Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation (GOS) is an online peer-reviewed journal that provides clinical information concerning musculoskeletal conditions affecting the aging population. GOS focuses on care of geriatric orthopaedic patients and their subsequent rehabilitation. Primary readership includes orthopaedic surgeons and anesthesiologists, geriatricians, and other physicians.
Geriatrics or geriatric medicine is a specialty that focuses on health care of elderly people. It aims to promote health by preventing and treating diseases and disabilities in older adults. There is no set age at which patients may be under the care of a geriatrician or geriatric physician, a physician who specializes in the care of elderly people. Rather, this decision is determined by the individual patient’s needs, and the availability of a specialist. It is important to note the difference between geriatrics, the care of aged people, and gerontology, which is the study of the aging process itself. The term geriatrics comes from the Greek γέρων geron meaning “old man”, and ιατρός iatros meaning “healer”. However, geriatrics is sometimes called medical gerontology.