Orthopaedic specialists perform a knee x-ray


Northwestern Medicine Orthopaedics provides comprehensive care for patients experiencing pain or limitation of motion in the bones, joints, muscles or surrounding structures.


One in three Americans suffers from pain or limitation of motion in the bones, joints, muscles or surrounding structures. The majority of people 75 and older have some form of musculoskeletal disorder, especially arthritis.

Northwestern Medicine Orthopaedics has a complete range of specialized orthopaedic care to get you back in motion.

Northwestern Medicine Orthopaedics offers leading-edge care for arthritis, sports injury recovery and joint replacement, that meets your total needs.

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the #1 hospital in Illinois and our orthopaedics program is consistently ranked among the top orthopaedic programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital performs the second-highest number of lower extremity joint replacement surgeries in the state of Illinois
  • Orthopaedic specialists* on the medical staffs of Northwestern Medicine lead a variety of research studies
  • Comprehensive, integrated orthopaedic services
  • Exceptional patient experience

Meet the Teams

Northwestern Medicine spine surgeon Dr. Aruna Ganju performing surgery.
Northwestern Medicine Orthopaedics has a complete range of specialized orthopaedic care to get you back in motion, offering leading-edge care for arthritis, recovery from sports injury, and joint replacement that meets your needs.

Areas of Care

Back, Neck and Spine

Northwestern Medicine offers comprehensive care and treatment for conditions of the back, neck and spine.  

Foot and Ankle

Northwestern Medicine specialists help you relieve foot and ankle pain and restore function. 

Geriatric Fractures

Northwestern Medicine Orthopaedics provides comprehensive care for geriatric fractures. 

Hand, Wrist and Elbow

Northwestern Medicine Orthopaedics offers focused care for all types of hand and arm conditions. 

Joint Preservation

The Northwestern Medicine Hip and Knee Joint Preservation Center offers surgical and nonsurgical options for preserving a deteriorating joint to delay or avoid joint replacement surgery.

Joint Replacement

The Northwestern Medicine Joint Replacement team offers advanced treatments and a philosophy of collaborative care for patients with joint problems. 

Orthopaedic Surgery

Northwestern Medicine offers leading-edge orthopaedic surgery to help you find relief from the pain and limitations of bones, joints, muscles or surrounding structures.  


Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to weaken.

Sports Medicine (Orthopaedic)

Northwestern Medicine offers complete care to help you recover from sports injuries and improve your overall wellness, fitness and performance. 


Northwestern Medicine offers care and treatment for bones, joints or nerves that have been severely damaged by trauma. 

Center for Surgery of the Hand

The Northwestern Center for Surgery of the Hand is the oldest hand practice in Chicago, with recognized leaders in the field of hand surgery.



Northwestern Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery at Kishwaukee Hospital offers board-certified orthopaedic surgeons state-of-the-art surgical procedures, and comprehensive rehabilitative care, meaning residents of DeKalb, Ogle and Kendall County don’t need to travel far from home to get the orthopaedic treatment they need.

  • Low back pain or sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Hip fractures
  • Broken legs
  • Broken arms
  • Knee pain
  • Meniscus tears
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder joint replacement
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Torn ligaments
  • Torn cartilage
  • Total ankle replacement
  • Tendon repair
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis of the wrist
  • Trigger finger

Orthopaedic Sub-Specialties

Our goal is to get patients back on their feet and back to life as soon as possible. Our orthopaedic surgeons work in a wide range of orthopaedic sub-specialties, including:
  • Foot and ankle
  • Hip and knee
  • Shoulder and elbow
  • Hand and wrist
  • Pediatric orthopaedics
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports medicine

Radiologists fellowship-trained in musculoskeletal disorders work closely with the orthopaedic surgeons to provide a high level of confidence in the imaging and diagnosis.

State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Imaging

Surgical Imaging services available at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital allow physicians and surgeons to see internal images of the body, including bones and organs, prior to and during surgical procedures. These images help reduce risk and speed recovery.

Kishwaukee Hospital and its radiologists have implemented a comprehensive initiative to reduce the radiation dose patients receive when they have a computed tomography (CT) scan, X-ray or fluoroscopy exam.

We continue to be on the forefront of technology with Digital Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and PET/CT. Patients can rest assured knowing that most tests their doctors prescribe can be performed here, right in DeKalb County.

Physical Therapy After Spine Surgery

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Physical Therapy Center offers specialized, rehabilitative care after your spine surgery, helps patients increase their potential for a full recovery. Our team of physical and occupational therapists coordinate your care with the inpatient team to ensure consistency throughout your entire rehab experience.

Our program uses the best evidence-based practices for post-operative treatment to maximize your range of motion and strength, and get you back to your normal activities in 6–12 weeks. With our state-of-the-art facility including a therapeutic pool, gymnasium and exercise equipment, we can help you accomplish your individual goals.

Physicians studying an image for second opinion.

Looking for a Second Opinion?

It's vital that you're comfortable with your treatment decision and have confidence in your doctor. For these reasons, a second opinion with another specialist can help you make smart treatment decisions.

Legal Information

In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.