Orthopedic trauma involves serious injuries to the body’s bones and joints, including fractures and dislocations. These potentially limb-threatening or life-altering injuries commonly result from car accidents, falls, sporting activities and accidents.

Conditions for orthopedic trauma

A hip fracture is a break in the femur of the hip joint. The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint where the femur meets the pelvic bone. The ball part of the hip joint is the head of the femur, and the socket is a cup-like structure in the pelvic bone called the acetabulum. Hip fractures are a serious injury and requires immediate medical attention.

A broken ankle is also known as an ankle “fracture”. This means that one or more of the bones that make up the ankle joint are broken. A fractured ankle can range from a simple break in one bone, which may not stop you from walking, to several fractures, which forces your ankle out of place and may require that you not put weight on it for a few months.

A tibial plateau fracture is a bone fracture or break in the continuity of the bone occurring in the proximal party of the tibia or shinbone called the tibial plateau; affecting the knee joint, stability and motion.

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