Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Services

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Indiana University Health North Hospital specializes in an extensive range services for patients who need bone, joint, spine and muscle care.

Our services include:

Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Spine
Pain Management Sports Medicine
Concussion Hand & Upper Extremity
Foot & Ankle Rehabilitation

Joint Replacement & Reconstruction

Painful, stiff joints caused by arthritis, sports-related injuries or traumatic accidents can alter your lifestyle and keep you from participating in the daily activities you enjoy. At IU Health North Hospital, we apply our clinical expertise to make a quick, accurate diagnosis and develop a plan of care that fits the individual needs of each patient suffering from joint pain or discomfort.

We exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery. Nonsurgical treatment options include lifestyle changes and medications to ease joint pain. If and when surgery becomes the right choice, our team of specialists is trained to correct problems related to joint pain.

Our full-service approach to joint surgery integrates primary care physicians and surgeons with other clinical support staff. We prepare patients mentally and physically for their procedures, and return them to maximum function as quickly and safely as possible. Our surgical team is able to replace all major joints, including hip, knee, foot, shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist and ankle joints. Hip and knee replacements are most common.

For more information on causes of joint pain and treatment approaches visit our Understanding Arthritis page.

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Orthopedic clinical program specialists at IU Health North Hospital offer a weekly one-time class to patients who have been officially scheduled for joint replacement or reconstructive surgeries. This class prepares patients for what to expect before, during and after surgery. The instructors discuss topics such as:

  • Precautions
  • Incision care
  • Pain management
  • Safe exercises

  • Nutrition

  • Pre-surgery preparation

  • Post-surgery care

Blue Distinction Center Designation

In 2012 Indiana University Health North Hospital was designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the area of knee and hip replacement. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) awards Blue Distinction® recognition to facilities which meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. Blue Distinction Centers+ also meet cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare.

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Spine

The goal of the spine clinic at IU Health North Hospital is to get people back to their lives—working, playing and enjoying their family and friends—as quickly as possible. The founders of the spine clinic gathered Indiana’s leading spine experts to create a clinic concentrated on providing the best in spine medicine. By merging these expert resources into one location, the clinic is able to provide better, more efficient patient care.

The physicians at the spine clinic at IU Health North Hospital treat both adults and children. All spine surgeries take place at IU Health North Hospital. The 700,000 square-foot facility includes state-of-the-art technology coupled with a soothing environment and compassionate care. We offer the following spine surgery services:

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery

  • Scoliosis surgery

  • Lumbar disc/cervical disc replacement surgery

  • Cervical disc herniation

  • Lumbar fusion

  • Laminectomy
  • Rhyzotomy
  • XLIF
  • Spinal trauma/fractures
  • On-call ER spine issues
  • Lumbar microdiscetomy
  • Cervical spine surgery

Blue Distinction Center Designation

In 2012 Indiana University Health North Hospital was designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the area of spine surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) awards Blue Distinction® recognition to facilities which meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. Blue Distinction Centers+ also meet cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare.

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Pain Management

Our pain management physicians are specifically dedicated to managing your pain. Whether it’s after a spine surgery or during the non-surgical spinal rehabilitation, our pain management physicians work one-on-one with your surgeon or physician to keep you as comfortable as possible as you are healing. Options include:

  • Selective nerve root blocks
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Epidural injections
  • Rizotomy
  • Discography

The spine clinic is located at:
IU Health North Hospital

11725 N. Illinois St., Suite 350

Carmel, IN 46032

Contact us directly at 317.688.2050


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Sports Medicine

Athletes with different skill levels, different motivations and different goals, all share one need—a fully integrated, comprehensive sports medicine program that can be tailored to each athlete's individual goals. At IU Health North Hospital, our philosophy is to provide all athletes—both professional and recreational—with the same high-quality level of care.

We’re dedicated to keeping athletes healthy and active. In addition to providing specialized assessment and treatment for sports-related injuries, our clinical team educates area athletes, coaches and parents about preventing and recognizing injuries. Our educational programs help build healthy, successful athletes. We teach proper strength building, flexibility, conditioning, endurance and training techniques to help lower the risk of injuries.

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Concussion

Our clinical team includes experts in one of the most common sports injuries among athletes—concussions. Too often, athletes return to play before the brain has completely healed. This can lead to devastating consequences, including disability or death if an athlete suffers another blow to the head. IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine recommends all sports teams adopt a concussion management program where athletes take a baseline test to measure their neurocognitive functioning. Then, after a concussion, the test can be retaken to monitor the healing process.

Tips for Staying Healthy

  • Prep yourself to prevent injuries: Warm up, cool down and stretch.
  • Get schooled: Poor technique in repetitive sports such as tennis can cause injury quickly. If you're having pains, get professional lessons.
  • Do sport-specific training: Target the muscles you use for your sport. If you golf, include all the muscles you use to hit a ball in your strength training routine. But remember to train all of the major muscle groups to reduce your risk of injury.
  • To avoid injuries from falling, work on your balance: For example, practice standing on one foot.

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Hand & Upper Extremity

Board certified physicians at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at IU Health North Hospital treat patients who have shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries and disorders. This intricate and mobile area of the human body sustains extreme use each day, making it highly susceptible to injury. Staff at IU Health North Hospital evaluate, diagnose and rehabilitate the hand to treat the problem as efficiently as possible.

Our physicians develop a personalized care plan for each patient. They use a variety of treatment techniques, including splinting, injections, surgery, occupational therapy and rehabilitation services to treat musculoskeletal conditions and injuries of the upper extremity.

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Foot & Ankle

The orthopedic specialists at IU Health North Hospital use a variety of assessment and treatment tools, including the latest technological advancements, to quickly and accurately diagnosis problems. Then they develop a personalized care plan for each patient suffering from foot or ankle pain. Our foot and ankle specialists commonly treat conditions such as arthritis, athletic injuries, flat feet, foot and ankle trauma, and problems of the toes, feet and ankles associated with diabetes and neurological issues.

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Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is integral to recovery, with or without surgery. Each patient's injury is unique and requires personalized assessment and treatment. That’s why rehabilitation plays a key role in the IU Health North Hospital continuum of care. We work with each patient's physician(s) to quickly and accurately diagnosis problems, and to develop a care plan specific to each person’s needs.

Naturally, the kind of rehabilitation needed to restore normal activity, and the time and effort it takes, varies by patient. What doesn't change is the need for specialized, focused, comprehensive care, whether you’re being treated for a one-time problem or for a long-term condition.

We use a variety of advanced techniques to help restore normal strength, motion and flexibility, as well as reduce pain as quickly and safely as possible. We specialize in treating neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, including pre- and post-operative care programs.

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