Orthopedics, By the Numbers

Monday, July 29, 2019
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Orthopedists at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center care for patients of all ages, from newborns and young athletes to older people with joint replacement needs and arthritis.

Orthopedic surgeons address musculoskeletal issues through:

  • Diagnosis of an injury or disorder
  • Treatment with medication, exercise, casting, surgery or other options
  • Rehabilitation with physical therapy to restore function
  • Prevention with education and treatment plans
More than half of the estimated 63 million visits to non-federally employed, office-based physicians specializing in orthopedic surgery were made by people between ages 25 and 64.*

Percent of Orthopedic Office Visits by Age*

  • <15 years old — 4%
  • 15–24 years old — 7%
  • 25–44 years old — 19%
  • 45–64 years old — 42%
  • 65–74 years old — 16%
  • 75 or older — 11%

Purposes of Office Visits*

  • New problem — 37%
  • Pre- or post-surgery/injury visit or follow-up — 23%
  • Routine, chronic problem — 22%
  • Flare-up, chronic problem — 15%

Top 3 Diagnoses

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint pain in lower limb
  • Medial cartilage tear

Top 4 Reasons for Visiting Orthopedic Surgeons

  • Knee-related symptoms
  • Shoulder-related symptoms
  • Postoperative follow-up
  • Back-related symptoms

To learn more, visit good-samaritan-hospital.org.