The word traumatology comes from the Greek word trauma, which means wound, injury. As its name implies, this branch of medicine specializes in injuries resulting from accidents or acts of violence, as well as their treatment and cure.
The Hungarian language also uses the name of the field as “accident surgery”.
What does the traumatologist do?
The traumatologist specializes in treating post-injury lesions, relieving pain, and restoring the anatomical condition that preceded the accident. In the event that the extent of the injury is such that it cannot be fully restored to its previous state, the traumatologist makes an effort to restore the function of the injured body part or organ as much as possible.
Traumatic cases include injuries that result from some external mechanical impact. These include bone fractures, joint sprains, strains, soft tissue contusions, muscle, tendon and nerve injuries.
In what cases can you visit Medicover's trauma clinic?
It is not possible to treat acute surgical interventions, or complex cases that need multidisciplinary examinations, injuries resulting from a violent act or traffic accident at our clinic!
Serious injuries requiring immediate care, as well as ensembles of injuries, are treated according to a nationally organized on-call system in the specialized emergency units of the central institutions, where complex care is provided at all hours of the day.
Our traumatologists receive patients as part of outpatient care at a pre-arranged time. At our traumatology clinic, it is possible to treat minor soft tissue injuries, diagnose minor limb fractures, sprains, strains, and conservatively treat them.
It is recommended to consult our specialists with the following injuries:
- Non-conscious head wounds and facial injuries
- Minor soft tissue injuries and bruises with non-arterial bleeding that do not cause sensory or functional loss
- Not-open sprains and strains of joints
How do the examination and diagnosis go?
After registration, at a pre-arranged time, the examination begins with the medical history: the traumatologist first asks the patient about the circumstances of the accident and the complaints, and then assesses any previous illnesses (fractures, surgery, sprains, etc.). This is followed by an examination of the body part with the complaint. The traumatologist first examines the affected area and then performs a functional examination: the range of motion and deformation of the small and large joints, the axis deviation. Then the traumatologist examines the sensory, motor function and circulation of the limbs. Based on the examination, they determine the imaging tests that are needed in most cases.
After the examination with our modern digital X-ray, MRI and CT machines, our doctors get a detailed picture of the injury, with the help of which an accurate diagnosis can be made, on the basis of which the traumatologist decides on the course of the treatment.
What treatments are available?
Based on the established diagnosis, the traumatologist can decide on wound care, conservative treatment of fractures and strains (e.g. brace or plaster fixation).
If a surgical procedure is required that does not need emergency care (e.g. knee meniscus injury, cruciate ligament injury, shoulder rotator cuff injury), we can also perform it in our hospital as part of inpatient care, where joint injuries are treated with the most modern arthroscopic procedures. In this case, under the direction of our case managers, we will organize all further examinations, surgeries and postoperative treatment.
Acute surgery or the need be observed in a hospital may be required, in which cases we will refer the injured to our emergency units after primary care.
Electrotherapy is recommended in postoperative treatment (electrotherapy, galvanic current therapy, iontophoresis, Tens, diadynamic therapy, center frequency/interference, selective electric stimulus, ultrasound). Physiotherapy and therapeutic massage are also available at Medicover Clinics.