Does the phrase “traumatic injury” make you think of an operating room and months in a hospital bed? Although these types of injuries can certainly cause severe damage, they also vary significantly from person to person, and so do their treatments.
As an orthopaedic trauma specialist in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Eric E. Johnson has seen all sorts of musculoskeletal injuries caused by external forces. These types of injuries to the structural components of your body — like muscles, bones, joints, and soft tissue — happen in response to traumas, like car or industrial accidents, contact sports, and falls.
Even though Dr. Johnson has exceptional surgical skills for these types of injuries, he always strives to find the fastest and most positive treatment available, including nonsurgical solutions.
If you have an orthopaedic injury, here are a few nonsurgical treatments that could help.
Before exploring your treatment options, let’s look closer at the types of injuries a traumatic event can cause.
As we mentioned above, orthopaedic injuries involve your musculoskeletal system. These parts of your body give you your shape, support your weight, and facilitate movement. That means you can see an orthopaedist for a wide range of complaints, from arthritis and bursitis to knee and back pain.
What sets a traumatic injury apart is how the same parts of your body sustain damage, specifically through external forces. These types of events cause traumatic injuries, such as:
You can also experience multiple injuries — or polytrauma — at one time as the result of a traumatic event.
Dr. Johnson performs a thorough evaluation to determine the best strategy for treating your injury.
Whenever possible, Dr. Johnson provides nonsurgical solutions to heal injuries. These types of therapies include:
Dr. Johnson could also recommend minimally invasive solutions, like fluid drainage, steroid injections, and regenerative treatments, like platelet-rich plasma therapy. However, if you have extensive damage or chronic, long-lasting effects from a traumatic injury, surgery could provide the best solution.
Though no one wants to have surgery, sometimes it offers the best results depending on your traumatic injury.
Common trauma-related orthopaedic surgeries include:
If you need surgery, Dr. Johnson can guide you through the process, and he uses the most advanced techniques to provide the fastest and most optimal outcome. He also continues working with you throughout your recovery to ensure you heal properly and won’t need additional intervention in the future.
To find treatment for a traumatic orthopaedic injury, schedule an appointment with Eric E. Johnson, MD, in Westwood, Los Angeles by calling 424-309-1492 today.