The Role of Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic surgeons are physicians concerned with the diagnosis, care, and treatment of bone and joint health, known as musculoskeletal disorders. These include injuries to the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, or tendons and conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis. The value of orthopaedic surgeons can be measured by the millions of patients who are able to return to work, independent living, or other activities because of their orthopaedic treatment. Read More >


Delivering Orthopaedic Care

Bone and joint health encompasses many musculoskeletal issues, including injuries to the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, or tendons and conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis. Bone and joint health problems are the leading cause of disability in the United States and account for more than half of all chronic conditions in people over 50 years of age. Read More >



Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is “bone and joint health”? How prevalent are bone and joint health problems? What is the impact of bone and joint health problems on the workforce and economy? Why are orthopaedic surgeries considered elective surgeries? Read More >




Communication is the Best Medicine

Patient-centered care is the provision of safe, effective and timely medical care achieved through cooperation among the physician, an informed patient (and family) and a coordinated healthcare team. Read more >





Playground Safety

Playgrounds can be exciting, fun places for children to build dexterity and make friends, provided the equipment is in good condition, children follow basic safety precautions and there is adult supervision. While, for the most part, playgrounds are safe, recent statistics indicate more can be done to prevent some of the playground-related injuries in children. Read More >



A Nation in Motion® The Game

"A Nation in Motion: The Game" Order FormOrthopaedic surgeons save lives, restore mobility, reduce pain, and get people back to work and to doing what they love at every stage of life.

Our campaign, A Nation in Motion, tells their stories and focuses on the value of orthopaedics in human and economic terms.

A Nation in Motion The Game is where players navigate complex bone and joint conditions along the road of life. This game illustrates the value of orthopaedics in people’s lives.

Play the A Nation in Motion The Game online at, or order the board game for your office/gift to someone you know who has or is undergoing orthopaedic care. Read More >.




Other AAOS Campaigns and Resources


             – Dangers of Texting While Driving

                    – Expert Orthopaedic  Information

          – A crash in California almost took her leg. A bomb blast in Iraq helped save it.

                                 – Your Trusted Source for Orthopaedic Knowledge and Practice

                                                      – 75 Years of Orthopaedic Surgery

                                                               Legacy of Heroes Campaign


Click here to read about the US Bone and Joint Initiative.


Visit the Arthritis Foundation’s website to read information
on the benefits of physical activity for people with arthritis.



Considering hip replacement surgery? NIH Senior Health has answers to your frequently asked questions about this procedure. The following videos are available for you to get detailed information on the preparation to recovery process. Click on each one to view:

Deciding to Have Hip Replacement
Hip Precautions
Physical Therapy After Hip Replacement
Making Arrangements for Recovery



 Specialty and Musculoskeletal Societies