The American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
Beyond information on upcoming meetings, conferences, and other continuing medical education opportunities, the official website of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine provides a variety of patient education materials, including TEAM (Twenty Exercises for Arthritis Management) exercises that are available for free download. Additionally, the site provides quick access and links to sports medicine journals as well as a “Sports Medicine Update” available for download. Current consensus statements and a brochure entitled “Principles for Selecting Team Medical Coverage” are also available through the site. The website is very easy to navigate and although sponsored, has limited advertisements.
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand has created a user-friendly website with excellent patient education materials on various hand conditions from carpal tunnel and epicondylitis to Dupuytren's disease and scaphoid nonunion. The site provides excellent graphic diagrams and x-ray images to accompany the patient education materials, and each topic is also available in a PDF “printer-friendly format.” In addition, the site serves as a resource for doctors and hand care professionals, with information on continuing medical education and conference opportunities, information for residents and fellows, and a search engine to locate local hand surgeons.
The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America is dedicated to the “development and implementation of the highest quality education of pediatric orthopaedists thereby assuring the best possible care of musculoskeletal pediatric patients.” An extensive list of well-written, succinct topic summaries on a wide variety of pediatric orthopedic issues is available by navigating the website through “Research” and “Core Curriculum.” Indexed under “general” or “regional” subheadings, the topics are well categorized and an additional search engine is available directly through the site. Targeted for professionals, the topics provide clearly defined objectives and discussion points as well as quality references. The website also provides information on membership, committees, links to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons patient information, and a separate “members only” section.
The Knee Society
Focusing primarily on arthritic disorders of the knee, the Knee Society website contains information on total knee replacement surgery, unicompartmental replacement, and osteotomy, as well as a short section on common knee injuries (eg, anterior cruciate ligament injuries, meniscal tears). The website serves as a reputable resource for patients contemplating or preparing for surgery. Unfortunately the site contains very dense text with minimal graphics. The site also provides information on the Society and upcoming meetings, with an additional “members only” section.
Medical News Today
Medical News Today is an independent medical news website. Most of the articles are popular reviews of recent scientific and clinical studies. The site claims to have more than 60 updated articles every day, 7 days a week. Divided into 101 medical subcategories including “sports medicine and fitness,” it is easy to browse through topics in alphabetical order. Many of the articles contain links to relevant scientific journal articles or abstracts and/or direct links to other websites pertaining to the topic. Options such as email news alerts and weekly email newsletters are also available through the website. Current and easy to read, Medical News Today articles and updates may help clinicians keep up with the popular press as well as with current issues of interest to patients.