Orthopedic injuries that result in open fractures (fractures that break the skin) should rush to the nearest ER or call 911. But there are other orthopedic injuries that require urgent orthopedic care.
The knee is may suffer an injury even during walking. Most knee injuries are the result of a –
- sudden change in direction (such as pivoting, shifting, jumping), or
- sudden force (stepping down from a high surface, landing during a jump)
Any knee injury should be taken seriously and be seen by an orthopedic doctor. Common knee injuries include cartilage and ligament tears, sprains and strains.
Since the shoulder is one of the most mobile joints, it bears great force and rotation every day. If the soft tissues, such as ligaments and muscles, of the shoulder are overused or overstressed, injuries may occur. Common shoulder injuries are rotator cuff tears, shoulder fractures, shoulder dislocations and injuries to the soft tissues.
The most common ankle injury is a sprain. When the ankle is –
- over inverted, such that the soles of the feet point inward, or
- over everted, such that the soles of the feet point outward, or
the ligaments of the ankle joint suffer a sprain. Ankle sprains may vary in severity.
Wrist injuries usually occur while landing on an outstretched arm during a fall. The wrist may suffer a strain that causes pain, swelling, bruising, and even numbness. A wrist fracture can also similar symptoms.