Understanding Orthopedic Injuries
Any injury to the musculoskeletal system is considered an orthopedic injury, which is a type of personal injury. These injuries are usually a result of an accident or trauma to the body.
Examples of orthopedic injuries include:
- Overuse injuries (such as tennis elbow)
Carpal tunnel syndrome, stress fractures, sprained ankles, and rotator cuff tears are specific examples of common orthopedic injuries.
Common Causes of Orthopedic Injuries
While there are many reasons why someone may suffer from an orthopedic injury, these are some of the most common causes.
A common cause of orthopedic injuries is car crashes. In a car accident, your bones may break or fracture, you may experience sprains, or you may suffer a combination of both. Injuries from a car accident may change your life forever.
Falls are another common cause of orthopedic injuries. Many older individuals have balance disorders and weaker bones. Both of these factors can cause falls.
When a cyclist is hit by a vehicle, another cyclist, or another object, or when a cyclist falls, he or she can suffer serious orthopedic injuries.
Symptoms and Long-Term Effects
The symptoms of an orthopedic injury will depend on the type of trauma. However, there are some common symptoms, including pain, weakness, inflammation, and swelling.
Healing a broken bone or another serious orthopedic injury can be an arduous process. You may experience pain for weeks, months, or even years after the initial injury. The long-term effects will depend on the severity of the injury.
Sometimes, there can be serious complications after the injury happened. In extremely severe cases, some patients get bone infections after trauma. The infection will kill the bone and prevent fractures from healing. This severe situation requires the patient to go through surgery to remove the infection.
When an accident that wasn’t your fault causes you to suffer an orthopedic injury, you may seek justice either outside or inside the courtroom. An experienced personal injury attorney can listen to the details of your case and help you determine the best path. You may be able to pursue financial compensation from the person or party that caused your injury.