Orthopedics

Treating your muscle and joint pain so you can move through life at your own pace

Whether you face an injury to your bone or muscle or are feeling the impact of arthritis on your joints, our orthopedics experts are here to help you.

Our highly skilled orthopedic and sports medicine providers at IU Health are able to meet your needs and help you get back to enjoying life.

From your first appointment through treatment, rehabilitation and follow-up, we provide expert care to help you return to your previous level of activity quickly and safely.

Whether you face an injury to your bone or muscle or arthritis in your joints, our orthopedics experts are here for you. First, you’ll have a consultation appointment. A specialist will review your diagnosis and treatment options so that you can make an informed decision.

Typically, you will see an orthopedic physician for non-surgical treatment options first. However, surgery is sometimes the best way to treat knee pain, hip pain, or other muscle and bone problems. If orthopedic surgery is right for you, a highly skilled surgical team will get you home as fast as possible, with the least complications.

Joint Replacement and Revision

Newer joint replacement surgeries allow you to remain active longer. We perform a high volume of joint replacement procedures each year giving us the extensive experience to treat the most common cases to the most complex. In fact, IU Health is renowned for its joint replacement services, with patients coming to us from all over the world.

When you need joint replacement, you can feel confident in our expertise. If you need revision surgery on an already replaced joint such as a knee or hip, we can repair and replace the worn out implant.

Is Joint Replacement Right for You?

For more information on joint replacement and to help you determine if it’s the right option for you, we offer joint replacement seminars at various locations throughout the year. Find one near you.

Broken Bones and Orthopedic Trauma

IU Health can handle the most common orthopedic injuries, such as a broken bone, to the most complex orthopedic trauma cases. Our trauma physicians work closely with other specialty physicians, as needed, to develop a plan tailored for your specific injury. You’ll have expert specialists for both surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

Orthopedic trauma services at IU Health:

  • 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
  • Fractures that did not heal (non-unions)
  • Fractures that healed in poor position (Mal-unions)
  • Infection and osteomyelitis (bone infections)
  • Arthritis after facture

Neck and Spine Treatments

From a stiff neck to chronic lower back pain, spinal issues can interfere with your daily activities. When other treatments cannot help to alleviate your back pain, spinal surgery may be recommended. Spinal surgery can be performed with minimally invasive techniques. These techniques correct spinal disorders and chronic back and neck pain, while sparing surrounding soft tissues. A smaller incision, means faster recovery and less pain following surgery.

Upper and Lower Extremities

If you have any issues with the upper body (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) or lower body (hips, knees, ankles and feet), IU Health has specialists to treat them, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Athletic injuries
  • Complex fractures
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Congenital deformities

Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

Your orthopedic treatment doesn’t stop once your surgery is over or your pain stops. We want to help you regain your mobility and learn how to prevent further injury. Rehabilitation is usually the last step in your orthopedic treatment. “Rehab” is not instantaneous, and, it’s where your work, as part of your orthopedics team, actually begins. You will have a team at your side as committed as you are to achieving measurable progress along the road to recovery.

Sports Medicine

Our Sports Medicine program can help both recreational and competitive athletes stay in the game. A sports physician near you can assess the nature of your injuries, treat them, and help you avoid further sports injuries in the future. From foot or ankle injuries, to hand injuries, to arthritis, an expert in sports medicine can help get you back in the game.

Comprehensive Orthopedics at IU Health

Whether you face an injury to your bone or muscle or arthritis in your joints, our orthopedics experts are here for you. First, you’ll have a consultation appointment. A specialist will review your diagnosis and treatment options so that you can make an informed decision.

Typically, you will see an orthopedic physician for non-surgical treatment options first. However, surgery is sometimes the best way to treat knee pain, hip pain, or other muscle and bone problems. If orthopedic surgery is right for you, a highly skilled surgical team will get you home as fast as possible, with the least complications.

Joint Replacement and Revision

Newer joint replacement surgeries allow you to remain active longer. We perform a high volume of joint replacement procedures each year giving us the extensive experience to treat the most common cases to the most complex. In fact, IU Health is renowned for its joint replacement services, with patients coming to us from all over the world.

When you need joint replacement, you can feel confident in our expertise. If you need revision surgery on an already replaced joint such as a knee or hip, we can repair and replace the worn out implant.

Is Joint Replacement Right for You?

For more information on joint replacement and to help you determine if it’s the right option for you, we offer joint replacement seminars at various locations throughout the year. Find one near you.

Broken Bones and Orthopedic Trauma

IU Health can handle the most common orthopedic injuries, such as a broken bone, to the most complex orthopedic trauma cases. Our trauma physicians work closely with other specialty physicians, as needed, to develop a plan tailored for your specific injury. You’ll have expert specialists for both surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

Orthopedic trauma services at IU Health:

  • 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
  • Fractures that did not heal (non-unions)
  • Fractures that healed in poor position (Mal-unions)
  • Infection and osteomyelitis (bone infections)
  • Arthritis after facture

Neck and Spine Treatments

From a stiff neck to chronic lower back pain, spinal issues can interfere with your daily activities. When other treatments cannot help to alleviate your back pain, spinal surgery may be recommended. Spinal surgery can be performed with minimally invasive techniques. These techniques correct spinal disorders and chronic back and neck pain, while sparing surrounding soft tissues. A smaller incision, means faster recovery and less pain following surgery.

Upper and Lower Extremities

If you have any issues with the upper body (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) or lower body (hips, knees, ankles and feet), IU Health has specialists to treat them, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Athletic injuries
  • Complex fractures
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Congenital deformities

Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

Your orthopedic treatment doesn’t stop once your surgery is over or your pain stops. We want to help you regain your mobility and learn how to prevent further injury. Rehabilitation is usually the last step in your orthopedic treatment. “Rehab” is not instantaneous, and, it’s where your work, as part of your orthopedics team, actually begins. You will have a team at your side as committed as you are to achieving measurable progress along the road to recovery.

Sports Medicine

Our Sports Medicine program can help both recreational and competitive athletes stay in the game. A sports physician near you can assess the nature of your injuries, treat them, and help you avoid further sports injuries in the future. From foot or ankle injuries, to hand injuries, to arthritis, an expert in sports medicine can help get you back in the game.

When you choose IU Health orthopedic services, you are choosing to be the center of a team approach to your care.

We partner with Indiana University School of Medicine to combine the most innovative treatments with the latest technology. This partnership lets us personalize the comprehensive care you can expect from IU Health.

You get the benefit of fellowship-trained surgeons in all aspects of orthopedic care – sports medicine, spine, foot & ankle, hand & upper extremity, and trauma. In fact, IU Health is home to one of the largest orthopedic trauma groups in the country.

Why IU Health for Orthopedic Care

When you choose IU Health orthopedic services, you are choosing to be the center of a team approach to your care.

We partner with Indiana University School of Medicine to combine the most innovative treatments with the latest technology. This partnership lets us personalize the comprehensive care you can expect from IU Health.

You get the benefit of fellowship-trained surgeons in all aspects of orthopedic care – sports medicine, spine, foot & ankle, hand & upper extremity, and trauma. In fact, IU Health is home to one of the largest orthopedic trauma groups in the country.

Related Services and Conditions for Orthopedics

Feb 07

Accident victim grateful to be standing on his own two feet

“I’m here for hope.” That’s what Vimal Patel told the team at IU Health Methodist Hospital when he arrived from California last August. A little more than a week earlier, the 46-year-old had shattered both of his heels in a car accident, and the doctors who initially treated him saw only one course of treatment. “I was told double-amputation,” Vimal says. Fortunately, Vimal’s brother-in-law wouldn’t accept that plan. Looking back on the July 28, 2020 accident, Vimal admits it was caused by his own foolishness. Taking a friend for a “joy ride” in his new twin-turbo McLaren 720S (advertised top speed: 200+ mph), he lost control. “I love race cars,” he says. “I’ve been racing for some time, but this thing was just out of my league.” Vimal’s friend walked away with minor injuries, but Vimal was not so lucky. Taken to the nearest trauma hospital, he was told there was no way to fix his shattered heels. While Vimal wrestled with his next move, his brother-in-law, Suhag Patel, began searching the internet for other options. “He started researching heel fractures and calcaneus fractures. IU Health Methodist Hospital appeared in his search because of the hospital's connection with the Indy

Accident victim grateful to be standing on his own two feet image.

Patient Stories for Orthopedics

Feb 07

Accident victim grateful to be standing on his own two feet

“I’m here for hope.” That’s what Vimal Patel told the team at IU Health Methodist Hospital when he arrived from California last August. A little more than a week earlier, the 46-year-old had shattered both of his heels in a car accident, and the doctors who initially treated him saw only one course of treatment. “I was told double-amputation,” Vimal says. Fortunately, Vimal’s brother-in-law wouldn’t accept that plan. Looking back on the July 28, 2020 accident, Vimal admits it was caused by his own foolishness. Taking a friend for a “joy ride” in his new twin-turbo McLaren 720S (advertised top speed: 200+ mph), he lost control. “I love race cars,” he says. “I’ve been racing for some time, but this thing was just out of my league.” Vimal’s friend walked away with minor injuries, but Vimal was not so lucky. Taken to the nearest trauma hospital, he was told there was no way to fix his shattered heels. While Vimal wrestled with his next move, his brother-in-law, Suhag Patel, began searching the internet for other options. “He started researching heel fractures and calcaneus fractures. IU Health Methodist Hospital appeared in his search because of the hospital's connection with the Indy

Accident victim grateful to be standing on his own two feet image.