Many times we face sudden injury in bone or soft tissue in a way that requires immediate treatment to avoid further trauma or harm in the body. Major joint dislocations such as knee or hip fractures & dislocations also count in the orthopaedic emergency. In this blog, we will inform you about orthopaedic emergencies and the ways of treating them.
For any kind of medical emergency, you can connect with Neotia Getwel Multispecialty Hospital at any time. We have 24*7 emergency services.
1. What are the orthopaedic emergencies?
Any kind of injury in the hips, knees, spine, shoulders, or other joints which leads to pain and needs immediate medical assistance is called an orthopaedic emergency. The most common include:
● Fractures and dislocations
● Auto accident injuries
● Work Injuries
● Sports injuries — more severe than bumps and bruises
● Tendon ruptures
● Open fractures.
● Multiple long bone fractures & pelvic fractures.
● Major joint dislocations, e.g. Knee, hip.
● Fractures and dislocations with evidence of neurovascular compromise.
● Compartment Syndrome.
● Septic joint & Osteomyelitis.
● Cauda Equina Syndrome.
2. What can happen if you do not treat injuries at the right time?
a. Effects of untreated fractures: When you experience pain, swelling or bruising over a particular area of your body, it may be a fracture. If you do not treat it at the right time, it may cause permanent deformities in the body. At the same time, it can cause friction and inflammation in the body which will damage the other bones & soft tissues of the body.
b. Result of untreated consciousness: Loss of consciousness/blackouts, headaches, nausea, vomiting, confusion, dizziness, vertigo, memory loss, noise and light sensitivities, ringing in the ears, fatigue etc. are not a particular disease. These are the symptoms of other diseases. These symptoms also can be a sign of traumatic brain injury. If you leave it untreated, it can lead to brain swelling, epilepsy and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
c. Result of untreated tissue damage: Anyone at any age & due to any reason can face tissue damage. Many times people fail to to identify the time of getting the injury. However, after a certain time, they start feeling pain & swelling. If it’s not get treated at the right time & in the right manner; the pain & swelling will increase with time. Arthritis is also a common symptom of untreated soft tissue injuries and arthritis can lead to permanent deformities in the body too.
3. When should you consult an orthopaedic?
a. If you get an injury due to which you face a fracture or your bone gets broken.
b. If you got a hard hit and experience blackouts, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness.
c. Following an accident, injury, or fall and your limb or joint not aligning into place properly.
d. Are you experiencing unexpected bleeding or fluid coming from your wound after an orthopaedic surgery?
e. Are you feeling a sudden swollen joint with pain, fever, and chills? These all can be symptoms of joint infection and if it’s not treated, it will turn into an infection.
f. Are you feeling sudden suddenly feeling pain in your thigh or groin area? Are you facing difficulty in walking? Then it can be due to hip fracture. You need urgent medical assistance.
g. Are you facing frequent bone injuries? Are you facing frequent bone fractures? You may have osteoporosis. In this case, the bones get brittle and prone to fracture. So, you need help. Consult an orthopaedic now.
h. Do you have a sudden onset of calf pain following recent lower-body orthopaedic surgery (back, legs, or hip)? This pain could indicate deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot in the leg that can travel to the lungs.
i. Do you have swelling around the site of a recently repaired fracture (especially the elbow)? Serious swelling can impede blood flow, damaging muscle and other tissue. So, do not waste time. Connect with a doctor now.
4. How can Neotia Getwel Multispecialty Hospital help you?
In case of any kind of emergency, you can connect with Neotia Getwel Multispecialty Hospital at any time. We have 24*7 emergency services.
In the orthopaedic department, we have joint replacement (knee, shoulder and elbow), arthroscopy & arthroplasty, musculoskeletal trauma, orthopaedic trauma, emergency surgeries & hand surgery for you. If you are facing any kind of pain or swelling in your body, connect with us now.
5. What are emergency surgeries for fractures & dislocations?
● In the case of radius and ulna fractures, most of the time doctors opt for plastering it. However, depending on the seriousness, doctors do an emergency surgery.
● In case of hip fracture, doctors also go for an emergency surgery. It needs a good 6-8 hours, especially if the patient is young.
● If the tibia/fibula gets fractured doctors also go for surgery and this time, it becomes an open surgery.
Apart from the above mentioned, there are many types of surgeries depending on the needs of the patient.
Some common FAQs:
1. what causes osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is caused by to lack of calcium. Low calcium intake contributes to diminished bone density, early bone loss and an increased risk of fractures. However, due to certain medical conditions, inflammation, after menopause or due to prolonged illness osteoporosis can happen.
2. What should I do if I have osteoporosis?
You need to connect with a doctor right now. Do not try to self-medicate at all.
3. I have a swollen ankle, but I don’t have any pain. Do I need to consult with a doctor?
Yes, you need. Sudden swelling can be a symptom of various diseases. So, do not waste your time & get a consultation.
4. I have severe pain in my neck. Is it due to the sleeping pattern or do I need to visit a doctor?
Severe neck pain can occur due to various reasons such as muscle strains, worn joints, nerve compression etc. So, do not neglect it. Consult with a doctor now.
5. Can I do exercise if I have arthritis?
Most of the time, you can. However, you need to ask your doctor about it. Your doctor will also suggest to you the type of exercise you need.
Final words: Orthopaedic injuries can be extremely painful & fatal. If you leave it untreated for a long time, it can cause permanent deformities. So, do not ignore it at all. Connect with a doctor now. For any kind of medical assistance at any time, connect with Neotia Getwel Multispecialty Hospital.
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