or·tho·pe·dics noun plural but singular or plural in construction \-ˈpē-diks\
medical : a branch of medicine that tries to prevent and correct problems that affect bones and muscles
First Known Use of ORTHOPEDICS
or·tho·pe·dics noun plural but singular or plural in construction (Medical Dictionary)
: a branch of medicine concerned with the correction or prevention of deformities, disorders, or injuries of the skeleton and associated structures (as tendons and ligaments)
orthopedics (Concise Encyclopedia)
Medical specialty concerned with the skeleton and its associated structures. Orthopedists treat fractures, strained muscles, torn ligaments and tendons, and other injuries and deal with acquired and congenital skeletal deformities and the effects of degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis. Originally dependent on heavy braces and splints, orthopedics now uses bone grafts, hip and other joint replacements, prostheses (see prosthesis), special footwear, and braces to enhance mobility. Orthopedics uses the techniques of physical medicine and rehabilitation and occupational therapy in addition to those of traditional medicine and surgery.
Variants of ORTHOPEDICS
orthopedics or orthopedic surgery
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