Orthopedic Surgery on Lien for the Personal Injury Patient in Arizona
Orthopedic surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on fixing damage to the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. There are many diseases and conditions treated by orthopedic surgeons after auto accidents including fractures, dislocations, ligament and tendon injuries, back problems, leg deformities, lacerations, rotator cuff tears and more.
Despite the wide variety of illnesses that can be treated with orthopedic surgery, trauma is a common problem treated through orthopedic surgery. Not all injuries caused by trauma require surgery, but it may be needed if the injuries cause some sort of loss of function in bones, soft tissue, or nerves. All open fractures need surgery and those with significant displacement or joint involvement may need it as well.
USAN offers Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons in Phoenix AZ accepting personal injury liens for all treatment. This may include casting, bracing, orthopedic surgery of the hand, spine, extremities, foot and ankle, shoulder and more.
Some of the most common trauma injuries that require orthopedic surgery are fractures. Simply put, a fracture is a broken bone. Fractures can be caused by a variety of different issues such as blunt-force trauma, sharp-force trauma, or stress on the bones. While bones are made to withstand intense pressures, sometimes the force applied to them is too strong and bones break. The severity and type of fracture differs based upon the force that caused the break.
For example, bones may only crack if the force is only slightly more than normal. However, if the force is more extreme like after a car crash, bones may actually shatter. Some common types of fractures include: compound (open) fractures, stable fractures, transverse fractures, oblique fractures, and comminuted fractures.
- Open, Compound Fractures – Occur when bone fragments break in such a way that pierces through the skin. This can be very dangerous because it opens the body up to infection in both skin and bone, and it may not always be visible.
- Stable Fractures – Occur when the bones break, but the pieces align and are barely out of place.
- Transverse Fracture – Happen when there is a horizontal break in the bone.
- Oblique Fractures – Occur when there is an angled break in the bone.
- Comminuted Fractures -In this type of fracture, the bone fragments into more than three pieces.
Surgical Options for Fractures
In order to treat some traumatic fractures, the bones must be put back into place and immobilized, so that the bones can heal themselves. In surgical procedures, doctors sometimes use a technique called external fixation, which involves placing metal pins and screws around the break in the bone that connects to a metal bar which sits outside the skin.
The device is used to keep the bone fragments in place so that the break heals properly. Another common surgical procedure is internal fixation and open reduction. In this practice, metal pieces are placed in and around the bone inside the skin in order to keep it in place.
Following fracture surgery, the orthopedic surgeon will place a cast on the affected area in order to keep the bones and metal pieces in place once the patient leaves the hospital. Usually, fractures take several weeks to heal properly and completely, but the pain subsides after the fracture becomes solid enough to continue normal activity. Recovery also continues after the cast is removed in order to fully recover movement and flexibility of the affected area.
USAN has developed a Network of Phoenix orthopedic surgeons that are Board Certified, highly skilled and accept personal injury liens for treatment. For those in need of an orthopedic doctor for treatment under a personal injury claim, call USAN today!