Silicon Valley Orthopaedics
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Fremont, CA, Los Gatos, CA & Menlo Park, CA
Trauma is an injury caused by an external force. At Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in Fremont, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, and Foster City, California, Nic Gay, MD, Masi Reynolds, MD, and George Thabit III, MD provide trauma care for orthopaedic injuries that affect any part of your musculoskeletal system, including fractures. For expert trauma care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today. Same-day appointments are available.
Trauma Care Q & A
What is trauma care?
Trauma care is an area of medicine that specializes in diagnosing and treating critical injuries that affect life or limbs. These may include injuries following a car accident, bad fall, or sports-related injury.
Trauma care treatment may depend on your injury and require a multidisciplinary team of providers. The team at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics provides trauma care for injuries that involve the musculoskeletal system, which includes your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.
What injuries benefit from orthopaedic trauma care?
You may benefit from trauma care at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics if your injury resulted in a fracture or dislocation.
A fracture is a broken bone. Fractures affect people of all ages and the severity of the break varies, depending on the force of the trauma.
The Silicon Valley Orthopaedics team provides trauma care for all types of fractures including stable fractures (bones are barely out of place), compound fractures (bone pierces the skin), and comminuted fractures (bone is shattered).
Treatment for your fracture depends on the type and location of your broken bone.
A traumatic injury may also cause dislocation of your joint. That type of injury may damage the soft tissue that holds your joint together.
Any of these orthopaedic injuries may also increase your risk of developing complications such as nerve injuries, infection, or post-traumatic arthritis.
If you have a severe fracture, you may be at risk of compartment syndrome, which is when excess pressure on the soft tissue decreases blood supply to the area, increasing your risk of tissue damage.
What can I expect during trauma care?
You can expect comprehensive trauma care from the team at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics. The specifics of your care may depend on your injury. For fractures, treatment might include:
- Cast immobilization
- Traction to realign bones before casting
- External fixation (placement of screw, plates, and pins to align bones)
- Open reduction and internal fixation (surgically aligning bones and securing with screws, pins, and plates)
For a dislocation, the team may immobilize your damaged joint, allowing time for your soft tissue to heal.
After your initial treatment, the team monitors your healing and adjusts your plan as needed. Once you’re fully healed, they refer you to physical therapy to improve strength and mobility in the affected limb.
For expert trauma care for your broken bones and dislocations, call Silicon Valley Orthopaedics or schedule an appointment online today.
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