Fractures and orthopaedic injuries occur as a result of all kinds of accidents. A fracture is a break that typically occurs in a bone. An orthopaedic injury may occur in bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles that are key to movement and everyday life.
What are examples of Fractures or Orthopaedic injuries?
Some fractures or orthopaedic injuries that may occur as a result of an accident could include:
On occasion, broken bones in the neck may sever or cut the spinal cord and paralyze the victim. But even if the broken bone in your neck does not result in compromise to the spinal cord, neck fractures can cause chronic issues with mobility, independence and the ability to work.
The unique structure of the shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint allows for unparalleled range of motion. But high mobility also increases risk of injury. Because the shoulder joint is so complex, even the smallest injury can have a profound effect on your independence and quality of life.
Arm and Wrist Fractures
We all have eight bones in our wrists and two arm bones (ulna and radius) that connect to the wrist. Ligaments, cartilage and muscles hold the wrist together and allow it to do its job. When these bones are broken or injured, our mobility, quality of life, and earning potential is seriously compromised.
Elbow injuries can cause pain, swelling, bruising and stiffness in the joint. Serious elbow fractures are often treated with surgery. There is always a concern that someone with a fractured elbow will end up with permanent stiffness, limited range of motion and arthritic pain in the elbow.
Hip and Pelvis Fractures
Significant force is required to fracture the large and sturdy bones in the hip and pelvis area. These fractures are often caused by falls, cycling, motorcycle, car and truck accidents. Treatment of a broken pelvis often requires a surgical reconstruction. Arthritis is also common after a hip or pelvic fracture. Post-traumatic arthritis can cause lifelong problems with walking, running, balance and stamina.
The knee is the most commonly injured joint by adolescent athletes with an estimated 2.5 million sports-related injuries annually. But knee fractures also occur every day on the road, in the workplace, and thanks to unsafe public conditions. At best, serious knee fractures cause acute pain, discomfort and loss of income.
Ankle and Foot Fractures
Fractures to your ankle or foot can be extremely serious and change your life forever. This is particularly true when the fracture goes into a joint. The ankle and foot are made up of more than 28 bones and 30 joints. An injured joint is seven times more likely to become arthritic, even if the injury receives proper treatment.
What happens if I suffer a Fracture or Orthopaedic Injury?
Though securing your compensation is important to us, orthopaedic injuries often demand other resources. A common misconception about fractures and orthopaedic injuries is that they are completely resolved after the initial healing period. In many cases, orthopaedic injuries can cause ongoing problems, including pain and weakness, for years following the injury. If not cared for properly, an orthopaedic injury can cause more tension on the surrounding nerves and tissues, resulting in further pain and suffering. Your injury may prevent you from generating an income, and may require expensive surgery or rehabilitation. Your ability to care for yourself and your family could be seriously compromised, and the stress of this realisation could disrupt your recovery.