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Orthopaedic trauma can include injuries like bone fractures, dislocation, and soft tissue damage sustained in a traumatic event. Our orthopaedic specialists are experienced in handling all kinds of traumatic injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system. We utilize state-of-the-art imaging technology to diagnose injuries, and employ a variety of therapeutic techniques and surgical strategies to restore proper anatomic alignment, repair soft tissue damage, reduce pain, and restore as much physical function and mobility as possible. At Garden State Orthopaedic Associates, we also provide rehabilitation and physical therapy services to assist you through all stages of your recovery.

Traumatic Orthopaedic Injuries

Whether you have been in an automobile accident, taken a fall, or sustained a sudden injury during physical activity, our team of orthopaedic specialists have the experience and expertise to provide the immediate care you need. Common traumatic injuries we treat can include:

  • Complex bone fractures
  • Multiple broken bones
  • Joint dislocation
  • Open fractures
  • Fractures near joints
  • Spinal injuries
  • Contusions / Hematomas
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Ruptured tendons and ligaments
  • Ruptured muscles

Bone Fractures

There are several types of bone fractures that can occur during a traumatic accident, with some of the most common being:

  • Compression fractures: collapse of the bones in the spine
  • Compound fractures: broken bone that breaks through the skin
  • Transverse fractures: fracture straight across the shaft of the bone
  • Oblique fractures: fracture along an angle through the bone
  • Comminuted fractures: bone breaks into three or more pieces
  • Greenstick fractures: bone is not broken all the way through and becomes bent
  • Spiral fractures: fracture that spirals around and along the shaft of the bone
  • Growth plate fracture: fracture near or at the end of the bone where growth occurs

Orthopaedic specialists undergo extensive training in the proper treatment of all types of bone fractures and broken bones. Many focus on repairing broken bones in specific areas of the body, such as the spine, hands, shoulder, or feet and ankles, in order to achieve expertise in restoring proper anatomical form and function in these particular regions.

For many patients who seek treatment after a traumatic accident, broken bones must be reset and aligned (i.e. fracture reduction) so that they are able to heal correctly. In some cases, manual manipulation techniques can be used, and other times surgical intervention may be required. Metal pins and plates can also be surgically placed to hold bones in position and encourage proper healing.

Joint Dislocation

Traumatic impact can cause bones to dislocate from the joints. While this condition affects range of motion at the joint, it can also affect the surrounding soft tissue and lead to significant damage if not treated immediately by a skilled professional. Orthopaedic specialists are highly trained in joint reduction, which includes several techniques for realigning the bones to restore their proper position at the joint. Manual manipulation can typically restore proper position; however, depending on the severity and location of the dislocation, surgical methods may be necessary to stabilize the joint once it’s been repositioned.

Soft Tissue Trauma

In traumatic accidents, acute injury to soft tissue can be serious and should be evaluated by an orthopaedic specialist. Extreme impact and/or strain can cause different kinds of soft tissue damage that require immediate treatment to avoid complications and permanent injury. Oftentimes soft tissue damage occurs along with bone fractures and joint dislocation and must be addressed in conjunction with bone and joint repair efforts. Contusions, muscle tears, tendon rupture, nerve impingement, and other soft tissue injuries require an accurate diagnosis and repair using the appropriate techniques to prevent further damage and bring about optimal healing.

You can trust the team at Garden State Orthopaedic Associates to provide the highest-quality of care for any type of orthopaedic trauma. From diagnosis and surgery to physical therapy, our practice can deliver the state-of-the-art treatment you need to make a full recovery. In the event of a traumatic accident, contact our office immediately to see our specialists.

Additional Information

Click the desired links below to find out more from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS website.

Foot and Ankle


Knee and Leg

Shoulder, Arm, Elbow