Orthopaedic rehabilitation is a unique subspecialty of orthopaedic surgery
that focuses on improving the functional outcome for individuals with
musculoskeletal disability with use of surgical and nonsurgical management.
Orthopaedic rehabilitation focuses on the musculoskeletal system as a whole as
well as on the linkages and couplings between bones, joints, muscles, and the
nervous system. This subspecialty encompasses patients of all ages, a broad
range of anatomic locations, and a variety of musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
Orthopaedic rehabilitation comprises all of the traditional orthopaedic
subspecialties, including amputation surgery, prosthetic and orthotic
management, neuromuscular diseases, and the variety of neurologic disorders
that defy easy classification.