Trauma Q & A
Who is a trauma patient?
A trauma patient is anyone who suffers a serious or life-threatening injury due to, for example, an outside force, a car accident, playing sports or a fall at work.
Traumatic injuries can be external or internal, and only an in-depth examination and multiple tests can determine the full extent of your injury.
Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC provides non-life threatening emergency and post-trauma accident care to patients with acute musculoskeletal damage.
What are traumatic injuries?
Any accident that leads to a serious wound is a traumatic injury and needs medical attention. Traumatic injuries include broken bones, fractures, dislocated joints, severe sprains, or simply severe pain that won't go away after an injury.
The workplace is one of the most common places for injuries, with one worker suffering an injury every seven seconds in America. Other common activities patients sustain injuries during include driving and playing sports.
Your injury may be the result of an accident or because of repeated overuse. In either case, you need medical attention.
When should you see a trauma specialist?
Major injuries like car accidents need medical care right away. However, many patients suffer injuries where there are no obvious signs of trauma, like a stress fracture.
Injuries like these are slow to develop symptoms but delaying your diagnosis can lead to complications in your healing process.
If your symptoms don't go away after rest and treatment at home, or if your condition affects your ability to do everyday activities, get immediate medical care at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC.
What is the treatment for traumatic injuries?
The team at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC creates customized treatment plans based on the kind of trauma you've experienced, as well as how severe your injury is and what stage of recovery you are in.
For example, if you suffer a traumatic bone injury, you may need emergency care services to help with the immediate threats your injury poses. After that, Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC can help with post-trauma surgeries and long-term care that you may need.
Your doctor creates an individualized recovery plan that addresses the physical and emotional aspects of your rehabilitation. Before recommending any procedures, the team performs X-rays or other imaging tests to get a complete picture of your injury and use it to plan your recovery.
In addition to helping you with a speedy recovery, the practice has a team of licensed physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and athletic trainers to address any chronic pain issues that have resulted from your injury.
For example, if you suffer a broken bone, you're fitted with a cast or brace until the bone is fully healed.
Once the cast is removed, a physical therapist works with you to strengthen the muscles that have deteriorated while you were immobile in your cast. Special exercises can also help restore joint mobility and overall flexibility.
If you suffer a traumatic injury, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to get expert medical care at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC.