UI Hospitals and Clinics

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Best Hospitals 2015 OrthopaedicsOur orthopedic experts provide care for patients with a variety of diseases and injuries of the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Our physicians, from the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, work with teams of physical therapists and other rehabilitation specialists to manage care for every orthopedic condition, with a special emphasis on pediatric care. Our physicians have led the world in developing effective treatments for a birth deformity known as clubfoot. In addition, our clinicians employ the most up-to-date techniques for diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases and injuries.


Injuries from motor vehicle accidents, falls or injuries at work can be devastating. Our staff uses efficiency, coordinated care and well-designed surgical techniques to help patients regain lost function.

Sports Medicine

UI Sports Medicine is ready to help you if:

  • You are unable to play or participate because of an injury
  • Your ability to participate declines or becomes more difficult
  • You have swelling of a limb or joint
  • You have pain while participating in a sport

Joint Replacement

Our reconstructive services provide care for ankle, hip, knee, shoulder and wrist replacements. Our surgical approach and rehabilitation follow up are aimed at a safe and healthy return to normal activities.


Tumors of bones and muscles are relatively rare but can lead to disabilities or death. Our specialists are part of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and work as part of a multidisciplinary team to offer you the best options for your cancer.


The professionally recognized nonsurgical treatment for clubfoot was developed by the late Ignacio Ponseti, a long-time UI faculty member and clinician who developed the Ponseti Method during his decades of service to infants afflicted with this condition.


Our comprehensive services for orthopedics and sports medicine health include:

Why Choose Us?

UI Hospitals and Clinics is ranked 18th nationally in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings for orthopedics. We provide the most complete bone and joint health services in Iowa. Physicians from across the Midwest refer patients to the University of Iowa because of our comprehensive array of services, our multidisciplinary approach and our state-of-the-art facilities.

  • U.S.News & World Report ranked UI Children's Hospital 24th in the nation in orthopedics for children's care (2010).
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield designated UI Hospitals and Clinics as a Blue Distinction® Center+ in knee and hip replacement 
  • Ranked by Becker's Hospital Review as one of 25 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic and Spine Programs (2009).
  • The orthopedics department sees more than 50,000 patients in its clinics each year and performs more than 5,000 orthopedic operations per year.
  • The University of Iowa is where Dr. Ignacio V. Ponseti developed the Ponseti technique, which has become the most widely practiced method for initial treatment of infants born with clubfeet.

Academic Departments that Provide Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Care

Health Library

UI Health Care, in a partnership with ADAM Multimedia Encyclopedia, offers you these select topics on orthopedics and sports medicine health: