Orthopedic Care at UP Health System - Portage

When people think of orthopedics, they often think of hip surgery or broken limbs that need to be fixed. While these are often what patients see an orthopaedist for, the specialty offers so much more.

Orthopedics. What is it?

The orthopedic specialty encompasses the entire musculoskeletal system. Our bones, cartilage, muscles, tendons, and ligaments all work together to offer our bodies stability, range of motion, and structure for our other bodily systems.

Whether by accident, overuse, or long-term wear and tear, breakdowns happen. Enter our orthopedic specialists.

Our orthopedic program helps patients heal and return to a quality of life with the support of other high-quality UP Health System - Portage services including the Sports Medicine Institute, Physical Therapy, and Diagnostics. 

Bones, Joints, & Muscles

Your musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, and muscles, may be one of those aspects of your health that you take for granted. It isn’t until you experience pain and discomfort that you take special notice of the framework of your physical body. At UP Health System - Portage, we have several services to help prevent, diagnose, and treat conditions affecting your bones, joints, and muscles.


Orthopedics specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Derived from the Greek words for "straighten the child," orthopedic care includes patients of all ages electively requesting evaluation for musculoskeletal complaints or in need of emergency care. 
Some of the services we offer in orthopedics:

  • Carpal tunnel treatment 
  • Joint replacement 
  • Osteomyelitis treatment
  • Arthroscopic surgery 
  • Knee ligament injury treatment
  • Uni-compartmental partial knee replacement
  • Rotator cuff repairs 
  • Shoulder impingement surgery 
  • Shoulder stabilizations
  • Total knee replacement

To learn more about these Orthopedic Specialty Services, click here

Looking for relief from joint pain?

Thanks to joint aches and pains, many people find that everyday activities like gardening, biking, golfing, and even playing with kids or grandkids may bring more pain than pleasure. If you can relate, we may be able to help. Answer a few questions to see if you should speak with a provider about finding the right treatment to help put the go in your get-up-and-go again.


Sometimes, pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or persists for more than a few days. At that point, you should see your physician. Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. It's important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can begin early. Some musculoskeletal disorders respond best to treatment in the early stages of the disease.

Rheumatology is the subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with joints, muscles and bones and their roles in health and disease. We help diagnose diseases of the joints, muscles and bones, such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendonitis


While evaluating pain levels, testing range of motion and getting an accurate patient history are vital in knowing the extent of an injury, being able to “see” inside the body provides insight into the extent and severity of an injury. UP Health System - Portage’s radiology department touts some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment available. X-rays, MRI and ultrasounds are routinely ordered to offer accurate diagnosis. Other diagnostic tests that your physician may order can include blood tests and biopsies to count certain elements within a person’s body. For example, a blood test may be performed to determine the type of arthritis a patient has to better prescribe a course of action. 

Physical Therapy

Rehabilitation is an integral part in any injury or surgical recovery. Without a sufficient recovery program in place, your range of motion will be limited, and your recovery will be slow. Our rehab team works with our orthopaedists to prescribe a custom-fit rehab program to your individual needs.

And, of course, a truly beneficial recovery can only happen when the patient is an active participant in the care, recovery, rehabilitation and long-term health of their musculoskeletal system.

Call 906.483.1040 to learn more about orthopaedic services at UP Health System - Portage.