Patient Education

May 8, 2017

You are welcome to learn more about orthopaedics and read the latest news about advances our physicians making to improve the care of their patients by clicking on the links highlighted below or on the left side of this page.

  • “What Hurts?” offers links to orthopaedic-related information from the experts at WebMD.
  • The “Resources” page contains links to information about causes, cures, and the people who care about them.
  • Our “Clinical Advances” page has examples that illustrate how Hughston Clinic’s physicians continue to learn new ways to better serve the orthopaedic needs of their patients.
  • A helpful listing of common orthopaedic terms with simple definitions can be found in our Glossary in sections “A – N” or “P – Z.”
  • Wonder why we use the spelling “Orthopaedics” instead of “Orthopedics?”

While both spellings are correct, we prefer “Orthopaedics” to “Orthopedics.” The first use of this spelling was in 1741 by Nicholas Andry, “the Father of Orthopaedics,” when he published “Orthopaedia or The Art of Correcting and Preventing Deformities in Children.” The word comes from “orthos,” a Greek word meaning to straighten and “paidion” signifying children. The specialty of Orthopaedics was originally focused on the correction of childhood musculoskeletal deformities such as polio, rickets, and scoliosis.

Another reason to use this historic spelling is to differentiate the medical specialty of Orthopaedics from other similar-sounding specialties such as pediatrics and podiatry. The Latin word “pedis” and the Greek word “pod” mean foot.

Modern Orthopaedics is a specialized branch of medicine that deals exclusively with the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), founded in 1933, is the primary provider of education to Orthopaedic Surgeons and other healthcare providers seeking information on musculoskeletal conditions and their treatment.

Our physicians at Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics take considerable pride in their profession as Orthopaedic specialists, as well as in the excellent care they give their patients. The use of the original spelling represents a firm commitment to their chosen specialty.