Orthopaedic trauma is a branch of orthopaedic surgery specializing in problems related to the bones, joints, and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) following trauma. The main goal 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.
Some fractures and dislocations, particularly related to the collar bone, shoulder blade, humerus, wrist, hand, and foot, can be treated without surgery. Depending on the severity of the fracture, the injury may not require surgery. This usually involves the use of splints, casts, braces, and other devices on the outside of the injury to stabilise the fracture.
‘Internal fixation’ relates to the surgical application of plates, screws, rods and/or wires on the injured bone to stabilise it. Severe injuries may require more complex surgical procedures including bone grafting or external frames.
Trauma Surgery Recovery Timeframe
The length of recovery for fractures depends on the type and severity of the injury. It can take 3 weeks up to several months for a bone to completely heal, and in the worst cases the bone may never heal completely. The good news is that often the pain from the break will subside dramatically before the bone has completely healed.
There will be a progressive plan to attempt to fully restore the fractured bone to pre-injury condition. You may experience stiffness and muscle fatigue as you start on your new program. This is caused by atrophy of the muscles, joints, and ligaments from lack of activity. This phase of the treatment is often done under the supervision of a physiotherapist.
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