Trauma & Fracture Treatment

Traumatic Injury

Fractures, particularly of the spine and pelvis, are often devastating, resulting in lasting lifetime consequences such as disability, poor health, chronic pain and loss of productivity. "Minimizing these consequences by improving treatments for better and faster recovery is critically needed and affects all members of our society," Dr. Kirkpatrick notes. "Funding of musculoskeletal research remains disproportionately low when we consider the impact on the population."

Causes of many fractures:

  • Trauma accounts for most fractures. For example, a fall, car accident, or tackle during a sports game can cause a fracture.
  • Osteoporosis also can contribute to fractures. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that results in the "thinning" of the bone. 
  • Overuse sometimes results in stress fractures.

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