Traumatic Injuries | Ethos Orthopedic | Riverside, CA

When an injury or traumatic event affects the bones, joints or soft tissues, the orthopedic trauma surgeons at Ethos Orthopedic Surgeons are best equipped to handle the problem. The goal of this specialty area is to optimize the healing of broken bones and related tissues. Orthopedic trauma typically involves minimally invasive surgery designed to provide the highest quality results with the lowest possible side effect profile.

That doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to your nearest urgent care center – these injuries may require the unique expertise of an orthopedic trauma physician.

Dr. Brian Yost and Dr. Christina Pantazopoulos are orthopedic trauma surgeons at Ethos Orthopedic Surgeons, and we want to educate patients in understanding what types of injuries are considered traumatic so that they can receive the appropriate care.

Orthopedic Trauma

Orthopedic trauma is any severe injury to the bones, joints, and/or soft tissue that is caused by an external source. These injuries are often the result of a sudden incident, such as a car accident or fall, but not always. Trauma can also be caused by overuse – for example, running long distances is a common cause of tibial stress fractures, small hairline cracks in the lower leg.

The definition of orthopedic trauma is broad because it encompasses a spectrum of injuries, from simple hairline fractures to life-threatening accidents. While there are many different types of traumatic orthopedic injuries, the goal of Ethos Orthopedic Surgeons is the same – to restore the function of the injured body part(s) as quickly and effectively as possible.

The word "trauma" comes from the Greek word for "wound". It has evolved over the years to encompass both physical and emotional wounds.

Most often, traumatic orthopedic injuries are caused by:

  • Falling
  • Being involved in a car or motorcycle accident
  • Physical and abusive violence
  • Being injured while playing a sport (Football and Basketball have the highest incedence)
  • Natural and unforeseen disasters

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