Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery

At Southwest Medical Group, Orthopedics, patients see a surgeon at each visit. X-rays can be done in our clinic for your convenience.

Dr. Bagge and Dr. Tavakoli provide diagnoses and surgical and non-surgical treatment of injuries, disorders and diseases of bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons.

  • Abnormalities
  • Back pain
  • Club foot, bunions, bow legs, knock knees and unequal leg length
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sports or work-related injuries
  • Tendon injuries, pulled muscles, bursitis and torn cartilage
  • Torn ligaments, sprains and strains
  • And more…

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Imaging table in SMG, orthopedics at Southwest Health System in Cortez, ColoradoAdult Orthopedic Procedures

  • Non-operative and operative treatment of fractures
  • Treatment of hip, knee and shoulder arthritis with medication, injections, and/or joint replacement
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Operative treatment of post-traumatic deformities
  • Carpal and cubital tunnel releases

Pediatric Orthopedic Procedures

  • State-of-the-art treatment of all types of pediatric fractures, including growth plate injuries in the growing child
  • Guided growth using minimally invasive hardware to correct leg length differences, angular deformities
  • Non-operative scoliosis management with spine bracing
  • Corrective osteotomies for more extensive limb deformities
  • Tendon releases and lengthenings
  • All procedures are done with the child’s comfort in mind, working closely with our anesthesiologists to minimize distress to the child pre- and post-cooperatively


Evan Tavakoli, MDEvan Tavakoli, MD

Southwest Medical Group Specialty Care:
Orthopedics, General Surgery, Podiatry

1311-A N. Mildred Road, Suite A • Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970-564-2681 • Fax: 970-564-2682

Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (2012) and University of Texas at Austin (2007)
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, 2017

Dr. Evan Tavakoli joins Southwest Medical Group Orthopedics from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.   Tavakoli is a general orthopedic surgeon with interest in sports medicine and pediatric orthopedics.

Orthopedics involves treating the musculoskeletal system- bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons.   Tavakoli treats people with a variety of bone and joint problems including fractures, deformities, infection, arthritis, and ligament injuries.  Usually orthopedic related diagnoses involve most issues of the upper and lower extremities, as well as the spine.

Tavakoli was drawn to the Four Corners because of the active outdoor lifestyle it offers.  He loves the year round opportunities to hike, camp, ski and golf.  As someone who enjoys these hobbies, he understands the importance of not only treating injuries but also preventing them.  He is excited to work with student athletes, provide education on bone and joint health, and keeping people active so they can continue to go on adventures.

Importance of “prehab” as well as rehab

In order to prevent injuries, Tavakoli recommends some simple exercises everyone can do such as shoulder rotator cuff stretching and knee quad-strengthening activities to keep those joints in top shape. Young athletes are especially susceptible to overuse injuries.  For example, the orthopedic and baseball communities have worked closely to establish recommended pinch counts to avoid common injuries.  Parents should always take note of student athletes complaining about injuries specific to certain sports, especially if they play year round.

Vitamin D and Calcium

Recent research supports that children over age 5, adolescents and adults need at least 1000 IU per day of Vitamin D for good health – depending on age, weight and growth.  Vitamin D deficiency is being recognized as far more common problem than once thought.  Children and adults alike should combine a diet rich with Vitamin D foods, safe exposure to sunlight, and Vitamin D supplements to reach their daily goal.

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, which in effect is critical to bone and muscle health.  What people do not realize is at a certain point our bone density slowly decreases.  The body may start to breakdown more bone than it replaces by the time you reach your 20s to 30s.  This can lead to your bones and joints becoming brittle or weak.  Combining proper Vitamin D and Calcium intake to with regular exercise is essential to maintaining bone health.


Preventative measures

Low impact exercise can be used to offset extreme activity to reduce the risk of injuries.  Tavakoli recommends at least 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise each day. Weight bearing exercises use your body weight to apply a healthy stress to your bone and joints.  People who exercise regularly tend to have stronger, denser bone.  Tavakoli also believes yoga and tai chi are great activities to promote flexibility, improve balance and build core strength.  All of which can help reduce the risk of muscle and ligament injuries.    For most, proper nutrition and regular exercise can nurture injury prevention and significantly slow bone loss.

Dr. Douglas BaggeDouglas R. Bagge, MD

Southwest Medical Group Specialty Care:
Orthopedics, General Surgery, Podiatry

1311-A N. Mildred Road, Suite A • Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970-564-2681 • Fax: 970-564-2682

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, 1990
Residency: Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, 1995

Learn more about Southwest Medical Group, Orthopedics

Orthopedic patientWhen Jonathan, my 12-year-old son broke his arm playing soccer, he was anxious and in pain. We were anxious, too. My family has been fortunate to avoid a lot of broken bones, so we don’t have much experience dealing with them. From admission to discharge, the capable doctors, nurses and staff at SHS were professional, efficient and kind. They put us all at as much ease as one could expect under the circumstances.

Later, when it came time to cast both bones in his forearm, the doctor explained things that I needed to know as a parent, and he was spoken to in a respectful, accessible way. It might seem a minor thing, but when he was offered a multi-colored cast, this fun twist helped my son and I keep the injury in perspective.

Thank you to those of you at Southwest Health System who helped my wife and I through the rough-and-tumble challenges of raising a healthy boy!

~KL in Cortez, CO