Trauma & Fracture Care
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A slip, a fall, a car accident – sudden impact such as these can cause an orthopedic trauma or injury affecting your bones, joints, or ligaments. As a result, you may have a bone bruise, fracture, or sprain that needs immediate treatment to prevent it from causing long-term pain or other complication.
Orthopedic Trauma Specialists
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center, which means we are prepared to handle a wide range of traumas 24 hours a day. An orthopedic trauma specialist may be part of a team caring for you if you have multiple injuries resulting from a crash, fall, or other accident.
Emergency Care for Orthopedic Injuries
If you have a sudden injury that requires attention, you can get expert care at any of our NHRMC Emergency Departments or NHRMC Urgent Care locations.
We assess and treat injuries such as:
- Tendon ruptures
- Torn ligaments
- Contusions (bruises caused by blow to your muscle, tendon, or ligament)
- Stress fractures
After the immediate treatment of urgent orthopedic issues, you may require additional care. Nonsurgical treatments for orthopedic trauma and fracture cases often include:
- Activity restriction
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Over-the-counter or prescription medication - to relieve pain and inflammation
Depending on your injury, you may need surgery. Surgery for traumatic orthopedic injuries often involves using plates, screws, and titanium rods to keep bones aligned while the body heals. Your doctor will use minimally invasive techniques where possible.
Surgery is often done to:
- Correct bone defects
- Change the alignment or straighten a bone that has been fractured
- Treat broken bones that fail to heal