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What Is Orthopedic Trauma?
Orthopedic trauma is a subspecialty that deals with a broad range of acute bone, joint, and soft-tissue injuries caused by a traumatic incident. Examples of such incidents include car or motorcycle accidents, falls, natural disasters, sports-related injuries, and more. It can also be caused by overuse, such as running extreme distances.
Orthopedic trauma differs from chronic conditions, such as degenerative hip pain or long-term back pain, because it’s caused by a traumatic event. Orthopedic injuries can range from minor stress fractures, bone fractures, and muscle strains to serious or even life-threatening injuries. Please receive orthopedic care if you are experiencing any of these traumatic injuries. Leaving injuries untreated can lead to more serious, permanent damage down the road.
When an orthopedic surgeon specializes in this area, it means he or she has received extensive training in the rapid and accurate diagnosis of acute musculoskeletal injuries. In addition, a trauma specialist will generally have more experience with these types of injuries. When experience is combined with the additional training, it can mean a better outcome for the patient. The surgeon’s overall goal is to repair the function of the injured body part as quickly and effectively as possible.
To prevent traumatic injuries, always wear your seatbelt when driving and a helmet when riding a bike, skateboard, etc. When playing sports, wear the appropriate safety gear and remember to properly warm up before participating in physical activity. It is always smart to wear comfortable, flat shoes to prevent falling or slipping.
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