Orthopaedics & Physical Therapy Marshfield, Joint Pain Eau Claire, WI
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Damaged, painful hip and knee joints repaired and replaced here

Your hips and knees are complex joints that can easily be damaged by injury or disease. Thanks to incredible technological and medical advances, these joints can now be replaced. Over 1 million joint replacements are performed in the US each year. Our skilled orthopaedic surgeons have exceptional training and experience in joint repair and replacement.

Hip joint replacement

Joint replacement surgery has become commonplace in America. Approximately 775,000 Americans have a hip or knee replaced each year, according to the latest statistics. And as our population ages, the number of joint replacements is expected to rise. Hip replacements are now frequently performed on adults in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

Hip pain can have many causesgenetic predisposition, traumatic injury, disease or poor blood supply. When arthritis or a hip injury hampers your ability to move, surgery may be the only remaining option to reduce or eliminate pain and restore movement and proper function of the hip joint.

At Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute, we perform anterior total hip replacement or posterior total hip replacementhip  when the cartilage covering the surface of the hip bones and joint is worn away and causes one bone to rub against another. The friction created causes pain and limits motion. The most common cause is osteoarthritis.

We believe this is the most effective way to reduce or eliminate hip pain and restore full function to the hip joint.

Knee replacement and reconstruction

When knee pain from arthritis or injury becomes debilitating and conservative treatments fail to bring relief, knee replacement or reconstruction becomes a reasonable treatment alternative. We can totally or partially replace damaged knee joints according to the patient’s age, physical condition and specific diagnosis. We perform a total knee replacement when the cartilage covering the bones in the knee joint (thigh bone, shin bone and patella or kneecap) has worn away and bone rubs against bone. When this occurs, it creates abnormal friction and causes pain, instability, swelling and limited movement. The most common cause is osteoarthritis.

Total knee replacement is not always necessary

Sometimes, total knee replacement is unnecessary. For some patients, we may recommend a partial or unicompartmental knee replacement. Our board-certified orthopaedic physicians will gladly explain your treatment options and answer all your questions about each procedure. Typical knee problems include:

  • Ligament injuries (ACL, MCL, etc.)
  • Meniscal injury or torn cartilage (meniscal tear symptoms)
  • Chondral defects
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome

Experience leads to better outcomes

The board-certified orthopaedic specialists at Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute have many years of experience in repairing or replacing damaged knees, and they have successfully treated thousands of people and helped them regain pain-free function and their quality of life.

Convenient onsite physical therapy after surgery

After knee replacement or reconstruction surgery, the highest level of function can only be achieved through an individualized physical therapy program. Our occupational and physical therapists have specialized programs for treating the entire musculoskeletal system, with specific programs to facilitate faster recovery and return to function after surgery.

You don’t have to live with hip or knee joint problems. Contact us at 715.424.1881 with your questions. For your convenience, you can use our Request an Appointment form to book your consultation. Our hip and knee patients come to us from Marshfield, Stevens Point, Plover, Eau Claire and Tomah.

Solutions for shoulder problems

The shoulders are the most mobile joints in the human body. They are a complex arrangement of structures that work together for the full range-of-motion arm movement you need for work, sports and most activities of daily living. They often suffer trauma or repetitive stress injuries that can damage or destabilize the shoulder joint.

People usually associate rotator cuff injuries with professional athletes who perform repeated overhead arm and shoulder motions such as throwing, catching or striking a ball. Surprisingly, most rotator cuff problems occur in nonathletes between 40 and 60 years old. Proper care and treatment of shoulder pain and injuries is critical.


Experienced treatment for shoulder conditions

The board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute have many years of experience treating damaged and painful shoulders. They are the physicians of choice for area athletes and nonathletes alike who have:

  • Tendonitis/bursitis (impingement)
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Labral tear and shoulder instability
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • AC separation

We treat most shoulder conditions without surgery. If surgery is necessary, we use the most advanced arthroscopic techniques to reduce discomfort and scarring and allow a faster recovery.

Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute also operates an onsite open MRI that allows us to deliver orthopedic care more efficiently, effectively and conveniently.

Solutions for hand injuries and wrist pain

Your wrists and hands are among the most often used structures in your upper extremities. Because you use them in so many ways, they can easily be injured or over-stressed. When this occurs, we can relieve your pain and restore your function. Our hand therapists work closely with physicians and clients to provide a continuum of care. Treatment often begins within days of the injury or surgery and continues until the client has returned to work and/or a productive lifestyle. We treat conditions such as: 

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Repetitive motion syndromes
  • Traumatic hand injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Hand, wrist and forearm trauma
  • Tendon and nerve injuries
  • Trigger finger
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • De Quervain’s disease
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Complex regional pain syndrome / RSD
  • Bones and frostbite
  • Amputations

Evaluation and treatment

Following a thorough evaluation, an individualized treatment plan will be developed for each client and may include:

  • Wound care
  • Range of motion and strengthening exercises
  • Control of swelling
  • Moist heat and cold therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Ultrasound, iontophoresis and electrical stimulation
  • Scar and soft tissue massage
  • Desensitization and sensory re-education
  • Customized splint fabrication
  • Joint protection principles
  • Therapeutic activities
  • Home exercise programs

Find the light at the end of your carpal tunnel here

Wrist pain and hand injuries can interfere with your ability to work, play sports, care for your family or perform simple everyday tasks. Carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and other problems can make using your hands and wrists difficult or impossible. Our skilled orthopaedic surgeons are well-trained and experienced helping people with wrist pain and hand injuries.

Experienced surgical care when you need it

When nonsurgical treatments – medication, injection therapies and physical therapy or occupational therapy – do not provide sufficient relief of pain and dysfunction, our experienced, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons may perform:

  • Wrist/thumb arthroplasty
  • Wrist/hand arthroscopy
  • Nerve and tendon repairs
  • Carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel release

Occupational therapy to promote healing and recovery

Our staff of occupational therapists are also certified in hand therapy treatments. They provide therapeutic exercise and custom splints to help structures heal properly after surgery and prevent further injury. When surgery becomes the only option for the best outcome, we use the most advanced reconstruction techniques. Wrist pain and lost mobility due to carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome and other hand/wrist problems can disrupt your life. Our goal is to relieve your pain and restore your function so you can resume enjoying the daily activities that mean so much to your life. So when you want first-rate orthopaedic care to relieve pain and restore function, count on Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute.

If you’re looking for top-notch care for shoulder, elbow or hand injuries, get in touch with us at 715.424.1881. For your convenience, you can use our Request an Appointment form to book your consultation. Our shoulder, elbow and hand patients come to us from Tomah, Marshfield, Stevens Point, Plover and Eau Claire.

Treatment for back and spine conditions

Affecting four out of five Americans, back pain is the most common and costly problem in orthopaedics. Too many people simply live with back pain and hope that it will resolve itself. Sometimes it does. But not when the pain is caused by degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, disc herniation, spinal stenosis or a traumatic injury.

Common conditions such as herniated discs or pinched nerves caused by bone spurs may ultimately require surgery. In those cases, we perform minimally invasive procedures such as microdiscectomy for herniated disc, decompression for spinal stenosis and lumbar fusion for spondylolisthesis.

Nonsurgical treatment options

Some back pain will resolve itself in a week or two. If pain persists, we will recommend other nonsurgical treatments, including:

  • Limited rest – According to the New England Journal of Medicine, bed rest should be no more than two days. After that, specific exercise can strengthen back muscles and increase flexibility.

  • Exercise – This is the only way to strengthen back muscles, increase flexibility and help avoid future injury. Activity actually lubricates the spine.

  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy – Our onsite physical therapist and occupational therapy team can help increase your flexibility and strengthen the muscles that support the spine. We may use ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat or ice, mobilization and exercise to reduce pain and facilitate movement.

  • Medication – To reduce swelling and pain, we may recommend medication depending on your symptoms and pain intensity.

Painful back and spine problems solved here

If you are one of the four out of every five adults who suffer with back pain, there’s no reason to live with it. Spinal pain caused by degeneration, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, arthritis or sports-related injuries can be treated. We have exceptional training and experience in treating back pain and spinal problems.

To learn more about our spine care services or to schedule your appointment, please don’t hesitate to call us at 715.424.1881 with your questions. For your convenience, you can use our Request an Appointment form to book your consultation. Our spine patients come to us from Stevens Point, Plover, Eau Claire, Tomah and Marshfield.

Our friendly staff

Delivering orthopaedic services are made possible with the help of our clinical staff who assist our physicians in providing advanced, complete care and treatment.


Peggy Barnes, RN


Ashley Hartjes, RN


Dawn Tammen, RN


Katie Briggs, CMA


Renee Curry, CMA


Beth Ann Shearer, CMA


Jeanne Sammartino, CFA


Linda Hamm, SCRIBE


Gina Heath, SCRIBE




We have helped thousands of people overcome their orthopaedic problems using innovative and minimally invasive procedures. Please give our friendly staff a call at 715.424.1881 with your inquiries or to schedule an appointment. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.


"I am very impressed with the quality of treatment by the Doctors and all of the staff…excellent is the only word to describe my experience. - D.P."
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