putting things back together again
Accidents happen. They just do. You can’t plan for them or anticipate the havoc they can unleash on your body. Thankfully, Reno Orthopedic Clinic’s fracture and trauma surgeons are the region’s most-qualified and experienced in treating these sudden, complex, and potentially life-changing injuries.
As recognized leaders in both urgent surgical repair and the post-trauma restoration of function and appearance, our team is known for their expert decision making, the empathetic, patient-first methodology they bring to every case, and their continued contributions to clinical research and the authorship of scientific articles.
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In addition to providing ‘round-the-clock emergency coverage to all area emergency departments, we maintain a leadership role in the management of Renown Medical Center’s trauma program, the only one of its kind in the region.
At the Reno Orthopedic Clinic we have all Xray and imaging services on site. Patients do not need to be sent elsewhere for their radiographic evaluations. At The Center for Fracure Care & Trauma, the technology is based on Computed Radiography (CR), which provides hospital-quality digital images of x-rays on a computer screen, which are far superior to conventional x-ray on film. This technology is specifically designed for orthopaedic patients. The Center’s x-ray experience is tailored to minimize patient discomfort and maximize patient safety. Our expert staff have years of experience in assisting patients throughout the x-ray process, taking every precaution for and consideration of pain, limited mobility, and weakness. Should your provider order an MRI, please refer to x-ray and MRI imaging under services in the main menu or click here.
Casting & Bracing
Many trauma and fracture patients required casting or bracing services to assist in their care. These can be placed before surgery, during surgery, or after surgery. For simple fractures, such as many children’s injuries, casting is the mainstay of treatment and surgery is not required.
The term “Casting” refers to specialists who are expertly trained to place splints, casts, or medical devices that help stabilize, support, and nurture recovery. These specialists teach patients how to take care of themselves and their splint, cast, or device afterwards. The cast technologists perform other procedures as well, such as the removal of sutures and placement of wound dressings. At The Center for Fracture Care and Trauma, patients receive care from senior cast technologists. Patients return to the Casting department for the proper fitting of the brace and for any adjustments needed.
The goal of physical therapy is to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and limit disability within an overall plan of fitness and health. For patients with fractures and traumatic injuries, physical therapists play a key role in helping patients build strength and maximize range of motion, function, stability, strength, balance, and movement for life at home, work, and play.
Working closely with your surgeon and other providers, physical therapists develop an informed, individualized plan of care to rehabilitate your foot and ankle in the therapy gym and at home through a targeted home exercise plan. They will apply topical therapies such as electrical stimulation, thermal (cold/hot) compresses, and ultrasound, combined with deep-tissue massage and traction to reduce pain and swelling, while increasing motion and strength. They also teach patients how to safely use crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and knee caddies.
Physical therapist assistants, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, may perform routine support tasks to help implement a treatment plan.
Our Fracture Care & Trauma physicians have surgical privileges at Renown Regional Medical Center, Renown South Meadows, Saint Mary’s and Northern Nevada Medical Center. Depending on patient insurance, patient preference, or injury pattern patients may have surgery at any of these locations. The Reno Orthopedic Clinic is also proud to have its own surgery center at 555 North Arlington Avenue where our physicians perform many of their outpatient operations.
If you have been seen in an emergency room and diagnosed with a fracture or broken bone or if you have suffered an injury and think you may have a fracture, you can book an appointment with one of our fracture specialists. Even if you were seen by another orthopedic surgeon in town or want a second opinion, our team is happy to be involved in your care. Please contact our medical assistants or schedulers to make an appointment. If you are in urgent need of care you can come to our ROCX urgent care located at 555 North Arlington Avenue.
Emergency Room Consultation
Orthopedic Surgeons from the ROC are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to cover all emergency rooms in Reno. If you or a family member is injured, all you need to do is ask for the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physician on call. You will be seen and cared for by a member of our trauma team and can be assured that your broken bone will be fixed by a Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in fracture care. When life threatening injuries occur, patients need to know that they are receiving the best possible care. By requesting the ROC trauma team you will be making the first important step towards recovery.
Fracture and Trauma Care Products – The Shop at ROC
When recovering from surgery or nonoperative fracture care, choosing the right orthotic, brace, splint, or pad can make the difference between pain-free movement or a painful day. Many activities of daily living like showering, mobilizing and toileting can be made easier with simple products like cast covers and other durable medical equipment. Likewise, having the appropriate exercise or therapeutic devices to help rehabilitate a painful injury is essential to a timely recovery. With a flood of products to choose from, it helps to have a trustworthy source for selecting and applying new fracture care products.
The Shop at ROC, located on the first floor of the ROC Medical Plaza is uniquely equipped to help with foot and ankle needs. The Shop provides only those products and services that meet the highest orthopaedic, pedorthic, and medical standards, exemplifying The Shop’s commitment to comprehensive orthopaedic care.
Visit The Shop located on the first floor, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
I appreciate Dr. O'Mara's thoughtful approach to my treatment.
Dr Althausen is the best doctor that I have ever had and I'm 82 years old.
Dr Bray is a class-act surgeon. His assisstant Judy is the best in the orthopedic business.