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Group purchasing organization Novation reports on recent trends in orthopedic products, finding upward momentum in spinal devices but slowing growth in U.S. joint markets.

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U.S. orthopedics makers faced ups and downs in recent years as the spinal products market continued to expand and growth in hip and knee joint products slowed, according to group purchasing organization Novation.

The total joint market grew by 3.2% between 2009 and 2010, a "sharp decline" from growth of 5.3% the prior year.

Meanwhile, the spinal products market grew by 3.9% between 2010 and 2011 and is expected to grow 2.7% annually to hit $7 billion by 2017, according to the report.

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