Interesting orthopedic facts

A lot of people ask “what do orthopedists do?” So for all of those wondering what orthopedics is, here’s some interest facts about it:

  • Orthopedics started out as taking care of children: The word orthopedic is derived from the Greek word orthopaedics with ortho meaning straight and pais meaning child. Orthopaedics focused on treating children’s spine and bone-related issues.
  • Orthopedic doctors treat almost every part of the body: Almost every part of the body has some type of bone in it which allows orthopedic doctors to treat almost every part of the body. The most common areas of the body they treat are knees, shoulders, and the back.
  • Orthopedic doctors can specialize in an area or do the whole body: 32% of orthopedic doctors consider themselves “general orthopedic surgeons”. There’s many areas you can specialize in as an orthopedic doctor such as the shoulders or the spine.