Orthopedics in Rhinelander

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Northland Orthopedic and Sports Medicine offers the latest orthopedic treatments and techniques to relieve your pain and restore your mobility.

We see patients of all ages, from toddler through older adults, and will treat a variety of conditions. You may be seen at our main clinic in Rhinelander, but we have outreach clinics in Crandon, Eagle River and Tomahawk.

Whether you're a weekend warrior or a competitive athlete, sports injuries can happen. Ministry Medical Group's Northland Orthopedic and Sports Medicine providers can help should you sustain an injury. We'll evaluate your problem and work with you to develop a plan for your care, rehabilitation and return to activity as quickly as possible.

Common Orthopedic Conditions

Orthopedics focuses on injuries and diseases related to bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. From your fingers to your shoulders and your toes to your hips, the team at Northland Orthopedic and Sports Medicine will treat your pain and get you back to the daily activities that you enjoy. The physicians and providers at Ministry Medical Group’s Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine offer treatment and care in a variety of areas and for a variety of conditions.

Your hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders and everything in between are all part of your upper extremity and the team at Northland Orthopedic can take care of your ailments from carpal tunnel to joint reconstruction. Some common upper extremity conditions include:

  • Carpal tunnel
  • Trigger finger
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder or elbow replacement

Your feet, ankles, knees, hips and all parts in between make up your lower extremity. Whether it is foot pain or a hip replacement our team will help get you on the path to recovery. Common conditions of the lower extremity include:

  • Bunions
  • Heel pain
  • Hammertoe
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Meniscus tears
  • Arthroscopy
  • Fracture repairs
  • Arthritis
  • Hip or knee replacement

Hip & Knee Replacement

The team at Ministry Medical Group’s Northland Orthopedic and Sports Medicine will work with you to customize your care and make sure you have all the right information, resources and support to get you moving again.

The comprehensive hip & knee program includes:

  • Your  team: Surgeon and his Advanced Practice Clinician (APC), nurse joint coordinator, pre-admissions, surgical and nursing staff, physical and occupational therapists, and discharge planners.
  • Education for you and your family before surgery in the form of our “It’s a Joint Effort” class held weekly by our nurse joint coordinator and physical and occupational therapists. The class prepares you and your family (or support person) for your surgical experience by providing clear expectations, defining needs and guidance in making discharge plans and preparations. Additionally, we encourage class participation by your support person or family member so he/she understands their role and responsibility, and hears the same information that the patient does. Your journey does not end when you are released from the hospital. You will be followed by the joint coordinator, surgeon,  APC and therapists.
  • One-on-one physical therapy to build strength and improve flexibility beginning the day of surgery and continuing until your goals are met. Physical and occupational therapists will work hard to help you gain independence as quickly as possible.
  • Specialized nursing care.
  • A personalized plan for your discharge from the hospital, or if more specific medical needs are identified, arrangements will be made to provide for those needs through home health or specialty care.

Hip Replacement

If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Typical hip pain is in front of the hip, or groin, and may radiate down the thigh. Pain may be worse with standing, walking, or laying on your back at night. Injections are usually less effective when treating hip pain, and are used less often as compared to treating other joint pain. If medications, changes in your everyday activities, and the use of walking supports do not adequately help your symptoms, you may consider hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve your pain, increase motion, and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.

Total Knee Replacement

If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or injury, it may be hard for you to perform simple activities, such as walking, climbing stairs or everyday activities. You may even feel pain while you are sitting or lying down.

If nonsurgical treatments like medications, injections, activity modification or using walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider total knee replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain, correct leg deformity and help you resume normal activities. Ministry Medical Group’s Northland Orthopedic surgeons perform hundreds of joint replacement surgeries every year with the goal of having you regain a more normal lifestyle once again.

The first knee replacement surgery was performed in 1968. Improvements in surgical materials and techniques within the subsequent years have greatly increased effectiveness. Total knee replacements are one of the most successful procedures in of the world of medicine. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States.

Additional Resources

If you would like to do additional research into your diagnosis and options, please refer to the following websites.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Patient Information 
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine 
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Patient Information


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Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

444 East Timber Drive
Rhinelander, WI  54501



Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital
2251 North Shore Drive
Rhinelander, WI 54501



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