Traumatology is one of the newest subspecialties in the field of orthopedics. Although all orthopedic surgeons are trained to treat musculoskeletal injuries, traumatologists are expertly skilled at handling complex and multiple injuries at one time.
Our trauma specialist, Matthew Gardner, MD, is adept at treating patients with multiple injuries such as fractures, soft tissue injuries, skin wounds and injuries to other organs. Treatment for one injury may conflict with treatment for another, and life-threatening injuries may take precedence over addressing all problems at once. Additional training and years of experience give a traumatologist the ability to know what to do, in what order to do it, which treatment to put on hold, and how to anticipate or prevent complications.
Traumatologists are also experts with problems related to fracture healing. Patients who have deformities after a fracture, fractures that don't heal, and bone infections are often referred by their physician to a traumatologist.