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Have you ever left your doctor's office and not known what your bone, joint, ligament, or tendon diagnosis was? Did you understand the medical terms he used, and did you know the treatment plan and how long it may take? Did he discuss the indications and complications of any surgical procedure you may have? Well, you're not the only patient who has done so. After 33 years as an active orthopaedic surgeon, I can fully understand your frustration. I have written this guide to explain the most common bone and joint conditions in easy-to-understand terms so the next time you visit your doctor you will be more knowledgeable and armed with intelligent questions about your condition. This book is written so you, the reader, are with me, one-on-one, as we take a comprehensive tour of the most common orthopaedic problems from Head-to-Toe along with phonetic descriptions of medical terms as well as photos and diagrams depicting the anatomy of many parts of the upper and lower extremities as well as the spine; how an orthopaedist's office works; what to expect the day of surgery; and chapters on stress fractures, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, bone healing, and medical tests.