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When you pull a muscle during your weekend warrior adventures, have swollen, achy joints, or need care for a broken bone, find expert comprehensive care from the country’s leading orthopaedic specialists at UNC Medical Center. Put your bones, muscles, joints and ligaments are in the hands of the same medical professionals who care for UNC Tar Heel athletes. Our medical team includes seven orthopaedic surgeons on the 2014 list of Best Doctors in America®, physicians selected by their peers as the best in their field. So, whether you’re experiencing an acute injury or a chronic problem, trust us to ease your discomfort so you can return to the activities you enjoy.

Musculoskeletal Conditions We Treat

Find help for all muscle, bone and joint conditions and injuries at UNC Medical Center. We treat:

  • Arthritis

  • Back pain and spinal disorders

  • Bone and soft tissue tumors

  • Pediatric orthopaedic problems

  • Developmental disorders and congenital abnormalities (conditions present at birth)

  • Feet and ankles

  • Fractures

  • Unhealed fractures and bone infections

  • Leg length discrepancies

  • Hands, elbows and shoulders

  • Hips, including pain caused by nerve impingement

  • Knees

  • Sports injuries

  • Strains and sprains

Orthopaedic Services & Treatments

At UNC Medical Center, you benefit from high-quality, individualized care for your musculoskeletal condition. We offer a full range of nonsurgical and surgical services, including:

  • Arthroscopy – Diagnoses or treats joint injuries and diseases through a minimally invasive surgical procedure

  • Partial or total joint replacement – Removes damaged parts of your joint and replaces them with new, artificial implants

  • Joint revision surgery – Removes an artificial joint that’s no longer effective and replaces it with a new one

  • Spinal deformity correction

  • Physical therapy and other rehabilitation services

  • Medications or injections to reduce inflammation

  • Biologic joint injections - Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem-cell therapy – Speeds recovery by injecting PRP (a concentrate from your blood that promotes healing) or your own stem cells

  • Debridement – Removes unhealthy tissue from a wound to promote healing

  • Cartilage restoration – Repairs or replaces damaged cartilage to relieve joint pain

Expert Fracture Care

Trust the orthopaedic specialists at UNC Medical Center to accurately diagnose and treat all types of fractures, including multiple fractures, complex joint and hip fractures, and “open” fractures, where the bone is exposed through a wound. Simple breaks may require just a splint or a cast. More complex factures may require stabilizing your bones with pins, screws or plates. We also care for fractures that have developed problems with healing, such as failure to heal (nonunion) or incorrect healing (malunion). When infection occurs in the bone (osteomyelitis) the treatment of these infections is often difficult and the team approach here at UNC, including infectious disease and plastic surgery physicians as well as orthopaedic surgeons, has extensive experience with the management of these problems.

Many broken bones require emergency medical care. Learn more about emergency services at UNC Medical Center.

Improving Your Bone Health

Research shows people who have had one fragility fracture- a broken bone that results from a fall at standing height or less- are at higher risk of future fractures. Proper treatment, which may include lifestyle changes and/or medications, can reduce your risk of experiencing another fracture by up to 50 percent. UNC orthopaedics works closely with other specialized practitioners on methods to minimize the risk of these injuries.

Urgent Care for Bones & Joints

Find specialized walk-in care for minor muscle, bone, joint and ligament injuries at OrthoNow, our orthopaedic urgent care clinic at Carolina Point II in Chapel Hill. See us for:

  • Joint pain

  • Sprains – Stretched or torn ligaments

  • Strains – Stretched or torn muscles and/or tendons

  • Sports-related injuries

  • Injuries that don’t require stitches

  • Fractures or possible fractures

Same-day appointments are available Monday through Friday; call 919-843-4711. Get help for other orthopaedic conditions at the UNC Orthopaedic Clinic at the Ambulatory Care Center. Appointments are usually accommodated within seven days.

Contact Us

Call 919-962-6637 to make an appointment with a UNC orthopaedic specialist. 

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