What is Orthopedic Trauma?

ambulanceOrthopedic trauma is a severe injury to part of the musculoskeletal system, and often the result of a sudden accident requiring immediate medical attention. While not all orthopedic trauma is life-threatening, it is life altering. Therefore, your choice of doctors is extremely important.

Orthopedic trauma physicians are unique in that they specialize in complex injuries to bones, joints and soft tissues (like muscles, tendons and ligaments) throughout the entire body. Many orthopaedic specialists specialize in just one body part. Others may provide more general care but won’t treat more acute fractures, which are physically more difficult to fix. Orthopedic trauma physicians, however, receive training in the field of orthopaedic surgery with a special focus on the treatment of fractured bones and joint realignment to promote the safe recovery and return of functionality to injured body parts. So, they often treat patients with multiple broken bones, compound fractures and fractures near a joint (like a hip or knee).

Orthopaedic trauma surgeons are able to follow patients through all stages of recovery and enlist the help of other specialists, if needed, to treat complex cases. By maintaining open communication with all providers, they are able to ensure each patient receives the care needed to resume a full and active lifestyle.

Regardless of where a traumatic injury has been treated initially, patients can see an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center in our Atlanta or Johns Creek locations. Our surgeons are happy to give second opinions, provide specialty care for complex and multi-system fractures, or even perform post traumatic joint reconstruction. And, as part of the Emory Healthcare family of providers, our surgeons have access to all of the most advanced equipment, treatments and services offered by Emory.

About Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

At the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, our orthopedic trauma team understands just how life-altering a traumatic event, like a car accident or major fall, can be. So, we work hard to help patients recover from their physical injuries as fully as possible. We know that recovery isn’t complete after emergency surgery, therefore we provide follow-up care, respond to complications, and refer patients to other specialists when necessary in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Learn more about the conditions and treatments our Emory orthopaedic trauma surgeons provide. To make an appointment to see an Emory orthopaedic trauma surgeon, please call 404-778-3350.

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