Recovery After Polytrauma

Traumatic injuries occur when your body experiences a sudden and severe force. These types of physical injuries can happen anywhere at any time and often require immediate medical attention. 

Situations that lead to traumatic injuries include:

Because of the nature of these events, it’s also common for the body to sustain multiple injuries at the same time, like fractures, soft tissue damage, traumatic brain injuries, and neurological problems.

As an orthopaedic trauma specialist in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Eric E. Johnson has advanced training in triaging and treating polytrauma injuries. If you need care for polytrauma, here’s how Dr. Johnson can help.

Assessing your condition

The first step in recovering from polytrauma involves an accurate assessment of your overall health. As part of this process, Dr. Johnson goes through each of the nine anatomical regions of your body. Then, he evaluates and ranks the severity of any injuries in those areas.

The nine anatomical regions include:

This is an important aspect of polytrauma treatment because some injuries present higher risks than others. So, having a clear understanding of the injuries you sustained helps Dr. Johnson prioritize which injuries require treatment before others. 

Taking a comprehensive approach

In addition to creating a systematic approach to heal injuries to your body, it’s also common for people experiencing polytrauma to experience additional issues, such as:

Because of the complexity of polytrauma, you can expect to have numerous people involved in your rehabilitation to help address all of these unique issues.

Putting it all together

When you sustain multiple traumatic injuries, you can expect the healing process to begin immediately. However, it still takes time to recover, depending on the type and extent of the damage. 

After Dr. Johnson treats your orthopaedic injuries, you can usually expect bruises to fade quickly and broken bones to heal within about eight weeks. However, it can take anywhere from 9-12 months or more for the body to recover from severe trauma.

While your physical injuries heal, Dr. Johnson monitors your progress every step of the way. Based on your condition, he can also make personalized recommendations to further support your recovery by including:

The road to recovery can feel long when you have multiple injuries. But, you can rest easy knowing that with Dr. Johnson’s skill and experience on your side, you’ll have access to the best recovery plan possible. 

Have you experienced multiple traumatic injuries? Contact Eric E. Johnson, MD, in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles by calling 424-309-1492.

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