Orthopedic Trauma is a subspecialty that deals with a broad range of acute bone, joint, and soft-tissue injuries that occur following a traumatic incident, such as a car accident or a fall, which differentiates trauma from chronic conditions, such as degenerative hip pain or long-term back pain. These can range from minor fractures and muscle strains to serious or even life-threatening injuries.
When an orthopedic surgeon specializes in this area, it means he or she has received extensive additional 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, which when combined with the additional training, can mean a better outcome for the patient.
When you have experienced a fracture to your shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, or foot, you need a skilled orthopedic surgeon who is an expert in properly identifying and effectively managing your injury, as well as developing a treatment plan to swiftly restore your mobility. At OrthoNorcal Orthopedic Specialists, our fracture management team is highly skilled in evaluating fracture symptoms, types, and locations. Once identified, our doctors provide a unique treatment plan focused on your individual situation—splints, braces, casts, metal rods, screws, pins, and other devices are often used to help stabilize the fracture, which helps the bone to heal efficiently.
Depending on the extent of your fracture, your healing process and recovery time may take several weeks to several months. During the recovery period, your fractured bone is slowly returning to its normal state; however, your muscles have weakened and become stiff due to inactivity. After your brace or cast has been removed, your orthopedic surgeon will recommend you undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation—where strengthening exercises can slowly increase your activity and restore your mobility and function.