What Is the Difference Between Orthopaedic & Orthopedic?

The terms “orthopaedic” and “orthopedic” both refer to the branch of medicine that aims to correct problems with the musculoskeletal system. Since both versions of this name are frequently used today, many people are confused at how the two differ, but the only difference between orthopaedic and orthopedics is their spelling. Organizations and practices may prefer using one over the other, which is why you may see both in use, but both are correct names for the branch of medicine we specialize in at All-Star Orthopaedics.

Orthopædics is the oldest English form of the word, which was derived from the Greek words “orthos” (straight) and paidion (child). As you can probably guess, the medical specialty originally focused on treating children but was later broadened to include correcting musculoskeletal deformities in people of all ages. Similar to many other terms that were derived from a word with “æ,” orthopaedics can be written with the two letters “ae” or simplified with just an “e,” as seen in orthopedics.

In general, orthopaedics is the preferred spelling in British English, while American English typically favors the simpler orthopedics. However, most professional and higher education organizations prefer the term orthopaedics, which we also tend to utilize at All-Star Orthopaedics.

Despite the spelling you choose to use, the field of orthopaedics has come a long way since its inception, and our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons are proud to offer a comprehensive array of surgical and non-surgical solutions for patients with bone and muscular conditions. Our orthopaedic specialties range from joint replacement and sports medicine to a wide range of spine, back, and neck treatments.

If you’d like to learn more about orthopaedic care and how our experienced team of surgeons can help you improve your musculoskeletal health and function, please feel free to contact us today!