Life is a rollercoaster and accidents can happen when we least expect them. Orthopedic fractures and dislocations are serious injuries, but they are manageable and can be resolved with proper treatment. So don’t let your orthopedic trauma get you down, as we will guide you through coping with your orthopedic injury.
A fracture occurs when a bone in your body breaks either partially or completely due to trauma. Most fractures are treated with an immobilizing device such as a splint, cast, or brace to allow the bone to reform. Dislocations occur when a joint becomes displaced from its normal position due to a blunt force, often occurring in the shoulder or hip joints. Dislocations are usually treated by returning the joint to its normal position using a splint.
Both of these injuries can be debilitating and seem to put your life on hold. But they don't have to. Here are some tips for coping with your orthopedic trauma:
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention
The first step to coping with your injury is seeking immediate treatment. If you sustain an orthopedic fracture or dislocation, you should see an orthopedic surgeon to ensure the best results.
- Stay Positive
While you recover, it is important to stay positive and resilient throughout your gradual recovery. A positive mindset will allow your body to relax and heal itself.
- Listen to Your Doctor
Pain after orthopedic trauma is normal and can be managed. Always listen to your physician’s recommendations during your recovery as they are trying to ease your pain and help you to recover quicker.
- Ask for Help
During this time, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your loved ones. A strong support system while recovering is essential to a better outcome.
- Stay Healthy During Recovery
Eating a nutritious diet and drinking plenty of water play a large role in your body’s ability to heal itself. So when your body is in recovery mode, you can help it recover faster by treating it right.
- Take it Slow
Rehabilitation is gradual. Don’t overexert yourself during recovery as it could lead to complications with your injury. Talk to a physical therapist to know when you should start practicing exercises and stretching for your affected joint.
Ultimately, it can be difficult when navigating orthopedic trauma, but it doesn’t have to be. Talk to your physician and follow this guide to ease your pain and your stress. If you have any concerns or are seeking treatment following an injury, contact our physicians at Hinsdale Orthopedics at Munster for excellent orthopedic care!
Author: Dr. Andrew Ehmke is a fellowship trained joint replacement surgeon specializing in minimally invasive robotic hip and knee replacement in Chicagoland and Munster, Indiana.