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What Is an Orthopedic Injury?

Man has a cast on his foot and ankle after suffering an orthopedic injury

An orthopedic injury is a serious medical condition that can occur when one or more bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments within the musculoskeletal system become damaged. This can happen as a result of an accident or an illness. These types of injuries can range from minor to life-threatening depending on the location, severity, and complexity of the damage.

Common Causes of Orthopedic Trauma

The most common causes of orthopedic trauma include traumatic events such as motor vehicle accidents, falls from heights, sporting injuries, and violent acts. In some cases, the trauma may be exacerbated by an underlying disease or disorder such as arthritis or osteoporosis.

Physical Problems and Symptoms Can Arise

When a person suffers an orthopedic trauma, it can lead to a variety of physical problems and symptoms. Depending on the nature of the injury, this could include pain and swelling in the affected area; limited motion or mobility; deformities in the bone or joint; muscle weakness; fractures; dislocation of bones or joints; torn tendons or ligaments; nerve damage; blood vessel damage; and even amputation of a limb. It is also possible for an infection to occur if there is a wound and it becomes infected.

Seek Medical Attention

In order to properly diagnose an orthopedic injury correctly and determine the best course of treatment for a patient, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as practicable. The doctor will take into account all medical history information along with any X-rays or scans that are taken during diagnosis in order to decide which type of treatment is needed for each individual case.

Treatment options include physical therapy techniques aimed at restoring mobility and strength in the affected area as well as medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Surgery may be recommended if other treatments cannot provide sufficient relief from symptoms.

We're Here for Victims of Orthopedic Injuries

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we understand how traumatic an orthopedic injury can be and the immense physical and emotional pain that comes with it. We are here to provide compassionate and experienced legal representation for victims of orthopedic injuries. Our attorneys will use their expertise to seek the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today to learn more.

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.