Orthopaedic is a word derived from the Greek “Ortho” and “Pais” or “straight child”. This is because it was originally used as a word to describe children with spine and limb deformities.
Nowadays, Orthopaedics is more commonly used to describe the study and medical treatment of the musculoskeletal system, namely the bones and muscles. With the complexity of the human musculoskeletal system, this involves the treatment of a wide range of conditions.
Common examples of orthopaedic conditions include trauma, degenerative diseases, infections, tumours, and congenital conditions. These are broad terms covering many more specific conditions.
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