Orthopaedic Specialties


Orthopaedic trauma typically involves a broken bone, often caused by playing sport, a vehicle collision or violent activity. It may involve several bones in a body being broken, requiring urgent surgery and ongoing treatment. Other common causes of broken bones are:

As well as broken bones, orthopaedic trauma may include injuries to muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as spinal cord injuries. Open fractures, where the skin is broken, put patients at a high risk of infection and the patient typically requires immediate surgery to treat the broken bones. The overall aim of any trauma treatment is to get the patient to an optimal functional state as soon as possible and to prevent secondary complications.

ASOS supports the family doctor–patient relationship. If you have any symptoms that might require treatment, consult your GP, who will refer you to an appropriate orthopaedic specialist.