Understanding orthopedic trauma

The field of orthopedics deals with the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Many orthopedic problems are the result of overuse injuries or illnesses such as arthritis. Orthopedic trauma, however, relates to severe injuries that are the result of a major event such as a fall, blow or collision. While some traumatic injuries can be treated by a general physician, some are more complex with a higher risk of complications. These may need to be treated by an orthopedic specialist or even an orthopedic trauma surgeon.

When do you need orthopedic surgery?

Orthopedic trauma can happen to anyone at any age, but it’s most common among those involved in contact sports or other high risk activities, as well as those with osteoporosis. If you experience an orthopedic injury, the level of care you may need will depend upon your age, general health and type of injury. Some injuries can be treated with nonsurgical methods, such as splints. Injuries that may require trauma surgery include:

  • Compound fracture
  • Fracture near a joint
  • Growth plate fracture (Salter-Harris fracture)
  • Multiple broken bones

While all orthopedic injuries should be taken seriously, it is particularly important to make sure that these types of injuries are treated properly as soon as possible to avoid long-term orthopedic problems.

Specialized care for orthopedic trauma in Central Oregon

At St. Charles Health System, we partner with a team orthopedic trauma surgeons and nonsurgical specialists that is among the best in the region. We offer several levels of advanced orthopedic trauma care for patients of all ages, allowing us to customize your care as needed. Whether you need basic immobilization only or more complex procedures such as orthopedic reconstruction, bone grafts and joint realignments, we have the expertise to help you heal.

If you’ve experienced a traumatic orthopedic injury, don’t wait to seek treatment. Schedule an appointment with your orthopedic specialist today.

St. Charles Health System provides advanced surgical and nonsurgical care for orthopedic trauma in Central Oregon.