After a traumatic accident, it’s important to be seen by an orthopedic doctor, who can ensure you receive the medical or surgical care necessary for orthopedic trauma. A physician or surgeon trained in caring for the musculoskeletal system can evaluate, diagnose, and construct a comprehensive treatment plan to resolve any orthopedic injuries you’ve sustained. Ultimately, the goal of trauma care, either in the hospital or after initial treatment, is to get patients back on their feet as quickly as possible, without any lingering effects or complications.
Traumatic accidents can happen in a number of settings, often during car, truck, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents. But we also see patients who become injured in the workplace. Sports-related accidents can also cause bodily trauma, and both our sports medicine doctors and orthopedic trauma providers can aid with medical care or perform the necessary surgery in such cases.
It’s critical for patients to understand that injuries sustained in a traumatic accident aren’t always apparent right away. You may walk away from an accident without a sense of a medical problem or orthopedic trauma, but it’s still a good idea to receive a trauma evaluation from an experienced physician.
Our specialty-trained orthopedic traumatologists see patients for a number of conditions, including:
- Chronic pain related to a recent trauma
- Hip fractures, including fractures of the pelvis as well as femoral and acetabular fractures
- Malunion and nonunion fractures (broken bones)
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Spinal issues after injury
- Torn ligaments or tendons
Orthopedic Trauma Care at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic
When you visit a member of our orthopedic trauma team, you will receive a full evaluation, potentially including the use of X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or other diagnostics. This will allow us to arrive at the correct diagnosis and to provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan.
Whenever possible, our fellowship-trained surgeons will recommend a nonsurgical solution. Sometimes, traumatic injuries can best be treated with casting, bracing, or the use of other orthotics, and recovery may only require medicine and physical therapy. We’ll help our patients find a nonoperative treatment method whenever possible.
For some injuries, orthopedic surgery is necessary. One of our fellowship-trained surgeons from our trauma care team can talk with you about which surgery you may need. Our goal is to get you out of the hospital and back on your feet as quickly as possible, while also mitigating pain and discomfort during your recovery after surgery.
Following any kind of traumatic injury, it’s critical to do your due diligence to ensure a proper recovery. That’s something our musculoskeletal trauma doctors can help you with. If you have been in any kind of an accident, don’t assume you’ve emerged uninjured or that your injuries will clear up on their own.