Musculoskeletal Abnormalities After Injury
Many limb deformities are present at birth, but post-traumatic deformities are due to injury, accidents, infection or tumors. The deformity can be caused by the injury itself or from complications with treatment or management of the injury.
Common limb deformities include:
- Bone loss
- Fractures that heal at an odd angle
- Limb length discrepancy (limb shortening)
- Malrotation such a a foot or knee turning in or out
Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook
Limb deformities due to trauma can happen suddenly or as you heal from a trauma, such as a car accident. There are many treatment options including medical treatment, splinting or bracing. Should you require limb lengthening or deformity correction surgery the experts at Penn State Health have a multidisciplinary team, including rehabilitation specialists to help you regain your quality or life and mobility.
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Why Choose Penn State Health for Care
Top-Ranked by U.S. News & World Report
Penn State Health includes the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, ranked as one of the best orthopaedic providers in the country by U.S. News & World Report. This honor was earned because our doctors consistently deliver exceptional patient care and outcomes through advanced treatments, translational research and provider training.
Innovative Care for Complex Challenges
We offer expert care for patients with severe musculoskeletal injuries and related complications. Trauma represents the fifth leading cause of mortality in the U.S., and injury impacts all ages and segments of society. We specialize in the treatment and management of the most difficult orthopaedic cases, including limb salvage, limb lengthening, deformity correction, treatment of chronic osteomyelitis and restoration of function following orthopaedic trauma. We are also a regional resource for surgeons challenged by complex orthopaedic trauma reconstruction cases. We are dedicated to insuring our patients receive the best possible outcome after injury and attempt to improve the future for the injured patient through our research efforts.
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