Trauma

Ryan Taylor, MD

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Lehi, UT & Orem, UT

As an experienced orthopedic surgeon, Ryan Taylor, MD, MPH, understands how painful and crippling trauma injuries can be. At his practice, with an office in Orem and two in Lehi, Utah, Dr. Taylor offers comprehensive care for trauma injuries like fractures and dislocations that you experience in a sports injury or an auto accident. He specializes in minimally invasive trauma surgery to quickly repair damage and get you on the road to healing. To learn more about orthopedic trauma services available, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online now.

Trauma Q & A

What is orthopedic trauma?

Orthopedic trauma describes a variety of injuries that result from direct trauma with your body like an auto accident, a fall, or a high-impact sports injury.

Trauma can affect any part of your musculoskeletal system, including your:

  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments

As a result of this trauma, you can experience pain and other symptoms that worsen over time and can eventually lead to deformities, disability, and a significant decrease in your quality of life.

What are some common trauma injuries?

Traumatic injuries can result from any direct contact to your body. For some, injuries can happen without immediate symptoms. In other situations, you can experience pain or other issues at the time of injury.

Some of the most common traumatic injuries that Dr. Taylor treats are:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

Dr. Taylor recommends seeking an evaluation of any injury that causes ongoing pain, swelling, and/or a limited range of motion that lasts for longer than a few days, especially if home care isn’t relieving your symptoms.

You should also seek immediate emergency attention if you experience shortness of breath, excessive bleeding, or if part of your bone has broken through the skin after a traumatic injury.

How are trauma injuries treated?

Once Dr. Taylor pinpoints the cause of your pain or confirms the severity of your injury, he customizes a treatment plan that focuses on pain relief and preventing your condition from getting worse.

Conservative treatments for mild to moderate pain from strains and sprains can include using over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. Dr. Taylor might also suggest exercises or physical therapy to address pain and reduce your risk of worsening your injury.

If you suffer more serious issues like a broken or fractured bone, Dr. Taylor offers surgery that allows him to reposition and repair your bone. 

In many cases, Dr. Taylor uses minimally invasive surgery that requires only small incisions to access the damaged area and make repairs. And because minimally invasive surgery is less traumatic, you heal faster.

In addition to surgery, Dr. Taylor could refer you for physical therapy or suggest lifestyle changes that protect you from further injuries, especially if your condition was the result of playing sports.

If you need treatment for an injury caused by trauma, schedule a consultation at the office of Ryan Taylor, MD, online or by phone.