Common Injuries

 

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.

Once devoted to the care of children with spine and limb deformities, orthopaedists now care for patients of all ages, from newborns with clubfeet to young athletes requiring arthroscopic surgery to older people with arthritis. And anybody can break a bone.

Recent Statistics

  • In 2006, musculoskeletal symptoms were the number 2 reason for physician visits. Musculoskeletal symptoms include pain, ache, soreness, discomfort, cramps, contractures, spasms, limitation of movement, stiffness, weakness, swelling, lump, mass, and tumors to the musculoskeletal system. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • More than one in four Americans has a musculoskeletal impairment. United States Bone and Joint Decade: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2008.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders cost the United States nearly $850 billion yearly. United States Bone and Joint Decade: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2008.
  • There were more than 132 million physician visits for musculoskeletal symptoms in 2006. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions include injuries to the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, or tendons and conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Arthritis is the leading chronic condition reported by the elderly. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Back or knee injuries are the most prevalent musculoskeletal impairments. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Back Problems: Approximately 21 million visits were made to physicians’ offices due to back problems in 2006, including more than 8 million visits for low back problems. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Knee Problems: Approximately 12 million visits were made to physicians’ offices due to knee problems in 2006. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Shoulder Problems: Almost 7.5 million visits were made to physicians’ offices due to shoulder problems in 2006. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Work Loss Days: Currently employed workers in the United States miss nearly 440 million days of work because of musculoskeletal injuries.

For more information about Common Injuries:  http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/

Sources:
National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.

 United States Bone and Joint Decade: The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2008.

 
 
 
 
 

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