“Musculoskeletal.” Not a word most people use every day, but it’s a very accurate way to sum up what the field of orthopedics is all about – the treatment of disorders associated with the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Interestingly, much of the early work in the field of orthopedics related to the treatment of children who were born with spine or limb deformities. Today, orthopedic physicians and other practitioners are helping people of all ages deal with an almost unlimited range of musculoskeletal issues, from newborns with clubfeet to young athletes requiring arthroscopic surgery to older adults with arthritis. But regardless of condition or patient demographic, the fundamental goal of orthopedic care is the same: restore the patient’s quality of life to the highest possible level. To achieve this goal some patients may require surgery; for others, non-surgical procedures including medication or rehabilitation therapy will get the job done.

Some common conditions orthopedic care can address include:

  • Abnormalities of the fingers and toes
  • Back pain, ruptured disks, sciatica and scoliosis
  • Bone tumors, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy
  • Club foot, bunions, bow legs, knock knees and unequal leg length
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Growth abnormalities
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sports or work-related injuries
  • Tendon injuries, pulled muscles, bursitis and torn cartilage
  • Torn ligaments, sprains and strains

While the orthopedic practitioners at Ascendant are familiar with all aspects of orthopedic care, many of our physicians specialize in certain areas of diagnosis and treatment including hand and wrist, foot and ankle, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, and back and spine. Other specialties include sports medicine and pain management.


Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance was formed by joining the two leading providers serving North Central Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. South Bend Orthopaedics (SBO) and Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center (OSMC) bring together the current seven office locations in South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Goshen, LaPorte, Middlebury and Nappanee to form Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance.