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PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – There is more evidence you do not have to travel long distances to get high-quality medical treatment. An internationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon who has treated many professional athletes is now exclusively operating in northeastern Pennsylvania.

As Eyewitness News Healthbeat Reporter Mark Hiller explains, although this renowned orthopaedic surgeon has previously performed operations in northeastern pennsylvania, it’s now where all of his patients will come for their treatment.

They were the double play infield combo of the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. But when hand, arm or shoulder injuries sidelined Chase Utley and Jimmie Rollins, they turned to one man. “I have been fortunate enough to take care of quite a few world class athletes,” said Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center Orthopaedic Surgeon Randall Culp, MD

With a sub-specialty in hand surgery, Dr. Culp helped those former Phillies stars heal and get back on the field. “And I still am taking care of the Phillies so since 1992 and it’s been a lot of fun.”

It’s more than just Phillies ballplayers who have relied on this skilled surgeon with Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center. Dr. Culp said, “I’ve taken care of quite a few baseball teams around the country and some of whom had been up in northeastern Pennsylvania for their treatment and some of which got their surgery here as well.”

Dr. Culp can repair everything on the arm from the fingers to the shoulder. “You’ve heard of patients getting total hip replacements or total knee replacements. You may not know we do the same thing in elbows, wrists and fingers.”  

Dr. Culp decided earlier this year to move from Philadelphia and make northeastern Pennsylvania his home turf to treat athletes and non-athletes alike. 

“One of my local doctors had recommended Dr. Culp,” said 38-year-old Julie Olenak. The Hanover Township woman had Dr. Culp repair her shattered left arm after suffering a traumatic fall in 2015. “He was basically putting it back together. So, there were plates and eight screws to rebuild the arm,” she said.

Julie has had two more surgeries with Dr. Culp to fine tune her arm and receive therapy from his staff now close to home. “What he’s bringing here is just a wealth of experience and I’m grateful that he’s here now not only for me but to help others.”

One of Dr. Culp’s most recent pro athlete patients is Seattle Seahawks Running Back Rashaad Penny. The NFL rookie needed a screw inserted in his broken left pointer finger in August. Penny is healed and had his best game as a pro on October 14.

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