What Direct Access Is and Why We're Excited About It

Direct Access refers to the Kansas Law eliminating the requirement for a doctor's referral to receive physical therapy. Chances are good that you or someone you know could benefit from physical therapy. Physical therapy can help a wide range of movement or injury pain, such as:
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Back Pain
Sport Injuries
Tensed Muscles
Post or Pre Operative Surgery
Joint Pain
Reduced Range of Motion
Auto or Work Injuries
Plantar Fasciitis
and more. 

Direct Access cuts through the run around of scheduling and referrals and empowers you with the ability to schedule a therapy appointment. And Mid-America Orthopedics dedicated team of professionals work to get you in immediately. The sooner you are scheduled, the faster you get answers.  Our highly skilled Therapy Department will tailor your treatment to your needs and equip you with tools to put an end to your pain. Interested in learning more?  Check out our Physical Therapy page at

Zane Ochs Elected As Delegate to KS PTA

Zane ProfileThis November, our very own Zane Ochs (DPT) was elected to serve as a delegate for the Kansas Physical Therapy Association within the APTA's House of Delegates! Zane has been a Physical Therapist with Mid-America Orthopedics since 2013. He's helped countless patients recover from injury and surgery by providing focused individualized care, tailored to help them achieve their goals.

In addition to being an excellent therapist, he's also a skilled instructor. In 2014, Zane began taking students for clinical rotations from Wichita State University PT Program. Since then, four of those students have joined our Physical Therapy team. Zane's passion to provide the best care possible led him to become a Board Certified Clinic Specialsist in Orthopedics in the Spring of 2015 and he is presently working on an Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship.  He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Wichita State University's Physical Therapy Program.

Zane is currently treating patients at Optimal Performance's East Wichita location. Mid-America Orthopedics entered into a partnership with Optimal in 2016 as an opportunity to offer more skill specific therapies to athletes. He's accepting new patients now! Contact our office at (316) 262-4886 to schedule your appointment today!


Dr. Michael Dempewolf is the First in Kansas to Use Breakthrough Implant To Help Heal Patients Faster

rotator implantDr. Michael Dempewolf is the first orthopedic surgeon in Kansas and the Kansas City Metro to use a new breakthrough procedure to treat patients with rotator cuff disease. The Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant biologically helps tendons heal through the induction of new tissue growth, helping patients resume normal activities quicker than traditional treatments, while reducing the likelihood of further degeneration or re-tears. This minimally invasive system is a new option for people suffering from rotator cuff tendon tears in the shoulder joint

Rotator Cuff Injuries: It is estimated that 4 million people in the US suffer from rotator cuff disease. Rotator cuff tears occur in people who repeatedly perform overhead motionsin their job or sports. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround, move and stabilize the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff keeps the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries usually cause a dull ache in the shoulders, which can worsen when sleeping on the injured side. A torn rotator cuff can make daily activities like getting dressed, sleeping or brushing your teeth painful and difficult to do. They can prevent you from doing things like work, or things that you love to do like playing sports and living an active lifestyle.

When a rotator cuff tear occurs, the tendon separates from the humeral head (the top of the upper arm bone). There are two types of rotator cuff tears: Partial – Where the soft tissue is damaged but the tendon is not completely torn away. Typically caused by aging, weakness, or overuse of the tendon. Complete – also known as a full thickness tear, when the soft tissue is completely separated from the bone. In most cases, the rotator cuff tendon tears directly off the attachment site.

Because traditional treatments do not address the poor quality of the underlying tendon tissue, a significant number of these tendons often develop into larger, more painful and incapacitating tears or re-tears due to continuing degeneration of the torn tendon. Bioinductive implants allow Dr. Dempewolf to intervene early and help prevent disease progression by augmenting and healing the tendon before the injury worsens. And whole conventional surgery is effective, the repairs take a long time to heal. That is what makes the Bioinductive Implant ground breaking! The Rotation Medical Bioinductive Implant, about the size of a postage stamp is inserted through a small incision during a minimally invasive procedure. Bioinductive implants induce the formation of new tendinous tissue over the surface of the tendon, resulting in a thicker tendon. Depending on the stage of rotator cuff disease, the bioinductive implant provides patients a range of potential benefits, including shorter rehabilitation, faster recovery, prevention or slowing of disease progression, healing of partial-thickness tears, and decreased risk of developing a subsequent tear. 

Contact our offices to schedule an evaluation to learn more!

The MAO Family is Growing!

grand opening KCWe are proud to announce that our brand new office in Leawood, KS is open!  Our mission is to provide superb service and comprehensive orthopedic care to our patients. We saw a need in northern Kansas and knew that we could fill it. Over a year ago, Mid-America Orthopedics decided to bring our passion of service and care to the Kansas City area.  Dr. Mike Dempewolf has been pioneering the MAO difference, through his specialties of general orthopedics and sports medicine, to Leawood and its surrounding communities ever since. But in order to serve people best, we knew that we needed to expand. We began construction at our new location of 4940 B. W 137th St. in Leawood KS in the fall of 2016. We spent months meticulously planning and preparing and on October 18th proudly held our ribbon cutting ceremony!  This beautiful new facility offers more treatment space, a state of the art surgery center, and on site Physical Therapy.

We’ve recruited additional talented providers to further care for our patients. Dr. Kelly Own, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, joined our practice in October.  He treats patients in spine care, non-opioid pain management, peripheral joint therapies, and more!

Physical Therapist, Brent Melroy, has been part of the MAO family since 2010. He transferred from our West Wichita facility to lead our PT department in Leawood. Brent holds multiple fellowships and specialty certifications and is eager to help the Kansas City community live life with less pain through therapy.

Interested in learning more? Contact our KC office at 913-232-9846.

Congratulations Dr. Bhargava on being featured in Splurge Magazine

We would like to congratulate Dr. Tarun Bhargava on being featured in the September issue of Splurge Magazine.  Dr. Bhargava is an excellent physician and talented surgeon and this feature details just one of his many treatments to help patients reduce their pain and return to mobility.  Check out the entire article at

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Mid-America Orthopedics Hosts Fundraiser for the Andover Jr. Sports Association

On Thursday, July 13th, Mid-America Orthopedics will open the doors to their 1923 N. Webb Rd. Wichita location to the families of Andover junior athletes to provide $20 physicals. This is going to be FUN event with free hot dogs and snow cones, plus athletes receive a free Rally Towel with every physical! Athletes a part of the Andover Jr. Sports Association can recieve physicals for just $20 and ALL proceeds will go right back to the Andover Junior Sports Association. Mid-America Orthopedics is honored to serve the Andover community and provide their junior athletes with the best possible care! And in addition to that, we want to go the extra mile to make it  fun and give the kids a great start to their season!  We hope you can join us!


  • $20 physicals  -Cash or Check Only
  • Thursday July 13th
  • 5pm-7:30pm
  • Mid-America Orthopedics East location: 1923 N. Webb Rd. Wichita, KS 67206
  • Open to junior athletes of the Andover Jr. Sports Association (both football and cheer)
  • No registration necessary
  • Free Hot dogs / Snow cones / & Rally Towels

Andover Physicals Event


Patient Appreciation Week

Patient Appreciation Week

Exciting News for Dr. Jon Morgan's Practice




Dr. Jon Morgan and Mid-America Orthopedics are excited to announce the addition of several new procedures to his practice.  As a practice, Mid-America Orthopedics always endeavors to offer our patients the most advanced treatments available from some of the most distinguished physicians in their field.


 Dr. Jon Morgan is a gifted Foot and Ankle Surgeon who cares deeply about his patients.  For patients experiencing severe pain or immobility of the ankle, Dr. Morgan has added two new surgeries: STAR Total Ankle Replacement Surgery and the Infinity Ankle Replacement System.  Both replacement surgeries are intended to restore mobility, reduce pain, and return patients to daily activities.  In many cases, patients may even be able to participate in non-impact athletics.  

He has also added the Fast Forward Bunion Surgery to his practice.  This revolutionary procedure offers patients a reduced recovery time with little to no pain.  Dr. Morgan is presently the only doctor in the state offering this advanced correction procedure!

Furthermore, Mid-America Orthopedics is excited to congratulate Dr. Morgan on being elected as
President of the Kansas Podiatric Medical Association!  
We are proud that Dr. Morgan calls Mid-America Orthopedics home and are eager to see him continue to develope his practice and offer only the best in care to our patients. Dr. Morgan is accepting new patients now at our three Wichita area locations.
 Call today to schedule your appointment.