Veteran Care Specialist

Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Crown Point, IN & Munster, IN

Musculoskeletal injuries and pain are among the most common health problems veterans face, and the VA Mission Act of 2018 ensures prompt care. The team at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute welcomes veterans at their two convenient locations in Crown Point and Munster, Indiana. If you’re a veteran seeking orthopedic treatment, call or book an appointment online today.

Veteran Care Q&A

What are the most common injuries veterans face?

Veterans are susceptible to a host of health problems, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and musculoskeletal pain. The team at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute is dedicated to helping veterans recover from various ailments, including:


  • Spine injuries
  • Low back pain
  • Bone fractures
  • Muscle tears
  • Gunshot wounds


Additionally, veterans are prone to a wide range of painful joint problems due to frequent engagement in repetitive motions, like walking or lifting heavy objects. Common locations for joint pain include the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle.

How does the VA Mission Act of 2018 improve access to orthopedic care?

The VA Mission Act of 2018 allows veterans to receive medical care outside the current VA system, including private health care providers. If you’re a veteran with health insurance through Tricare, Medicaid, or Medicare, this system may apply to you.

The team at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute is proud to provide medical services to veterans in certain situations, such as:


  • The VA doesn’t provide the care or services you need
  • There isn’t a full-service medical facility near your residence
  • Care from a non-VA provider is in your best medical interest


The friendly and professional staff at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute assists with communication between your referring physician, the VA, and any other parties involved in your medical care. They ensure all medical reports and documents are thoroughly completed and submitted in a timely manner.

How does an orthopedic surgeon help veterans with injuries?

First, a member of the team at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute performs a comprehensive physical exam and review of your medical history. Then, they work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that best suits your particular condition.

Depending on your needs, treatment may include:


  • Physical therapy and massage
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Medication management


The team at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute also provides durable medical equipment, such as braces, crutches, and orthotic devices. If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, they may recommend surgery.

If you’re a veteran who needs high-quality orthopedic care outside the VA, call Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute or book an appointment online.