Orthopaedic trauma is a severe injury to a part of your musculoskeletal system and usually involves one or more broken bones. It is most often the result of an accident, sporting injury or other violent action and usually requires immediate attention therefore weighing up benefits and risks is not usually an option. While it is not always life-threatening, it can be life changing so it is important that you select a doctor who is the best in the business and will give you the highest quality care and attention.
The most common causes of broken bones are:
- Falling – especially amongst elderly people and children
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Sports injuries or occupational injuries involving a forceful blow
- Osteoporosis which can cause your bones to become brittle and break.
Injuries can also affect your muscles, ligaments, tendons and spinal cord. In addition, open fractures, where the skin is broken, can put patients at a high risk of infection which can cause secondary complications.
Trauma physicians are unique in that they specialise in complex injuries that include bones, joints and soft tissue, throughout the body.
Many surgeons will specialise in one particular area of the body while others provide more general care, however all are specially trained to treat fractured bones and realign joints.
Sometimes surgeons will enlist the help of other specialists to ensure that the best overall care is provided and that the patient returns to a full, active lifestyle as soon as possible. This post-surgery support and follow up is very significant in reducing the risk of complications.
The overall aim of trauma treatment is to facilitate your recovery as quickly as possible so choosing the correct orthopaedic trauma surgeon is vital. The team at Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group led by Dr Daevyd Rodda and Dr Frank Connon, is experienced and highly qualified. Their combined knowledge, experience and attention to detail ensure you are cared for throughout your treatment and recovery, promoting your safe return to a normal life.