Orthopedic trauma is a specialized area of orthopedics dedicated to treating patients who have suffered traumatic injuries as a result of an accident, fall, or collision.
Most often involving the treatment of broken bones or fractures, the practice of orthopedic trauma requires rapid evaluation and treatment of injuries, in some cases, several substantial injuries on one patient.
Bone fractures are most commonly associated with traumatic injuries. Although every bone in the human body is susceptible to a fracture, our bones can withstand most significant forces without injury. However, if the pressure applied to a bone is too strong or the bone is weak in health, a break or crack in the bone may occur. Cases where a bone breaks but does not damage the tissue or skin surrounding the break are considered simple or closed fractures. Higher energy injuries have a higher risk of complication and are considered complex fractures, which require specialized treatment.
You may have experienced a fracture if you are suffering from one or more the following symptoms:
- Discolored skin surrounding the affected area
- Angulation or the area may be bent at an obscure angle
- Inability to apply weight
- Inability to move the affected bone or body part
At Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic, our orthopedic trauma doctors, Dr. Peterson, Dr. Prevost, Dr. Sparks, Dr. Spencer, and Dr. Thomas, have completed training specifically in trauma and have dedicated their practices to this specialized field.
With this advanced training, our trauma doctors have the training, experience, and expertise to assess and treat complex trauma injuries such as non-healing fractures, mal-aligned fractures, pelvis fractures, as well as providing other tertiary trauma care.
When it comes to orthopedic trauma care, our doctors are focused on providing the quickest, safest way to treat your injury while reducing the potential for long-term disabilities.
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To contact Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic, please request an appointment online or call 907.563.3145.