Alvarado Orthopedic Medical Group

Our Mission
Using minimally invasive techniques and state-of-the-art technology, our San Diego Orthopaedic Surgeons employ modern procedures with enhanced patient outcomes and accelerated recovery rates. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of specialized, comprehensive care, in a patient-friendly environment
Our physicians treat patients and athletes from all walks of life, including people like you. We offer complete and comprehensive orthopedic care, including spine, sports medicine, joint reconstruction, foot and ankle and hand surgery.

Please welcome Dr. David J. Burnikel to San Diego
Dr. Burnikel has joined Alvarado and Helix Orthopedics with a specialty in Sports Medicine. He proudly served in the U.S. Naval Forces as Lieutenant Commander and received his Fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. Dr. Burnikel is Board-Certified and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons. A warm welcome to San Diego.

Avoid knee replacement surgery
Our orthopedic surgeons are the ultimate authority on knee pain from arthritis. Contact us to learn about alternatives to knee replacement.

Special MRI Pricing
Need an MRI at a reasonable price? High precision, comfortable and relaxed scans that you can afford when you need it. Contact our office to find out more or email us at

Sports Medicine
Our dedicated sports medicine orthopedics physicians will keep you performing at your highest level with preventitive strategies, advanced MRI and arthroscopy technology.

Joint Replacement
Our San Diego Orthopedic Surgeons continue in a long line of joint replacement specialists and innovators in the field. Cutting edge smaller incisions, partial joint replacement, resurfacing and biologic resurfacing are all a part of our practice. Preserve bone, restore anatomy, gain motion and get your lifestlye back.  Learn about minimally invasive robotic knee surgery (Makoplasty) by visiting our physicians and see if this is right for you.

Back pain can be a thing of the past. Learn about myths of back pain, minimally invasive back surgery, and many of the non-surgical options for back pain with our Spine team.

From hand injuries to arthritis, our San Diego hand surgeon can answer your questions about it all and draw on his years of expertise in hand care.