Our orthopaedic team offers surgical and non-surgical solutions to reduce pain, increase mobility and improve the quality of life. A high level of quality orthopaedic care is offered through the Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics at both Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. This partnership program offers a state-of-the-art level of orthopaedic care for the entire North Central Minnesota region.
Our Provider Team
Dr. Erik Severson, Total Joints Medical Director for Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics, leads our team of outstanding providers. He is one of only two orthopaedic surgeons specially trained in hip and knee reconstruction who practices in Northern Minnesota. He completed a fellowship in joint replacement surgery at the Mayo Clinic and is widely recognized in his field, including a presentation to orthopaedic surgeons from around the world at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
With fellowship training in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Jon Herseth can treat a wide range of sports-related injuries and conditions. Our orthopaedic team also includes Dr. Austin Krohn, a family physician who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. Common sports injuries include sprains and strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles, Achilles tendon injuries , pain along the shin bone, rotator cuff injuries, fractures , and dislocations. Any physically active person, not just an athlete, may experience these types of injuries. Treatment can range from immobilization, pain relief medication, or physical therapy to surgery. Dr. Herseth is experienced in performing shoulder and knee arthroscopic surgery, two of the most common surgical procedures for sports injuries.
Dr. Susan Moen, the Brainerd Lakes area’s only hand surgeon, can diagnose and treat all problems related to the different structures in the hand, wrist and elbow. In the last few years, the wrist has become the third most common joint to undergo arthroscopy, after the knee and shoulder. Arthritis, fractures, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and other conditions may trigger the need for orthopaedic care for the hand and wrist. With fellowship training in hand surgery at HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research in St. Paul, Dr. Moen is uniquely qualified to perform hand surgery, which requires a completely different surgical approach whether treating fractures, arthritis or deformities.
Together, the MCO provider team offers state-of-the-art diagnosis, outpatient treatment and rehabilitation for all types of bone, joint and musculoskeletal conditions.
MCO’s comprehensive orthopaedic care includes pre-op education through surgery and hospital stays to follow-up visits and physical therapy.
Rapid Recovery Outcomes
The Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics developed an innovative Rapid Recovery protocol that manages pain throughout all phases of hip or knee joint replacement surgery. Many patients are able to go home one day after joint replacement surgery. However, each patient is looked at individually and discharge plans are based on a patient’s needs. With Rapid Recovery, patients on average rate their pain on day 1 of surgery 2.8 on a scale of 1 to 10 vs. 4.4 for patients pre-Rapid Recovery. Knee replacement patients are typically discharged from the hospital in less than two days when the national average is three to four days.
Our orthopaedic team includes experienced physical therapists who coach and guide patients’ recovery before and after surgery. Therapists help hip or knee joint replacement patients get up and walking on the day of surgery and set a schedule for ongoing therapy as needed.