Orthopedic Spotlight

By Steve Barrett
Thursday, December 6, 2018

About half of U.S. adults have a musculoskeletal condition, creating well over $200 billion in lost wages and costs for care each year. In addition, many orthopedists face a staggering clinical and bureaucratic workload.

Osteoporosis Fracture Risk

Approximately half of U.S. women and a quarter of U.S. men over age 50 are projected to sustain a fracture related to osteoporosis.


Pain in the Neck — and Back

Roughly a third of American adults have neck or back pain.


By the (Troubling) Numbers

  • 11%: Orthopedists who spend 56–65 hours per week seeing patients
  • 30%: Orthopedists who spend 20 or more hours per week on bureaucracy
  • 51%: Orthopedists who believe they are fairly compensated

The Arthritic Divide

Hawaii has the lowest incidence of arthritis — about 17%. The highest rate, in West Virginia, is about 34%.


Orthopedic Revenue by Region

Median revenue per orthopedics case at ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the U.S. is $3,133 — higher than for a number of other service lines, such as general or oral surgery, pain management, podiatry, and urology. However, per-case orthopedic revenue at ASCs varies significantly by region.