Fractures & Orthopedic Injuries
Did you suffer a fracture or an orthopedic injury in a car wreck? The term "orthopedic" is thrown around a lot in injury cases and many people do not understand what it means. The dictionary defines orthopedics as "the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments." Orthopedic injuries can affect the spine, toes, arms, legs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, hips, feet, ankles, neck, back, fingers, hands, and all ligaments, tendons, and muscles connected with any of these bones. Orthopedic injuries can be very painful injuries which can drastically affect your lifestyle, work and relationships.
Fractures and broken bones are all too common after an auto crash and can inhibit your ability to return to work. If enough force or pressure is exerted on a bone, it will split or break. Trauma from auto accidents often causes breaks and fractures. Broken bones can be serious and take weeks or months to heal. Hairline fractures can easily go undetected without proper treatment and can result in complications such as pain and arthritis.
Common areas for broken bone and fracture injuries include:
- Broken collarbones
- Spinal fractures
- Cervical fractures
- Head and neck fractures
- Pelvic and Hip fractures
- Broken arms
- Broken legs
- Broken wrists
- Broken ribs
- Hairline Fractures
- Compound Fractures
Symptoms of a broken bone include:
- A visibly out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
- Swelling, bruising, or bleeding
- Intense pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Broken skin with bone protruding
- Limited mobility or inability to move a limb
If you were involved in an auto accident and have broken or fractured bones, you need expertise and experience on your side. Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys are ready to schedule your free consultation to discuss your case.
Sprains & Strains
While fractures are among the most common injuries, sprains and strains can also occur and often times are more difficult to cure than a broken bone. Many people believe that a sprain and strain are the same thing, but in actuality they are not. A sprain occurs to the ligaments in our body. A strain occurs to the tendons or muscles. The treatment and recovery period for these two injuries are different and it is often difficult to tell the difference between a severe strain and a torn ligament without a proper physical exam and imaging. If not treated, a ligament may remain chronically stretched, torn, or strained. Many people do not realize how severe or prolonged ligament pain can be. They assume that soft tissue will heal or that it can't be that bad. While ligament pain may be confined to the injury site, it can also refer pain to distant body parts. We will work with you to get the proper medical treatment for your fracture or torn ligament.