Orthopaedic Injuries

Orthopaedic Injuries In the UK Causes and Treatment

Learn about orthopaedic injuries, treatment and getting back on track!

Ever taken a tumble and landed wrong? Felt a sudden, sharp pain after a vigorous workout? You might have encountered an orthopaedic injury. These injuries affect the musculoskeletal system, the complex network of bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves that keeps us moving.

In the UK, with its active population and ageing demographics, orthopaedic woes are quite common. But fear not, fellow Britons! This guide will equip you with the knowledge to understand what might have caused your pain, the treatment options available, and how to get yourself back on track. We will also highlight how you can Start a medical claim with us.

Taking a Tumble: Common Causes of Orthopaedic Injuries

Imagine this: you’re walking down a rainy London street, distracted by a captivating podcast, and next thing you know, you’re sprawled on the pavement. Ouch! Falls are a leading cause of orthopaedic injuries, especially among older adults. These can result in fractures, particularly of the hip, wrist, or ankle.

But falls aren’t the only culprits. Sports injuries are another frequent cause. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a competitive athlete, that wrong twist or sudden jolt can lead to ligament tears, muscle strains, or even broken bones. Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are also common, especially for those with physically demanding jobs. Think carpal tunnel syndrome from all that typing, or rotator cuff problems from years of painting ceilings.

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Decoding the Diagnosis: How Orthopaedic Injuries are Identified

So, you suspect you have an orthopaedic injury. What now? The first step is consulting your GP. They’ll ask about your symptoms, how the injury happened, and your medical history. A physical examination will follow, where the doctor will check for swelling, tenderness, and range of motion.

Depending on the suspected injury, further tests might be needed. X-rays are a workhorse, providing a clear picture of your bones. Sometimes, an ultrasound can be used to assess soft tissues like muscles and tendons. In more complex cases, an MRI scan might be necessary to get a detailed view of bones, muscles, ligaments, and nerves.

Fixing the Fracture: Treatment Options for Orthopaedic Injuries

The good news is that most orthopaedic injuries respond well to treatment. The specific approach depends on the severity and type of injury. Here’s a breakdown of some common treatments:

Rest and Immobilization: 

Sometimes, good old-fashioned rest is all you need. Let your body do its natural healing magic! In other cases, a cast, splint, or sling can jump in to immobilize the injured area and speed up recovery.


 Pain relievers like paracetamol or ibuprofen can help manage pain and inflammation. In some cases, stronger medications might be prescribed.

Physical Therapy: 

This plays a crucial role in regaining strength, flexibility, and range of motion. A physiotherapist will design a personalized exercise program to help you get back to your daily activities.


In some cases, surgery might be necessary. This could involve repairing a torn ligament, inserting pins or plates to fix a fracture, or even replacing a severely damaged joint with an artificial one.

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The Road to Recovery: Tips for Healing After an Orthopaedic Injury

Healing from an orthopaedic injury takes time and patience. Here are some tips to help you bounce back smoothly:

  • Follow your doctor’s instructions diligently. This includes taking medication as prescribed, attending physical therapy sessions, and resting as advised.
  • Listen to your body. Don’t push yourself too hard too soon. Gradually increase your activity levels as your pain improves and your strength returns.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and managing stress all contribute to healing.
  • Stay positive! A positive attitude can go a long way in aiding recovery. Surround yourself with supportive people and celebrate your progress, no matter how small.

Making a Medical Negligence Claim for Orthopaedic Injuries with National Claims

While orthopaedic injuries are often the result of accidents, sometimes medical mistakes can be the culprit. If your treatment for an orthopaedic injury fell below the expected standard, and this has caused you further pain, suffering, or long-term complications, you might be eligible for compensation through a medical negligence claim. Here at National Claims, we understand the complexities of these cases and are here to support you every step of the way.

Free Initial Consultation

The first step is to understand your situation. We offer a free initial consultation. During this consultation, you can discuss your orthopaedic injury, the treatment you received, and the concerns you have. Our team will assess the details of your case and advise you on whether you have grounds for a medical negligence claim.

No Win, No Fee

We understand that the financial burden of pursuing a medical negligence claim can be a concern. That’s why National Claims operates on a “No Win, No Fee” basis. There are no upfront costs associated with making a claim with us. Our fees are only payable if your claim is successful. This allows you to focus on your recovery without financial worry.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.


Orthopaedic injuries can be a setback, but with proper diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, you can get back on your feet and resume your active life. Remember, knowledge is power. By understanding the causes of these injuries, the available treatments, and the importance of a healthy recovery process, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the path to healing. And if your injury resulted from someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to seek legal advice. With the right support, you can not only recover physically but also obtain the compensation you deserve. So, stay positive, follow your doctor’s orders, and take it one step at a time. You’ve got this!

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