Trauma-Related Treatment at Brisbane Hip & Knee Clinic
Fractures can commonly happen when the force applied to the bone is more than the bone can take. Trauma is one of the most common causes of bone fractures. Dr. Mahendra Meta is a trained orthopedic surgeon specialized in treating Adult & Geriatric fractures and Pediatric fractures. His unique understanding of hip and knee problems across all age groups makes him versatile in treating these conditions. He is also an expert in treating trauma-related complications.
At Brisbane Hip & Knee clinic, we specialize in the following Trauma-related treatments:
➢ Adult & Geriatric Fractures
➢ Pediatric Fractures
A stress fracture is one of the most common injuries in sports. It can be very difficult to overcome but it can be done. It is an overuse injury, occurs when your muscles are unable to absorb added shock and become fatigued. This muscle will transfer the overload of stress and cause a tiny crack. It is known as a Stress fracture. Most of these stress fractures occur in weight-bearing bones of the leg and foot and Mostly these stress fractures occur in the lower leg. The symptom of a stress fracture is pain with the activity. This pain subsides with rest. These will be diagnosed by taking X-rays at the suggestion of an Orthopedist.
Partial Hip Replacement Surgery
Partial hip replacement surgery is also called hemiarthroplasty. This surgery is most common in older people who have fractured their hips. In this surgery, only one side of the hip joint, the femoral head is removed and replaced instead of both sides.
Geriatric Hip Fracture
A hip fracture is a fracture occurring in the upper third of the femur and/or around the hip joint. These fractures are often caused by a fall and sustained by elderly adults. When this hip fracture occurs in a younger patient, it is because of a high-energy event such as a vehicle collision or falls from a ladder, etc. These are very painful and recommended to do surgical treatment. To prepare for the surgery, the patient may be sent for some tests, including x-rays, an electrocardiogram (EKG), cardiac ultrasound (ECHO), stress tests to understand the damaged area and the type of surgery required. After careful examination, the type of surgery is decided to depend on the location and stability of the fracture.
After the Surgery
Usually, the patients can be discharged three days after the surgery, when they are able to lift themselves up and out of the bed with some assistance. After coming back home, there are certain steps the patients are required to take for a proper and speedy recovery. The patients should be encouraged to put all their weight on the affected leg. This is done with some help from their caregivers, assistive devices, and physical therapy. Sutures are removed two weeks after the surgery and an X-ray might be taken to observe and ensure proper recovery. The pain gradually reduces during the recovery period and movement gets easier.
On average it takes between nine months and one year for full recovery after the surgery. The recovery can get a little challenging due to the age factor and it can take longer to return to the level of functioning. It is important to show support and care to the elders to boost the recovery.
Due to the properties of growing bones in children, pediatric fractures can have certain fracture patterns. The periosteum is thicker, stronger, and metabolically active in growing bones when compared to adult bones. This makes children more prone to more incomplete fractures. The fractures are diagnosed using tests like Xray or MRI to detect the exact problem and perform the appropriate treatment or surgery.
Types of fractures in children
In this case, the bone is not broken but bent. Since young children have softer bones, they can bend instead of breaking due to trauma.
In this case, the bone is cracked but has not been displaced from its original position.
Open or compound fracture
In this case, the bone is broken and displaced. The bone ends don’t line up for proper healing and one end pokes through the skin.
Symptoms of fracture
- The child may be able to hold the arm or get still but any movement causes sharp pain.
- The affected area gets swollen and painful. Sometimes, there is a prominent, visible lump.
Tests for fracture
A fracture can generally be diagnosed and confirmed by doing an X-Ray. But in some cases, additional scans like a CT scan or a bone scan may be required.
Most fractured limbs need to be put in a plaster cast to restrict the movement and promote proper bone growth. Surgery might be required in some serious cases.
Caring for a fracture in a plaster cast
There are certain things you need to do to make sure the recovery happens smoothly in a plaster cast. After getting the plaster cast, keep the affected limb elevated for 48 hours to make sure the plaster is completely dry. Don’t let your child poke the plaster if it gets itchy. This can lead to infections. Don’t let the plaster cast get wet.
Fracture healing in children
Usually, fractures in children heal faster than in adults and the healing happens in around a month. But it can differ for different kinds and areas of fractures. The healing time can depend on the kind and seriousness of the fracture. Get in touch with us for more specific information on trauma-related treatments and surgeries.
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