,
Greg Balourdas, MD

Hello "Finger Numbness",
Hoping your symptoms improve soon. With the involvement of the thumb and index, and based on the continuous drilling you described, it likely that the median nerve (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median_nerve) is irritated, either in the forearm (pronator syndrome) or at the wrist (carpal tunnel syndome, http://thehanddoctor.com/conditions/carpal-tunnel-san-diego-ca/). If you have any neck related issues, it is also possible to result from a pinched nerve in your neck.

Treatment is of course, to avoid the activity that caused the symptoms to develop, and avoid similar hand use and vibration exposure. With rest, consistent use of an anti-inflammatory (advil, alleve, etc.) with care to avoid stomach irritation, alternating heat and cold, stretches and massage to the overworked muscles, it is likely that your symptoms will improve. If you have tried these measures and are not seeing improvement in the numbness and tingling you should seek medical attention. Your nerve could be at risk. The diagnosis and treatment can best be tailored by a hand and upper extremity orthopedic specialist in your area (Orthopedic Hand Doctor). Hoping this helps.
Kind Regards,
Greg Balourdas, MD

Greg M. Balourdas

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Education & Credentials

CWRU - Case Western Reserve University
UCSD - University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
CMA - California Medical Association
AAOS - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
SDCMS - San Diego County Medical Society
  • Q & A with Dr. Greg Balourdas

     

    Q: What got you into this specific medical field?
    A: I was drawn to Orthopedics because of the rewarding nature of the surgical treatment of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. From fixing a fracture to joint replacement the positive effects on the patient's life is very...
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  • Texting Thumb and repetitive trauma

     

    The conditions that we treat may not change much but the way that we injure ourselves changes with the technology.
     
    Take care that you don’t develop Texting Thumb.
     
    Recognized for a number of years and very treatable.
     
    Please don’t ignore your symptoms. And once in a while call!
     
    Such injuries from overuse...
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  • Hand surgery for the stars

     

    I remember many nasty lacerations from people trying to separate frozen hamburger patties with a knife dating back to my Orthopedic training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. More recently for me, here in Southern California and now for Meryl Streep, the avocado is a very dangerous...
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