Orthopedic trauma care involves the treatment of fractures which occur at the same time as other injuries. This type of injury often results from an accident, such as a fall or car accident. Because these injuries require urgent treatment, this care is provided by a surgeon who is “on call” to the emergency room.

Treatment depends on the type of fracture and the severity of the injury. A simple break may be treated with a sling, ice, and rest. In more complicated injuries, the bone may require realignment in the emergency room. Surgery may also be required to realign the broken bone or to implant wires, plates, nails or screws to maintain proper alignment during healing.

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