Erek Latzka, MD, RMSK, is dual board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He manages acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, and offers non-operative alternatives to orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound (same day results without waiting for an MRI), orthobiologic injections such as platelet rich plasma (PRP), and ultrasound guided procedures (such as ultrasound guided carpal tunnel & trigger finger releases, and tenotomy with ultrasound guided using the Tenex device).
Dr. Latzka grew up locally, graduating from Hudson High School where he was class valedictorian and captain of the varsity football and track & field teams. He left Massachusetts to attend UNC Chapel Hill, where he threw javelin for the track & field team. He returned to Boston and received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. For his PM&R residency, he attended the University of Washington, considered the field’s top residency in the U.S. He remained in Seattle for his non-operative sports medicine fellowship at Swedish Medical Center, followed by 5 years as an attending physician and clinical assistant professor with the University of Washington. There, he directed the diagnostic ultrasound curriculum for their sports medicine fellowships, and in 2022 received the department’s outstanding teacher award.
In his career, he has provided medical care for the Seattle Dragons (XFL), UW athletics, Seattle University Athletics, the Seattle Reign (NWSL), the Seattle Storm (WNBA), the Seattle Marathon, the Seattle Slam Quad Rugby Club, and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. In doing so he has worked with athletes of all levels, from middle school to professional. Dr. Latzka has published in numerous journals and textbooks, with a particular focus on ultrasound guided carpal tunnel release, ultrasound guided trigger finger release, orthobiologics, sports biomechanics, diagnostic ultrasound, and injuries of the hand & fingers. He has presented posters, research and lectures to national audiences, covering topics such as injuries of wrist, hand, and fingers, rock climbing sports medicine, skiing & snowboarding sports medicine, and various ultrasound guided procedures. Finally, he is an expert in the field of orthobiologics, having served as a clinical expert for the Washington State Health Technology Assessment Program, and as member of both the AAPMR Biologics Curriculum Committee and AAPMR Technical Expert Panel on Biologic Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee.
Dr. Latzka returned to Boston in 2023 to join Dr. Sussman’s one-of-a-kind practice and be closer to family. He, his wife Jessica and his three kids Leor (5), Talia (2), and Julian (1) are thrilled to be back. And Erek is especially thankful he no longer has to worry about his kids rooting for the Seahawks.