Traumatic injuries are often the result of violent forces severe enough to cause several types of physical damage. For instance, a gunshot could create soft tissue wounds, broken bones, and damage to organs. Informally, this is commonly known as polytrauma, although there’s much debate about its specific definition in the medical community.
When you’re suffering from a polytraumatic injury, though, these debates aren’t as crucial as getting your life back to normal. Any severe injury requires time to heal. When you have several types of simultaneous injury, it may be challenging to assign priorities.
It’s time to trust your care to an experienced polytrauma specialist. Eric E. Johnson, MD, is an internationally trained and renowned orthopaedic trauma expert. Dr. Johnson is your ideal choice as a partner through the recovery of a polytraumatic injury.
Perhaps the most common source of polytraumatic injuries today is automobile accidents. The speed and forces involved in even moderate collisions can cause various injuries, including multiple orthopaedic problems and other types of damage.
The workplace is another source of polytrauma, often in industrial settings around heavy equipment. Members of the active military are often subject to dangerous situations with explosives and other weapons, but you don’t need an unusual situation to suffer multiple traumas. Awkward falls may be enough to cause polytrauma.
Your injury assessment
For any traumatic injury, stabilizing your health is the primary concern. This may be done by emergency response workers at the scene of the injury, or by medical staff in a trauma clinic or emergency room. Dr. Johnson typically gets involved at this point once you’re stabilized.
A complete evaluation of your traumatic injuries is next, starting with injuries to the spine, chest, and pelvis, typical problem areas that could lead to the most complex complications. Later, arms, hands, legs, and feet are assessed. Through these stages, you may undergo diagnostic imaging, including X-rays, CT, and MRI scans.
Once assessments are finished, your road to recovery begins with Dr. Johnson’s plans to treat your injuries. He will assign priorities to the injuries that make up your polytrauma and consider how these injuries interact.
You may require surgery now to correct some types of injury, or surgery might need to wait for another aspect of healing. You may not require surgery at all. Much depends on the type, location, and extent of your injuries.
The road back to normal
Typically, your recovery will start quite quickly. Swelling and bruising subside, bones knit, and cuts heal. The first three months usually produce dramatic results. After that, your healing slows. You may need physical therapy to recover strength or range of motion.
It’s common for this phase to last a year or more. Patience is your best friend when returning to normal after a polytraumatic injury. With Dr. Johnson on your recovery team, you’ll have access to a trusted voice with extensive orthopaedic experience.
Contact Eric E. Johnson, MD at 424-309-1492, to gain the benefits of his valuable insights. Your recovery starts once you book your consultation. Call now.