An orthopedist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems relating to the musculoskeletal system of the human body, including bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or muscles. Orthopedic injuries can vary from a life threatening spinal cord injury to an uncomfortable sprain or broken bone.
Even if they are, luckily, not often life threatening, orthopedic injuries can still be frightening, painful, and often debilitating. With many tools at their disposal, an orthopedic surgeon can decide on the least invasive treatment method to treat an injury or medical condition.
Broken and fractured bones
Broken and fractured bones are some of the most common auto accident injuries.
They are often more severe than other types of breaks and fractures simply because car accidents involve much more force and speed than other types of accidents. A car accident victim is also more likely to need orthopedic surgery. The first step in orthopedic injury treatment is some form of diagnostic imaging – usually an x-ray with our on-site radiology services. A treatment method, ranging from pain management to orthopedic surgery, is then decided upon based on the severity of the injury.
Back and neck injuries
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries. Whiplash symptoms include aching and pain to the neck and back, headaches, shoulder pain, and disturbance – like pins and needles – in the arms and legs. Other common injuries to the back and neck include:
• Herniated disk (use pictures from linked website with credit)
• Neck sprain
• Cervical fracture
• General neck and back pain
With this exception of cervical fractures, many of these injuries can be treated with help from pain management.
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Various types of shoulder injuries can also result from an auto accident. These include:
• Torn rotator cuff
• Shoulder dislocation
• Shoulder bursitis
• Shoulder tendonitis
• Shoulder impingement
Our orthopedic staff diagnoses these car accident injuries using our on-site x-ray and open MRI services. Treatment for these various shoulder injuries can range from physiotherapy to surgery, depending on the severity of the injury.
Our experienced staff can eliminate some of the stress and worry from your life while alleviating your pain and suffering, and making sure your treatment and recovery are as quick and painless as possible.