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What is the difference between the terms "skeletal" and "orthopaedic"?

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Dr. J.Milo Sewards
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bones, etc.

"skeletal" is a term referring to bones.
"orthopaedic" literally translates to "straight children" and refers to the specialty that cares for musculoskeletal diseases and injuries (involving bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments), and can trace its roots to straightening children - something still done by many pediatric orthopaedic surgeons.

In brief: Bones, etc.

"skeletal" is a term referring to bones.
"orthopaedic" literally translates to "straight children" and refers to the specialty that cares for musculoskeletal diseases and injuries (involving bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments), and can trace its roots to straightening children - something still done by many pediatric orthopaedic surgeons.
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Dr. Joseph Harhay
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Medically the same

orthopedics is that field of medicine that deals with the musculoskeletal system

In brief: Medically the same

orthopedics is that field of medicine that deals with the musculoskeletal system
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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Defined

Skeletal refers to that which relates to the bony elements of the body, including bones, joints, and ligaments.
Orthopedic refers to the field of musculoskeletal medicine, derived from the literal latin meaning leg.

In brief: Defined

Skeletal refers to that which relates to the bony elements of the body, including bones, joints, and ligaments.
Orthopedic refers to the field of musculoskeletal medicine, derived from the literal latin meaning leg.
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