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We are often asked about the significance of the tree in our logo.  Truth is, we are paying homage to the medical field of orthopedics. The crooked tree symbol was first used as an illustration by Nicholas Andry in his 1741 published book on orthopedic medicine. Since that time, it has become the symbol of our profession.

The word “orthopedic” stems from the Greek roots, “ortho” (meaning straight or free from deformity) and “Pais” (meaning child). Early orthopedists would brace or splint young children so they would grow upward, strong, and straight.

Many people think of orthopedic physicians as  primarily treating broken bones.  We are so much more than that!  We deal with the prevention or correction of injuries not only to the skeletal system,  but the associated muscles, joints, and ligaments as well.  We’ve come a long way in technology and knowledge from when Nicholas Andry first drew that bent sapling which has stood the test of time.

Now you know!




2 thoughts on “WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

  1. Orthopedics or Orthopaedics? The unknown Greek history before Andry’s book for children.
    There is a considerable difference between the spelling of the word «Orthopaedics» and «Orthopedics»; in fact, the first one, («Orthopaedics»), is incorrect and inaccurate; it has been widely used and copied as the correct spelling of the term to which one commonly recurs in order to refer to the profession or specialty of «Orthopedics»; the spelling with an «ae» derives from the French term «orthopédie» used in Andry’s book (written in 1741) providing instructions for the prevention of deformities in children; «orthopédie» is formed by the Ancient Greek words «orthós» (straight and correct) and «paidion» or «paedion» (=child), while the correct Αncient Greek etymology of the term «Orthopedics» («Οrthopedikί» in Greek) derives from the Αncient Greek word «orthós» (=straight and standing up) and the Αncient Greek verb «ped-ó» (=to prevent a distortion, commit, hold strong and steady, engage with brakes, keep something motionless, bind) or, from its derivative word «pedion», with an “e”; Orthopedics comes thus, straight from the combination of two Ancient Greek terms which embody and literally express, the Specialty of prevention and correction of deformities, in all age groups and not only in children. The word «orthopedic-ós» (=orthopedic doctor) is the direct adjective of the Ancient Greek verb «orthopodéo» (=standing up upright /raising someone upright on the ground or on the “pedion”) derived from the words «orthós» (=straight and standing up) and «pedίon» (with an E, not an AE).
    Details here: https://bioaccent.org/orthopaedics/orthopaedics13.pdf


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