James Carmichael explains that this expanding specialty is much more than DIY
- By: James Carmichael
A combination of diagnostic skills and surgical technique is essential in surgery. It is this combination of skills that appeals to those who, in addition to the usual intellectual challenges of medicine, relish the physical and dextrous skills required.
The word “orthopaedics” derives from the Greek for “straight child.” This refers to the specialty's origins principally in the management of crippled children. Orthopaedics has now grown to encompass the elective and emergency surgical treatment of disorders of all aspects of the musculoskeletal system.
As in all surgical specialties, detailed knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the patient is essential for safe practice. A thorough understanding of applied anatomy allows surgeons to predict the forces applied around a joint or fracture to plan the correct treatment. An additional challenge is the gross disruption of usual anatomy that may occur in trauma.
The structural nature of the problems encountered explains why