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.
Sources: United States Bone and Joint Initiative, CDC, Medscape Orthopedist Compensation Report 2018, VMG Health Multi-Specialty ASC Study