Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves, and allows you to move, work, and be active.
We are providing the following resources to help you have the best orthopaedic health possible:
OrthoInfo is a trusted source of information about musculoskeletal conditions and injuries — how they are treated, as well as how they can be prevented. The articles and videos are developed by orthopaedic surgeons who are members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). All of the content on the website is peer-reviewed by physician members of the OrthoInfo Editorial Board who are experts in their fields. This peer-review process ensures the accuracy and completeness of the content.
Members of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) have created a library of articles and videos about total joint replacement. Whether you are experiencing hip or knee joint pain, considering surgery or have already had a hip or knee replaced, AAHKS can help you make informed decisions about your care.
More than 7 million people in the U.S. have had a hip or knee replacement. As a Registry specifically designed to track these procedures as an initiative for better quality of care for patients, we are providing you with information and resources to help you better understand orthopaedics and your health.
2017 Report to the Public About Hip and Knee Replacements
Ever wonder why you sometimes see orthopaedics spelled differently? The word “orthopaedics” comes from the Greek root ortho (straight) and pais (child). On the other hand, the word “orthopedics” contains the Latin root pedis (foot). Rather than limiting all procedures to only the feet, AJRR prefers to include all procedures and stay with the traditional Greek roots. Most medical groups choose to remove the “a” from orthopaedics, however, the majority of the orthopaedic community, including AJRR, chooses to stick with the traditional spelling. Even though organizations and spell check may not agree, both spellings are technically correct!
Considering the number of ‘baby boomers’ reaching old age in the U.S. along with the prevalence of osteoarthritis and the growing obesity epidemic, it is expected that by 2030 there will be approximately 3.48 million total knee replacements and 572,000 hip replacements performed annually (Kurtz et al, 2007).
There are 719,000 total knee replacements and 332,000 hip replacements performed annually in the U.S. (data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This number will grow exponentially expediential with a more active and aging population.)