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Orthopaedics

Your Trusted Leader for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

The Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics (MCO) at Riverwood Healthcare Center offers state-of-the-art diagnosis, outpatient treatment and rehabilitation for all types of bone, joint and musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.

Orthopaedic surgery & non-surgical solutions

Our orthopaedic team offers surgical and non-surgical solutions to reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve your quality of life, including:

  • Joint care
  • Total joint replacement with Rapid Recovery
  • Hip surgery
  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Hand, wrist, and elbow surgery (including treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Fracture care
  • Cortisone injections
  • Arthritis management

You’ll receive comprehensive orthopaedic care which includes preoperative education throughout surgery and hospital stays to postoperative visits with your orthopaedic team and physical therapy. With a staff of highly educated, trained, and personable surgeons and specialists on your team, you will receive the highest level of orthopaedic care.

Same-day orthopaedic care

At Riverwood, orthopaedic care is available when you need it. We offer same-day orthopaedic appointments, Monday-Friday. Nurse Practitioner Josh Jacobson will assess your injury or condition and determine next steps for treatment.

Call 218-927-5181 to make a same-day appointment.

MCO developed an innovative Rapid Recovery Protocol that manages pain throughout all phases of hip or knee replacement surgery. Many patients are able to go home one to two days after joint replacement surgery. However, each patient is looked at individually and discharge plans are based on a patient’s needs. With the Rapid Recovery Protocol, 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 with the Rapid Recovery Protocol when the national average is three to four days.

  • Erik Severson developed the Rapid Recovery Program, a leading edge joint replacement protocol, that has proven outcome enhancements for total joint replacement patients, including shorter hospital stays, less pain and faster recovery. He has been recognized nationally for his surgical technical excellence and innovative abilities to solve orthopedic joint problems.
  • In the past few years, Dr. Erik Severson and team have performed 550 to 600 total joint replacements annually. By 2030, that number is expected to grow to 1,200 or more total joint replacements annually in Aitkin and Crosby.
  • MCO clinicians regularly present high-level research on joint care treatment at professional orthopaedic conferences across the country annually.

Patients & Referring Physicians, Brianna is here to help.

Orthopaedic Coordinator, Brianna Brophy, RN, is the go-to nurse for Riverwood orthopaedic patients, especially those having total joint replacements. She can answer patient questions and concerns before surgery, during hospitalization, and after discharge to home.

To refer a patient for orthopaedic care at Riverwood in Aitkin, call our Specialty Clinic at 218-927-5181. Brianna is available to answer questions from referring physicians or patients referred for orthopaedic care.

For information or questions, call Brianna directly at 218-670-0894.

Therapy Services

Our orthopaedic team includes experienced physical therapists who coach and guide patients’ recovery before and after surgery. Therapists help hip or knee replacement patients get up and walking on the day of surgery and set a schedule for ongoing therapy.

To schedule a therapy appointment, call 218-927-5580Visit Therapy Services for additional information.