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A traumatic injury can be a life-changing event. At Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute, we provide the best possible orthopedic trauma care to improve function and mobility for a better quality of life. From life-threatening injuries caused by traffic accidents to fractures that heal incorrectly, we treat a wide range of conditions involving the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, bones, joints and other connective tissue).

Top 10% for Orthopedic Care, Hip and Knee

Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center has been recognized as the top 10% in the country for Orthopedic Care, Hip Replacements, and Knee Replacements by U.S News & World Report.

Injuries and conditions we treat

Patients come to us through doctor referrals, emergency trauma care and for follow-up surgery. Here are some of the most common injuries and conditions we treat:

  • Fractures (broken bones) and dislocations (when bones of a joint slide out of place and cause tears of muscles, tendons or ligaments)
  • Fractures that heal incorrectly
  • High-energy extremity injuries (injuries caused by force, like a car accident)
  • Limb-length discrepancies (difference between leg lengths)
  • Non-healing fractures
  • Open fractures (open wound near the broken bone)
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)

Patient care – what to expect

We offer the latest approaches in orthopedic trauma care and are dedicated to helping our patients return to their everyday lives. Here’s what you can expect from our team:

  • Leading expertise:

    As board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeons, we provide expert care in this specialized field. And we share our knowledge with the next generation of surgeons in our highly competitive orthopedic residency and fellowship programs. We also hold leadership positions in organizations like the Orthopedic Trauma Association.

  • Innovative surgical care:

    We specialize in the latest orthopedic trauma techniques and treatments available, often performing less invasive or minimally invasive surgeries that lead to quicker and fuller recoveries. And we’re the only ones in the region who offer pioneering limb-lengthening procedures like osseointegration limb replacement (for bone-anchored prosthesis).

  • Quality care:

    As the region’s top-rated health system with the top-rated orthopedic program, according to U.S. News & World Report, you can count on us to provide the highest quality care. We also have the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, which means we’re the most prepared and equipped to deliver the highest level of comprehensive care for critical injuries, including orthopedic trauma injuries.

  • Breakthrough research:

    We provide cutting-edge treatments through our vast orthopedic trauma research efforts. And our many successes have been recognized by multiple national research grant funding agencies, leading to millions of dollars in current research funding.


Every case is unique. And so are our approaches to treatment. Sometimes an injury requires several surgeries in a very short period of time during hospitalization. And sometimes, we need to plan out multiple surgeries at different stages over a few months.

Whether it’s a high-energy extremity injury caused by a fall or a complex fracture around a joint that requires delicate, pinpoint accuracy, we provide the most effective treatment solution for your unique case and goals.

We’re also known for seeing alternative treatment options when other doctors say there aren’t any. For example, a patient with a long-standing bone infection may be told amputation is the only option. But we may see another way and suggest limb-salvage surgery to protect the use and appearance of the limb.

For providers

Refer a patient

To refer a patient or collaborate with one of our orthopedic trauma surgeons, call 704-446-2060.

Medical education

Learn about our orthopedic trauma fellowship program and our orthopedic surgery residency program.

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