Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system -- which includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves -- allows you to move, work, and be active.
At OrthoInfo, we strive to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your health. You'll find hundreds of resources here to help you learn more about your condition or a specific treatment -- all developed by the experts from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
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Welcome to OrthoInfo, the patient education website of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Each month, millions of internet users from around the world visit OrthoInfo, seeking trustworthy information about orthopaedic problems and treatments. Our website features hundreds of articles, videos, and animations – all written and reviewed by leading orthopaedic surgeons. Many of our resources are also available in Spanish.
Here you’ll find in-depth information on joint replacement, sports injuries, broken bones, injury prevention and more. If you have questions about the impact of COVID-19 on your bone and joint health, be sure to visit our COVID-19 patient resource center.
At OrthoInfo, our goal is to be the premier source of patient information on musculoskeletal health. We’re committed to providing reliable resources that will help you and your family members stay well and make informed decisions about your conditions and treatment options.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions and treatments.
What is orthopaedics?
Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. This complex system -- which includes your bones, joints, muscles, and nerves -- allows you to move, work, and be active.
What is the most meaningful milestone for an orthopaedic patient? It is the point in time when a patient who has lost the ability to do something because of an orthopaedic condition can do the act again thanks to orthopaedic care.