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IRMC Physician Group Orthopedics specializes in the correction of deformities or functional impairments of the skeletal system, especially the extremities and the spine, and associated structures, such as muscles and ligaments. Orthopedics assists patients with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Our orthopedic specialists use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, spine diseases, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital disorders.

At IRMC Physician Group, our orthopedic specialists help patients return to the standard of living they’re accustomed to with quality and effective orthopedic care.

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Hand and upper extremity

Reaching, grabbing, writing, driving, lifting, waving—all are activities that we take for granted. Each of these seemingly simple daily activities and many more are possible only because of the versatility and flexibility of the "upper extremity." This area of the human body is uniquely complex and includes the joints, bones and muscles of the fingers, hand, wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder. Its intricate and mobile design, coupled with the use and abuse sustained each day, can make this region highly susceptible to injury.

At the Human Motion Institute, we apply our clinical expertise to establish an accurate diagnosis quickly and develop a plan of care that fits the needs of each patient suffering from upper-extremity pain or discomfort. It is our practice to exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery. However, if a surgical procedure becomes the right choice, our team of specialists is trained to correct upper-extremity problems and pain. We employ a team of medical professionals who are well versed in treating a variety of conditions affecting the shoulder, arm and hand—from carpal tunnel release to the replantation of a limb.

Our surgical team specializes in the treatment of:

  • Soft-tissue sprains, strains and contusions.
  • Overuse and traumatic injuries to the upper extremity and hand.
  • Degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Rotator cuff tears.
  • Impingement syndromes of the shoulder, elbow and wrist.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Instability of the shoulder.
  • Fractures, dislocations and subluxations.

Joint replacement

Listen to Human Motion Institute orthopedic surgeon Dr. Craig McKirgan, DO, talk about joint replacement.

As we age, our bodies change and a lifetime of activity and occasional overuse takes its toll and can create specific problems related to joints. Painful or stiff joints can alter a person's lifestyle and prevent participation in daily activities they enjoy.

At the Human Motion Institute at Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC), we believe that taking care of painful joint conditions is more than applying state-of-the-art surgical techniques. It is the skilled, hands-on evaluation and appropriate diagnostic testing that determines the best overall plan of care, keeping in mind that we are not treating a joint, but a human being.

It is our practice to exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery. However, if and when a surgical procedure becomes the right choice, our orthopedic surgeons are trained to correct problems related to joint pain. Our unique continuum of care and nationally certified joint program produce outstanding clinical and patient satisfaction results.

An integrated approach enables our clinical team to properly evaluate a condition and prepare each patient mentally and physically for their procedure; then we continually monitor and manage their entire pre- and postsurgical performance and progress. This full-service approach, which integrates the patient's primary care physician and orthopedic surgeon with a host of clinical support staff, is designed to return our patients to maximum function as quickly and safely as possible.

Surgical procedures

  • Hip replacement (total, partial, revisions).
  • Knee replacement (total, partial, revisions).
  • Shoulder replacement (total, partial, revisions).

Listen to satisfied patients who had joint replacement surgery at IRMC.

Comprehensive care at the Joint Center

The Joint Center is dedicated to providing high-quality continuum of care in a standardized, predictable fashion before, during and after your joint replacement.


  • Pre-op Joint education class, including instruction to prepare for surgery, proper movement after surgery, and demonstration of assistive equipment (walkers, canes, etc.) guided by RN and rehabilitation professionals.
  • Scheduled visit with an RN for a complete nursing assessment and preoperative testing, specifically for joint replacement patients.
  • Proactive discharge planning assistance from our team of physical and occupational therapists and care managers.
  • Access to our preoperative Joint Replacement Exercise Program guided by certified exercise physiologists.

Download our S.A.V.E. Your Joints Brochure for additional information.

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