Do I Need To See An Orthopedic Specialist After An Accident?
Written by Greg on September 22, 2015
It is it not uncommon that vehicle collisions result in the need for the services of an orthopedic surgeon.
Many times an orthopedic specialist is called in when the truck accident victim is taken to the ER due to the severity of the injury. Other times it is only after failed physical therapy and continuing problems- is an orthopedic specialist consulted. Many of the common types of injury, such as bulging discs or herniated disc are not discovered with X-rays and only come to light after an MRI is obtained.
Orthopedic surgery or orthopedics is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.
The list of the types of injuries resulting from a vehicle collision that may require orthopedic services include but are not limited to: spinal injuries, clavicle fractures (shoulder), scapular fractures (shoulder blade), Shoulder (glenoid, humeral head or humeral neck) fractures, humerus (upper arm) fractures, radius and/or urina (lower arm) fractures, scaphoid (wrist) fractures, pelvic and acetabulum fractures, hip and leg fractures, femur (thighbone) fractures, patella (kneecap) fractures, tibial and/or fibular (lower leg) fractures, ankle fractures and calcaneus (heel) fractures.
Of course, each time the word fracture appears it can be replaced with the word ‘broken’ – because bones either fracture or break. These types of injuries are traumatic and can send a person into shock -further complicating the injury.
The cost to treat these types of injuries- it is hard to say – beyond saying it’s expensive it’s difficult to pin down costs. One authority proclaimed that a broken arm cost $20,000 to fix! But actual costs vary by location, doctor, specific injury and individual treatment necessary.
As an accident attorney in Houston, Texas, I regularly see medical bills from a back or neck surgery that exceed a hundred thousands of dollars when its all said and done. Warning signs for disc injury include pain or numbness going into the arms or legs.
The best advice for an injury victim who has ongoing spinal cord problems is to see an orthopedic as early as possible if your injury warrants it.
Those of us who get behind the wheel of a car fully aware of its potential to maim and kill – and the accompanying costs (minus the emotional trauma) should look twice before entering an intersection – should slow down cresting the top of a hill -let the other car pass us or may simply drive defensive – and after all, that is the ultimate goal.
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