When you want the joint pain to stop, start at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center for expert orthopedic care and innovative research.
When you want the pain to stop, start at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center for expert orthopedic patient care and state-of-the-art research. If you're experiencing a sprain, strain, repetitive motion stress, sports injury, trauma or infection, Ohio State general orthopedic physicians can diagnosis the cause of your pain, help treat it or refer you to a subspecialist, if necessary. Through our extensive involvement in clinical trials, we are at the forefront of advances in minimally invasive surgeries and post-operative rehabilitation programs. While the majority of our patients come to us for help with chronic knee or hip pain or as a result of experiencing some type of fracture, our orthopedic surgeons care for all foot and ankle, knee, hip, hand, spine and shoulder problems, including arthritis.
Why see an orthopedic doctor?
When your daily activities are limited by pain or discomfort, it may be time to be evaluated by a physician. Learn more about the areas our orthopedic doctors specialize in below and choose Ohio State when you experience:
- Pain as a result of an injury
- Long-term or chronic joint, muscle, bone, tendon or nerve pain
- General upright instability or inability to perform daily functions
- Limited range of motion
- A need for knee, hip or shoulder joint replacement
We accept most insurance plans and do not require a referral, except for orthopedic oncology.
Our Orthopedic Specialties
Hand and Upper Extremity
Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Care
Treating your joint pain or fracture
Because treatment is determined on the basis of your physical exam, X-rays, past medical history and any additional testing such as MRI (pre-certification by insurance is required), your orthopedic physician will talk to you about treatment options, and a physician assistant may tend to your follow-up care. Your treatment may include nonsurgical options such as:
- Occupational or physical therapy to restore movement, strength and function
- Oral medication to treat pain or reduce inflammation
- Orthobiologic treatments using substances naturally found in the body in an intensified concentration
- Unloader bracing, or mechanical intervention, to reduce pain and improve function
- Injected steroids to manage acute pain and inflammation
- Injected visco-supplementation agents to relieve pain and restore function
For joint pain that has not improved with nonsurgical care, surgery may be an option. Some of the common procedures include:
- Arthoscopy to remove damaged cartilage or bone (also known as arthroscopic debridement)
- Arthroplasty to remove and replace a joint with an implant. At Ohio State, this is often a MAKOplasty, an innovative, robotic-arm assisted joint replacement surgery that targets the diseased area and preserves bone, soft tissue and ligaments for more natural joint function post-surgery,'
- Soft tissue repair to reconnect torn tendons or ligaments
- Osteotomy to reposition or realign bones
- Internal fixation by using plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place