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Orthopedic Trauma Specialist

Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic

Orthopedic Surgeons & Pain Management Specialists located in Lafayette, LA

Any injury that affects your muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels, or other soft tissue is a type of orthopedic trauma. These injuries may be acute or chronic and benefit from expert care at Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic in Lafayette, Louisiana. Skilled orthopedic surgeons Louis Blanda Jr., MD, Malcolm Stubbs, MD, David Muldowny, MD, and Jayme Trahan, are experts at diagnosing and treating orthopedic trauma injuries. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Orthopedic Trauma Q&A

What is orthopedic trauma?

Orthopedic trauma refers to injuries affecting your musculoskeletal system. These include any damages to your:

  • Muscles
  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Nerves
  • Blood vessels
  • Cartilage

Orthopedic trauma commonly occurs during sports, exercise, or other types of physical activity. These injuries may result from an accident, improper use of equipment, or poor training. Orthopedic trauma injuries are also common in individuals not medically fit to participate in physical activity. 

You may be able to treat a minor injury at home. However, if you have severe pain or your injury fails to improve within a few days of at-home care, schedule an appointment at Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic. 

Whether your injury is acute or chronic, avoid working through the pain. Continuing to use the injured body part may worsen the underlying condition and prolong your recovery. 

What are the types of orthopedic trauma?

Orthopedic trauma, or musculoskeletal injuries, includes painful disorders that develop from wear and tear and impair the musculoskeletal system. These injuries may be acute or chronic.

Acute injuries

Acute injuries are unexpected injuries that occur when exercising or playing a sport.  These types of injuries include sprains and strains, ligament or tendon tears, and fractures.

Chronic injuries

You may develop a chronic injury if you engage in repetitive movements for your sport or physical activity. Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow are chronic injuries resulting from overuse of the elbow joint, causing inflammation and pain.

What are the treatments for orthopedic trauma?

The experts at Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic offer nonsurgical and surgical treatments for orthopedic trauma injuries. In most cases, the surgeons take a nonsurgical approach to the injury. 

Nonsurgical treatments might include:

  • Restriction of movement of the injured body part
  • Heat or cold treatment to ease pain and accelerate the repair process
  • Physical therapy at the on-site physical therapy clinic
  • Home exercise program
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs or analgesics

When nonsurgical interventions fail to improve the injury, your Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic provider may recommend surgery to repair the damage. The skilled surgeons use cutting-edge tools and techniques when performing surgery, so you get the best outcomes. 

For comprehensive care for your orthopedic trauma from a compassionate team, call Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.