Industry Trends The overall small bone and joint market is anticipated to grow moderately over the forecast period. The maturity of the orthopedic hip and knee device markets has prompted investment and growth within the extremity markets. The extremity markets are relatively young and the dominance of arthroplasty over fusion has yet to become standard fare.
The full report suite on the U.S. market for small bone and joint orthopedic devices includes shoulder reconstruction devices, elbow repair devices, hand & wrist devices and foot & ankle devices. This report also includes plate & screw devices, staple fixation devices and external fixation devices markets.
The full report suite on the Europe market for small bone and joint orthopedic devices includes shoulder reconstruction devices, elbow repair devices, hand & wrist devices and foot & ankle devices. This report also includes plate & screw devices, staple fixation devices and external fixation devices markets.
The shoulder is a highly mobile joint that is also inherently unstable to allow for range of motion. This joint is anchored by muscular attachment to the spine in the back and to the sternum (breastbone) through the clavicle (collarbone). The shoulder is not involved in direct load bearing articulation with the axial skeleton.
There is a greater variety of treatments available for hand and wrist conditions compared to larger anatomical areas of the body. The distinction between traumatic devices and reconstructive devices are a bit obscured, as there is overlap in indications. This is especially true for anatomies that are distal to the wrist joints. In particular, the distal radius plate market, which is almost solely used for traumatic fracture treatment, is also used for reconstruction of the hand and wrist. The hand and wrist market is segmented into wrist fusion devices and distal radius plates.
Shoulder devices are considered a small joint in this report; however, they are sometimes classified as large joints because they are often marketed in a similar manner to hip and knee implants, but have historically exhibited market revenue growth rate similar to devices for the distal extremities.
Shoulder reconstruction devices discussed in this report include: total shoulder implants, reversed-shoulder implants, partial shoulder implants and shoulder implant revisions.