Emergency orthopedics is an integral part of the practice of emergency medicine. Musculoskeletal problems account for an estimated 3.5 million emergency department (ED) attendances each year. In most instances, these injuries include loss of mechanical function of the limb, such as suspensory apparatus disruption , fracture, tendon transection or rupture, ligament rupture, and joint lixation, but will also include life-threatening joint injuries/infection and lacerations of the limb neurovascular supply. Musculoskeletal trauma includes injuries affecting the pelvis, upper and lower limbs. These injuries occur in a large number of multiply-injured patients and, as such, are often underestimated, incorrectly treated, and occasionally undiagnosed. Although, the definitive treatment of fractures and joint injuries is managed by the orthopedist, the first steps properly taken by the emergency physician are essential for an accurate prognosis and appropriate triage.
- Ligaments & Sports Injuries session