Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
The framework of the human body is comprised of hundreds of joints and muscles. When even one of these intricate connections is injured, whether by trauma or degenerative disease, your whole body can feel the effects. At IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we know you want relief, and we’re committed to helping reduce your pain. From your first appointment through treatment, rehabilitation and follow-up, we provide high-quality, compassionate care while we help return you to your previous level of activity quickly and safely—so you can get back to doing what really matters.
Our highly skilled physicians treat the entire musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, muscles and the spine. Our patients come from all demographics—from young or professional athletes to those with tumors, trauma or musculoskeletal disorders. Whenever possible, we exhaust non-operative treatment before recommending surgery, but when it becomes necessary, our surgeons provide advanced joint replacements, reconstruction, and minimally invasive spine surgeries.
As the only nationally ranked orthopedic program in Indiana, according to U.S.News & World Report, we’ve partnered with the Indiana University School of Medicine to combine the most innovative treatments with the latest technology, ensuring our patients receive individualized and comprehensive care.
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Treatment
IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides nationally recognized expertise in joint replacement and revision surgery for knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, hands, ankles and feet.
Our dedicated joint replacement specialists use cutting-edge therapies and treatment options to speed patient recovery times and reduce pain. We perform a high volume of surgical joint replacement procedures each year. This extensive experience enables specialists at IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to excel at effectively treating arthritis and joint pain—from the most common cases to the most complex procedures.
If you or a family member has experienced or suspects a concussion, Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has certified physicians to provide concussion assessment and treatment. Law now requires any student athlete suspected of having a concussion to be removed from the game or practice and “evaluated by a licensed healthcare provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and head injuries.” Our ImPACT certified physicians conveniently located throughout the state can validate the injury using the ImPACT Test helping to manage your concussion more efficiently.
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Procedures can be performed on the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow and finger. And if revision surgery is ever needed, we can repair and replace the worn-out implant. Our physicians have performed thousands of these procedures, always with the goal of returning you to freedom of mobility.
If you are interested in learning if a joint replacement would be right for you, we encourage you to attend one of our free joint replacement seminars. Seminars are offered at mutiple locations throughout the year, find one near you.
This discipline treats patients with benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumors of bones and muscles, as well as spinal and extremity soft tissue tumors. To learn more about the orthopedic oncology team at IU Health, click here.
Orthopedic trauma specialists at Indiana University Health have proven experience treating a continuum of trauma cases—from more common injuries to the most complex trauma cases. Our trauma physicians work closely with other specialty physicians, as needed, to develop a tailored and comprehensive care plan for patients with traumatic injuries. Our specialists provide expert care, including both surgical and non-surgical treatment options, for adults and children with acute injuries or complications. Services include, but are not limited to the following:
- Difficult fractures of the upper and lower extremities, including open and complex periarticular injuries
- Pelvic and acetabular (hip) fractures
- Geriatric or fragility fractures
- Extremity injuries requiring hyperbaric oxygen
- Non-unions (fractures that did not heal)
- Mal-unions (fractures that healed in poor position)
- Infections and osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- Arthritis after fracture
As part of our commitment to high-quality orthopedic trauma care, we work with Indiana University Health Physicians to educate future orthopedic trauma surgeons. We offer an advanced Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship to those wishing to obtain advanced training in treatment of the multiply injured patient.
A final critical component of the treatment plan, “rehab” aims to restore function and mobility. Because this process is not instantaneous, our team is committed to achieving measurable progress along the road to recovery.
Spinal surgeries can now be performed with minimally invasive techniques that correct spinal disorders and chronic back and neck pain, while sparing surrounding soft tissues. A smaller-incision, minimally invasive procedure means a faster recovery, and less pain following surgery.
Whether you’re a recreational or competitive athlete, or someone who wants to regain an active lifestyle, IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can help you get back on track to optimum performance. We deliver a full-spectrum of sports performance training and primary sports medicine care—prevention, diagnosis and treatment of non-operative sports-related injuries. When further intervention is necessary, orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation and physical therapy are available. Learn more about our IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers same-day appointments and walk-in services.
Athletes today must take advantage of every opportunity to perform at the ever increasing levels of competition. IU Health Sports Performance specializes in sport-specific training to develop an athlete’s potential. Our certified coaches and training staff work in a highly advanced facility that provides the best environment to foster superior athletic development by integrating the latest in science and performance medicine. We can help you achieve the next level of athletic performance whether you’re a professional athlete, an adult looking for a new fitness program, or a youth athlete aspiring to take your performance to the next level.
Upper and Lower Extremities
IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specializes in conditions of the upper body (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand), as well as the lower body (hips, knees, ankles and feet). Our orthopedic specialists treat conditions including:
- Athletic injuries
- Complex fractures
- Traumatic injuries
- Congenital deformities
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Team
In order to best serve our patients, we have strategic relationships with physicians throughout the state who specialize in orthopedic injury or disease management.
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