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Orthopaedic trauma can occur to anybody at any time. According to data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, it’s the most common type of injury resulting in hospitalisation. The term orthopaedic trauma refers to injuries to organs or tissues in the musculoskeletal system, which includes: bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and any related tissues and vessels. Orthopaedic trauma can range in severity from a minor muscle strain to a potentially life-threatening injury.