Sports & trauma injuries

Trauma injuries have many causes, from car accidents and falls to contact and high-intensity sports. Successful treatment is typically at the cutting edge of orthopaedics.

Trauma injuries can include:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Soft tissue damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons
Sports Injury

Treatment of sports & trauma injuries

Step 1: Diagnosis for trauma & sports injuries

Rapid and efficient diagnosis is fundamentally important for treating trauma injuries.

Specialist diagnostic services, includes the following:

  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scans
  • MRI scans

An initial discussion

Mr Norrish and Mr Carrothers are Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeons at Cambridge University Hospitals. Working as part of a dedicated and highly professional team, we regularly perform a comprehensive range of trauma surgery, including:

  • complex lower-limb surgery
  • pelvic and acetabular reconstruction
  • treatment of sporting injuries.

We also provide trauma services to private patients, including sports people.


Step 2: Treatment

There is a comprehensive range of services available to trauma patients, including:

  • Fitting specialist pins, screws and other devices to provide support during healing
  • Fitting replacement hips and knees
  • Treating severe tissue injuries such as knee-ligament damage, which is increasingly common in competitive sports.

Other methods use to help heal trauma and sports injuries include:

In some cases, sports-trauma injuries (muscle or ligament strains, for example) can be treated effectively by physiotherapy, with a qualified and experienced practitioner.

Physiotherapy can also be an important element of post-operative care, particularly as an aid to regaining mobility.

Post-surgical care following complex trauma often requires the use of orthoses or braces.

Orthoses, support or restrict joints following surgery, and are designed, manufactured and fitted to suit the patient, helping to prevent strain and further injury. Padded and elasticated braces can also be used.

Management of a trauma injury often calls for our surgical intervention. Firstly, it is necessary to investigate for foreign objects and bone fragments, which may be present at the site of the injury, and which will need careful cleaning before bones are reset.

Depending on the level of damage to the bone, it may by necessary to fasten it with screws and plates.

Injured ligaments and cartilage may need to be repaired, for which arthroscopy – keyhole surgery – can often be used.

Some types of fractures are best treated with the application of a cast to provide support for the injured bone. The application of an appropriate cast can make a difference to the speed and effectiveness of recovery.

Accurate and effective knitting of damaged bones is aided by correct casting, which is sometimes useful for short-term care after ligament surgery.

Casts for complex bone damage are usually applied under anaesthetic, to aid correct positioning.

It can take several weeks or even months to recover from orthopaedic trauma surgery.

Regular monitoring during this time as essential, using physical examination, follow-up x-rays and scans to review the healing process.

Casts may need to be replaced as the injury heals.

Targeted physiotherapy is introduced as recovery continues, which is also essential to maintain and accelerate the process.


Take the first step to a pain-free life

If you are experiencing pain in your pelvis, hip, knee or ankle, or are suffering from a sports injury, seek specialist help to get you back to living your life.

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Contact can also be made through your GP.