Traffic accidents are a major cause of fractures worldwide; however recently in Thailand there have been over 50,000 cases of fracture as a result of traffic accidents alone. Fractures are not a trivial matter because although they are not often fatal,improper treatment can lead to permanent disabilities or paralysis. The main cause of fractures apart from traffic accidents include accidents that happen at work, or whilst playing sports and an increasing number of fractures occur in the elderly. The treatment of fractures has seen significant developments. In Thailand,Dr. Suthorn Bavonratanavech, Orthopedic Surgeon and Senior Director of Orthopedic Center at Bangkok International Hospital has contributed. Dr. Suthorn has been a pioneer in techniques and treatment of fractures for over 30 years and is also active in international medical circles. In 2014, he was the first Asian and Thai to become the President of AO Foundation (Arbeitgemeinschaft fur Osteosynthesegragen: a study group which researches bone healing, and which was formed in Europe in the 1960’s.
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