When your life is changed in an instant and you’re facing your greatest challenges, you need the compassionate care and surgical expertise that are only found here.

If you’re hurt, really hurt, or if you’re dealing with chronic traumatic injury, we can help. Our Orthopaedic Trauma team specializes in state-of-the-art treatment and personalized care for young adults, adults and the elderly who experience multiple injuries and bone fractures as a result of a traumatic event.

From diagnosis to surgery to rehabilitation, the board-certified orthopedic trauma surgeons and the patient care team at our Level 1 Trauma Center will partner with you in your recovery.

Conditions We Treat


Fracture (except spine or wrist and hand)

A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Symptoms of a fracture are:

  • Out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint
  • Swelling, bruising or bleeding
  • Intense pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Limited mobility or inability to move a limb

You need to get medical care right away for any fracture. You may need to wear a cast or splint. Sometimes you need surgery to put in plates, pins or screws to keep the bone in place.

Pelvic Fracture

This type of fracture is a major pelvic or hip injury and can be life threatening.


These injuries are usually the result of a car accident or a serious fall and have an additional injury component, such as an abdominal injury or bone breaks.

Nonunion Fractures

Nonunion fractures are fractures that do not heal properly. Malunion fractures heal in a crooked or deformed position.

Periarticular Fractures

These are fractures around the joint.


Depending on the nature of your injury, if you’re a trauma patient you’ll come to us through the Emergency Department at the time of your injury or, if you’re dealing with a chronic traumatic injury, your primary care physician (PCP) may refer you to us.

While you’re here, you’ll undergo a thorough evaluation, which will include a physical examination and advanced imaging tests, which may include:

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for a detailed, high-resolution image of your bones, joints and surrounding soft tissues, such as tendons and cartilage, to reveal damage

  • CT (computed tomography) scan to provide a cross-sectional view of your bones

Along with our examination, these imaging tests help your doctor develop a personalized, pre-operative surgical plan for you.


In addition to being a Level 1 Trauma Center, we specialize in treating people of all age groups—from young adult to elderly—who experience fracture of the long bones of the upper and lower extremities, pelvis and hip socket. These traumatic injuries could have occurred recently or long ago, as with a chronic injury.

We apply our surgical expertise to provide life-saving, life-enhancing trauma treatment including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery, when possible, to allow for faster recovery and favorable outcomes

  • Soft-tissue sparing techniques using smaller incisions than typical trauma surgery

  • Early operative fracture stabilization within 24 hours after injury, when possible, to promote more favorable outcomes

  • Aggressive rehabilitation for patients sustaining major trauma to accelerate recovery

  • Clinical trials for access to treatments and implants not yet or newly available

Why Choose Ohio State?

Why choose Ohio State for trauma treatment?

Comprehensive Care: Only here do you have 24/7 access to our multidisciplinary team of experts, from vascular repair to plastic surgery.

Critical Care: Designated a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons means we can care for the most serious traumas, with on-site physicians in more than 40 medical specialties.

Surgical Expertise: Our Orthopaedic Trauma team is in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, meaning that our experts specialize in treating fractures of long bones of the upper and lower extremities, as well as the pelvis and hip socket (known as the acetabulum).

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