Orthopaedic Trauma

Orthopedic Trauma

Traumatic injuries are typically caused by a single event, such as a fall, auto accident, or a collision during sports, and happen quickly. However, they can happen anytime the body is subject to abnormal forces. Trauma can cause injuries like compound fractures, joint damage, and damage to muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

Our orthopedic trauma doctors at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Steven Barrington, Dr. Michael Davis, Dr. D. D. Thornbury, Dr. Charles Hartzog, Dr. Hussein Turki, and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, offer the unique expertise you need to heal from musculoskeletal trauma.

What Is an Orthopedic Trauma Specialist? 

When someone experiences a traumatic injury, orthopedic trauma surgeons are there to offer recommendations and appropriate care. These doctors are orthopedic specialists who have received focused training to help musculoskeletal trauma patients. Orthopedic trauma doctors practice in a variety of orthopedic care and hospital settings.

These trauma specialists provide expert casting, splinting, fracture surgery, or advanced reconstructive orthopedic surgery. Since some musculoskeletal injuries are very complex in nature—such as compound fractures or multiple broken bones—they require a specialist to properly align and set bones to avoid malunion or nonunion. This means the fracture doesn’t heal properly or join back together, which requires a surgery or surgeries to correct the problem.

After a traumatic injury occurs, rehabilitation will be important for the patient’s orthopedic trauma care and recovery. Trauma doctors specializing in orthopedics are best equipped to treat these bone, joint, and muscle trauma injuries immediately as well as manage follow-up care and recovery.

Symptom Checklist

If you have pain related to a fall, collision, or other trauma, review the checklist below for examples of common symptoms. If you are experiencing any of them, seek out a specialty-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in orthopedic trauma care.

  • Broken bone has pierced through the skin
  • Loud popping or snapping sound when injury occurred
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Unable to straighten the knee, elbow, or other joint

Common Orthopedic Trauma Conditions

Sometimes, injuries caused by trauma are life-threatening, these are often internal trauma injuries that require immediate treatment in a hospital from emergency room physicians and medical specialists. Trauma and fracture specialists in the field of orthopedics will be able to expertly address trauma-related orthopedic injuries (involving the bones, joints, and muscles).

However, even if an individual is not in immediate danger, the best form of treatment may still be orthopedic trauma care. An example is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear that occurs while playing soccer. While the athlete may experience significant pain and should be seen by a doctor specializing in orthopedic trauma for acute care and pain management, they can delay their surgery to a later date.

Common orthopedic trauma issues your doctor may diagnose include:

  • ACL tear
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture (compound fracture, periarticular fracture)
  • Meniscus tear
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Sports-related injury
  • Sprain
  • Torn ligament

Specialized. In Your Injury and Fracture Care.

As the only subspecialty-trained orthopedic group in Montgomery and Wetumpka, at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, all of our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons strive for excellence in patient-centered care. As part of this dedication, our orthopedic trauma specialists are highly experienced in successfully treating patients who are experiencing debilitating pain after an injury. They have obtained years of specialized medical training, followed by decades of combined clinical experience treating patients just like you.

Our team of highly skilled orthopedic trauma surgeons includes total joint surgeon Dr. Steven Barrington, orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Michael Davis, sports medicine surgeons Dr. Charles Hartzog and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, foot and ankle surgeon Dr. D. D. Thornbury, and orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Hussein Turki. Together, they treat patients using advanced, evidence-based nonoperative treatment options as well as a range of surgeries with state-of-the-art surgical techniques.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

For a one-on-one consultation with one of our orthopedic trauma doctors in Montgomery at our Main Campus or Pavilion Clinic or in Prattville or Wetumpka, call (334) 274-9000 today or request an appointment online.