Orthopedic Trauma

Highly Specialized Orthopedic Trauma Services

Orthopedic trauma care covers the spectrum of simple isolated fractures to severe life threatening accidents with multiple broken bones. While many fractures can be treated very well by general orthopedic surgeons, some can benefit from fracture specialists. More significant injuries with multiple broken bones, compound fractures and fractures near a joint, and fractures of the pelvis are more difficult to treat, and benefit the most from specialized care. Additionally, problems with healing including nonunions, infections (osteomyelitis) and healing with poor alignment (malunion) are often treated by fracture specialists. 

The specialists of the Orthopedic Trauma group of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush have the unique expertise and training to treat these orthopedic injuries. Only a few select hospitals in Illinois can match these capabilities. We can typically see patients within 24 hours and/or quickly arrange hospital-to-hospital transfers. 

What is Orthopedic Trauma?

Orthopedic trauma is a branch of orthopedic surgery specializing in problems related to the bones, joints, and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) of the entire body following trauma. The main goal of this specialized area in orthopedics is the healing of the fractured bones, as well as restoring the anatomic alignment of the joint surfaces to allow for recovery and return to maximum function of the injured body part. 

Our highly experienced doctors are leaders in extremity and pelvis fracture reconstruction, deformity correction, and bone transplantation. These physicians utilize many leading-edge techniques including minimally invasive surgery and advanced external fixation. The latest in bone graft substitutes and bone-forming proteins are often used to assist in the reconstruction of bones that have not healed. 

Our comprehensive orthopedic trauma capabilities include:

  • Minimally invasive surgery for fractures
  • Treatment of nonunions and malunions
  • Pelvis and acetabulum surgery
  • Treatment for infected fractures and osteomyelitis
  • Limb lengthening
  • Bone and joint transplantation
  • Minimally invasive bone grafting
  • Complex soft tissue reconstruction
  • Complex upper extremity reconstruction



Grant E. Garrigues, M.D.

Sports Medicine and Shoulder

Associate Professor, Rush University, Director of Upper Extremity Research

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Joel Williams, M.D.

Hip and Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon

Assistant Professor, Hip Preservation and Orthopedic Trauma, Rush University Medical Center

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