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Orthopaedics or Orthopedics

What's the difference?

Orthopaedic - Orthopedic SkeletonOrthopedics (or orthopaedics) is the line of surgery and treatment involving the musculoskeletal system, and can entail degenerative conditions, trauma, sports injury, tumors, and congenital issues. You may have noticed the spelling variations of orthopedics/orthopaedics. The origins of our answer can be traced back to French physician and writer Nicholas Andry, who coined the original term "orthopaedics." Derived from the Greek words for "straight" (orthos) and "child" (paideion), Andry established the word "orthopaedics" and in 1741, published Orthopaedia: or the Art of Correcting and Preventing Deformities in Children.

The common use of "orthopedics" evolved in the United States over the years, yet most University and Higher Education departments maintain the traditional "orthopaedics" spelling, as does Britain. Orthopaedics is also used by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Now that you know the history, learn a little more about orthopedics in practice by exploring our clinical services.