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

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

Why choose Ohio State for orthopedic care

Carmen Quatman, MD, PhD is an orthopedic surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center who focuses on geriatric orthopedics. Here, she explains why Ohio State should be your first option for orthopedic care.

How we treat more than just broken bones

Carmen Quatman, MD, PhD describes her focus in geriatric care and what makes it so important in the hospital and even at home.

Our Orthopedic Surgeons and Orthopedic Providers

Why choose Ohio State for orthopedic care?

Comprehensive Care: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s orthopedics program offers expert clinical diagnostic and treatment options in a personalized care setting to help you return to pain-free living.

Multidisciplinary Approach: Our orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, radiologists and non-operative orthopedists are uniquely able to provide a complete team approach for evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries.

Diagnostic Expertise: In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked our Orthopaedic program 33rd in the nation.

Learn more about what to expect during your orthopedic procedure