Bucks County and Philadelphia area drivers never expect to be injured in an accident, but it happens…often. Bucks County personal injury lawyer Michael L. Saile, Jr. reports that the two counties are among the top three counties in the state of Pennsylvania for the most reported traffic crashes during 2010 (according to PennDOT statistics). It’s not surprising then, that of the numerous injured accident victims, many find themselves in need of an orthopedic professional for surgery, physical therapy or both.
If you or a loved one has had the misfortune to be injured in a Bucks County accident, you may have been treated by an Emergency Room professional and then referred to an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon. This in itself can be stressful, especially when you are unfamiliar with orthopedics in general.
An Orthopedic Education
Orthopedic doctors and surgeons tend to the treatment of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves (the musculoskeletal system). In the U.S., the competitive field of orthopedic surgery requires thirteen years of education at a minimum, including four years of undergraduate study, four years of medical school and five years in residency after medical school graduation. The residency normally consists of a single year in general surgery training followed by four years of orthopedic surgery training.
What Types of Injuries Would an Orthopedist Treat?
There is a wide range of specialties within the orthopedic field of medicine that directly relate to common types of PA and NJ car accident injuries. For example, you may need an orthopedic physician or surgeon that specializes in:
- Foot and ankle surgery
- Hand and wrist rehabilitation
- Fractures and dislocations
- Knee surgery
- Shoulder injury
- Orthopedic trauma
Orthopedic physical therapists are trained to diagnose and treat injury of the musculoskeletal system and help you to recover from orthopedic surgery. This includes the treatment of post-operative joints and amputations. Orthopedic physical therapists utilize joint mobilization and strength training to enhance your recovery process.
Treatment is Vital to your Recovery
The Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC believe you should be able to get the prescribed orthopedic surgery or physical therapy you need to recover from your accident injuries. Unfortunately, an insurance company may try to minimize your claim. This is not fair to you, so arm yourself with an experienced local car accident lawyer. We work to obtain for you full and fair compensation for your injuries and other losses you have incurred.
If you or a family member has been injured in a Bucks County or Philadelphia area accident, it is important to understand how to go about getting the medical attention your injuries require. Get our FREE PA Car Accident book for more information and call our offices to discuss your injury case.