Fracture healing is the cornerstone of orthopaedics. Healing of bone fractures has been studied by surgeons and laboratory scientists over several centuries. Many fracture treatment modalities have been advocated, discarded, and adopted again, most as the results of empirical observations, and several have endured the tests of time. Among these are fracture reductions, plaster casting, … Read more Fracture Healing: An Overview of Existing Concepts
Characterization of injury severity is crucial to the scientific study of trauma, yet the actual measurement of injury severity began only 50 years ago. In 1969, researchers developed the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) to grade the severity of individual injuries. Since its introduction, by the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) International Injury … Read more Trauma Scoring Systems
Summary: Currently, the market for orthopaedic trauma surgeons is varied. The market consists of university employed, university private, medical group employed, medical group private, private employed, private contracted, and private. Each option has its positives and negatives. The orthopaedic trauma surgeon needs to determine which setting is appropriate for his/her given needs and wants. An experienced … Read more Getting What You Need From the Hospital to Succeed as a Traumatologist
Summary: After 2.5 decades working with a variety of orthopaedic traumatology fellows, I have learned that several qualities and behaviors are important to a successful experience. Most fellows possess them, but some do not. Those that do usually integrate quickly onto the team and are rewarded with enriched teaching and clinical experiences. Some that do not … Read more What I Expect From an Orthopaedic Traumatology Fellow
Summary: Although less common than other musculoskeletal injuries, spinal trauma may lead to significantly more disability and costs. During the last 2 decades there was substantial improvement in our understanding of the basic patterns of spinal fractures leading to more reliable classification and injury severity assessment systems but also rapid developments in surgical techniques. Despite these … Read more Spine Trauma – What Are the Current Controversies?