Orthopedic injuries are one of the most common types of injury, and they affect the bones as well as muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments. They can result in painful, often debilitating conditions, and may require extensive treatment to repair the damage. Orthopedic injuries are at the root of many different types of personal injury claims, and they occur frequently as the result of car accidents, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and slip and fall injuries. If you have been injured in an accident or as the result of someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, it is important to understand the different types of injuries connected with the bones and soft tissues, as well as the potential treatments available for these injuries.
Two Common Types of Orthopedic Injuries
According to John Hopkins School of Medicine, there are numerous types of injuries that can affect the body’s musculoskeletal system. For people injured in accidents, there are two particular types of orthopedic injuries which are the most common: bone fractures and soft tissue injuries.
- Bone fractures occur when a bone breaks, either completely or partially, and the bone may or may not puncture and be exposed through the skin. Types of bone fractures include:
- Greenstick fracture, an incomplete break which causes the bone to bend;
- Transverse fractions, in which a bone is broken in a straight line;
- Spiral fractures, common in twisting injuries, in which the fracture spirals around the bone;
- Compression fractures in which the bone is crushed to some degree;
- Comminuted fractures, in which there are multiple breaks; and
- Segmental fractures, in which the bone is broken in two place, causing part of the bone to be unattached.
- Soft tissue injuries occur when there is damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and often result in pain, swelling, and bruising at the affected site. Types of soft tissue injuries include:
- Contusions, generally caused by blunt force, which results in bleeding within the soft tissue, resulting in swelling, pain, and discoloration;
- Sprains, which are an injury to the ligament often caused by twisting or wrenching;
- Tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendon often caused by overuse;
- Bursitis, in which the fluid filled sacs around the muscles and tendons become inflamed. This can be caused by overuse, as well as from direct force or trauma; and
- Strains, which are injuries to the muscles or tendons resulting force, overuse, and stretching.
Treatment of Orthopedic Injuries
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, treatment for bone fractures and soft tissue injuries may include one of the following procedures:
- Arthroscopy, which uses special cameras to diagnose and treat injuries to joints;
- Soft tissue repair, for mending ligaments and tendons;
- Fusion, which fuses broken bones together with grafts and internal devices; or
- Internal fixation, in which broken bones are held together with metal plates and screws.
For any orthopedic injury, your treatment will include getting a correct diagnosis in terms of damage, treatments such as the surgeries listed above, physical rehabilitation to build up stretch, and prevention so you do not overstrain or reinjure the affected part. .
Contact Our Experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or as the result of someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys today. At Hogan Frick, our attorneys understand the serious impacts that can result from orthopedic injuries. We provide caring, compassionate client service, while offering the aggressive legal representation you need. With offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland, we are prepared to help.