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3 Examples of Traumatic Orthopedic Injuries

Woman holds her knee in pain after suffering an injury

Orthopedic injuries can be very serious and often require surgery to correct. In this blog post, we will discuss three common traumatic orthopedic injuries: a torn meniscus, a wrist fracture, and a rotator cuff tear. A traumatic orthopedic injury is one that results from trauma, meaning an outside set of forces or influences causes orthopedic pain, injury, or serious illness, and can require medical procedures or surgery immediately.

We will provide a brief description of each injury, as well as some information on how they are treated. If you or someone you know has suffered from an orthopedic injury, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as is practicable.

#1 - Torn Meniscus

A meniscus tear is a common knee injury in which the cartilage between the thigh bone and shin bone (the meniscus) rips or tears. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty with joint motion. Treatment for a torn meniscus usually involves rest, physical therapy, and possibly surgery depending on the severity of the injury.

#2 - Wrist Fracture

The wrist is made of many small bones and they can break easily from trauma. It can happen when someone braces themselves against something (like a steering wheel a car collision) or when they try to catch themselves when they fall. Symptoms from a wrist fracture can include pain, tenderness, bruising, and swelling. Often the fracture can be addressed with a cast, but in more severe cases, surgery can be required.

#3 - Rotator Cuff Tear

A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. A rotator cuff tear occurs when one of these muscles or tendons is torn due to overuse, wear and tear, or direct trauma.

Symptoms include pain, weakness in the shoulder, and difficulty raising or moving your arm. Treatment for a rotator cuff tear usually involves rest, physical therapy, and possibly surgery. In some cases, steroid injections or anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation.

No matter the type of orthopedic injury, it is important to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious complications and ensure a successful recovery.

We Can Help Victims of Orthopedic Injuries

If you or someone you know has suffered from an orthopedic injury due to the negligence of another party, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer from Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP right away. An attorney on our team can help you understand your legal rights and options, as well as provide assistance in seeking compensation for your medical expenses.

Call our Los Angeles attorneys at (866) 634-4525 or contact us online to get in touch with someone from our team about the details of your case right away. We will fight to recover your full and fair compensation.