Refer to the Traumatologist should be for fractures, dislocations, bruises, as well as the following symptoms:
- permanent crunch in the joints;
- swelling or discoloration of the skin in the joint area;
- limited limb mobility;
- pain in the joints or ligaments when moving.
Who is a Traumatologist?
Traumatologist or Orthopedic traumatologist treats diseases of the musculoskeletal system, caused by both internal causes (metabolic disorders, degenerative processes, infections), and external mechanical effects.
Most often, the specialist is faced with such diseases as:
- inflammation of the joints;
- bone pathology (osteoporosis);
- sprains and injuries of ligaments, muscles and joints;
- flatfoot and heel spurs.
The Traumatologist not only diagnoses the musculoskeletal dysfunctions and selects effective schemes for their treatment, but also controls the rehabilitation of patients after injuries.
How does a Rheumatologist differ from a Traumatologist?
Rheumatology specializes in diseases of the connective tissue and its associated articular apparatus, while orthopedics and traumatology treats the entire musculoskeletal system as a whole. Despite the fact that the Rheumatologist may also face with arthritis or osteoporosis, these diseases are still within the competence of the orthopedist. Therefore, if articular pain is occurs when the upper and lower extremities move, stiffness when bending or turning of the body, it is recommended to be examined by Orthopedic traumatologist.
Consultation of the Traumatologist is necessary even if the patient began to be disturbed by the place of the healed injury - dislocation or fracture.
How is the examination by a Traumatologist go?
Traumatologist listens to complaints, examines and palpates the affected area, sends to X-ray, ultrasonography and additional tests. Based on the results, he diagnoses and prescribes treatment.
Modern traumatology has a wide range of restorative techniques and procedures that allow:
- relieve the pain of the affected area;
- improve the nutrition of the joints and surrounding soft tissues;
- start regenerative processes;
- regain normal articular mobility;
To restore the functions of the musculoskeletal system, specialists use both conservative therapy and surgical procedures. Classical treatment includes, for example, drug blockade. Painkillers, hyaluronic acid, and other drugs that improve cell nutrition are injected into the affected area.
Another modern technique is PRP-therapy, which involves the injection of the patient's own platelets. They trigger regenerative processes, relieve inflammation and reduce pain.
In addition to conservative treatment, surgery may be prescribed. A trauma surgeon will fix bone fragments for its speedy healing and perform a number of other manipulations aimed at returning the normal mobility of the musculoskeletal system. You can sign up for a Traumatologist’s advice by contacting the phone of medical center ON Clinic in your city.