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The Movement of Orthopedics: Free Online


Patent Information Booklets


Hip & Knee Pre-surgery Patient Booklet: Guides pre-surgery hip and knee patients through the care path, advises questions to ask, offers a progress diary, and more. 

Hip & Knee Post-surgery Patient Booklet: Encourages a return to mobility, offers helpful resources, exercises with images, a progress diary, and more.

Download Hip & Knee Pre-surgery Patient Booklet

Download Hip & Knee Post-surgery Patient Booklet

Foot & Ankle Patient Booklet: Guides patients through the care path, identifies common questions and offers a progress diary.

Download Hip & Knee Pre-surgery Patient Booklet

Download Hip & Knee Post-surgery Patient Booklet

Hip Fracture Patient Booklet: Helps hip fracture patients maximize their surgical outcomes and return to mobility. Suitable for patients and caregivers, provides information from a patient’s perspective.

Download Hip Fracture Patient Booklet

Click here for more information about recovering from a hip fracture

Free Online: Educational Websites

AO Surgery Reference - A surgical technique reference created by the AO Foundation, is focused on fracture management by providing the most recent clinical principles as they apply to the diagnosis, preparation, execution, and aftercare of orthopaedic trauma

OrthoBullets - A free learning and collaboration community for physicians.

OrthoInfo -  the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon's patient education website. Hundreds of articles on diseases, conditions and treatments, as well as injury prevention information.

Orthoteers - An excellent resource for revision and day-to-day use. Constantly being updated and expanded it provides information on all major branches of orthopaedics along with an excellent image database.

ShoulderDoc - Provides information on a wide variety of upper limb problems and also has some excellent interactive tools and links and access to Stephen Copeland's now out-of-print text on shoulder surgery.

Healio - A free resource provided by Stryker and it has some tutorials, lectures and video streaming of surgery.

Instant Anatomy - A free anatomy resource which is fairly basic but has some good surface anatomy diagrams along with diagrams of muscle insertion/origin and innervations.

Bartelby - More detailed anatomy can be found at this free online version of Gray's Anatomy textbook. 

Wheeless Online - This website has long been a favorite online reference among orthopaedic trainees and surgeons. One of the earliest digital resources available from a reliable publisher, with over 11,000 pages and 5,000 images. Topics are easily searchable and organized in bullet-point style with relevant references for additional information. 

VuMedi - Offers free video lectures given by top names in the field. The site has a wide selection of topics, boasting 2,000+ videos that are easy to access and search, with comment/post capabilities. 

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery  - The British edition has full online access to back issues for subscribers along with links to upcoming courses and events for trainees and consultants. Includes select free content.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - The American journal has online access to issues, CME resources and online quizzes and examinations. Includes select free content.

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine  - Orthopaedic resident's site has some good descriptions on joint injection/aspiration and local anaesthetic blocks and basic patient management and is a useful resource for junior trainees.

Additional Booklets

Hip Replacement Patient Booklet: Provides information from a patient’s perspective, who is also a physician. Encourages improved fitness levels prior to surgery, identifies what to expect in the early post-operative period and reinforces rehab.

Download Hip Replacement Patient Booklet

Other Patient Resources

OrthoLink E-newsletter: Electronic newsletter dedicated to bone and joint health.

Learn more about the OrthoLink E-newsletter

Patient Videos

Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Patient Educational Videos
Ideal for display in waiting rooms, clinics and posting to hospital websites.

Watch Videos

Hip and Knee Video by Dr. Mike Evans

A “visual whiteboard lecture” on how to prepare for hip & knee replacement. This video was made possible by funds raised at Sunnybrook Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre through Hip Hip Hooray!

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Other Patient Resources

Ortho Connect Peer Support Service

Phone-based service for orthopaedic patients that provides real-world insight from real-world patients.

Learn more about Ortho Connect Peer Support Service

Smoking Cessation Brochure: Program to support healthcare professionals in providing smoking cessation resources to patients.

Click here to download a smoking cessation brochure