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10 Interesting Facts About Orthopedics

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10 Facts about Orthopedics & Sports Medicine:

  1. According to an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons survey, Wyoming has the highest density of orthopedic surgeons in the United States, at 14.96 per 100,000 residents; Mississippi has the lowest, at 6.55.
  1. The number one reason for seeing an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. is knee pain. In 2010, 18,623,616 patients presented to orthopedic surgeons for knee complaints while 13,226,258 presented for back complaints.
  1. 90 percent of knee replacement patients experience a significant reduction in pain; 85 percent of artificial knees still function 20 years after surgery.
  1. Over a lifetime, the per-patient societal benefit of surgery for displaced hip fractures exceeds the direct medical costs by an estimated $65,000–$68,000.
  1. Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine investigated the effect of hip fractures on a particularly vulnerable population: those living in nursing homes. The findings? The mortality rate for hip fracture patients tracked for one year was nearly 50 percent.
  1. About 500,000 knee replacements and more than 175,000 hip replacements are performed annually, and those numbers are on the rise. In fact, hip replacements are expected to increase 174% in the next 20 years, and knee replacements will rise even more — 673%.
  1. Only 15 percent of orthopedic physicians are under 40 and nearly one-third are over 60. Research shows that by the end of next year, there may not be enough orthopedic physicians in the U.S. to be able to see all the patients that need to be treated.
  1. In the U.S., more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and younger get hurt annually playing sports or participating in recreational activities.
  1. Sports and recreational activities contribute to approximately 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children.
  1. Overuse injury is responsible for half of all sports injuries to middle-and high-school students.


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[1] John Hopkins Medicine

[2] National Center for Sports Safety

[3] Stop Sports Injuries

[4] American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons