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Orthopaedic Traumatology

Orthopaedic Traumatology

While many orthopedists
can treat basic fractures, an orthopedic traumatologist has advanced
training focused on the treatment of severely injured patients. In
medical terms, “trauma” simply means “injury.” So an orthopedic
traumatologist is a highly trained orthopedic surgeon that specializes
in treating musculoskeletal injuries. Each Structure Orthopaedics
traumatologist has completed rigorous fellowship training in orthopedic
trauma and partcipates in continuing education on the latest in fracture
and trauma care.

Whether you have a simple fracture or a complex injury, you deserve
to be treated by a surgeon who has extensive experience with your injury
and treats similar problems on a regular basis. At Structure
Orthopaedics, orthopedic trauma care is all that we do.

When you come into the hospital with an injury, our team works
closely with other members of the hospital trauma team (general trauma
surgery, neurosurgery and plastic surgery) to optimize and streamline
your care. We treat relatively straightforward trauma such as simple
fractures and muscle or tendon injuries. We also treat more complicated
injuries — including fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum (hip socket)
as well as complex fractures and dislocations of the shoulder, elbow,
wrist, hip, knee, ankle and foot. In addition, the Structure
Orthopaedics team treats chronic conditions such as malunions (bone
healing in an improper position) or nonunions (failure of a bone to
heal).

 

Common Causes of Orthopaedic Trauma

Most often, traumatic orthopaedic injuries are caused by:

 

  • Falling
  • Being involved in a car or motorcycle accident
  • Physical violence
  • Being injured while playing a sport (basketball and football have the highest number of orthopaedic injuries)
  • Natural disasters
 

Treatment: What Does an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon Do?

Orthopaedic trauma surgeons work in both hospitals and private practices to diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate injuries of the musculoskeletal system.

In the ER, a general trauma surgeon is primarily responsible for resuscitating and stabilizing a patient with life-threatening injuries. An orthopaedic trauma surgeon will be on standby or on call to manage trauma to the bones, joints, and soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and tendons).

Despite having “surgeon” in their title, orthopaedic surgeons will only use surgical treatments if necessary. Non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy, rest, and supportive braces/casts, may also be effective for certain traumatic injuries.

Preventing Traumatic Orthopaedic Injuries

Accidents happen, but there are some simple things everyone can do to reduce their traumatic injury risk.

  • Always wear a seatbelt when driving
  • Always wear a helmet when biking, skateboarding, rollerblading, etc.
  • Wear the appropriate safety gear when playing contact sports
  • Stretch and do a warm-up exercise before working out or playing a sport to prevent muscle injury

Those at a higher risk of injury, either due to a condition that weakens the bones or causes a loss of balance, may need to take additional precautions.

  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes with good traction to avoid tripping or slipping
  • Use night lights to prevent tripping over objects in the dark
  • Add small ramps to entryways and areas with raised flooring

Talk to your doctor about more ways to adjust your lifestyle to avoid injury or how to make your home safer for a loved one.