At the beginning of last year David started seeing an orthopedic doctor for pain in his left ring finger. After several visits over several months, the doctor had told David he had arthritis and there really wasn’t anything he could do other than pain medications/creme. As a life-long guitarist where guitar playing is his life-blood, he was frustrated and determined to find a solution. While searching on YouTube he came across a video of knuckle replacement surgery by Dr. Mark Elzik. Given new hope, David looked up the doctor. What are the chances this doctor would be in our part of the country…he was in Mission Viejo, about 30 minutes away from us! Okay, but what are the chances he is in our insurance network…YES, he was! Immediately, we contacted our primary care doctor for a referral. Within a week of finding Dr. Elzik on YouTube, we were in his office. After taking some X-rays, Dr. Elzik confirmed knuckle replacement surgery would take care of David’s pain and that he would have full use of his hand/finger after rehabilitation. One week later, in the middle of November 2022, David had the surgery. His hand looked pretty gnarly. I called him “Thing” for awhile-lol. During the rehabilitation process, David quite often wondered if he had made a mistake getting the surgery. His finger was stiff and wouldn’t bend. But with physical therapy and a house full of guitars staring at him, he managed to start playing guitar within a couple months. It has now been a little over 6 months, David is back shredding lead guitar with his cover band, The Voodoo Funk, playing guitar parts from the likes of ZZ Top, Chicago, Journey, Neil Geraldo, and so on. Thank you to Dr. Mark Elzik at South Orange County Orthopedics in Mission Viejo for giving David back the ability to do what he loves most..playing all his guitars.