OrthoInfo includes content to help consumers understand the practice of orthopaedic surgery itself, such as a video following a day in the life of pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Monica Payares-Lizano, MD, FAAOS.

AAOS Now

Published 3/22/2022

OrthoInfo Helps Physicians Empower Their Patients

An educated patient is an empowered patient, which is why AAOS created OrthoInfo, its website for the general public.

While OrthoInfo draws millions of visitors each month—people searching for reliable musculoskeletal information for themselves or loved ones—its primary mission is to provide AAOS members with a repository of free patient education content.

OrthoInfo covers an expansive range of musculoskeletal health topics. With 450-plus articles, videos, animations, and handouts in user-friendly formats, including Spanish translations of many articles, it’s easy for practices to “prescribe” relevant information for each patient. Physicians can:

  • link to OrthoInfo content from their practice sites
  • download and print articles and handouts (PDFs) to give to patients during clinic visits
  • include content links in a patient’s “after visit summary”

All content is written, reviewed, and periodically updated by orthopaedic specialists to ensure accuracy and reflect the latest advances in orthopaedics. The members of the OrthoInfo Editorial Board develop content related to their specialties, including sections on Adult Reconstruction, Foot & Ankle, Hand & Wrist, Pediatrics, Shoulder & Elbow, Sports Medicine, Spine & Back, Trauma, and Orthopaedic Oncology. Recently, OrthoInfo launched a Quality & Patient Safety section.

In addition to teaching patients about musculoskeletal conditions and treatments, surgical preparation, rehabilitation, and staying healthy and safe, OrthoInfo features content designed to help consumers understand the practice of orthopaedic surgery itself, including:

  • how comprehensive, specialized training uniquely qualifies orthopaedic surgeons to treat musculoskeletal conditions
  • what FAAOS designation means and how to find high-quality orthopaedic care
  • what daily orthopaedic surgical practice entails

Stop by the AAOS Resource Center, located in Academy Hall, to demo OrthoInfo and see why so many AAOS members recommend it as a trusted source for musculoskeletal information. Visitors can also grab a free Rx pad so they can easily prescribe information on OrthoInfo to their patients. The Resource Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.