Orthopedic Fracture & Trauma Care
Fractures and other orthopedic injuries can occur with a sudden fall or traumatic event like a motor vehicle accident. Though patients need immediate emergency care to attend to these injuries, followup care is also needed to ensure proper healing.
Augusta Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists can cover both your emergency medical care needs with 24/7 trauma coverage, as well as any ongoing care services you need. Our orthopedic trauma specialists, Dr. David Gallagher and Dr. Jeremy Jacobs, have years of experience in private practice with treating orthopedic injuries and see patients for traumatic injuries on a daily basis.
Common Fractures and Traumatic Injuries
Fractures typically occur after a sudden fall, direct blow, or collision. Car and motorcycle accidents are also a common cause of more severe fractures and traumatic injuries. Medical conditions like osteoporosis can weaken the bones, making a patient more susceptible to fractures with even minor falls and accidents.
Dr. Gallagher and Dr. Jacobs treat fractures and orthopedic trauma throughout the body, but common injuries include:
- Hip fractures (particularly in elderly patients)
- Ankle fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Traumatic injuries from motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, falls from heights, and gunshot wounds
Treating Fractures and Traumatic Injuries
In the event of a fracture or traumatic injury, you should seek emergency medical care. Our practice offers 24/7 on-call emergency care for traumatic injuries and can have a specialist available for treatment.
Treatment options for fractures and traumatic injuries will ultimately depend on the severity of the injury and the overall health of the patient. Some fractures can be treated without surgery, while more severe fractures will often require surgery.
Recovering from Fractures and Traumatic Injuries
Recovery times can vary based on the type of fracture and severity of the injury. More simple fractures like wrist and ankle fractures often heal within 6-8 weeks. More complex fractures like hip or pelvic fractures can take as long as 3 months to completely heal.
To ensure that your fracture heals properly, it is critical to follow instructions given to you when leaving the hospital or office. We will provide written instructions to patients so that they will know what to do, and encourage open discussion to answer any questions that you may have. Our office will also set followup appointments.
If you are a smoker, we strongly advise you to quit. Smoking is one of the most harmful factors in fracture and wound healing, and continuing to smoke could severely affect your healing process.
After the fracture heals, patients may need to overcome stiffness or weakness in the affected limb. We routinely refer patients to physical therapy to regain strength and function in the limb more quickly so that patients can return to their normal activities.
Fracture and Trauma Care in Augusta, GA
Augusta Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists offers 24/7 fracture and trauma care to assist with your emergency care needs. Our fracture and trauma specialists, Dr. David Gallagher and Dr. Jeremy Jacobs, are also available to help with your followup and continued care needs after a fracture or traumatic injury. To learn more about how we can help with your emergency care needs, or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 706-863-9797. To schedule your followup visits, you may also use our online appointment request form. If urgent care is needed, please call our office or visit the nearest emergency care center.