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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 111-116

Global burden of trauma: Need for effective fracture therapies


Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada and AO Clinical Investigation, Zurich, Switzerland

Correspondence Address:
George Mathew
Research Fellow, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, McMaster University, Switzerland

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.50843

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Orthopedic trauma care and fracture management have advanced significantly over the last 50 years. New developments in the biology and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system, fixation devices, and soft tissue management have greatly influenced our ability to care for musculoskeletal injuries. Many therapies and treatment modalities have the potential to transform future orthopedic treatment by decreasing invasive procedures and providing shorter healing times. Promising results in experimental models have led to an increase in clinical application of these therapies in human subjects. However, for many modalities, precise clinical indications, timing, dosage, and mode of action still need to be clearly defined. In order to further develop fracture management strategies, predict outcomes and improve clinical application of newer technologies, further research studies are needed. Together with evolving new therapies, the strategies to improve fracture care should focus on cost effectiveness. This is a great opportunity for the global orthopedic community, in association with other stakeholders, to address the many barriers to the delivery of safe, timely, and effective care for patients with musculoskeletal injuries in developing countries.


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