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Orthopedic and Spine Care

When you have a disease or injury affecting your bones or muscles, turn to our comprehensive orthopedic and spine services forSpineRehab help.

Our team of technologists and nurses work with board-certified orthopedic surgeons and the spine surgery team to help make accurate diagnoses and provide the latest, most appropriate treatment (including surgery when necessary) using our full range of sophisticated technology.

In fact, our rigorous standards of care earned Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center a unique leadership position in the state. We were awarded three Gold Seals of Approval™ in Disease-Specific Care Certification for achievements in our total hip, total knee replacement, and spinal surgery. This makes Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center the only hospital in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to hold this honor from The Joint Commission, the nation's largest and oldest health care accreditation organization (they evaluate nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations).

We use this outstanding talent to help you in a number of ways:

  • joint replacements
  • treatments for degenerative changes in bones and muscles
  • sports-related or other bone and muscle injuries
  • spine surgeries


If your treatment plan requires hospitalization, you will stay in the OrthoSpineCenter, located on our newly-renovated sixth floor:

  • Specialized rooms: These private rooms are equipped with furniture and hospital beds designed for patients with orthopedic and spine conditions. Our team of certified rehabilitation specialists is also stationed on this floor to provide you with the support and guidance needed for your recovery.
  • Rehabilitation gym: Located in the central part of the unit, the gym is used to provide therapy to patients. It features standard rehabilitation therapy equipment – including an exercise mat, weights and other items – as well as a television equipped with Wii Fit, a game used by patients working on their balance and flexibility. The gym also has a unique "patient transfer vehicle" for teaching patients who have had hip replacement surgery how to get in and out of their cars and trucks once they are home.
  • Rehabilitation apartment: This cozy area looks like home but it has a special role in your care. Equipped with all the comforts SpineRehabApartmentof home – including chairs, bed, dining room table, kitchen appliances, bathroom and a washer and dryer - the apartment is used to give patients occupational therapy as they practice their activities of daily living, such as preparing meals, doing laundry, getting in and out of bed, and taking a bath or shower.


Patient Education

The following documents give valuable information concerning each of our procedures and information for before and after surgery:

Joint Replacement Book

pdf Your Spine Surgery