Specialty Update   |    
What's New in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
Michael J. Botte, MD; Darryl D. D'Lima, MD; Matthew J. Meunier, MD; James D. Bruffey, MD; Michael E. Brage, MD; Clifford W. ColwellJr., MD
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Michael J. Botte, MD
Darryl D. D’Lima, MD
James D. Bruffey, MD
Clifford W. Colwell Jr., MD
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Scripps Clinic, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

Matthew J. Meunier, MD
Michael E. Brage, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103

The authors did not receive grants or outside funding in support of their research or preparation of this manuscript. They did not receive payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the authors are affiliated or associated.

Specialty Update has been developed in collaboration with the Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies (COMSS) of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2001 Dec 01;83(12):1920-1926
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Orthopaedic rehabilitation is a unique subspecialty of orthopaedic surgery that incorporates surgeons and allied health professionals from several disciplines and regional subspecialties. The subspecialty deals with problems associated with neuromuscular disorders (stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy, and ­poliomyelitis), spinal injury and deformity, total joint reconstruction, sports injury, pediatric orthopaedic surgery, hand surgery, and foot and ankle surgery. The diversity of orthopaedic rehabilitation is reflected by the many diverse subspecialists found in the membership of the Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association (ORA). Because of the diverse nature of this orthopaedic subspecialty, a discussion on advances in orthopaedic ­rehabilitation can be accomplished by coverage or separate discussions of several topics. The following report highlights some of the advancements in orthopaedic rehabilitation within the last year. It reviews several of the topics presented at the most recent Annual Meetings of the ORA as well as topics covered on ORA Specialty Day during the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting. In addition, recent information from published abstracts and manuscripts pertinent to orthopaedic rehabilitation is included. This information covers diverse topics, such as neuromuscular disorders (stroke and brain injury as well as poliomyelitis), spine surgery (vertebroplasty and kypho­plasty), adult reconstruction (total knee arthroplasty and ­associated rehabilitation), and several aspects of hand re­habilitation after surgery. We conclude the discussion with "What’s New in the Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association," including a brief background and an update on the society.
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