Orthopedic injuries come in many different forms. By definition, orthopedic stands for a medical specialty concerning the correction of impairments and deformities of the skeletal systems functions. Therefore, orthopedic injuries are common in the spine along with associated structures such as muscles and ligaments. It is common for orthopedic injuries not to appear immediately, but months or even years into ones life.
At Greg Coleman Law we represent clients who have suffered from an orthopedic injury during an automobile accident. Orthopedic injuries are common during accidents because nearly every part of the body is susceptible to them, including the spinal cord, hips, neck, legs, knees, feet, ankles, shoulders, elbows, arms, wrists, and hands.
If you or someone you love is suffering from an orthopedic injury as a result of an auto accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for damages including; loss of wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Our car accident lawyers believe that a negligent person must be held responsible for their actions when they have brought harm to an innocent individual or their loved ones.
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Common Orthopedic Injuries
There are many different forms of orthopedic injuries that include bones fractures, joint injuries, muscle swelling and tenderness, torn ligaments, sprains, and compound and open fractures. All of these injuries may be painful and some may not appear until months to years preceding the accident.
Types of orthopedic injuries include:
Fractured bones occur as a result to a high impact or stress put on the bone forcing it to break. A fracture in the bone will typically result in edema caused by a torn blood vessel, it is typically accompanied by a large amount of pain as well.
Skull fractures occur when one of the eight bones making up the cranial area of the skull are broken. This is caused by an extreme force striking the head, which is commonly displayed during an automobile accident. These injuries typically result in concussions, brain injuries, or traumatic brain injuries.
Osgood Schlatter occurs when the patellar tendon becomes irritated at the tibial tuberosity. This will typically result in a painful lump just below the knee. This is typically found in active and growing adolescents, however it is common in adults as a result of car accidents.
Strains and Sprains
Strains and sprains occur as a result of overstretching of a ligament, thus resulting in a muscle tear, while another name for a tear in the muscle is a strain.
Hip and Knee
Hip and knee injuries are commonly associated with separation of the bones, dislocation, and arthritis. These injuries may not occur until later in life, however MCL, PCL, and ACL type injuries may arise immediately following your accident.
Shoulder and Elbow
Shoulder and elbow problems are similar to that of the hip and knee as they are associated with separation and arthritis. These conditions can consist of tennis elbow, golfers elbow, and olecranon bursitis.
Gout occurs as a result of uric acid accumulating in the joint fluid. It can be very painful and may cause joint pain and arthritis. A common form of gout is carpal tunnel syndrome, which results from over compression to the wrists and fingers.
Even though there are several more orthopedic injuries, these are common as a result of auto accidents. If you suffer from one or more of these conditions as a result of a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation for damages.
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Common Orthopedic Injury Treatments
Orthopedic injuries are usually categorized into different groups, these groups include fractures, sprains and strains, compressive injuries, degenerative joint disease, osteochontral injuries, and tendonitis, which can typically be treated without performing surgery. These injury categories are then categorized into three different stages.
These stages include:
- Acute: four to 14 days onset
- Subacute: 14 to 60 days
- Chronic: >60 days
In most cases treatment can be performed by a physical therapist by using electrical stimulation, laser therapy, physical exercises to inhibit the inflammatory response, and ultrasounds. Most of the time patients will be prescribed anti-inflammatory agents and painkillers to reduce swelling and reduce the pain. Of course, more serious injuries will require surgery to fix any severe breaks, dislocations, tears and inflammation.
Contact An Experienced Knox County Auto Accident Attorney
As responsible members of this Tennessee community, Greg Coleman Law strongly believes that negligent individuals must be held accountable for their actions.
With our main office located in Knox County, Tennessee we are able to help many auto accident injury victims, and are licensed to practice law across the entire state of Tennessee. We have won over $250 Million in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, and are able to provide the knowledge and experience necessary to handle your auto injury litigation.
For additional information, please contact us at (865) 247-0080 and a member of our intake staff will gather the details of your case and refer you to one of our experienced attorneys.
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