While many orthopedists can treat basic fractures, an orthopedic traumatologist has advanced training focused on the treatment of severely injured patients. In medical terms, “trauma” simply means “injury.” So an orthopedic traumatologist is a highly trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating musculoskeletal injuries. At Texas Health Orthopedic Trauma Specialists, our traumatologists have completed rigorous fellowship training in orthopedic trauma and participate in continuing education on the latest in fracture and trauma care.
When you come into the emergency room with an orthopedic injury, the emergency room physician treating you can consult with a range of specialists to optimize and streamline your care. Depending on the severity and complexity of your injury, general trauma surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and orthopedic trauma surgeons may be involved in your care plan. We treat relatively straightforward trauma cases, such as simple fractures and muscle or tendon injuries. We also treat more complicated injuries, including fractures of the pelvis and hip socket and complex fractures and dislocations of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle and foot. In addition, our surgeons treat chronic conditions such as malunions, which occur when a bone heals in an improper position, as well as nonunions, which occur when a bone fails to heal.