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.

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.

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 -services including the Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy and Diagnostics. 


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’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 ordered to measure sedimentary calcium 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.

Quality of Care

Since June of 2013, there have been zero joint space infections in orthopedic operations conducted at UP Health System - Marquette for patients who attended the Total Joint Replacement Class.

The Total Joint Replacement Class is available to all patients at the UP Health System - Marquette campus, and features education from professionals in physical and occupational therapy, the operating room, care management and discharge planning, quality, and diet and nutrition. 

We actively participate in many quality improvement initatives including the Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative (MARCQI) and The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). 



UP Health System - Marquette received Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries. 

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For more information or to make an appointment, please call 844.411.UPHS.

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