This field of medicine relates to the management of broken bones (fractures).
Fractures typically occur after trauma and can be closed (where the overlying skin is intact) or open (where the overlying skin is lacerated).
Fractures can be managed with or without surgery - it all depends on a number of factors.
If fractures are managed without surgery, the limbs are usually splinted and mobilisation is usually restricted for a period of time.
If fractures are managed surgically, this usually involves fixation of the fracture with an orthopaedic device (such as plates and screws).
For patient-specific information, please download the free app - 'Trauma Recovery Services' - from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. This app allows patients to learn more about their injuries and the road to recovery.