Post-Traumatic Orthopaedic Conditions

People who suffer bone fractures and other types of orthopaedic trauma occasionally develop complications related to those injuries.

Post-traumatic orthopaedic conditions can include malunions and nonunions – previous fractures that don’t heal properly or at all – as well as damage to cartilage, muscles, tendons, and nerves. These conditions also can include infections such as osteomyelitis and MRSA, nerve damage, Ganglion cysts, and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

UT Southwestern’s orthopaedic medicine physicians expertly treat patients suffering from a wide range of post-traumatic orthopaedic conditions. When necessary, they partner with their UT Southwestern colleagues from other disciplines to provide comprehensive care.


Depending on the condition, people who develop post-traumatic orthopaedic conditions can experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Fever
  • Limited function

Patients who experience these symptoms after suffering an orthopaedic injury should seek prompt evaluation by an orthopaedic specialist.


Post-traumatic orthopaedic conditions typically are diagnosed with a combination of a physical examination and imaging such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Other diagnostic testing may be used instead of, or in addition to, those, depending on the suspected condition. Identifying a bone infection, for instance, calls for blood work, while diagnosing a compressed nerve may require a nerve-blocking injection.

People who think they may have developed an orthopaedic complication related to a prior traumatic injury should be promptly evaluated by a specialist in orthopaedic medicine.


Post-traumatic orthopaedic conditions can be treated both surgically and nonsurgically, depending on the condition.

Malunions and nonunions often are treated with surgery, for example, while infections may be treated with antibiotics, and arthritis with anti-inflammatory drugs.

Many patients with orthopaedic complications can benefit from working with our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team, as well.

Our physicians are committed to delivering personalized, evidence-based care for all conditions.

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Doctors Specializing in Post-Traumatic Conditions