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Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

The Orthopedics Institute

The Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team at Independence Health System utilizes the latest diagnostic techniques and state-of-the-art equipment available to treat orthopedic and sports medicine injuries. Orthopedists are medical experts in musculoskeletal conditions affecting the muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues. Whether you seek relief from the pain associated with aging joints, have been injured in an accident, or need care for a sports-related injury, our board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons are experts in a broad range of orthopedic procedures and conditions.

IHS providers use the latest research-backed techniques, technologies, and methods to treat orthopedic conditions. You don’t have to live in pain, the team at IHS offers a range of conservative, nonsurgical treatments and if necessary, more aggressive therapies like minimally invasive surgery.

To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic or sports medicine specialists:
In the Butler/Clarion area, call 833-602-2273
In the Westmoreland area, call 724-689-1983

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine FAQs and Resources

Athletic Training

Certified athletic trainers are one of the first health care providers on the scene when injuries occur. Working under the direction of a fellowship-trained orthopedic specialist they work with local high schools and colleges to help with both injury prevention and on-the-spot attention when something occurs on the field. As orthopedic sports medicine allied health professionals, our certified athletic trainers specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of muscle and bone injuries and illnesses. For more information, visit the Athletic Training page.

Foot & Ankle Care

The average person takes approximately 10,000 steps per day, which can add up to more than 3 million steps per year. Each step can place 2-3 times the force of your body weight on your feet. You rely on your feet and ankles, so it's important to keep them healthy and pain-free. If you have a foot or ankle problem, make an appointment with a foot and ankle orthopedic specialist at Independence Health System Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. For more information, visit our Foot & Ankle Care page.

Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery

But when a problem occurs, you may need an orthopedic hand specialist, like Lance M. Brunton, MD, orthopedic hand specialist with Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Dr. Brunton focuses on the treatment of acute and chronic conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow as well as microsurgical reconstruction of nerve and blood vessel disorders of the upper extremity. For more information, visit the Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery page.


Neurological services are provided through Independence Health System to diagnose and treat disorders of the brain and nervous system including the spine and peripheral nerves. Surgery is performed usually after other measures of treatment have been exhausted. When surgery is a necessity, it is performed by our highly-skilled surgeons with innovative surgical tools and techniques. For more information, visit our Neurosurgery page.

Orthopedics – Joint Replacement

At our orthopedics and sports medicine institute we have joint replacement education programs. Our programs guide you from pre-operative preparation to admission, surgery and follow-up with excellent continuity of care. Not only will we take exceptional care of you, we promise to answer all of your questions. For more information, visit our Orthopedics - Joint Replacement Page.

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