Trauma & Fracture Care
Highly Trained Experts in Trauma & Fracture Care
When a patient has suffered a traumatic injury, they will need thoughtful,
timely intervention to minimize complications, speed up the recovery process,
and return them to maximum functional capability. In patients with open
fractures, emergent irrigation and debridement of the traumatic wounds
is necessary. Most displaced unstable fractures will require surgical
Orthopedic surgeons aligned with Hoag Orthopedic Institute are highly trained
experts in trauma and fracture care. Hoag Orthopedic Institute continually
procures and implements the most advanced operating room equipment and
state-of-the-art technology. We are also the highest in orthopedic procedure
volume in California, earning us national recognition.
Contact Hoag Orthopedic Institute for more information or to find a physician.
How Traumatic Injuries & Fractures Are Treated
Injuries requiring the intervention of a trauma specialist are generally
acute in nature, although trauma specialists are often called upon to
evaluate the chronic effects of past trauma.
Patients who are currently dealing with any of the following acute and
chronic conditions may benefit from referral to a trauma and fracture
- Fractures of upper or lower extremities
- Complex periarticular injuries
- Pelvic and acetabular fractures
- Complex femoral fractures
- Injuries requiring internal or external fixation
- Injuries caused by falls
- Injuries requiring bone reconstruction
A bone may be completely fractured or partially fractured in any number
of ways, including lengthwise, cross-wise and in the middle. Fractures
can happen in a variety of ways as well, such as a fall, a motor vehicle
accident, a sports injury, osteoporosis, and overuse resulting in a stress
fracture. Usually, you will know immediately if you have broken a bone.
You may hear a snap or cracking sound. The area around the fracture will
be tender and swollen.
A limb may be deformed, or a part of the bone may puncture through the
surface of the skin. Doctors often use casts, splints, pins, or other
devices to hold a fracture in the correct position while the bone is healing.
External fixation methods include plaster and fiberglass casts, cast-braces,
splints, and other devices. Internal fixation methods hold the broken
pieces of bone in proper position with metal plates, pins, or screws while
the bone is healing.
Fractures can take several weeks, or even several months, to heal. The
overall recovery time will depend on the extent of the injury and how
well you follow your doctor’s advice. Pain usually stops long before
the fracture is solid enough to handle the stresses of normal activity.
You will need a period of rehabilitation that involves exercises and gradually
increasing activity before those tissues will perform their functions
normally and the healing process is complete.