Orthopedic InjuriesJuly 31, 2014
According to the Center for Disease Control, orthopedic injuries account for 20 percent of all injuries in the United States. Many times orthopedic injuries affect the spine, which result in problems with the muscles and joints. However, for those involved in auto accidents, every part of the body is put at risk. These signs and symptoms can often take many months or even years to appear, which is why we advise seeking the attention of a medical professional as soon a person has been involved in an accident.
At Citrin Law Firm, we have many clients who suffer from orthopedic damage as a result of a car accident. This is largely due to the fact, stated earlier, that any body part can be affected by these types of injuries. A few of the most common orthopedic injuries we have seen include injuries to the spinal cord, neck, hip, leg, knee, foot, ankle, shoulder, elbow, arm, wrist, or hand.
If you or someone you love has sustained an orthopedic injury resulting from an auto accident, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your losses and damages. Our attorneys firmly believe that a negligent individual must be held accountable for their actions if they have brought harm to an innocent person or their loved ones.
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Orthopedic Injury Types
Orthopedic injuries can affect mostly any part of the body. Typically, they include bone and joint injuries which produce many different symptoms including muscle swelling and tenderness, ligament tears, joint sprains, open and compound fractures.
A few types of orthopedic injuries include:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain and numbness due to the distribution of the median nerve from compression to the carpal tunnel. This is caused when a high amount of pressure is applied to the median nerve, as such that would occur during an automobile accident.
Bone fractures typically occur during an accident because of the high impact or stress put on the bone, which causes it to break. Often times this results in edema caused by torn blood vessels causing a large amount of pain. These fractures may also cause muscle spasms due to the body working to hold the bone fragments in place.
A skull fracture occurs when one of the eight bones composing the cranial portion of the skull is broken, thus creating a fracture. This is typically a result of a great force striking the skull such as a steering wheel or dashboard during an auto accident. It is often that these injuries result in concussions or brain injuries.
Dislocated joints are a result of the actual bone becoming displaced from the joint. It is typically caused by a sudden impact to a joint and is known to cause damage to associated ligaments. Most of the time these injuries are very painful and require medical professionals to put them back in place.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are a very common injury associated with car crashes. The over stretching of a ligament that results in muscle tear at a joint, is known as a sprain. When a muscle tear occurs it is known as a strain.
Osgood Schlatter is caused by the patellar tendon becoming irritated at the tibial tuberosity. This causes a lump to form just below the knee, at the tibial tuberosity. Typically Osgood Schlatter is found in adolescents; however it can result from an impact during a car accident.
Elbow and Shoulder
Elbow and shoulder problems are typically associated with arthritis and dislocation injuries. They are commonly caused by auto accidents and may not appear for some time after an accident. Common symptoms of these injuries include golfers elbow, tennis elbow, and olecranon bursitis.
Knee and Hip
Knee and hip injuries are similar to that of elbow and shoulder, as such they are also associated with arthritis and dislocated joint injuries. These may also cause injuries to the ACL, MCL, and PCL, just to name a few knee ligaments.
There are several forms of orthopedic injuries that can alter the course of one’s life. If you or a loved one is suffering from an orthopedic injury due to the negligence of another individual, we believe you should be compensated for your losses and that person should be held accountable for their actions.
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Orthopedic Damage Treatment
In most cases, orthopedic injuries are categorized into tendonitis, degenerative joint disease, osteochontral injuries, compressive injuries, sprains and strains, and fractures. It is common for these injuries to be treated without surgery, however in more severe cases surgery may be required. Depending on the stage of orthopedic injury, treatments may vary.
The three stages of orthopedic injuries include:
- Acute – Non-severe
- Subacute – Moderately severe
- Chronic – Severe
It is common for orthopedic injury treatment to be performed by a physical therapist by the use of electrical stimulation, therapy, ultrasounds, and physical exercises, which are used to suppress and inhibit the inflammatory response of the body. It is also common for these patients to be prescribed painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to aid in reducing pain and swelling. Of course, in more severe cases, such as the chronic stage, surgery is usually required to correct severe breaks, tears, and inflammation.
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