What is Orthopedic Trauma?
Orthopedic trauma is a branch of orthopedic surgery specializing in problems related to the bones, joints, and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) of the entire body following trauma. Orthopedic trauma care covers the spectrum of simple isolated fractures to severe life threatening accidents with multiple broken bones. The main goal of this specialized area in orthopedics is the healing of the fractured bones, as well as restoring the anatomic alignment of the joint surfaces to allow for recovery and return to maximum function of the injured body part.
Treatment of Acute Injuries:
- Difficult fractures of the upper and lower extremities, including open and complex periarticular injuries
- Complex fractures in the joints (periarticular injuries)
- Patients with multiple injuries
- Pelvic and acetabular (hip) fractures
- Geriatric fractures
Treatment of Complications or Chronic Conditions:
- Non-unions (fractures that did not heal)
- Mal-unions (fractures that healed in poor position)
- Infections and osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- Arthritis after fracture